|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1846|
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1926|
Los Angeles County
John Harned Wilson, the second son of John McClure Wilson and Elizabeth Harned, was born March 23, 1846 in New Philadelphia, Washington County, Indiana. His mother, whose family were members of the Blue River Friends community, died about three weeks after John's birth. Whether her death was childbirth related, we can only surmise. In 1853 John H. Wilson, his father and step-mother, John M. and Polly (Beem) Woody Wilson; his step-brothers, Richard L. and Augusta A. Woody; his brother, Joseph H. and his younger half-brother, William W., moved from Indiana to Marion, Linn County, Iowa. His father erected a three story building on 7th Avenue and established a mercantile business. The Wilson family was one of the pioneer families in the area, along with related families, the Beems, Lannings and Tanners. In a 1924 Cedar Rapids Republican newspaper article, John Harned Wilson, at age 78 years, recounted some of his memories of those early days. At that time, Marion was a town larger than its neighbor, Cedar Rapids, and crossing of the Cedar River was by ferry. He recalled seeing as a boy the planting of the sycamore trees in the Marion City Park.
As a 16-year-old boy at the beginning of the Civil War, John ran away from home and joined the Union Army. He enlisted on July 21, 1862 at the rank of 8th corporal in Company A of the 18th Iowa Regiment of Infantry, giving his age as 18. He was mustered out on August 7, 1862 in Sedalia, Missouri, probably because he was discovered to be under the required age for enlistment. Civil War records seem to indicate that he reenlisted in Davenport, Iowa on May 21, 1864 as a corporal in Company K, 44th Iowa Infantry Regiment, mustering out in Davenport on September 15, 1864, having served 100 days. In 1865 he was delivering newspapers on the streets of Marion when President Lincoln was assassinated. During the Civil War period, John worked as a printer, making trips to Marengo, Iowa to work on The Marengo Republican.
About 1865 he married Mary E. Carter. Their oldest child, Grace, was born May 11, 1866 (died March 12, 1945). In 1870 John and his family lived in Cedar Rapids, and his occupation was recorded as mail route agent. During the 1870-1880 decade three more children were born: Benny in April 1870 (died in 1873); Joseph in 1875 (died 1880-1885); and Mable M. on June 30, 1879 (died Oct 15, 1979). In 1880 John and his family resided in Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa, where he was employed in the RR mail service. The youngest child, Josephine was born September 26, 1884 (died September, 1978). In 1885 the family resided in the 9th ward, on B Avenue, in Cedar Rapids, and his occupation is again recorded as mail agent. His wife Mary died in 1891 and was buried in Oak Shade Cemetery. In 1900 John and his two younger daughters lived in Dubuque, Iowa and his occupation was recorded as postal clerk. In 1920 he again was living in Cedar Rapids in the household of daughter and son-in-law, Josephine and Walter W. Hubbard, the manager of a wholesale produce company. His daughter Grace married Frank Seigel Lohr, who was in the furniture business, and his daughter Mable married Dr. Earle V. Cutler, a dentist in Osage, Iowa.
After working 49 years in the railway mail service, John retired in 1918. While employed in the postal service, in his spare time, he free-lanced newspaper articles under the pen name "On Wheels" for The Chicago Journal, The Burlington Hawkeye, The Davenport Gazette, The Cedar Rapids Observer, The Dubuque Herald and other periodicals along his route. John became a charter member of the Cedar Rapids Knights of Pythias in 1870, becoming the first member of that order west of the Mississippi. He was also a member of the Old Settlers Association of Linn County. During summers he liked to work in his garden, contributing large portions of his produce to a local children's home. Of a gentle nature, he was a well-liked and well-respected member of the community.
In his later years he spent winters with his daughter Grace in California, and it was there, in Monrovia, that he died unexpectedly on December 11, 1926, after having been there for about one month. The cause of death was given as chronic myocarditis and rupture of the heart. The D. W. Pingrey Funeral Home of Marion handled transfer of his body back to Marion for burial. Funeral services were held at the Pingrey Chapel on December 20, 1926 at 2:30 pm. Survivors included his three daughters, three grandchildren, his sister, Sarah E. Leo, and his brother William W. Wilson.
Jim L Wilson
John M. Wilson (1812 - 1881)
Elizabeth Harned Wilson (1824 - 1846)
Mary E Carter Wilson (1847 - 1891)*
Bennie Wilson (1870 - 1873)*
Isabella Wilson (____ - 1851)**
Joseph H. Wilson (1844 - 1872)*
John Harned Wilson (1846 - 1926)
Eleanor Wilson (1848 - 1850)**
William W. Wilson (1852 - 1940)**
George W Wilson (1858 - 1860)**
James B. Wilson (1862 - 1908)**
Oak Shade Cemetery
Created by: Jim L Wilson
Record added: Feb 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47993117
From Marion records of Undertakers and Embalmers: page 145 #101 John H. Wilson, Monrovaia[sic], Calif. d 12-11-1926, age 80 yrs 8 mo 18 da. b Ind. 3-24-1846, widowed, father John M. Wilson, b Ky., Rites Pingrey chapel, 12-20-, Christian Science reader of ...(Read more)|
Added: Jan. 3, 2017