Maximillan M. “Maxey” Wildes

Maximillan M. “Maxey” Wildes

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death 22 Jul 1838 (aged 37–38)
Waycross, Ware County, Georgia, USA
Burial Waycross, Ware County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 106124142 · View Source
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~~~ MY G. G. G. GREAT-GRANDFATHER ~~~

~~~ THE "WILDES" FAMILY MASSACRE ~~~

The history of the Wildes family and the story of the Last Indian Massacre of Georgia. The Massacre occurred several miles south of the present site of Waycross, forms a growing chapter in South Georgia history.

Maxey Wildes, a frontier settier of Ware county, was a Scotchman by birth. According to tradition he ran away from home in Scotland at twelve years of age, coming to the United States as a stowaway on a primitive trans Atlantic vessel.

After landing in America he drifted to the piney woods of Southern Georgia, joining a Scoth settlement in Montgomery county, a part of which was set aside to Tattnall county in 1801.

Maxey learned of cheap lands in Appling county and, together with Willie Cason, William Guy, Elijah Matiox and othres from Tattnall county, located on the north side where he joined a small settlement of Tattnall county, located on the north side of Altamaha River, which was called the "Red Side" of the Altamaha (the Indian side) where he joined a small settlement of Tattnall county.

It was there that Maxey built his home out of logs and put together with wooden pegs. The floors were of puncheons made of flat slabs splint from whole tree trunks, and the doors were swung on wooden hingers, there were no windows. The chimney was made of sticks and dirt, with the fireplace extended half way across the end of the log cabin.

~ THE LAST INDIAN MASSACRE OF GEORGIA ~

~~~~~~~~~ JULY 22, 1838 ~~~~~~~~~

Very late in the night different members of the Wildes family were aroussed several times by two yard dogs that barked when stranger were nearby. At daybreak Mrs. Wildes went out into the yard to collect embers from the bonfire.

Just as she walked into the yard, she heard a bottle hit the ground. She rushed into the house to wake up Mr. Wildes, by yelling the indians are outside.

Wildes jumped out and seized his gun and shouted in a loud vioce that the Indians might hear; boys get your guns and lets kill those damn Indians. Wildes thought that it might scare the indians away. But he only had one gun in the house and one son Reuben, old enough to use it. One of the Indians said, we know how many of you there are, and how many guns you have. The Indians had been watching them for several days.

Wildes fired the first shot; then a body of Indians charged him and took the gun from his hand, and shot him in the chest killing him.

Mrs. Wildes hid in the bushes and watched as they shot one after another of her children, believing that they had all been killed. She gave herself up, and was killed. Mrs. Wildes hadn't relized that four of her sons, Reuben, James, Jesse and John along with their cousin, the Wilkerson girl had all escaped the Massacre.

News of the nine killed in the massacre, spread to the neighbors who heard the gun shots. They hurried towards the Wildes place when they met the four boys and girl who had escaped, running towards them in the woods.

Immediately they took word to a small company of soldiers under Capt. Elias Waldron, statined on the edge of Kettle Creek, about four miles away. The soldiers rushed to the Wildes place to find it burned to the ground. The Indians had taken everything they could use and destroyed everything else. Then they heard someone calling in a weak voice, and turned to find 18 year old Mary Anne, still clinging to the dead baby and calling for water. One of the men rushed off to get it for her, and immediately upon drinking it she fell dead. It was there that the soldiers took a new wagon that Mr. Wildes had build. And took the nine body and wrapped them in blankets and laid them to rest in the wagon. The soldiers then buried the whole wagon in a mass grave. Which is marked to this day with a historial marker in Waycross, Ware Co. Ga.

General Hillard in a letter to Governor Hilliard told in a graphic details of the brutal murders of Mr. and Mrs. Wildes, their six children and the cousin, the Wilkerson boy who was spending the night. He told how the Seminoles Indians led by Billy Bowles, had attacked and killed nine members of the Wildes family.

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You can go on line and type in the search bar "THE LAST INDIAN MASSACRE OF WAYCROSS GA." and get a lot more information on the Wildes/Wilds family.

