Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Wilson


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, May 2, 1996
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          Leslie G. Wilson,  41, Rushville, died today in Rushville.  Born Oct. 3, 1954, in Mount Vernon, Ill., he was the son of  Robert D. and  Wilma L. Wilson.  He married  Patty (Flowers) Wilson on Nov. 7, 1987, and she survives.
          Mr. Wilson was a former Shelbyville and Greenfield resident and lived in Rushville for the past four years.  He was a 1973 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School and graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1974.  He was an owner-operator for Snap-On Tools, retiring in February 1996.  He had worked at Cummins Midstates Power, Indianapolis, for 16 years.
          Mr. Wilson was a member of the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Shelby County, and the National Rifle Association.  Survivors in addition to his wife are a son,  Matthew G. Wilson,  Rushville; his father,  Robert D. Wilson, Shelbyville' and a brother,  Charles E. Wilson,  Harvest, Ala.  He was preceded in death by his mother.
          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.  The Rev. Robb L. Barlow will officiate.  Burial will be in Mount Pisgah Cemetery.  Friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Carmony-Ewing Broadway Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Matthew G. Wilson Scholarship Fund, in care of the Shelby County Savings Bank, Shelbyville.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, April 17, 1993
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W[alter] Emil Wilson, 82, 1409 S. West St., died Thursday.
Born on March 11, 1911, in Shelbyville, s/o  Walter S. and Emiline (Hasecuster) Wilson.
Lifetime Shelbyville resident, was the owner-operator of Wilson Bait and Tackle.
Real estate agent.
U. S. Army veteran and was a member of the American Legion. On Sept. 3, 1941, he and  Vivian (Beck) Wilson  were married. She died Aug. 14, 1987.
A brother also preceded him in death. Survivors:  daughters, Mrs. Billy (Sue) Anders, Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Mike (Kathy) Custis, Greencastle, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Murphy Funeral Home with the Rev. William C. Horner officiating. Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, April 7, 1992
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          Wilma L. Wilson,  61,  313 Wellington Blvd., died today at Major Hospital.  Born on Nov. 21, 1930, in Wayne Co., Ill., she was the daughter of  Keith and  Elsie (Bozarth) Wilson.  In 1947, she married  Robert D. Wilson,  he survives.  Other survivors include two sons,  Leslie G. Wilson,  Shelbyville, and  Charles E. Wilson,  Harvest Ala.; a sister  Doris Bassett,  New Lenox, Ill.; her mother,  Elsie Wilson, New Lenox, Ill.; and one grandchild.  Services at the Carmony-Ewing Broadway Funeral Home, with burial at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, April 12, 1988
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Lifetime Shelbyville resident Carrie E. Wilson, 101, 1220 Elm St., died today.
Seamstress at Goodman-Jester Company.
Member of the First Christian Church. D/o  Daniel  and  Alice (Garlitch) Payne, she was born Dec. 29, 1886, in a log cabin in Shelby County. Married in 1909 to  George Wilson  who preceded her in death Feb. 26, 1966.
Survivors:  daughters, Edna Osborne,  Evelyn Allen  and  Joan Shaffee, all Shelbyville; 4 grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Four brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Murphy Mortuary with the Rev. James Horner, assisted by the Rev. Ralph Hill, officiating. Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, August 15, 1987
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Vivian A. Wilson, 71, died Friday, 1409 South West Street.
Born Nov. 21, 1915 in Lebanon, IN, to  Leonard Beck and Bessa (Harrell) Beck. On Sept. 3, 1940, married  W. Emil Wilson.
Registered nurse; W. S. Major Hospital for about 30 years, retiring in 1981. Survivors:  wife;  2 daughters, Sue Aldridge, Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Mike (Cathy) Custis, Greencastle; a brother, Len Beck Jr., Las Vagas; two sisters, Lenora Reasner, Artesia, NM.; and  Mrs. Colver (Barbara) Ferguson, Mansfield, Ohio; 4 grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one sister.
Murphy Mortuary, with the Rev. William Horner officiating.
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Kokomo  Tribune
December 6, 1973
Page 5
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          Whitestown---- Mrs. Jessie M. Wilson, 99, Whitestown, R.R.1, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday in Riverview Hospital, Noblesville.  She had been ill for eight weeks.  Born Oct. 14, 1874, in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of  Absalom and Mary Purvis Lee.  She was married in 1892 to  William H. Smith,  who preceded her in death in 1930.  She was married in 1942, to  Charles Wilson  who preceded her in death in 1955.  She was a member of the West Middleton Christian Church.  She spent most of her life in Howard and Tipton Counties.  Surviving are three daughters,  Mrs. Georgia Dillman  of Kokomo,  Mrs. Lula Shirley  of Whitestown and Mrs. Doris Gardner  of Anderson; a step-daughter,  Mrs. Edna Silver  of Kokomo; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.  Nine brothers and a sister preceded her in death.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Ellers Mortuary, with Ben Wilson officiating.  Burial will be in Albright Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, January 21, 1969
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MRS. WILSON,  63,
DIES  AT  FRANKLIN
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          Mrs. Mildred Wilson, 63, Franklin, mother of  Mrs. Harold Parker  of Bengal Community, died at 11:00 a.m. to day at Janie's Nursing Home at Franklin.
          Services will be Thursday at the Vandivier-Parsley Funeral Home in Franklin with Tom Stark officiating.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery there.
          Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Wednesday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, February 13, 1967
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MRS. WILSON  DIES  IN  HOSPITAL
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Mrs. Emiline [May] Wilson, 80,  died today.  Poor health for several months.
Lived with her son, Emil Wilson  of 1022 S. Harrison St.
D/o  Charles  and  Samantha (Sandefur) Hasecuster, born in Shelby County June 14, 1886.
1906 married  Walter Wilson, who died March 7, 1938.
Survivors:  son are two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and two brothers and a sister, Earl Hasecuster and Julius Hasecuster of Shelbyville and Mrs. George Brown of Columbus. Services will be at the Murphy Mortuary Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Jerome Hyde officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, February 26, 1966
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GEORGE  WILSON
DIES  IN  HOSPITAL
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George T. Wilson, 81, 120 N. Vine St., died today.  Ill for several years and was admitted to the hospital Thursday. Services will be at the Murphy Mortuary with Rev. James Horner officiating. Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Born inShelbyville on Jan 26, 1885, s/o  William and Della (Ford) Wilson.  Married  Carrie Payne  in 1909.
Survivors:  wife; 3 daughters,  Mrs. Herbert (Edna) Osborne,  Mrs. Evelyn Allen  and  Mrs. Richard (Joan) Mahley, all of Shelbyville; 4 grandchildren; 1 brother, Beryl Wilson  of Hollywood, Fla.; 1 sister,   Mrs. Emily Fear  of Indianapolis.
Furniture finisher and was employed by the former Meloy Manufacturing Co. and the former Davis-Birely Corp. here.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, June 6, 1952
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WORD  RECEIVED
