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Wilson -James W.

Source: Atlas of Montgomery County (Chicago: Beers, 1878) p 51

James W. WILSON, PO Potato Creek; Farmer and STock Raiser; Sec  13, son of Cornelius and Betsey Ann Wilson; was b. in Brown CO  Ohio, Dec 14, 1829 and settled on Sec 8, Sugar Creek Twp with his  parents 1835; marr. Sarah C. ERMENTROUT Sept 28, 1854; two  children; Elizabeth P and Jennie M.
Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893.

James W. WILSON, a representative farmer and highly respect  citizen, of Kirkpatrick, Montgomery County, Ind., is well known  throughout Madison Township as a most genial gentleman and  obliging friend and neighbor. The family record of his ancestry  shows him to be of Scotch and Irish descent, a fact fully  verified by the ready with and quaint humor of our subject.
Away back in the latter part of the seventeenth century, among  the rugged hills of "Old Scotia' David WILSON, the paternal  ancestor and great-great-grandfather of James W., was born. A  sturdy lad, full of native energy and manly resolution, he early  became self-supporting, and seeking where best to establish  himself during the future struggle of life, left Scotland, and  drifted into the neighboring kingdom of Ireland. In "Erin´s  Isle' he found employment and a life-time home. Earning his daily  bread by steady, honest toil he prospered, and with prudent  management was enabled to marry and rear a large family of  ambitious, enterprising and self-reliant children.
William WILSON, a son of the old Scotchman, was born in  Ireland, in the 1722, and there pursued the uneventful tenor of  his way, in due time marrying, and providing for the large family  which soon surrounded him. One of his sons, Solomon WILSON, the  grandfather of our subject, became deeply interested in the  success of the colonists beyond the sea, and, satisfied that he  could better his fortunes in the New World, resolved to emigrate  thither. Bidding friends and relatives farewell, he embarked for  America, and soon left his native shores far behind him. The  journey across the stormy Atlantic was in those days exceedingly  tedious, and often perilous, but Mr. WILSON was young, hopeful  and courageous, and occupied his time on ship-board planning for  his future.
Landing safely upon this side of the ocean, the young Irishman  settled in the "Old Dominion' and following the custom of his  family, married early in life and in Virginia founded the  American Wilsons, direct descendants of the Old Scotchman David  WILSON. Solomon WILSON took an active part in the struggles for  independence from the mother-country, and no colonist was more  enthusiastic in the holy cause of liberty that he. There is  recorded in a faithful diary kept at that time, and now in the  possession of the family, the interesting historical fact that  Mr. WILSON'S patriotism was further practically demonstrated by  his donation to the cause of freedom of a most valuable  possession, the weights of the old family clock, which had  peacefully ticked away the hours in the Virginia home. These  weights, weighing respectively sixteen and fifteen pounds, were  molded into bullets, and handled by the resolute patriots of the  Revolution.
Cornelius WILSON, son of Solomon Wilson, was the father of our  subject. He was a native of Hardy County, Virginia, and was born  in 1802. He married at an early age Miss Betsey TAYLOR, also a  resident of Virginia, and with his wife migrated to Ohio, where  he located in Brown County. In 1834 the attractions of Montgomery  County, Ind., caused his removal thither, and with wife and  children about him he lived to a good old age, enjoying the  respect and confidence of the entire community which surrounded  him. Cornelius WILSON held a commission under Gov. Jeremiah  MORROW, as First Lieutenant, the time of service extending from  1825 to 1834, when Mr. WILSON exchanged his home in Ohio, for one  in Indiana.
James W. Wilson, born December 14, 1829, was the second child  in a family of ten, and now resides near the spot where he spent  the days of boyhood. In 1854 he married to Miss Sarah C.  ERMENTROUT, a daughter of one of the early pioneers of the  county. Two children were raised to maturity, in their pleasant  home upon the farm, which our subject has cultivated many years.  The WILSOMS have been Presbyterians from time immemorial, and in  old Scotland devoutly attended the nearest "kirk.'
Our subject is not a politician, but he votes for "the best  man' and both he and his good wife are interested in the welfare  and prosperity of the world at large. Passing year after year in  their quiet home, they have witnessed so many events in the  upward progress of their State that they are possessed of a  wonderful and most interesting store of reminiscence.
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