Reuben & Lucy Wilson

Christie, Weston, Clark Co., WI


Reuben was born 4 March 1822 in Jefferson Co., NY.  In 1841, he married Lucy, born 22 Jun 1824 in Ellisburg NY.  During the Civil War he served as a Fifer/Musician with Co K, 24th NY Inf.  He enlisted 7 May 1861 at the age of 39 yrs., and, as Full Fife Major, received a disability discharge 30 Apr 1862 at Alexandria, VA.  His son, George M. Wilson (b. May 1843, NY), enlisted 9 Sep 1862, serving as Bugler with Co. H, 3rd WI Cav., and then with the U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps, receiving his discharge 19 Dec 1864.  In Dec 1867, George married Eliza Jane Russell (b. 1849, NY), and their children, Reuben's grandchildren, were: Marion (Mrs. Wm. Telfer; Oct 1868-Jul 1910) and Frank (b. May 1881).  Reuben & Lucy’s daughter, Sarah Jane (b. Aug 1854 NY), married Henry James Jones in Jefferson Co., WI in 1871.  The couple had 6 children.  Both Reuben and George resided in Weston Twp., Clark Co., WI, when the 1880 Census was recorded.  Reuben's wife Lucy passed away 20 Jun 1893.  Reuben died 27 Apr 1901 in Duluth and his funeral was held at the Christie Church.  Both burials were made in what is today called "Chapel Hill Cemetery", formerly known as "Weston East Cemetery".  George’s family moved West and he died 29 Jul 1919, in Scotts Mills, Marion Co., OR.  Eliza filed for her widow’s pension there.  Sarah Jane passed away at the home of her daughter, 9 Nov 1933, in Sparta WI.

***Reuben & George M. Wilson are also featured in the book, "Civil War Soldiers in the heart of Clark Co., Wisconsin."



Family Tree


REUBEN WILSON               b. 4 Mar 1822, Jefferson Co., NY; parents b. NY

                                                d. 27 Apr 1902, Duluth, MN [Obit (2)]

            Co. K 24 Reg't NY Inf     Fife Major (May 1861 - Apr 1862)    

                    m. 1841, NY            Moved to WI 1863/64/65

   LUCY                                   b. 22 Jun 1824, Ellisburg, Jefferson Co., NY       

                                                            parents b. RI + MA

                                                d. 20 Jun 1893, Christie, Clark, WI [Obit]



            (1) GEORGE M. WILSON                b. May 1843 NY       

                                                                        d. btw Jul 1910 - Jan 1920, OR

                        Co. H, 3rd Cav Reg’t Wisc    Bugler    9 Sep 1862 - 19 Dec 1864

                        Moved to Duluth abt 1900                moved to Lents, OR before Jul 1910

                        m. 24 Dec 1867, Waukesha Co., WI


                     ELIZA J. RUSSELL                 b. Nov 1849 NY                  

                                                                        d. after Jan 1920, OR

                        2 CHILDREN:


                        (1a) MARION Wilson            b. 28 Oct 1868, Jefferson Co., WI              

                                                                        d. 22 Jul 1910, Lents OR [Obit]

                               m. [BioM] WILLIAM Bert TELFER on 18 Oct 1887, Douglas Co., WI

                                     (b. Jul 1857, d. Duluth MN, 26 Mar 1905, buried Cambridge WI) [Obit]


                                                RAY, b. Aug 1889

                                                BERCIA, b. Feb 1893, m. (about 1916) JOHN WAIBEL

                                                            children: Marion (1918), Bert (1923), Freda (1925)


                        (2a) FRANK   R. Wilson       b. MAY 1881             

                                                                        d. OR, after 1930    (never married?)


            (2) SARAH JANE WILSON             b. Aug 1854 NY        

                                                                        d. 9 NOV 1933, Sparta, Monroe, WI [Obit]

                        m. 29 APR 1871, Jefferson Co., WI          


                    HENRY James JONES            b. 1846, Aztalan, Jefferson, WI       

                                                                        d. 4 Sep 1919, Neillsville, Clark WI [Obit]

                        6 CHILDREN:

                             Ettie (b. Nov 1872) - Mrs. Wheeler E. Forman [Obit] [Obit]

                             Irene Marie? (b. 1877?) - Mrs. Warren A. Telyea, Sparta WI

                             Carrie (b. Nov 1878) - Mrs. Byron Dale Elliott, Santa Clara CA [BioM]

                             George (m. [BioM] 1899 Blanche E. Cross [Obit (2)]) Neillsville

                             Bert (b. Jan 1883)

                             Freda (b. Sep 1891) - Mrs. Louis E. Hushour, Grand Rapids MI


Census Records

1880 Federal Census, Weston, Clark, Wisconsin
 Name  Relation Marital Sex Race Age Nativity Occupation F-Nativity M-Nativity
 Ruben Willson   Self   M   Male   W   58   NY      NY   NY 
 Lucy Willson   Wife   M   Female   W   55   NY   Keeps House   RI   MA 

Next Household

1880 Federal Census, Weston, Clark, Wisconsin
 Name  Relation Marital Status Sex Race Age Nativity Occupation F-Nativity M-Nativity
 Geo. M. Willson   Self   M   Male   W   37   NY   Laborer   NY   NY 
 Eliza Willson   Wife   M   Female   W   36   NY   Keeps House   NY   NY 
 Marian Willson   Dau   S   Female   W   11   WI   At School   NY   NY 

Related Links


Bio: Wilson, George & Eliza (1880)

Bio: Wilson, Louis (24 Aug. 1933)






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