I am looking for my 3x great grandfather, Samuel Joseph Wilson. I have been at a brick wall with him for over 20 years. His parents were John Wilson and Elizabeth Jenny Todd. He was born in NC in 1835 and married Mary Elizabeth Burkett, of Smyth Co, in 1858.
I have him on a 1860 census with his wife and firstborn son, William Dunlap, living in Washington Co, VA. I have found an 1870 census with his wife and 4 of his children but he in not listed. The census shows them living in Rich Valley, Smyth, Va. Post office is listed as Chatham Hill.
I thought at first he had died but I show he had a son in 1874. From what I can tell, he died in 1874.
Why is he not listed with the rest of his family and how can I go about finding him? I thought I had a mystery before, but this just added to it. I am desparate for any help at this point.
I would also like to locate his obit if possible
thanks in advance for your time