Monday, May 18, 2009

Easter Ann Wiginton, 1846-1916

Easter Ann was the daughter of John E. Robinson and Rachael R. Emerson. She was born April 26, 1846 in Marion County, Alabama and married Isaac Riley Wiginton about 1866. Isaac's parents were James Wiginton and Ursula Ballard.

Easter is a derivative of the name Esther, or Ester. I believe that the Scotch-Irish pronunciation of Esther must be Easter. Such pronunciations of given names and surnames have caused many variations in spelling. For instance, Stephenson was a fairly common Scottish name which evolved into Stenson and Stinson in America, based upon how it was pronounced by the Scotch-Irish. Easter appears to be one of those names.

Easter was likely named for her aunt, John's sister, Esther Robinson Emerson, whose name also is sometimes found as Easter. There is also a story that Easter Ann was born on Easter Sunday and died on Easter Sunday.

Like so many of the families that lived in the area, Easter and Isaac moved to Hill County, Texas, sometime between 1880 and 1900, probably attracted by the cotton that was being grown there. At one time, Hill County was one of the largest cotton-producing counties in the state of Texas. The 1910 census finds them living on Henderson Street, in the Hill County town of Itasca.

It is said that Easter fell sick out in Texas and wanted to come home one last time, but she died on the train coming back home to Itawamba County. Easter is buried in Mt. Pleasant Methodist Cemetery near her parents and siblings. For her grave, Isaac made the very tall, obviously unique, monument pictured below. Isaac eventually went to live with their son Quinton in Texola, Oklahoma, and when he died, his body was brought back home to be buried next to his wife.

Easter Ann Wiginton
Apr. 25 1846
Apr. 5 1915

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