Tombstone Tuesday: Tonsillitis Jackson

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I know, I know – you probably think this story belongs in the Far-Out Friday category.  Yet, it’s truly true there was a person named Tonsillitis Jackson.  I ran across the name while researching another Tombstone Tuesday article (another unusual name – stay tuned!).

Tonsillitis Jackson was born to Emsy (named spelled “Emgibe” on a government record) and Eddie (Basfield) Jackson of Oklahoma on November 7, 1932.  It seems Tonsillitis received his unusual name because his mother had a sore throat at the time.  Two years later the Jacksons had another son and named him Meningitis.

 

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