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 Sylvester Wilson

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Sylvester Wilson

  • Birth 20 Jan 1840 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 2 Aug 1895 Jackson, Teton County, Wyoming, USA
  • Burial Jackson, Teton County, Wyoming, USA
  • Memorial ID 74840108

Sylvester was born in Nauvoo, Illinois. His father & mother Elijah & Martha Wilson joined the Mormon church in 1835. They had to leave Nauvoo because of religious persecution. They lived for five years in Pottawattamie Co., Iowa. They crossed the plains in 1852 & settled in Grantsville, Utah. His father died in 1860. Sylvester's mother & family then moved to Wellsville, Utah. There, Sylvester married Mary Wood on 26 May 1861. He was 21 & she was 16. They lived in Wellsville about 5 years. They then moved to Oxford, Idaho, then Swan Lake, Idaho. They left there in 1874 & leased a place in Elsinore, Utah where relatives lived. In all of these places children were born. They then end up near Castle Dale, Utah about 5 miles away . The settlement was called Wilsonville. Sylvester was a fiddler & furnished music for the first dances held in Castle Valley. His wife, Mary Wood, was a practical nurse & provided her services throughout the valley. Sylvester was 38 years old. Here he had more children. He was postmaster at the Wilsonville Post Office 1879 to 1882. This ended because of the coming of the railroad. He served as the presiding Elder there & performed wedding ceremonies for several of his children. He sold his land there due to no more land available, & several severe droughts. He with his family & other related families then located in Jackson, Wyoming when he was 50 years of age. He was to live just six more years, dying in 1895 in Jackson. (The above taken from The Early History of The Sylvester Wilson Family And The History of Wilsonville, Utah by Byron J. Wilson, a great-grandson).


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  • Maintained by: Dean & Karen Wilson
  • Originally Created by: mommycita
  • Added: 12 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74840108
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvester Wilson (20 Jan 1840–2 Aug 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74840108, citing South Park Cemetery, Jackson, Teton County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Dean & Karen Wilson (contributor 47066624) .