HERE  OF  DEATH
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Carlton C. Wilson, 80, Dies
In Peru; Funeral Saturday
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          Word has been received here of the death of  Carlton C.(Carl) Wilson.  native of this city and resident of Peru since 1939.  Mr. Wilson died Wednesday at the home of a daughter,  Mrs. Bonita Chris,  in Peru.  He was 80 years of age.
          THE  SON  OF  John M. and Mollie (Snyder) Wilson,  he was born in Shelbyville On January 15, 1872.  In 1893 he was married to  Lora Denney,  who preceded him in death in 1936.  Surviving with the daughter, Mrs. Chris, are three other children,  Mrs. Hazel Whitesell  of Richmond;  John Maurice Wilson  of Indianapolis and  Lloyd Wilson  of Greenfield.
          Funeral services will be held at the Drake-Flowers Funeral Home in Peru Saturday at 3:30 p.m.  Cremation will follow.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  News-Journal
Central Kentucky
January 3, 1952
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          Mr. Albert Wilson, 90, died in the Shelbyville hospital in Indiana at 5:30 a.m. December 25.  He was a member of the Highland Park Baptist Church, Louisville.  He was united in marriage to  Miss Lissie Pardue  in 1886 and to this union one son, Robert Wilson, Tenn., and a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Woldridge, of Highland Park, Louisville, survives.  Mrs. Wilson preceded him in death in the year 1891.  In 1896, Mr. Wilson was united in marriage to  Miss Vina Prichett  and to this union three sons and nine daughters were born and survive him.  They are:  Mrs. Frank Kelly, Highland Park,  Mrs. Elvin Holmes, Mannsville,  Mrs. Luther Holmes,  Shelbyville, Ind.,  Mrs. Tom Nelson,  Mrs. Ben Nelson,  both of Taylor County, and  Clarence Wilson and  Raymond Wilson, Shelbyville, Ind.  He is also survived by 47 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.  Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion Methodist Church near Acton, Thursday, December 27 with Rev. Wilbur Whitley officiating.  The pallbearers were  James Holmes,  Walter  and  Marvin Woldridge,  Kendrick McCubbins,  Myrt,  Deavers  and  Joe Drexer. Burial in the church cemetery.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, January 25, 1951
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WILSON  RITES
TO  BE  FRIDAY
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          Funeral services for  Mrs. Florene Jessie Wilson,  who resided in Fountaintown for 18 years before moving to Greenfield one year ago, will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Pasco Funeral Home in Greenfield.  Rev. Ernest L. Ford wil lofficiate.  Interment will be in Crown Hill cemetery in Indianapolis.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
          MRS.  WILSON,  who was 89 years of age, died at the McGraw Nursing Home at Fountaintown Wednesday morning.  She was born in Shelbyville on June 10, 1861, the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Martin Updegraff.  She was the widow of  Frank Wilson.
          Mrs. Wilson was a member of the First Christian church in this city.  She is survived by one son,  Albert W. Wilson  of Greenfield; three grandchildren,  Paul M. Wilson  and  Mrs. George O'Haver  of Indianapolis and  James A. Wilson  of Morristown; two great-grandchildren and two brothers,  James Updegraff  of Sidney, O., and  Samuel E. Updegraff  of Los Angeles.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, August 27, 1943
(daily paper)
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DEATH  CLAIMS  MRS. WILSON
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          Mrs. Della* A. Wilson, age 81, died at 9:25 a.m. Thursday at the Major hospital.  She had received a fractured hip in a fall at her home, 914 Elm street, on August 16 and had been in a serious condition ever since.  She was the daughter of  Thomas F.  and  Deliah Cherry Ford  and was born in Shelbyville on January 30, 1862.  She was married on October 7, 1880, to  William J. Wilson, Shelby county school teacher, who preceded her in death.  To this union seven children were born, three of whom survive.  They are  George F. Wilson  and  Mrs. Emily Fear, of Shelbyville, and  Roy Berl Wilson, of Cleveland, O.  Other survivors are nine grandchildren and one great grandchild; three nieces, Edith  and  Marie Wilson, of Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Mabel Taylor, of Washington township; one nephew and several cousins.  Mrs. Wilson had spent her entire life in Shelbyville.  She was a member of the First Baptist church of this city.  Funeral services will be held at the home of her son, George F. Wilson, 120 north Vine street, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Walter R. Hand, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son, funeral directors.  Friends may call at the home of the son at 120 north Vine street after 9:00 a.m. today.
* Family note:  Given name is Adelphia Anna Ford. - NVG
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, July 6, 1938
(daily paper)
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ILLNESS  FATAL  TO
PROMINENT  CITY  RESIDENT
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          Walter S. Wilson, age fifty-five, prominent fishing tackle manufacturer in Shelbyville for many years, died at the Major hospital Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, after being seriously ill for the past three weeks.  Mr. Wilson had been ill for the past three months, but his condition became serious two weeks ago.  Death was caused by complications.  Funeral services will be conducted at the late home at 1022 Harrison avenue, Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Walter P. Halbert, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating.  Burial in charge of C. F. Fix and Son will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.  The deceased was born in Shelbyville on March 14, 1882, the son of  William G. and Della (Ford) Wilson.  Mr. Wilson's father died in 1933.  On March 14, 1906 he was united in marriage with  Emiline Hasacuster, and to this union three children were born, of whom one, Emil Wilson, survives at home, the other two having died in infancy.  Besides his wife and son, Mr. Wilson is survived by his mother, Mrs. William Wilson, and a sister, Emily Wilson, both of whom made their home with the deceased.  Two brothers, George Wilson, of Shelbyville, and  Burl Wilson, of Cleveland, O., and several nieces and nephews also survive.  Mr. Wilson had invented, patented and manufactured a number of widely used artificial lures for fishing.  He was a member of the Shelby county Sportsmen's League and the Isaac Walton League.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Death date:  March 25, 1936
Page 1 column 2
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WILSON  RITES  TO  BE  FRIDAY
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Funeral For Local Woman To Be
Held at Ewing Chapel
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            Funeral services for  Mrs. Margaret M. Wilson, widow of  Thomas D. Wilson, former local funeral director, will be conducted at 2:30 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Charles M. Ewing chapel on North Harrison street.
          Dr. C. A. Bowler, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, of which she was a member, will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.
          Mrs. Wilson died at 1:15 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edith McCollough, 439 West Mechanic.  She was the daughter of  Landy Branson, former trustee of Union township.  She was married to Thomas D. Wilson who died January 12, 1918.
          Surviving besides the daughters are two grandchildren, Wilson B. and Herbert Thomas McCollough, both of this city, and a sister-in-law  Emma Diehl, of Chicago.
Contributed by Barb Huff
Photo from Boetcker's  Picturesque Shelbyville, 1909.


