Conspiracy to defraud insurance companies.

Dr. Matthew S. Gilliam had something of a knack for trouble. This time, he was charged with perjury (dropped) and conspiracy to defraud insurance companies for his role an elaborate scheme to collect death benefits on a misidentified woman. 

Wilson Daily Times, 2 September 1927.


In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Saratoga Road, farm laborer Tom Jones, 32; wife Jane, 26; and children Luberta, 11, Rosina, 9, Lorenza, 7, Willie, 5, Oscar, 3, Ethel, 2, and Annie L., 1.

In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Jones Thos (c; Jane) lab h 1505 E Nash

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Highway 91, laborer Tom Jones, 54, born in Ohio; wife Jannie, 39, born in Georgia; children Luberta, 22, Winsor, 18, farm laborer; Willie, 16, bakery cook; Oscar, 14; Annie, 11; Tom Jr., 5; Acy B., 1; and grandson James Moore, 6.

Tom Jones died 20 April 1936 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 50 years old; was born in Virginia; was married to Janie Jones; and lived at 104 Manchester Street, Wilson.

  • Carrie Hoskins

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Dave Hoskins, 31; wife Carrie, 23; daughters Savannah, 9, Rosa, 6, and Gertrude, 4; sister-in-law Bloomer McClide, 21; and nieces Irene, 6, and Otelia, 3. 

  • Mattie Lou Hales — Millie Lew Hayes. 

Millie Lew Hayes died 23 July 1927 in Wilson township, Wilson County. Per her death certificate, she was 25 years old; was born in Newton, Georgia, to Tom Hayes of Wilson County and Minnie Collier of Newton, Georgia; was single; worked as a common laborer; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery.

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