Friday, June 4, 2010

John Wilson, Sr.

Birth Aug. 12, 1781
            Greenbriar County, Virginia, USA

Died Jun. 14, 1843
            McDonough County, Illinois, USA

John Wilson, a native of Virginia, married Jane McComsey on December 20, 1809 in Madison, Ohio. 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).

John Wilson's wife Jane and two of his children, Eli Wilson and Mary Ann Gibson, are also buried in this cemetery.

John Wilson purchased the east half of the northwest quadrant of Section 22 in Bethel Township, McDonough County, Illinois in January of 1835. His wife's sister and brother-in-law, Greenup and Mary "Polly" McClure, purchased the west half of this same quadrant in September 1835.  The Pioneer Cemetery lies within the McClure half of Section 22.  Robert McComsey purchased the Southwest quadrant of Section 21 in Bethel Township in August of 1836, and he is believed to be the brother-in-law of John Wilson.

This burial is documented in Lester's "Rural Cemeteries" (see reference below), and the stone was photographed in the spring of 2008.

His burial is the third oldest recorded for this cemetery.  The stone was weathered and lying flat, but legible as of March 2008. His burial is the third oldest recorded for this cemetery.

**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--John's great-great-grandaughter and my third cousin (three times removed).

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