James Wilson

JAMES WILSON, a pioneer of Hendricks Township, is a native of Fleming County, Kentucky, where he was born April 5, 1825, being the eighth in a family of twelve children, born to  Samuel and  Polly (Matchet) Wilson, who were also natives of Kentucky.  They came to Indiana and Rush County, in 1827, where they lived until their death, the former dying in 1837, and the latter in 1840.  The year following his mother's death, James came to Shelby County. In early life he received a limited education. August 27, 1846, his marriage with Eliza Donley, was solemnized and to their union three children were born:  Melvin, Susan and  Elizabeth. July 30, 1853, Mr. Wilson suf- fered the bereavement of losing his beloved wife. November 5, 1854, his and  Caroline Strickler's nuptials were celebrated, and their union has been blessed with these two children:  Martin A., whose present wife was  Della Cox, and  Maggie, now  Mrs. Oliver Stafford. Mr. Wilson has always made farming his principal occupation, in connection with which he has been manufacturing tile since 1871, and he has been quite successful. He now owns 139-1/2 acres of well improved land, and in addition a well equipped tile factory. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He also belongs to the Masonic faternity [sic].  In politics, he is a Republican.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,
Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, pages 664-665. 
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming.
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