John S. Wilson,residing at Orion, and engaged in general farming, is a native of Sparta , Ill. , where he was born Jan. 3, 1844. The father, David E., formerly from South Carolina , and a farmer, was united in marriage after he had come to Illinois with his parents, who were Americans, and who settled in the southwestern part of this State. The lady of his choice was Miss Margaret A. Stewart. After marriage they went to Wisconsin , in the year of 1846, Mr. David E., having visited it as a volunteer soldier in 1840. The mother died there when her son John S. was only about 11 years of age.
After the mother’s death he resided with his father until he attained the age of 17 years, when he came to Illinois and learned the trade of carpenter and joiner. He afterward worked for a time as a “jour,” and started then on his own account. He settled in Edford Township , this county, for a while, and in 1875 purchased 80 acres of good farming land. On the latter he has since made his home, erecting a good residence.
John S., our subject, formed a matrimonial alliance, in Grant Co., Wis. , Sept. 16, 1863, with Mary Gee, who was born in Ohio , near Salem . She came West with her parents, who settled in Wisconsin, in Grant County, when she was but a mere child, and died at her home in Edford Township, this county, in 1869. She had become the mother of one child, Maggie B.
May 26, 1870, Mr. Wilson was again married, to Miss Edna E. Scott, in Edford Township . She was born in Cook Co., this State, Sept. 12, 1844, a daughter of Alvin and Louisa Scott, natives of Connecticut and New Hampshire respectively. They were farmers, and came to Cook County , where they were married. Mrs. Wilson was the eldest daughter and eldest child but one of a family of seven children. The father died at an advanced age, in 1868, in Cook County , but the mother is still living in Edford Township . Mrs. Wilson began teaching when she was 19 years of age, having received an excellent education, and followed the same for several years. She has become the mother of three children, one deceased. The living are Evalyn E., who was born Feb. 19, 1876, and Lawrence O., born March 9, 1879.
Mr. W. affiliates with the Republican party in political sentiment. As to religious matters both himself and wife are tolerant; that is, they do not believe any one will be sent into endless torment because of difference in religious belief.

1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry County, Illinois page 498

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