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THERE ARE ALREADY THREE BOOKS PUBLISHED ON THE WILDES/WILDS FAMILY. BOOK ONE (1964), BOOKS TWO (1984), THREE (2004), AND BOOK FOUR WHICH IS STILL IN THE MAKINGS. I MYSELF, ARE IN BOOKS, TWO, THREE, AND WILL BE IN BOOK FOUR. I AM THE SIXTH DESCENDANT OF REUBEN WILDES/WILDS. (Bio was originally created by Athena.)
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Bio below by Wyndy South.

All of the above information was on this memorial when it was transferred to me. I will begin my genealogical information from years of research below.

Maximillan Wildes was the husband of Elizabeth Wilkinson. Both of them were buried in the mass grave where the DAR memorial sits on a farm outside of Waycross, Ware Co., GA. I had the chance to visit this location and the photographs that are place by me on the site are clearly marked when you click on the photo. They were both killed in the massacre 22 Jul 1838.

Maxey Millan (also seen this variant) and Elizabeth were the parents of:

Mary Ann Wildes, b. 1822; d. 22 Jul 1838. Killed at the massacre.

Reuben Wildes, b. 1823; d. 06 Apr 1900. Married to Nancy Eliza Smith, b. abt. 1835 in Appling Co., GA; d. 26 Oct 1887. They had 9 children. I have this information and will post it later. Nancy Eliza was the daughter of Austin Smith and Polly Hall.

Jesse Wildes, b. 1826; d. Nov 1857. Married to Matilda Cowart, b. 1827; d. 1895. She was the sister of my great great grandmother Samantha Cowart, the wife of James Christopher Wildes, Jesse's brother. Jesse and Matilda had 2 children: Charity Elizabeth and William Minor Wildes. They were married 27 Dec 1849.

James Christopher Wildes, my gg grandfather; b. 14 Jul 1828; d. 19 Aug 1912. Married to Samantha Cowart, the sister of Matilda Cowart Wildes who married Jesse Wildes, and the daughter of William Cowart. They were married 15 Nov 1850. They are both buried in the Wildes Family Cemetery in Reidsville, Tattnall Co., GA. James Christopher's memorial #32135795 (wish it were mine--not possible). Samantha's memorial #47471543. James and Samantha had 10 children. The ninth child in order of birth was my great grandmother Ida Wildes who married William Melton South. I have all this extensive information from personal research.

John Wildes, b. 1829; d. 30 Mar 1881. He married Sarah Jane Nunez, daughter of Hugh Nunez and Sarah Virginia Carter. Sarah Jane was b. 30 Sep 1830 and d. 19 Aug 1909. They were married in 1848 and had 12 children. I have all this information from extensive personal research.

William Wildes, b. 1835; d. 22 Jul 1838 at the massacre. He was the baby that Sarah was holding when she was killed.

Reuben, Jesse, James Christopher and John were the four surviving boys of the massacre. This is a good thing that they survived. I am here because James Christopher had Ida, my great grandmother.

It is amazing that there are so many descendants from just 4 boys. Many thanks to those who have actually researched not just copied others' information and claimed it as their own. I have been very fortunate to walk through these cemeteries and locate my ancestors and stood on the spot where they fell when they were killed.

Maximillan is a recipient of many "suppositions" with regard to his origins. Even his birthdate is not proven. The family has passed along the tradition that Maximillan stowed away on a ship from Scotland. More research is needed in order to confirm or deny this story.

Let me say this. When I click back to the memorial page, there is a very small phrase that says (bio by Athena). I cannot delete this and it is not in any way accurate. The words above to this paragraph from the declaration at the top below the line were written and researched by me. If you don't see the phrase, then great. It is on my page on my computer. I'm trying to get it removed.

Bio by: Athena


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Gravesite Details BURIED IN A MASS GRAVE, IN WAYCROSS, WARE CO. , GA.
  • Maintained by: Wyndy South
  • Originally Created by: Grave Seeker
  • Added: 3 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 106124142
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maximillan M. “Maxey” Wildes (1800–22 Jul 1838), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106124142, citing Wildes Family Cemetery, Waycross, Ware County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Wyndy South (contributor 47132368) .