Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: A W Bowen, 1913, P. 1134
The agricultural districts of the great commonwealth of Indiana are the homes of worthy men whose lives have been spent in such a manner as to win the respect of those with whom they associate, while their well-directed efforts have resulted in comfortable homes and many enjoyments. In Montgomery County frequent representatives of this class may be found, and one of them is he whose life history is briefly outlined in these paragraphs. James D. Wilson's home is located in Coal Creek Township where he has a thoroughly tilled farm, whereon may be found such buildings as are made necessary to the extent of his work, or such as will increase the comfort of his home life. He owes his present prosperity solely to his own industry, and in his career he has shown himself possessed of those faculties that are requisite to success--sagacity, far-reaching forethought and a practical tenacity of purpose.
Mr. Wilson was born in Montgomery County on October 30, 1854, and here he has been content to spend his life, believing that near his own home exist opportunities as good if not better than exist for him elsewhere. He is a son of W. W. and Sophia (McGinnis) Wilson. These parents were both natives of the state of Ohio, however, they both came to Indiana when six years old with their parents who settled in Montgomery County, the McGinnis family locating in Crawfordsville in a very early day. The parents of our subject grew to maturity in this county, were educated and married here, and here they spent their lives on a farm, becoming well established through their industry. Eight children were born to them, named as follows; Albert M. who was the eldest; James D., of this sketch; Theodore E., Evelyn, Harriet M., William H., Etta Alice and Lafayette D.
James D. Wilson grew to manhood in his native community and received his education in the common schools, later entering Stockwell Academy. He applied himself assiduously to his text-books and made an excellent record. After leaving school he began life for himself by teaching, which vocation he followed successfully for a period of seven years, giving eminent satisfaction to both pupils and patrons, and his services were in great demand. He did much to improve the educational conditions in the public schools of the county and became well known locally in this field of endeavor. But finally tiring of this line of work he turned his attention to farming and is still active. He has been very successful as a general farmer and stock raiser and has become well established.
Mr. Wilson was married in 1879 to Mary J. McClamrock, daughter of James and Hannah (Breaks) McClamrock. Her father was a native of Hamilton County, Ohio, and the mother was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, her parents having been very early settlers in this locality. Mrs. Wilson was reared to womanhood and educated in her native community.
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, namely; Ethel, married Frank Chadwick, and they live in Coal Creek Township; Stelia lives at home; Ralph, who was killed on October 23, 1910 in a football game in St. Louis, in a game between a St. Louis team and the Wabash College team of Crawfordsville, Indiana. He was considered one of the fastest and most capable half-backs in the state at the time of his death. He was a young man of much promise and was popular.
Mr. Wilson has long been active in local public affairs, and he is at present trustee of Coal Creek Township, and he was formerly County Commissioner for two terms. As a public servant he gives eminent satisfaction to all concerned, being faithful and honest in the discharge of his duty. Fraternally, he belongs to the Knights of Pythias, in which he is active and influential. In In religious matters he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church and is at present a trustee in the same.
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