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, September 25, 1933
(daily paper)
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RETIRED  TEACHER  CALLED  BY  DEATH
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          Stricken at 5 o'clock with neuralgia of the heart, William G. Wilson, 75, retired school teacher, died at his home at 1022 South Harrison street, at ten o'clock Saturday night.  The deceased was born in Brandywine township, October 3, 1858, the son of  George W. and Agnes Goodrich Wilson.  On October 7, 1880, he married  Miss Della Ford.  Mr. Wilson taught in the Shelby county schools for thirty-five years, having retired in 1917.  Late in life he engaged in farming.  He was a member of the local Odd Fellows lodge.  He is survived by three sons, Walter,  George  and  Beryl Wilson, and one daughter, Mrs. Emily Fear, all of Shelbyville, and nine grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at the late home on South Harrison street Tuesday morning, at ten o'clock, with Dr. A. E. Cowley officiating.  Interment will be in the family lot in Forest Hill cemetery, C. F. Fix & Son, funeral directors, in charge.  Friends may call at any time.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday June 10, 1932
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FORMER  RACING  MAN  SUCCUMBS
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Joseph Albert Wilson Dies At
Union Township Home After Long Illness
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UREMIC  POISONING  CAUSE
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          Joseph Albert Wilson, 78, prominent resident of Shelby county, died yesterday afternoon at 3:15 o'clock, at the home of  Mrs. Richard Goodrich, in Union township, where he had lived for the past two and one-half years.  He had been in failing health for the past two years but the immediate cause of his death was uremic poisoning.
          Mr. Wilson was born in Liberty township, this county, April 19, 1854, and was the son of  Green[ville] and Amanda Wilson.  At the time of his death he was aged 78 years, one month and twenty days.
          He was best known, perhaps as a racing man, he having driven fast horses in many of the races of this circuit.  All other members of his family were also identified with the racing game, and his father was at one time speed superintendent of the local track. One sister, Mrs. Ella Hacker, of Michigan City, only survives, together with four nephews.
          Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the C.F. Fix & Son mortuary, in charge of  Rev. Arville Owens, of the Vine street M. P. church, and burial will take place in the family lot in the Vienna cemetery [Rush County] in charge of C. F. Fix & Son, local funeral directors.
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Shelby County Marriages
Joseph A. Wilson & Louella Byland
February 25, 1880
Book 11   page 42
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Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday October 18, 1927
Page 1 column 5
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DEATH  OF  AGED  WOMAN  OCCURS
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Heart Disease Causes Death Of
Mrs. Roxy Ann Wilson Age Eighty-Four
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FUNERAL  TO  BE  THURSDAY
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          The death of  Mrs. Roxy Ann Wilson, aged 84, occurred at 8:45 o'clock Monday evening at the home of her son-in-law and daughter  Mr. and Mrs. Bert Markland  of Fairland.  Death was due to heart trouble from which she had suffered for some time, but was unexpected and occurred about ten minutes after Mrs. Wilson retired.
          Born March 22, 1843 in the vicinity of the Vienna church in this county, Mrs. Wilson was the daughter of  Phillip and Polly Ensminger.  She lived most of her life near Waldron, and was the last of a large family.  On March 29, 1863, she was married to  John G. Wilson.  To this union were born five children, all of whom except, Mrs. Markland, have preceded their mother in death.  Besides the daughter, one grandson, Clyde Wilson, of this city, and two great grandchildren survive.
          Funeral services will be held at the Vienna church at 10:30 o'clock Thursday morning with the Rev. R. O. Pearson officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, in charge of Charles M. Ewing.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Bob McKenzie


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday September 19, 1927
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DEATH  OF  HENRY  WILSON  OCCURS
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Resident of Waldron Community
Dies At Major Memorial Hospital
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FUNERAL  TO  BE  TUESDAY
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          The death of  Henry C. Wilson, age 61, well-known resident of the Waldron community, occurred at 5:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Major hospital.  Death was due to a complication of diseases.  The body was taken to the home of his son  Clyde Wilson, 116 Van Avenue where friends may call until 5:30 o'clock Tuesday morning.  Funeral services will be held at the Vienna church east of Shelbyville, in charge of R. O. Pearson of Waldron.  Interment will be in the Vienna cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing.
          Mr. Wilson was born in Liberty township, this county, February 29, 1864 and was the son of  John G. & Roxie Ensminger Wilson. He had lived in the Waldron community practically all of his life and was held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends.
          Surviving Mr. Wilson, besides his son, are his aged mother, Mrs. Roxie Wilson, of Fairland, one sister, Mrs. Elbert Markland  of Fairland and two grandchildren.  His wife preceded him in death several years ago.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Bob McKenzie


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday August 3, 1925
Page 1 column 7
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          John G. Wilson, aged resident of Waldron, died this morning at eight-thirty o'clock.  Death was caused from paralysis.  Mr. Wilson had been an invalid for the past eight years.  He was eighty-three years of age.
          The deceased was a retired farmer, having resided in Liberty township, this county, for many years.  He was a member of the Waldron M. E. church.  He moved to Waldron twenty years ago.
          Besides the widow, Mrs. Roxie Wilson, he is survived by a brother, Henry of Waldron, and sister, Mrs. Alberta Markland, of Fairland.  Also one grandchild and two great grandchildren survive.
          Funeral services will be held at the late home Wednesday morning at ten-thirty o'clock, the Rev. R. O. Pearson officiating.  Interment will be made in the Vienna cemetery, Charles M. Ewing in charge.
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Shelby County Marriages
John G. Wilson & Roxanna Ensminger
March 26, 1863
Book 8 Page 149
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Contributed by Barb Huff  for Bob McKenzie


