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Wilson, William M.

Posted by ceddleman 
Wilson, William M.
February 24, 2007 09:45PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Barren County.

WILLIAM M. WILSON was born February 14, 1823, in Barren County. His
father, James Wilson, was born about 1798 in Caroline County, Va. In
early life he engaged in carpentering, and later in farming, which he
continued until his death October 27, 1823. He was a son of James
Wilson, Sr., who was also a farmer, a native of Virginia, and of scotch-
Irish descent. James Wilson, Jr., was married, about 1821, to Martha,
daughter of Joel and Martha (Rhodes) Yancey. She was born about 1800,
also in the State of Virginia. To this union were born one son, William
M. The latter married, Octobr 7, 1841, Nancy Elizabeth, daughter of
Theophilus D. and Lucinda (Martin) Stark. To them have been born Martha
Y. (Crane), James T. (deceased), Mary L. (Garnett), William M., Charles
R., Lizzie (deceased), Emma (deceased), Katie (Curd) and Fannie M. When
William M. Wilson was quite young his parents died, and he was taken in
charge by his maternal grandfather, with whom he lived until the
latter's death, which took place in our subject's thirteenth year. He
then lived with his uncle, John B. Wilson, until 1841, when he removed to
the farm where he now resides. He has since that time been more or less
actively engaged in farming, in connection with which he engaged for
about thirty years in the tobacco trade, first as a buyer of leaf
tobacco on his own farm; and later for about thirteen years as a member
of the firm of McGuiar, Helm & Co., commission merchants and proprietors
of the "Ninth Street Warehouse" of Louisville, Ky. As a member of that
firm, as well as in his other walks of life, he commanded the respect of
all with whom he was associated, and in order, in a measure, to show the
esteem in which he was held, they presented him, on his retiring from
active life, with a magnificient silver tea service. As a citizen he
has received marks of the esteem in which he is held, having been
appointed a delegate to the Farmer's National Congress, as well as
having represented his district in the Senate of his native State. He
is a believer in the doctrines of the Methodist Church, but is not at
present a member of any church organization. In politics he is a
Democrat.
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