According to the records of Winnie Daffer-Willson, late of Mt. Pleasant:
"James Cameron came with his parents and four brothers from Northern Ireland, (Scotch-Irish) and landed at Charleston, S.C. 1n 1771. At the time of the revolution he probably lived Fairfield Districk (sic), S.C. His Revolutiionary sword and Coat were kept for many years.
Some years after the revolution James Cameron moved to Jasper Co. , Georgia.
When the Creek indians sold their land to the State of Georgia, James Cameron, as a soldier of the Revolution drew land in the 1827 Lottery and moved to this land (LaGrange, GA) in the County named for Gov. Troup. On this land he lived until his death in 1840. This land and adjoining land owned by his daughter Jane Cameron Loyd and her husband James Loyd, is the property of his granddaughter, having been in the same family nearly one hundred years." (written in 1955)
James Cameron and his wife Sarah Brown had ten children: Sarah Cameron, Flora Cameron, Susan Cameron, Thomas Brown Cameron, David Brown Cameron, James Hawthorne Cameron, Benjamin Hazeltine Cameron, Mary Jane Cameron, Elizabeth Cameron, and William M. Cameron.
Sarah Cameron (dau. of James and Sarah) went on to marry James William Willson and together they had twin sons, John Dodson Willson and James Riley Willson (b. March 4, 1831, in LaGrange, GA). Sarah was James' second wife.
Sometime later John Dodson Willson and his wife Rebeca Ann Justis relocated to Mt. Pleasant where raised William Franklin Willson, Maggie Willson, Henry Willson, Jimmie Willson, and Pink Willson.
John Dodson Willson's twin brother, James Riley Willson and his wife, Mary Wise (Wiess?) had four children: James Riley Willson (m. Lena Sparewell), William Cameron Willson (m.Jennie Hall and d. 1924 in Mt. Pleasant), Janie Willson (m. John W. Williams), and John Walter Willson.
John Walter Willson (b. 1862 in LaGrange, GA., d. Nov. 8, 1933 in Mt. Pleasant, son of James Riley Willson and Mary Wise) married Malindia Stallings (b. Apr. 17, 1863 in Randolph County, AL, d. Feb 6, 1951 in Mt. Pleasant) and they had nine children: John Walter, Jr., Mary Malinda, Janie Lea, Tillman Hervey (b. 1894 in Mt. Pleasant), Jewel Erskine (b. 1895 in Mt. Pleasant, d. 1975 in Mt. Pleasant), Thomas Riddle (1897-1912, Mt. Pleasant), Alva, William Ellis (b. July 8, 1903 in Mt. Pleasant), and William Riley (b. 1881, d. 1955 in Mt. Pleasant).
Four of these Willson boys (William Ellis, Tillman Hervy, Jewel Erskine, and John Walter, apparently changed the spelling of their last name at some point, dropping an "L". Only the oldest, William Riley, declined the name change. Thomas Riddle and Alva both died young. In fact, William Ellis was born Wiley Ellis, but later changed his given name as well. No one is sure why the Willson brothers decided to become the Wilson brothers, or even if they all made the change at the same time. There are quite a few Willsons and Wilsons buried in the Old Union Cemetery.
John Walter Wilson, Jr. eventually moved out to Valliant, Oklahoma, where he and Hattie Barnes raised a family. William Ellis eventually moved to Los Angeles, California where he raised a family with Lillie Belle Sanders (also from Mt. Pleasant), Janie Lea moved to Monette, Missouri, where she and Oliver Dosh (O.D.) Shaddox raised a family. Mary Malinda moved to Texarkana with Porter Finas Alexander, where they raised a family.