Thursday, June 3, 2010

Isabell (Venard) Wilson

Birth:    1836
              McDonough County, Illinois

Died:     January 14, 1893
              McDonough County, Illinois

Isabell (Venard) Wilson was the daughter of William and Sarah Jane (McClure) Venard who are also buried in this cemetery. She was the wife of John Wilson, Jr. Her in-laws, parents, siblings and many other relatives are also interred in this cemetery.

Her obituary appeared in the Macomb Journal on Thursday, 19 January 1893:
"Isabell, wife of John Wilson of Bethel, died last Saturday at the residence of Adam Bodenhemier. She was the sister of Mrs.Washington Smith of Macomb from whose residence the funeral was held on Tuesday. Burial was in the McClure burying ground in Chalmers. She was aged 55 years and had been born in this county. She was the oldest child of William Venard, an early settler in the county and was the sister of G.G. and Perry Venard of Macomb. She is survived by her husband and 9 grown children. Her brother Robert Venard and her son Samuel Wilson Jr. live at [Tina, Carroll County], Missouri."
John and Isabelle Wilson married on July 4, 1856. In the July 1860 Federal Census for Illinois (McDonough Co.) they appear living in Industry (with their last name is misspelled "Willson" ). John is 39 and Isabel is 22. They had two children at that time, William (3), and Edward (3 months). In 1870, the couple lived in Brooklyn Township of neighboring Schuyler County. John was 50, Isabell was 33. The child William does not appear in this or other census records. The children in the household were: Edward T. (10); George F. (7); Samuel (5); Mary E. (3); Lincoln (1). In 1880 they are back in Bethel Township, John is 59, Isabel is 42. The children at home in this census are: George F. (17), Mary A. (13), Abraham Lincoln (11), Emma A. (9), Nellie (6), and Leitha (4). These three census records allow us to account for at least nine children born to the couple.

After his wife died, John Wilson eventually moved west with his son Edward T. and his family, settling for a time in Carroll County, MO where son Samuel had moved prior to his mother's death. In the 1900 census, John was 79 years old, living with his son Edward T., Edward's wife Minnie (38) and their son Asa (17) in Stokes Mound, Carroll Co., MO. John's son Samuel was also living in Stokes Mound in 1900 with his wife Amie and their 1-year-old baby, Deroy. Edward T. Wilson and Minnie were living in Wells Township, Appanoose Co., Iowa in the 1910 census. John Wilson would have been nearly 90, but cannot be located in the 1910 census; it seems reasonable that he had likely passed away between 1900 and 1910.

Additional sources of information come from census records, vital statistics, and marriage records from, the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, and from "Venard-Van Antwerp-. . . McClure . . . etc. Genealogy," by Daniel Lloyd Venard, 1983, Macomb, Illinois,

Duane Lester's, "Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois, Volume II, Bethel-Industry," does NOT document existance of this burial and I did not find a stone for her in March 2008. However, this is a very unkempt cemetery with most stones broken and many buried in mud or otherwise missing. There is no McClure burial ground in the adjacent Chalmer's Township--this was likely an error on the part of the newspaper staff.

(Thanks to my cousin, Joan Schomer of Green Valley, AZ, for providing me with the copy of this obituary.)

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