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W.B. Wilson Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

W.B. Wilson Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • W.B. Wilson was born in what is now Cape Girardeau County, MO, June 1, 1830.

    He is a son of John and Jane McDowell Wilson, natives of North Carolina, and early immigrants to Missouri. Of their ten children, three are living at the present time: Sarah (Mrs Philip Schell), William B and Pressia M. The father was a farmer by occupation.

    W.B. Wilson was seven years of age when his father died.

    He remained with his mother until about twenty-six years of age, and in 1851 went to Southern California, where he mined for about a year, but owing to ill health was compelled to give up that work.

    He remained about four years longer, engaged in farming, and then came home.

    He followed farming and merchandising until 1864, when he joined Company G, Forty-seventh Missouri Volunteers, and was commissioned captain, and served until peace was declared.

    In 1866 he moved to Wayne County, and located on the St Francois River, about fifteen miles from where he now lived.

    In the fall of the same year he moved to his present farm, which consists of 1,500 acres of land. March 19, 1857 he married Margaret Whybark, who died in 1862, leaving one child, Nevada.

    April 12, 1863, he wedded Elizabeth Harrison and by her became the father of five children, four of whom are living; Monroe, George, Jane and Lucy.

    This wife died September 16, 1879, and August 1, 1880, he was united in marriage to Martha Sebastian Thompson, and by her has two children, Florence and John. Mr Wilson is a mason, and is one of the substantial and intelligent men of the county.

    He was elected county treasurer at one time without his consent, but would not serve.

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, page 1151
Contributed by Kay McGregor

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