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Wilson, Henry Todd

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Wilson, Henry Todd
March 04, 2007 05:15PM
History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 533.
[Bourbon County] [Flat Rock Precinct]

HENRY TODD WILSON, farmer; P. O. Cane Ridge; proprietor of Snow Hill
farm; is a son of Joseph, he of Henry Wilson, who came at a very early
date from near Culpepper [sic] Court House, Va., to Boonesborough,
where he took an active part in the building of that place. Was also one
of the company who built the block-house and established the fort at
"Bryant's Station." At an early age he married a Miss Faulkner, who was a
daughter of one of the first settlers at Bryant's Station, and afterward
one of the most prominent and wealthy families of Fayette County. Soon
after marriage he removed to the neighborhood of Flat Rock, where he
subsequently purchased a 5,000 acre tract of land which (to induce a
settlement), he gave to numerous families. Being impressed by a strong
belief that a salt well could be secured upon his farm, he determined to
make the effort, which required at great amount of time, labor, and the
exhausting of all his means. His efforts, however (to the surprise of
all the settlers), were crowned with success, which made him the first
proprietor of a salt well in Kentucky. The only salt manufactured in
the State before that at his works, was by Daniel Boone at the Blue Licks.
Joseph Wilson was the seventh child of a family of eleven children--four
sons and two daughters older than himself. He was born in the year 1800,
near Flat Rock, when the country was yet in its infancy. He received a
limited education, engaging, at an early age, in the capacity of drover,
taking to the eastern markets numerous herds of all kinds of stock, and
after the advent of railroads continued in the business as an extensive
shipper. At twenty-seven years of age he was married to Nancy McCoy,
daughter of Thomas McCoy, who resided near Chillicothe, Ohio, by whom
he had sons and three daughters, the subject of this sketch being the
second son. The Wilson family have been noted as a long-lived people,
of Scotch-Irish descent, the great-grandfather coming with his parents,
when an infant, to the city of Philadelphia, in which, without relatives,
he was, at the age of seven years, left an orphan by the death of both
parents. The subject of this sketch attended school at Flat Rock,
becoming quite proficient in the common branches and the Latin language,
under the instruction of Prof. Milligan. After eighteen years of age he
engaged in the stock business with his father. He was married on the
15th of May, 1855, (at twenty-seven years of age), to Miss A. E. Youngs,
daughter of Johnson A. Young, a prominent stock dealer and farmer near
Mt. Sterling, Montgomery. by this marriage there are four children:
William, a law student at Mt. Sterling; Sallie H., Lizzie B. and Mary M.
Mr. WIlson spent eight years in Congress lobbying upon bills for the
remuneration of his neighbors and himself for the loss of stock during
the war. He is a man of honor and integrity and business ability, and,
with his family, belong to the Christian Church.
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