The  Indianapolis  Star
September 25, 1923
Page 3
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          Shelbyville--- Maj. R. Wilson,  ex-assistant postmaster of Shelbyville and a prominent resident of this city, is dead at his home here following an operation for the removal of gall stones.  Mr. Wilson had been engaged in the insurance business for twelve years and at the time of his death was the state agent of the _iermen and Mechanics Insurance Company, with offices at Indianapolis.  He had been assistant postmaster here for six years.  Surviving is the widow,  Mrs. Emily Gary Wilson  and his father,  Winchester T. Wilson,  of Indianapolis.  Mr. Wilson was 44 years old.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, March 22, 1923
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DEATHS.
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          Billy David Wilson,  eight months old, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wilson,  died at their home, 1023 Elm Street, this morning at 2:00 o'clock, of pneumonia, following a few day's illness.  He was born in this city, July 2, 1922.  Besides the parents, he leaves one brother,  Walter Emil,  and the grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. William G. Wilson,  and  Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Hasecuster,  all of this city.  Funeral services will be held at the late home Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. Owen Livengood officiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery, in charge of Morris H. Sleeth, funeral director.  Friends may call at the late home any time after Sunday noon.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, March 17, 1923
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DEATH  OF  CHILD  WAS
CAUSED  BY  PNEUMONIA
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          Billy David Wilson, eight months' old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wilson, died Saturday morning at two o'clock, at their home, No. 1023 Elm street.  Death was caused by pneumonia, with which the child had been ill since last Tuesday. The boy was born July 22, 1922. Surviving are the parents, one brother, Walter; and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William G. Wilson, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Hasecuster. Funeral services will be conducted at the home Monday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock, the Rev. Owen Livengood, pastor of the Christian church, officiating. Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery. Morris H. Sleeth in charge. Friends may call at the home afternoon on Sunday.
Family note: Unmarked grave - NVG
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Indianapolis  Sunday  Star
February 21, 1923
Page 4
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          Shelbyville, Ind., Jan. 20--- David L. Wilson, 73 years old, leading attorney here for many years, ex-mayor and city attorney for Shelbyville and prominent in the fraternal and social life of this city, died at his home here today after an illness of many months.  The funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in this city Monday afternoon.  Born and reared in Shelby county, Mr. Wilson was one of the most active men in the public life of the community.  He attended Hartsville college for four years and taught school before he began the study of law.  He was admitted to the Shelby county bar in 1876 and shortly after was appointed city attorney and served for twelve years.  He also served one term as mayor.  Mr. Wilson was a member of the First Presbyterian Church here.  He was secretary of the Whitewater Presbytery for a number of years.  Mr. Wilson held the office of secretary in Shelby lodge No. 28, Free and Accepted Masons, for thirty years and was forced to resign on account of ill health.  He was a member of Shelby chapter, R.A.M. Shelby council No. 3, R. & S.A.; Balwin commandery No. 2, Knights Templar, and the local Knights of Pythias lodge.  Five brothers,  Winchester T. Wilson  and  Frank Wilson  of Indianapolis;  George,  John  and  Charles Wilson of Chicago, and one sister,  Mrs. Squire L. Major  of this city survive.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday January 17, 1918
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THOMAS D. WILSON  PASSED  AWAY
AT  AN  EARLY  HOUR  TODAY
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Widely Known Undertaker And Business
Man Victim of Pneumonia
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Funeral Services Wednesday Afternoon
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  (From Saturday’s Daily)
          Shelbyville lost another of its widely known citizens today when  Thomas D. Wilson, senior member of the undertaking firm of  Wilson & Ewing, passed away at his home at 102 west Broadway.  The end came at 4:25 o’clock this morning, the immediate cause of his death being pneumonia.  He was ill only a few days, but from the first it was realized by his friends that his chances for recovery were slight, as he had been suffering for some time from diabetes and heart trouble, and his heart gave away, and his heart gave away almost completely soon after he became ill, making it impossible to treat the pneumonia successfully.
          Mr. Wilson was past fifty-years of age, having been born at Middletown, Ohio, October 31, 1862.  He was a son of the late  Mr. and Mrs. David B. Wilson, and most of his life was spent as a resident of Shelbyville.  He was known all over Shelby and adjoining counties and had many friends who will be deeply saddened by the news of his untimely death.  He came here with his parents in 1872 and after finishing his schooling spent two years as a trimmer in a carriage factory that was then being operated in this city.
          In 1880 Mr. Wilson entered the undertaking office of his father and became a full partner with him in the business in 1893.  Since then he had been continuously in the undertaking business in this city.  The firm of D. B. Wilson & Son was known all over the state as one of the best and most progressive. Only recently he had formed a partnership with Charles M. Ewing, one of this county’s well known and highly esteemed young men.
          Mr. Wilson had prepared himself thoroughly for the profession he had made his life work.  He took a full course in embalming under Prof. F. A. Sullivan at Chicago and received his diploma October 22, 1892.  He and his father were the first to do arterial embalming in Shelby county and they never neglected any opportunity to add all the modern equipment and improvements to there line.  In July, 1901, Mr. Wilson received a diploma from the Indianapolis School of Embalmers, it being the second of the kind to be issued in the county.
          In the undertaking business Mr. Wilson was interested in many other business institutions in this city and was a man who filled a large part in the social, fraternal and business life of the county.  He was especially active as a lodge man being an Elk, Knight of Pythias, Pocahontas, Red Men, Ben Hur, Protected Home Circle and Eagle.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian church.
          Always of a jovial disposition Mr. Wilson gained friends wherever he went and he held them in by his cordial and open-hearted manner of meeting and greeting them.  His death will be felt as a keen personal loss by those who knew him best.
          On January 24, 1883, Mr. Wilson married  Margaret May Branson,  a daughter of the late  Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Branson,  and she survives him, with one daughter born of their union,  Mrs. Herbert C. [Edith] McCollough,  of this city.  He also leaves a sister,  Mrs. William [Emma] Diehl, of Chicago.
 
