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Wilson/Brown in McMinn Co. early 1800's

Robert B Wilson

Posted: 22 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 9 Jul 2006 5:03AM GMT
Robert B Wilson is probably the son of Samuel Wilson (on McMinn County census in 1850).
Samuel has a will published in WB E, 355-357, will executed 17 Oct 1853, codicil 18 Jan 1854, proven 6 Feb 1854. Will lists several sons; one son as R.B. Wilson. Two of Samuel's daughters married Middleton men and they are also listed along with discussion on the disposition of the "Middleton farm".
In deed book P, #415, dated 13 Nov 1856: Robert B Wilson and HT Middleton relinquish all their claim to the Middleton farm and to boy Thomas, to Elizabeth Wilson.
Note: Elizabeth Wilson was the widow of Samuel Wilson, but probably not the mother of Robert.
Robert does not seem to have been in McMinn County in 1850 or at least he didn't get counted. Since he got married in Monroe County in 1851, you might check to see if he was staying with some relative there in 1850. Also you might check Hamilton county since Samuel owned a farm there and one of his sons, Jefferson E Wilson was living there and along with one daughter, Francis Smith m. to William R Smith.
Charles

Wilson/Brown in McMinn Co. early 1800's

Michael S. Kerstetter (View posts)
Posted: 22 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: WILSON, BROWN
Searching for information regarding:

Robert Browder Wilson, b. 15 Jan 1819 in Athens, McMinn Co., TN, m. Nancy Brown on 1 Mar 1851 in Madisonville, Monroe Co., TN, d. 3 Oct 1904 in Bloomfield, Benton Co., AR

Nancy Brown, b. 1823 in Athens, McMinn Co., TN

In 1850, Robert was a merchant in McMinn Co. living with the family of A. G. Rice, also a merchant. He carried on in this profession when he moved to Arkansas.

Robert B. Wilson

Michael S. Kerstetter (View posts)
Posted: 23 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: WILSON, BROWN
Dear Charles,

Thanks for your very helpful reply! In fact, Robert did get enumerated in the 1850 census. He is listed as a 32 yr. old Merchant in the same household listing as A. G. Rice and family (also a merchant). Specifically they are in the 23rd Subdivision, Roll 887, p. 361, Dwelling 2783 & 2784, family 1936.

Samuel and Elizabeth and family are listed immediately following in Dwelling 2785 & 2786, family 1937. I've long suspected that Samuel was Robert's father, but until now had no proof.

Also, just prior to the Rice family in Dwelling 2782 is the family of John and Louisa Harold which includes in the household one Elizabeth Wilson age 15. I've also suspected Elizabeth is related somehow.

I wonder if Louisa Harold, Elizabeth Wilson or Margaret Rice are Samuel's daughters? I'll have to order a copy of the will right away.

Are you related?

Mike
Posted: 27 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 9 Jul 2006 5:03AM GMT
Regard your question: Louise Harold, Margaret Rice or Elizabeth Wilson as daughters of Samuel Wilson of McMinn County.
Louise Harold and Margaret Rice are probably not daughters of Samuel Wilson.
His daughters are listed as
1.Mary Middleton (wife of Hugh Middleton and enumerated next door to Samuel Wilson)
2. Martha Middleton (wife of John T Middleton--family #2007--close to end of McMinn Co Census both sons of John Middleton --family #2005)
3. Francis J Smith (wife of William R Smith)
4. Margaret Elizabeth Wilson(who appears to be the 1 year old Elizabeth in Samuel's household in 1850 but could be the one with John Harrold)
5. Louisa Ann Wilson
Both Margaret Elizabeth and Louisa Ann were still underage in 1854 according to court records. If the ages are correct for the women in John Harold (Harrell)'s household and RICE household on the 1850 census they are not daughters. The will also identifies the married daughters by their married names in which would also imply that they are not daughters.
There is a marriage listed for a Margaret E Wilson in 1856 and 1867.
Complicating the problem is that a Leander Wilson died approx 1849 who also had two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret E. Wilson who were apparently still unmarried between 1854 and 1856; since they signed for their share of the estate as "Wilson". Sorry that does not help much.
Sons are listed as
1. R.B. Wilson
2. Joseph C Wilson
3. Jefferson E Wilson
Note: I see the RB listed in the RICE household. My transcription says the last name is MASON but I'll take your word for it being WILSON.
Just for fun, I went back to 1840 census,
Samel Wilson --0101101--0110001
Hugh Middleton--00001--0001
John Middleton--00001--00001
The two daughters that married Middletons married in 1839. Both marriages are on record. Francis married William Smith in 1848, also on record.
Charles

