Wilson, James D.
February 24, 2007 09:44PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Barren County.

JAMES D. WILSON was born in Pettis County, Mo., January 29, 1850. His
father, John P. Wilson, was born near Richmond, Va., in 1797, and with
his parents removed to Kentucky about the year 1805. They located in
Barren County, where John P. grew to manhood and remained during his
life, with the exception of a few months spent in Missouri in 1850. He
was for about forty years engaged in a general merchandise trade in
Glasgow, Ky., where he acquired a considerable property. He was married,
in 1827, to Miss Mary Goodman, whose parents were natives of the Old
Dominion, and were of English and French extractions. John Wilson, the
grandfather of James D., was of Scotch-Irish descent, and was one of the
original settlers of Barren County, Ky. James D. Wilson was less than
one year old when his father removed to Glasgow, Ky. Here he remained
attending school until the autumn of 1867, when he entered the Kentucky
University at Lexington, where he studied mathematics and the collateral
sciences, after which he returned home and carried on farming for
several years; then engaged with George S. Moore & Co., wholsale iron
dealers, with whom he remained in the capacity of traveling salesman for
two years; he also traveled for one year for O. G. Holt, manufacturer of
and dealer in musical instruments; then took up the study of law,
reading with Edwards & Seymour, of Louisville, and was licensed to the
Kentucky bar in 1878. The practice of the law not being altogether to
his taste, he gives most of his attention to the cultivation of his farm
of 100 acres. He was married, in 1881, to Miss Mary Vaughan, and to
them have been born two daughters: Mellie (deceased) and Mary. Mary
(Vaughan) Wilson is a daughter of Milton Vaughan, of Green County, Ky.
Her mother, Mary (Anderson) Vaughan, was a granddaughter of Samuel
Cabell, and a relative of John C. Breckinridge and Albert Sidney
Johnston. Mr. Wilson was a member of the Louisville Legion, Kentucky
State Guard, in which he held the rank of first lieutenant of Company A,
and commanded the Louisville detachment in the Breathitt County
expedition. Mr. Wilson is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
while his wife holds the Presbyterian faith. He is a Master Mason in
Bear Wallow Lodge, No. 231, and politically he is a Democrat.
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