          The funeral services will be held at the house at 2 o’clock next Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. A. F. Von Tobel officiating, and burial will be made on Forest Hill Cemetery. Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday September 9, 1915
Page 1 column 1
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DAVID  B. WILSON  DIED        
        WEDNESDAY  AT  CHICAGO
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Was One of Shelbyville’s
Most Widely Known Business Men
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UNDERTAKER  HERE        
                    35  YEARS
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Death Followed an Operation at
Lake View Hospital for Abdominal
Troubles Had Gone to Chicago
to Visit Only Daughter
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          David B. Wilson, 78 years old, one of the most widely known men ever engaging in the undertaking business in this city, died at one o’clock Wednesday afternoon in the Lake View hospital at Chicago. His death followed an operation performed about a week ago in the hope of giving him relief from abdominal troubles from which he had been suffering for some time.  The operation revealed a cancer and other disorders and his relatives and friends knew that his battle against the Death Angel would be brief.  Word of his death reached this city at four o’clock Wednesday afternoon in a telegram sent to his granddaughter,  Mrs. Herbert McCollough, by her father,  Thomas D. Wilson, who had been at Chicago for the past ten days.
          Mr. Wilson went to Chicago three weeks ago yesterday after having sold his interest in thev D. B. Wilson & Son  undertaking business establishment to  Charles M. Ewing, of this city, and was expecting to make an extended visit with his only daughter,  Mrs. William H. [Emma] Diehl, but soon after his arrival he found it necessary to go to the hospital for the surgical operation.  He was given the best of attention, but his advanced age made the fight a losing one.  His wife preceded him in death at their home here a few weeks ago.
          In the more active years of his business career David B. Wilson was known to practically every resident of Shelby county and to many in the neighboring counties.  He had been a resident of Shelby county since 1872, and had been actively connected with the business life of the city since his arrival here.  He was of pleasing address and was possessed of a winning personality.  He made friends readily and held them by his courteous treatment, which always included real sympathy for their sorrows and genuine interest in their successes.  He was liked by all his acquaintances and the grief of his bereaved relatives can be but little more intense than that of hundreds who knew him and called him friend.
          Mr. Wilson was a son of  David B. Wilson, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, who was born in 1797 and who died in Paducah, Kentucky in 1881.  The son was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, November 27, 1836.  At the age of sixteen years he became a resident of Paducah, Kentucky and remained there four years.  After leaving Paducah his home was at other places for a couple of years.  Then he located in Shelbyville.  During the first few years of his residence here he continued in the trade of carriage trimmer.  In 1880 he embarked in the undertaking business and his establishment soon became the leading one in this section of the state, his popularity being such that he was often called into counties adjoining Shelby as well as having the lead in his own county.  As his only son, Thomas D., grew to manhood he joined his father in the undertaking business and until the sale of the father’s interest to Mr. Ewing it had been conducted for many years under the firm name of D. B. Wilson & Son.  The son retains his interest in the business.
          He was married August 14, 1858, to  Miss Ellen Bolan, daughter of  Thomas and Maria (Stewart) Bolan,  natives of Ireland, where Mrs. Wilson was born.  The son and daughter mentioned were the only children born of their union.
          Politically Mr. Wilson was a most active Democrat and he had done excellent service for the party.  He cast his first presidential vote for James Buchanan. Under the administration of Johnson and Grant he was an inspector in the internal revenue department.  In 1879 he was elected doorkeeper of the Indiana House of Representatives, but further than this he had never held office nor sought political preferment.  Most of his time was given to business interests and he was engaged in other enterprises in addition to the undertaking business, many of them being carried to increase largely thru the energy and enthusiasm of Mr. Wilson and all of them meaning a great deal for the advancement of the city.  Mr. Wilson was a Mason and a Knight of Pythias.
          The body will reach here this evening from Chicago and is expected on the Knickerbocker.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Friday September 10, 1915
Page 1 column 2
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D. B. WILSON’S  FUNERAL    
        WILL  BE  HELD  SUNDAY
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Rev. J. W. Comfort To Officiate—
Knights of Pythias To Have Charge
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          Funeral services for  David B. Wilson  will be held at the residence, 109 east Washington street, the Rev. J. W. Comfort, of Vincennes, a former pastor of the Episcopal church here, officiating, and the interment will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.
          The body of Mr. Wilson arrived here last evening from Chicago, and was taken to his late home.  The Knights of Pythias will take the lead in the burial ceremonies, as he was a charter member of Chillon Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of this city.
          The pallbearers will be  Thomas W. Fleming,  Charles Sindlinger,  Harry Walker,  Valentine Schoelch,  Esta Rhodes,  Herbert DePrez,  Charles M. Harrington  and  Dr. A. W. Stubbs.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Saturday July 24, 1915
Page 1 column 2
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CHRISTIAN  WOMAN    
    CALLED  BY  DEATH
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Mrs. David B. Wilson Passed Away
At Nine O’clock this Morning
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          Mrs. Ellen Wilson, 77 years old, wife of  David B. Wilson, the well-known undertaker of this city, died at their late home 109 East Washington street at 9 o’clock this morning. Death was due to a complication of diseases, following a lingering illness of some six or seven months.
          Deceased was born in Ireland, January 27, 1838, and came to this country when she was three years of age.  She was the eldest of eleven children of  Thomas and  Maria Bolan  who after coming to the United States located near Middletown, Ohio, where they lived until death.  The father’s death occurring in 1862 and the mothers in 1887.  Two sisters still survive,  Mrs. Casper Fenzell  and  Miss Elizabeth Bolan, both of Middletown, Ohio.
          Besides the husband, deceased leaves two children, Thomas D. Wilson of Shelbyville and  Mrs. William [Emma] Diehl  of Chicago, Illinois, also two grandchildren, Mrs. Edith McCollough and Bernal Tatman and one great grandchild, Wilson B. McCollough.
          Mrs. Wilson was one of the founders of the Episcopal church located at the corner of Hendricks and Tompkins streets, this city, and was one of the active workers always ready and willing to do her part.
          The funeral services will be held at her late home 109 East Washington street, Wednesday, July 28, at 3 p.m.  The Rev. Dr. J. J. Comfort of Vincennes, Indiana, officiating.  Interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday January 2, 1914
Page 1 column 6
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JOHN  M. WILSON  HAS  PASSED  AWAY
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Death Occurred At His Home In
West Pennsylvania Street This Morning
After Illness Caused By Gall Stones
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          John Marshall Wilson, aged sixty-three years, died at his home in West Pennsylvania street this morning at eleven o'clock, after a lengthy illness caused by gall stones.  Mr. Wilson was a prominent retired farmer.  He had resided here for the past eighteen years.
          Mr. Wilson was the son of the late  Isaac Wilson.  He was born [March 31, 1849] at the corner of Tompkins and Franklin streets, which is now occupied by his sister.
          He was married forty-five years ago on the 12th of this month to  Miss Elvina E. Snyder.  Mr. Wilson was a member of the First Presbyterian church.  He is survived by his wife, one sister, Mrs. Susan Emily MartinJohn  and  Madison Montgomery, of this city, are cousins of the deceased.
          The funeral services will be held at the late home Monday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. E. R. North officiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards. No flowers.
Contributed by Barb Huff for  Patti Flint


