Johnson Lorenzo Wilson, residing on section 27, located adjoining the town of Galva, is a native of Ohio. He was born in St. Albans Tp., Licking Co., that State, Aug. 2, 1832. The parents of Mr. Wilson of this sketch were Seuel and Esther (Burnett) Wilson. He was born in New Hampshire, and died in Jay County, Ind., in July, 1857, having removed to Ohio, that State, in 1846. He was a farmer by occupation, and in his religious belief was, from the time he attained the age of manhood, a member of the Baptist Church. His father, grandfather of our subject, was born in New Jersey, was of English extraction, and a soldier of the Revolutionary War; was a farmer by occupation and died in Ohio. Seuel Wilson was a soldier in the War of 1812. Mr. Wilson’s parents lived and died in Indiana.

   J. L. Wilson, of whom we write, received his education principally in Ohio. He removed with his parents into Indiana, and from there came to this State, in 1854, stopping in Peoria County. He remained there until the spring of that year, when he moved near Elmwood, Knox County, this State, where he followed the occupation of farming for three years. At the expiration of this time, in 1857, he came to Galva, in the neighborhood of which village he rented land and was occupied in its cultivation for two years. Previous to moving here he had purchased land, which during the last few years mentioned he improved as time would permit. At first he purchased land, which during he last few years mentioned he improved as time would permit. At first he purchased 80 acres, which he afterward sold and purchased another 80 acres east of the present village of Galva. He subsequently brought 40 acres more, and then sold the 120 acres, and with the proceeds purchased 100 acres adjoining the present village of Galva, the same being located on section 27, Galva Township, and on which he at present resides.

   Mr. Wilson was united in marriage April 11, 1861, with Miss Amanda M. Herbert. She was born in Lewistown, Fulton Co., Ill., in 1842. She has borne him seven children; Lillian M., Ralph L., Fred H., Walter, Myrtie E., Katie and Ethel L. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, together with their children, Lillian and Ralph, are members of the Baptist Church. Politically, Mr. Wilson indorses the party which advocates prohibition.

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