Middleton

Michael S. Kerstetter (View posts)
Posted: 28 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Also in the same cemetary are:

CLEAR SPRINGS CEMETERY, Englewood, McMinn County, Tennessee
Located On County Road 422

MIDDLETON JOHN J. 8-9-1814 2-25-1882
MIDDLETON LOUISA M. 12-7-1848 10-26-1862 D/O JOHN J & M E MIDDLETON
MIDDLETON M. E. 11-11-1820 3-15-1891 W/O JOHN J MIDDLETON
MIDDLETON SAMUEL W. 10-4-1843 11-21-1846 S/O J J & M E MIDDLETON

I know you said Martha married John T. Middleton rather than John J. But I'm still struck by the similarities in this information and wonder if it really was J. instead of T. and if M. E. is Martha. The birth dates fit in terms of an 1839 marriage. Just a thought.

Mike

Samuel and Louisa

Michael S. Kerstetter (View posts)
Posted: 28 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Found Samuel and Louisa, too:

CLEAR SPRINGS CEMETERY, Englewood, McMinn County, Tennessee

WILSON LOUISA A. 2-24-1851 12-19-1862 D/O SAMUEL & ELIZABETH WILSON
WILSON SAMUEL 1-27-1794 1-19-1854 H/O ELIZABETH WILSON

Also in the same cemetary are:

BROWDER JOSEPH 11-14-1789 4-3-1862
BROWDER NANCY 8-27-1789 8-26-1840
BROWDER ERBY B. 9-25-1850 11-24-1854
BROWDER LOUISA A. 12-25-1844 12-1-1846
BROWDER WILLIAM 7-10-1815 10-29-1830

which reminded me of Robert's middle name of Browder. I wonder if there's a link?

Mike

Leander Wilson

Michael S. Kerstetter (View posts)
Posted: 28 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Found Leander's cemetary record:

TRANQUILITY METHODIST CHURCH CEMETERY, McMinn County, Tennessee

WILSON REV. LEANDER 9-19-1816 10-27-1850 AGE 34 YRS, 1 MO., 8 DAYS

Wilson

Michael S. Kerstetter (View posts)
Posted: 28 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: WILSON, BROWN
Charles,

I'll see if I can get my uncle to double check that 1850 entry for R. B., but I'm pretty sure it's correct. Even the age and occupation are consistent.

I agree that Samuel's wife in 1850 couldn't be Robert's mother (nor Mary, Martha or Frances, for that matter). The oldest woman in the 1840 census you listed must be the first wife, since she's too old to be Elizabeth, but I suppose we're stuck regarding her identity. I doubt there would be a will for her. I wonder if there are any church or cemetary records that could identify her?

Also, I can imagine that the Elizabeth living with John Harrell was Leander's daughter because her age would place her as reaching her majority in the time period you indicate she signed for her share of the estate. But I can't say for sure, of course.

Is there a marriage record for Samuel and Elizabeth in the same place as the ones for his daughters?

How are you related to Samuel (if you are)?

Do you have your information on computer? I'd love to trade gedcoms with you if you're interested. Let me know.

Mike

Samuel Wilson

Connie Watters (View posts)
Posted: 29 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wilson
Samuel Wilson married sisters 1. Francis Jane Browder born ? and died before 1850. Their child was Robert Browder Wilson. He married 2. Elizabeth Browder born ca. 1809 died ?. They married 10 Feb. 1848 in Roane County, TN (no returns. Francis and Elizabeth Browder were the daughters of Darius and Nancy Jane Crump Browder. Hope this helps a little.
Connie

Samuel Wilson

Winston Wilson (View posts)
Posted: 24 Apr 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wilson, Freshour
Winston Wilson 140 Springhill Drive Bardstown, Ky 40004
Your Samuel and my John S Wilson are lived on the McMinn County Census a few houses away . I wonder if they might not be brothers. My John S Wilson born 1790-1800 married in Blount County, Tenn Jan 4, 1819 to Caty freshour and they divorced in Monroe an McMinn County, tenn 1828-1832. I am interested in your wilson knowledge.
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