|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1817|
|Death: ||Nov. 29, 1893|
Civil War Veteran Lt. Colonel Samuel Wilson 16th Illinois Infantry.
Samuel Wilson is the eldest son of John and Jane (McComsey) Wilson, and was born March 17, 1817, at Mechanicsburg, Champaign county, Ohio. His father, John Wilson, was born August 12, 1781, in Greenbrier county, Virginia, and resided with his parents until 1804, when he pushed out into the wilderness of Ohio, making a settlement in Madison county, where he was married. Mrs. Wilson was a native of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, born October 7, 1787, and removed to Ohio in 1808; was married December 20, 1809; seven children were born to them Melissa, Margaret, Samuel, John, Eli, Jane and Mary Ann. On the 1st of March, 1816, John Wilson moved to Champaign county, where the subject of this sketch was born. Samuel resided with the authors of his being until September, 1835, when the family emigrated to Illinois, and, coming to McDonough county, made a settlement in Bethel township, where John Wilson, the elder, died on the 14th of June, 1843. His aged wife followed him on the llth of February, 1861. Samuel Wilson and Susan Edmonston were married in this county, November 30, 1837. Mrs. Wilson was a native of DuBois county, Indiana, born May 20, 1822, and died June 6, 1884. This couple were the parents of ten children, three daughters and seven sons, whose names are as follows: Mary Jane, Annie, William, Eli, Zachary T., Nicholas E., James E., Samuel, Laura Lizzie and Edwin M.
Samuel Wilson has been a constant resident of this county ever since 1835, except part of one year, he having moved to Kansas in November, 1872, but returned to this place in the following June. His occupation has been principally farming, but he sold goods' at Middletown, or Fandon, for a while. He was the county assessor for the year 1843, and again in 1851 and 1852 he assessed the south half of the county and the city of Macomb. In politics he was a whig until 1856, when he attached himself to the free soil, or republican party, with whom he still a ffiliates. At the beginning of the war, in April, 1861, he raised a company and was unanimously chosen captain. On reporting at Springfield he found that he was too late to be included in the first call for volunteers, but on proceeding with his company to Quincy, assisted in the organization of the 16th Illinois infantry, of which he was made lieutenant colonel, and served with the regiment until November 14, 1862, when he resigned on account of ill-health and disability, and returned home. In 1866 he was elected sheriff of the county, as above related. On the 14th of March, 1881, he was appointed United States storekeeper for the fourth collection district of Illinois, and in January, 1884, was transferred to the fifth district, and is now on duty at Peoria. Although without the limits of the county, yet Mr. Wilson claims Bethel township, McDonough county, as his residence.
~History of McDonough County, Illinois, together with sketches of the towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent individuals, and biographies of the representative citizens. History of Illinois; 1885.
Married Susan Edmonston 30 Nov 1837
Their are no dates on his stone.
Susan Edmonston Wilson (1822 - 1884)
Eli Wilson (____ - 1864)*
Zachariah Taylor Wilson (1847 - 1918)*
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Record added: Jan 20, 2013
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