P. Wilkinson, Jr. and his wife, Helen Bowles
Age 93 and 91 in
July, 2001. They have been married 71 years.
Joseph is the 5th
great grandson of William Wilkinson and Catherine
Stone, who immigrated to St. Mary's County,
Maryland in 1674. Helen Bowles is the daughter of
William Wallace Bowles (1873-1958) and Ellen J.
Hayden (1880-1936). They purchased Dry Docking
Farm in 1941. The Wilkinsons ran an appliance
store together in Leonardtown, Maryland for 31
years. Joseph was an electrical engineer and
worked on the radios that the families of St.
Mary's County depended on for news of the War,
and also worked on military equipment at the
nearby Navy base. The only electrical engineer in
St. Mary's County, he was exempted from the draft
because he was needed at the home front.
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