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Wilson, George Y.

Posted by ceddleman 
Wilson, George Y.
February 21, 2007 04:46PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Allen County.

GEORGE Y. WILSON was born in Allen County, November 28, 1853, where he
grew up. His father, Benjamin P. Wilson, was born March 10, 1810. He
was a son of George Wilson, of Virginia, who was of Irish descent.
Benjamin Wilson was married March 1, 1830, to Lethe, daughter of Yancy
and Mary (Dillon) Turner, of Sumner County, Tenn., who was born December
22, 1814. He started in life at the bottom of the ladder, but by
industry, economy and perserverance, he accumulated a fine property and
became the owner of a well improved farm of 200 acres, in good condition
and a fine state of cultivation. He was for eight terms assessor of
Allen County, during which time he received a premium for having the
best-kept assessor's books in the State. He was a magistrate and member
of the court of claims of Allen County for three terms, and was,
besides, for four years county judge of his native county. In 1830 he
was converted and joined the Methodist Church, in which he was, in 1831,
licensed to exhort, and in 1837 was licensed to preach, and afterward
was ordained, in 1847, as a deacon, by Bishop Janes, and as elder by
Bishop Paine, in 1854. From 1837 up to within a short time of his
death, which took place April 25, 1877, he labored constantly and
earnestly as a minister of the Gospel, meeting with great success. He
had seven children, of whom George Y. is the youngest. He was possessed
in his youth of fair opportunities and has obtained a fair English
education; he is a moral man, not at present a member of any church
organization, but is a Methodist in belief, and in politics is a
Democrat.
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