The  Daily  News
Harrisonburg, Virginia
1911
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          Mrs. Martha A. Mauzy Wilson  was born June 13, 1828.  Died in Shelbyville, Ind., June 10, 1901.  She married  John W. Wilson  who preceded her in death in September, 1894.  They lived a number of years on a beautiful farm near Shelbyville, Ind., where they always made their friends and relatives very welcome.  Martha Wilson was noted for her bright, happy disposition and her genuine cordiality.  We all know a mother of ten children must have had many hardships in her life; notwithstanding all this she was always up and ready to lend a helping hand where needed.  After the death of her husband she bought a home in Shelbyville, Ind., where she spent her declining years.  She was a devout Christian woman, being a member of the Method ist church.  She left surviving her at her death nine sons and one daughter, all living and in good health.  The oldest child is 60 years old and the youngest is past 40.  The children are:  Joseph A. Wilson, Shelbyville, Ind.;  David L. Wilson, Shelbyville, Ind.;  Winchester T. Wilson, Indianapolis, Ind ;  Lucinda M. Wilson, Shelbyville, Ind.;  George H. Wilson, Chicago, Ill..;  Silas M. Wilson, Shelbyville, Ind.;  Frank M. Wilson, Indianapolis, Ind.;  Odus G. Wilson, Shelbyville, Ind.;  John B. Wilson, Chicago, Ill. ;  Charles T. Wilson, Chicago, Ill.
Contributed by John Ballard
Note:  from the Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Henry Mauzy A. Huguenot Refugee, the Andertor of the Mauzy's of Virginia and Other States, From 1685 to 1910, and of the Descendants of Jacob Kisling From 1760 to 1910, by Richard Mauzy.  Press of the Daily News, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1911.


The  Shelby  Democrat
January 14, 1909
Page 1
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DIED  IN  HOUSE  IN  WHICH
SHE  WAS  BORN  64  YEARS  AGO
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Miss Sadie Wilson, for Many Years a Teacher,
Passed Away Yesterday
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(From Tuesday's Daily)
          Miss Sadie Wilson  died at her home, 64 west Franklin street, at five o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Her death was due to pneumonia.  She was sixty-four years of age, and was a daughter of the late "Uncle Isaac" Wilson, one of the prominent pioneers of Shelby county.  Miss Wilson was born in and during her entire life was an occupant of the house in which she died.
          For eighteen or twenty years she was a teacher in the public schools, and many of Shelbyville's citizens have in the days of the past attended school in the grades in which she taught.  She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Emiline Martin, and by a brother, J. Marsh Wilson.
          The funeral services will be held at two-thirty o'clock Thursday afternoon, the Rev. L.O. Richmond officiating.  Interment will take place in the City cemetery in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
[*Buried Forest Hill Cemetery - BH]
Contributed by Barb Huff for  Patti Flint


The  Shelby  Democrat
Tuesday, August 4, 1908
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- WILLIAM  T. WILSON  DIED
THIS  MORNING -
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HE  HAD  FOLLOWED
THE  BUSINESS  OF
PENSION  ATTORNEY
IN  THIS  CITY
FOR  MANY  YEARS
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WAS  ONE  OF  THE  FORTY-NINERS
IN  THE  CALIFORNIA  GOLD  RUSH
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          William T. Wilson, pension attorney, died at the Shelbyville hospital at7:30 o'clock Monday evening of senility, aged seventy nine years.  Mr. Wilson went to the hospital four weeks prior to his death, but no encouragement was given friends by his physicians.  His immediate death was due to over-exertion last Friday, when he evaded the nurses and went up-town.  He was able to walk about the hospital, but was not in condition to leave.  He was assisted to his room by friends and remained unconscious or irrational until his death.
          Mr. Wilson was born in Maysville, Ky., in 1829.  His experiences were varied and many go with him to his grave a secret.  He has no relatives residing in Shelbyville and other than generalities few facts are known concerning his life.
          He was one of the gold seekers to California in 1849.  He accumulated quite a fortune while there, but lost much in prospecting and at the hands of robbers in New Mexico.  He spent several years in western states and territories.  Mr. Wilson came to Shelbyville with his wife and family of six children about thirty years ago.  For a time he had charge of the Standard Oil interest here.  Later he purchased the pension attorney rights and until his death conducted that business.
          Mr. Wilson, in his younger days, was a man of keen foresight and shrewdness.  He had an active brain, of quick perception.  For many years he had office rooms in the DePrez block on the public square.  Three months ago he had a premonition death was near, and approaching. William A. Neu, Sr., asked him if he would serve as administrator at the time of his death.  Mr. Neu consented and a few days later Mr. Wilson gave him a sealed instrument which it was later learned was a Will.  This will offered for probate today.  Lee F. Wilson, an Oklahoma City attorney, formerly of Shelbyville, will be Beneficiary to the extent of five dollars and a fountain pen.  Mr. Wilson requested Edwards & Hageman to take charge of his remains at death and Monday the body was removed to their undertaking parlors on west Broadway.  The arrangements for funeral have not yet been completed.  The time and place will be announced as soon as word is received from the relatives living at a distance.
Submitted by  Jerry L. Sanner


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday December 11, 1906
Page 1 column 2
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MARTHA  WILSON  DEAD
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DAUGHTER  OF  PIONEER
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(From Monday's Daily)
          Miss Martha Wilson, West Franklin and North Tompkins streets, is dead of paralysis.  She was a well known and highly respected woman and had lived all her life in Shelbyville.  She died in the same house in which she was born.  She was an active and influential member of the Pythian Sisters, having joined when that order was known by the original name.  She took a deep interest in the work of the lodge.  The paralytic stroke from which she died struck her last Tuesday.  She was found unconscious lying across her bed late in the forenoon.  She had attempted to dress herself, but had succeeded only partially.  She was a member of the First Christian church, and her funeral will be held under the officiations of the Rev. H.O. Pritchard of that church and the Pythian Sisters.  The services will be held at the residence on West Franklin street Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Edwards & Hageman.  Two sisters, Miss Sadie Wilson  and  Mrs. Emma Martin, and a brother  J. M. Wilson, survive.  Isaac Wilson, father of this family, of which this dead member was the eldest, was the first white settler in Shelby County.
[Buried Forest Hill Cemetery]
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The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday December 20, 1906
Page 4 column 2
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WILL  OF  MATTIE  WILSON
Property Bequested To Her Two Sisters - Brother Is Executor
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(From Tuesday's Daily)
          The will of  Martha A. Wilson  has been filed at the county clerk's office. It is brief and contains merely the provision that after all just debts are paid, the property shall be divided between her two sisters, Mrs. Susan E. Martin  and  Miss Sarah Wilson, and that her brother, J. Marsh Wilson, shall act as executor of the will.
          The document was drawn up on February 13, 1906, and was witnessed by  G.W.F. Kirk  and  Wood B. Kirk.
Contributed by Barb Huff for  Patti Flint


