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William Wilson Amos
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1835
Vermillion County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 1906
Kansas, USA

William Wilson Amos obituary: (mis-spellings as written, and portions missing as in the unevenly cut original clipping)

William Wilson Amos was a native of Indiana, being born at New Port that state, March 19th, 1835. He removed to Illinois in his youth and was married to Susan Matheney, at Prairie City, Ill. in August 1860. She, for forty-six years shared with him the burdens and blessings, the joys and sorrows of our common lot and life.

Nine years after their marriage, 1865, the removed to Olathe Kas. Later removing to a farm in the neighborhood of Baldwin. And in 1885 coming to the town of Baldwin, where their home has since continuously been. A son and three daughters survive him to comfort the mother and cherish the memory of the father.

Brother Amos united with the Presbyterian church in early life. In 1860 transferred his membership to the Methodist Episcopal church of which communion he has since been a consistent member.

His business necessitated his absence from home a greater portion of the time. But no man could be more devoted to his home and home folks than was he. Their comfort was his first care. His own a secondary consideration. When admonished by his family to cease from active work and husband his strength, and take life easily he ever replied 'I must work". He was of that type of men upon whom the responsibility of caring for a family rested as a sacred trust. He felt the call to carry a man's share of life's load. He was a "lifter", never a "leaner." The best testimony to a man's character comes from the source of most exact information. That is a man's home. Judged by this testimony Brother Amos will be reckoned among the good men who lived on the earth. Those who knew him best loved him most. He never made a show of his religion. A physical infirmity prevented his attendance on the public worship as regularly as his hear prompted. But he knew his Bible. He was a constant reader of The Word.

He imparted instruction to his children in his own quaint way, instruction never to be forgotten, concerning the things of God. God blessed him with "whatever ...e denied a nature sloping to the ..ny side." Life was not a joke; but a serious thing, too be spent in repining... he
possessed a resiliency that enabled to him to readily regain his accustomed gait when temporarily halted by the hand of disease.

He worked till the last and we are persuaded that would have been his wish had he been the dictator of that fraction of his destiny. And that is the manliness in a man. Who wants to linger around after "the power is off," the discharge given, the mustering out roll has been called?

He has ceased his labor; he has gone hence; His loved ones will cherish his memory. And men may truly say - were all men as true to the sacred trusts of life and duty as he this would be a better world in which to live.

More peace less strife; more sunshine less of shadow; more laughter and love, less grief and anguish mor mirth and music, less silence and sadness; a little more of the stuff of which heaven is builded, less of the darkness and gloom of the night. I. B. P.


1850 Census: Vermillion, Vermillion, Indiana. William is listed as a chair maker, age 15. Living with father Nathaniel Amos (52), chair maker; mother Jane (42); siblings: James (17), chair maker; Ruth A. (12), George (8), John W (5).

1860 Census: Prairie City, McDonough, Illinois

According to "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.." at

"W. W. Amos was the first painter" .

12 August 1860 he married Susan Ann Matheny in McDonough County, Illinois.

Son Wilber Stanton Amos was born 19 August 1865 in Illinois

William moved his family from Illinois to Olathe Kansas between 1865 and 1869.

Son Elmer Amos was born about 1869,in Kansas.

1870 Census: Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, working as a painter

Son Elmer died between 1870 and 1880.

Daughter Ona M. was born in 1873.

Daughter Martha "Matt" or "Mattie" was born in July 1875

Daughter Margaret "Maggie" J. was born August 1878

Two more children, names unknown, would be born and die before the 1900 census.

1880 Census: Hayes township, Franklin, Kansas, working as a farmer.

1886: He was working a farm in the neighborhood of Baldwin City, Kansas.

1900 Census: Baldwin City, Douglas, Kansas, working as a chiropodist.

Family links: 
  Nathaniel Amos (1798 - 1858)
  Susan Ann Matheny Amos (1844 - 1915)*
  Wilber Stanton Amos (1865 - 1948)*
  Ona M Amos (1873 - 1940)*
  Martha B Amos (1875 - 1970)*
  Benjamin J Amos (1827 - 1905)*
  James E. Amos (1833 - 1919)*
  William Wilson Amos (1835 - 1906)
  Amanda Valentine Amos Stonemets-Baughman (1838 - 1914)*
  George Washington Amos (1841 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Baldwin City
Douglas County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Main Section, Row 12, Lot 39, grave W6
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Record added: Feb 25, 2009
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