Friday, June 4, 2010

Jane (McComsey) Wilson

Birth:   Oct. 7, 1787
             Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

Died:    Feb. 11, 1861
             McDonough County, Illinois

Jane (McComsey) Wilson was born in Kentucky, a daughter of John McComsey.  She married John Wilson on December 20, 1809 in Madison, Ohio.  She was the mother of Eli Wilson and Mary Ann (Wilson) Gibson who are also buried in this cemetery. They were the parents of eight known children, all born in Ohio: Jane; Malinda (died as infant); Malissa (wife of Wm. Cheney); Margaret (wife of Carroll Lane); Samuel (husband of Susan Edmonston); John Jr. (husband of Isabell Venard); Eli Wilson (spouse of Sophia Beck) and Mary Ann (spouse of J.W. Gibson).

Jane Wilson's husband purchased the east half of the Northwest fourth of Section 22 in Bethel Township, McDonough County, Illinois in January of 1835. Jane's sister and brother-in-law, Mary "Polly" and Greenup McClure, purchased the west half of this same quadrant in Sep 1835. . Robert McComsey who purchased the southwest quadrant of Section 21 in Bethel Township in August of 1836 is possibly Jane's brother or cousin.

Jane Wilson's burial in this cemetery is documented by family tradition. Her children's and husband's stones are in place but in delicate to deteriorating condtions.

**Biographical information comes from family records, census records, vital statistics, and marriage records from and the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Illinois Public Land Purchase Index, and from Duane Lester's, "Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois, Volume II, Bethel-Industry."

**Special thanks to Goldie (Wilson) Vining of Washington state--Jane's great-great-grandaughter and my third cousin (three times removed).

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