A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Thursday, January 19, 1905
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          Chaille M. Wilson,  died at the residence of his parents,  Mr. and Mrs. O. G. Wilson,  No. 38 West Locust street, Wednesday, January 18th at 11:30 p.m., of diabetes, aged ten years, one month and sixteen days.  Funeral services will be held at the home Saturday at 2 p.m.  The casket will be open to the friends from 2 p.m., Friday until 1:30 p.m. Saturday.  Interment Forest Hill cemetery, R. F. Stewart, in charge.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
July 14, 1904
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The Death of Mrs. W. T. Wilson
Occurred this Morning
at Son's Residence
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          Mrs. Sarah F. Wilson, wife of William T. Wilson, died at 1:30 a.m., July 9,1904, at the home of her son, Lee F. Wilson, at 220 west Mechanic street, of a complication of diseases.
          Mrs. Wilson had been in declining health for a number of years and her death came after a week of great suffering.  She was, however, resigned and patient to the end.
          Mrs. Wilson was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, September 22, 1827, her parents being  William F. and Rebecca Hosea, and from there she came withthem to Jonesboro, Tennessee, in early youth and was reared in that place.  When a young lady she moved with her parents to Washington county, Indiana, where she afterward married  W. T. Wilson on May 22, 1849.
          Mrs. Wilson was a devout Christian woman. For more then fifty years she has been a faithful and conscientious member of the Methodist Episcopal church, she having been connected with the West Street M. E. church of this city for about thirteen years.
          Mrs. Wilson was of a retiring disposition, indulgent to her family, and never had an evil word to say of anyone and her family will have the sympathy of many friends in this hour of sadness.  At the time of her death her eldest son, Lee F. Wilson and youngest daughter, Mrs. Lon Halstead, of Indianapolis, were at her bedside.
          She leaves surviving her, besides her husband, four sons and two daughters, also one brother and one sister.  The absent members of her family have been telegraphed notice of her death.
          The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon.  Interment in Forest Hill cemetery.
Submitted by  Jerry L. Sanner


The  Shelby  Republican
Tuesday May 24, 1904
Page 4
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          Bessie Wilson, the twenty-one year old daughter of  Joseph Wilson, died at the Gordon Orphan's home early this morning.  Services will be held at the home at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning.  Rev. Walter E. Price, officiating.  Interment in Vienna Cemetery in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
[Daughter of Joseph A. & Louella (Byland) Wilson]
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday April 4, 1901
Page 6 column 4
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"UNCLE"  ISAAC  H. WILSON
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Whose Death Occurred Last Week,
And Who Was The Oldest Living Hoosier
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          All that was mortal of that grand old man, Isaac H. Wilson  last Thursday morning, March 28, 1901, at 11:05 o'clock took its flight on the long last journey - returned to He who rules supreme.  Mr. Wilson had been in poor health some time and for several years had not been away from his home, corner Franklin and Tompkins streets any length of time, nor having been seen on the streets in many months.  His death comes as a shock, notwithstanding these facts, and the entire community mourns with the family.  His wife [Rebecca Montgomery Wilson] preceded him to the Great Beyond [February 10, 1860] many years ago.  A biographer wrote of him:
          Isaac H. Wilson was born May 20, 1807 in Jefferson County, Indiana territory, and is probably the oldest native-born Hoosier now living.  Prominent among the remaining pioneers, and honored and loved by all who knew him, is "Uncle" Isaac H. Wilson.  He was nine years old when the Territory of Indiana became a State, and in the autumn of 1828 he cast his first vote-for Andrew Jackson-for President.  In January, 1819, only three months after the title of the Delaware Indians to the lands in central Indiana had been relinquished, the Wilson family came to Shelby county, then an unsurveyed and unbroken forest.  Mr. Wilson saw much of the Delawares, who had not left yet, and personally knew some of their chiefs.  He early learned the cabinetmaker's trade.  But afterward spent portions of four years in Mississippi and Louisiana, which he reached by steamboat voyages from Madison, Indiana.  Having earned $150, he entered 120 acres of land near Shelbyville, which he still owns, and it is an ideal stock farm, being on the banks of Big Blue River, first and second bottom land, all tillable and well farmed by tenants.  He purchased it at $1 an acre from the Government, and it is now worth $65 an acre.  It was one mile above this farm that his father located and built on a bluff a log hut of one room, where he spent his boyhood days, playing with the redskins, hunting deer, bears, wolves and other wild game.  Their nearest neighbor was eighteen miles away, and their closest gristmill was Lawrenceburg, eighty miles distant, which was reached on horseback.
          He wore home-made shoes and home-spun clothing, and their window panes, in their hut, was made of greased paper and for a light they used a small grease can with a cloth.  For heating and cooking they used a large fire-place, the chimney of which was made of sticks and mud.  He had always been prominent and influential among his fellow citizens, having held in 1854 the office of County Treasurer and other minor offices since.  He had long been a prominent Mason and a member of the Presbyterian Church of this place.  He is now living at his home, where he has resided over fifty years, with his daughters, Miss Sadie and Miss Jane, two maiden ladies and Mrs. Dr. Martin, a widow, also ex-County Treasurer J. Marsh Wilson.  His wife died some years ago.  His knowledge of early local history and events has always been extensive and accurate, but during the last year he has not been communicative on past events.
          "Uncle" Isaac is the only living person who was present when Shelby County was organized.  His father was the first man to build a home in the county.
[Buried Forest Hill Cemetery]
Contributed by Barb Huff for  Patti Flint


