|Birth: ||Jan. 28, 1815|
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 1892|
Wilson C. Morrison was an early St. Paul settler, arriving in July 1848 with his wife Mary (Sweeney) Morrison and 5 children; Dow, Emma, Alice,Frank and Mary Ann.
Wilson was born to Samuel and Lurena (Patterson) Morrison in Whitehall, Washington County, NY. He moved to Forestville (Hanover), Chautauqua County at about age 12. He left NY in about 1832, travelling to Cleveland, OH, where he stayed 3 years. He stayed 1 year in Detroit, MI and Chicago, IL for 1 year. In 1836 he moved to Galena, IL where he was in the lead mining business. He met Mary Sweeney in Dubuque, IA and married her at St. Raphael's Church in 1841. They settled for 6 1/2 years in Potosi, WI in the lead mining region. After the family moved to St. Paul, 3 more children were born to Wilson and Mary; James, Lorena and Samuel.
Wilson spent his first years in St. Paul as a contractor and builder. In 1862 he went on the Holmes wagon train expedition to Ft. Benton, MT and further west to California. For the Holmes expedition he was named 1st Lt. because he was "St.Paul boys looked up to the practical and good natured W. C. Morrison". Upon his return to St. Paul, Wilson started a business as a grain merchant and commissioner. His business partner was Col. Hiram P. Grant. Wilson bought stock in the J.J. Hill railroad company, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba Railway Co. (StPM&M).
A land patent for 160 acres in Dakota County was bought by Wilson in 1857. Later he offered part or all of it to his brother, Robert Patterson Morrison, if he would move to Minnesota. They built 2 log cabins on the land and Robert returned to NY to get his family. Sadly he died on the return trip but his wife Mary and the children continued the journey to MN, where Mary opened a "hotel" in one of the cabins.
Wilson died of erypsipelas, a streptococcal skin infection.
Dow John Morrison (1843 - 1923)*
Alice H. Morrison DeMers (1846 - 1934)*
Francis M. Morrison (1848 - 1922)*
James Wilson Morrison (1852 - 1924)*
Lorena Morrison (1854 - 1846)*
Samuel J. Morrison (1858 - 1919)*
Plot: Sec 32 Block 8 Lot 6 Grave 4
Created by: Levesque
Record added: Jul 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28585607
Thank you for your legacy of character, hard work and good humor.Your 3rd great grand-daughter.|
Added: May. 26, 2009