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, July 26, 1900
Page 5, column 5
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MRS. MARY  WILSON
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Passing Away Friday Morning
Of an Aged and Estimable Woman
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          The hundreds of friends of  Mrs. Mary Wilson will grieve to learn that her death occurred at her home one mile southwest of Shelbyville, Friday morning at 7:15 o'clock.  She was nearly eighty-one years of age.  Think of It!  Eighty-one years of unalloyed gentleness, of wide-winged sympathy, of unselfishness, of truth, of purity, of unfailing kindness and love.  The long life is the life which is full of these virtues, and when we see it stretched to eighty completed years, as with Mrs. Wilson, we know there is a purpose behind it all and that she was spared to leaven the loaf of this work-a-day life.  Add to her qualities of heart and soul a brilliant imagination, a mind well stored with knowledge and a power of conversation seldom equaled, and we had in Mrs. Wilson one of the rarest spirits which ever graced our city and county.  Naught that can be said of her could add luster to her name.  She was both the lily and the gold.  Mary Baxter Cross  was born September 2, 1819, at Richmond, Madison county, KY., and was the elder daughter of  Joshua and Nancy Cross.  The younger daughter Susan F. Ray and her only brother  Abner Cross,  having passed away in August and May of 1895.  She was married to  E. M. Wilson,  May 15, 1837.  She became a member of the Christian church at the age of 18 years.  She was the mother of eleven children, eight of whom survive her namely,  Nannie Wilson,  William Wilson,  of Indianapolis,  Albert Wilson,  of Indian Territory,  Worth Wilson,  Mr. H. H. Daugherty,  of Indianapolis,  Bryan Wilson,  Mrs. John Nelis  and  Susan Ray Wilson,  of Indianapolis.  Mrs. Wilson was taken ill last Friday evening, but she was so bright and keenly alive to all that was passing about her that her children did not realize that the end was so near.  She knew all of her relatives and friends who called, and had an apt and appropriate word for each.  The last few hours, as the hour of dissolution came, she closed her eyes sweetly and fell asleep.  Mrs. Wilson's faculties were unimpaired with age and the last few years she had been furnishing a paper of Richmond, KY., with notes to be used in the history of her native county.  We feel that it is almost a sin to grieve for so sweet a life, for of a certainty all that is good and blest and perfect is hers now and for eternity.  The remains were buried at the City cemetery Sunday, July 22d, 1900, services at the house at 3:30 p.m. o'clock by the Rev. H. H. Nesslage, assisted by the Rev. J. W. Duncan.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday, May 23, 1899
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          Mrs. Melvina Wilson,  widow of  John L. Wilson,  died Sunday evening at her home, corner of Harrison and Colescott streets, this city, after an illness of several weeks of heart disease.  Mrs. Wilson was born in the state of Kentucky, October 5, 1827, and when two years of age came to Rush county, this state, with her parents.  She resided there until September 10, 1848, when she married  John L. Wilson and with him removed to Shelby county.  During their long life, she and her husband accumulated a large amount of property.  She was the mother of ten children, seven of whom survive to mourn her death.  She was a member of the West Street M. E. church and a kind-hearted and devoted mother and an exemplary Christian woman.  Rev. Robb Zarring will preach the funeral at the residence at 10 a.m. to-morrow and the remains will be interred at Forest Hill cemetery.  D. B. Wilson & Son have charge.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Franklin  Democrat
Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
Friday, February 3, 1899
Volume XXXIX, Number 30
Page 1, column 5
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          Mrs. George W. Wilson,  near Bengal, died Sunday evening in her 29th year, due to injuries received three years ago in a runaway.
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Notes:
-- Index To Marriage Record 1856 - 1920 Inclusive Vol, W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerk's O; Book 13; Page 459:  George W. Wilson married  Mary L. Neeves  on 27 Aug 1889 in Shelby County, Indiana.
-- The Indiana WPA Death Index, 1882-1920, referencing Book H-21, page 54, records that “May” L. Wilson, a 27 year old white female, died 29 Jan 1899 in Shelby County, Indiana.
-- Date of birth, 5 Sep 1869.  Date of death, 29 Jan 1899 – Shelby County, Indiana.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry


The  Cambridge  City  Tribune
November 7, 1895
Page 3
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          Greenville Wilson, aged 71 years, died at his home near Waldron, Shelby county, October 28.  He was born in Paris, Ky., and had been a resident of Rush and Shelby counties since 1829.  No doubt but what Green Wilson was known by more people in the eastern part of Indiana than any other man who has lived in this section.  He was always identified with the stock interests and county fairs.
Contributed by John Ballard


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, November 29, 1894
Page 4, column 3
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          Mary A., wife of  Joseph A. Wilson, died at her home, 81 Shelby street, Friday morning at 2:00 o'clock.  Deceased was the daughter of the late  John Young.  She was born in Shelby county June 13, 1850 and died November 23, 1894, aged forty-four years, five months.  Deceased was married to Mr. Wilson on October 6, 1870, to whom were born three children, all of whom died young.  Mrs. Wilson was a member of the First M.E. church of this city.  She has always lived a peaceful and happy life.  She leaves a husband and hosts of friends to mourn her loss.  Funeral Monday November 26, at ten a.m. at the First M.E. church.  Cummins & Edwards had charge.
[Buried Forest Hill Cemetery]
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Shelby County Marriages
Joseph A. Wilson & Mary C. Young
October 6, 1870
Book 9 page 403
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Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
September 15, 1892
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DEATH  OF  BENAMMI  WILSON
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- The father of Mrs. Arnold Zeigler
Dies at 9:30 a.m. To-day -
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          Another sad but not wholly unforseen event occurred at the Wilson homestead, 2 1/2 miles east of this city. at 9:30 o'clock this morning.  Mr. Benammi Wilson, father of the lady who was mercilessly shot down by her husband Monday afternoon, passed peacefully away at the hour above mentioned.  He was attended by his heart broken wife, whose attentions have been unremittingly divided between her dear loved ones for several days past.  A son, and a brother, Mr. W. T. Wilson, of this city, were also with him during his last hours.
          Deceased was sixty-two years of age.  He had been a resident of this city and county since 1880.  He was born in Brown county, Ohio, July 6th 1830.  Subsequently he moved to Scott county, Ind., where he lived at the breaking out of the war.  He served in Company D. 13th Ind. Infantry for three years and was honorably discharged.  He afterwards joined Gen. Custer's command, and was with him in his famous fight with the Indians [Washita?].
          In 1866 he was married to  Eliza A. Douthitt, of Little York, Ind.  Two children, Mrs. Agnes Zeigler, and  Ben D. were fruits of that union.
          Mr. Wilson kept a resturant in this city for a long time, but after being allowed a pension he sold out and with the proceeds purchased a small farm east of the city, where his last days were peacefully spent.  He was an honest, upright man and many friends will sincerely mourn his demise.  The funeral exercises will be conducted by Dumont Post, G.A.R., of which organization he was a honored member.
Submitted by  Jerry L. Sanner


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Wednesday June 4, 1890
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          Louella, wife of  Joseph A. Wilson, died at her home near Waldron, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday June 3d, of consumption.  Funeral services will be held at the Vienna Chapel at 3 p.m., Rev. Winchester, officiating.  Cummins & Edwards, funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff


An  Indianapolis  Newspaper
January 8, 1885
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Contact the Indiana State Library for a full copy.
Wilson, Thomas (colored) (of Shelbyville) / Death of, N. 1-8-1885 p2 c4


The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Tuesday, January 3, 1882
Page 4   column 2
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L O C A L     N E W S.
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          Mrs. Wilson,  wife of  Section-boss Wilson, of the J.,M.&I. railroad, died this morning in premature childbirth.  Mrs. Wilson has been sick for some time, and the shock was such that she never rallied.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Monday, October 24, 1881
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          An infant son, age three years, of  Thomas Wilson (colored) of this city, died Saturday night and was buried at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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