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United Brethren Church

Posted: 17 Jan 2003 7:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 12 Sep 2003 1:58AM GMT

Hi,
I am trying to track the ministrial history of Oscar Lewis Wilson. I have a few of the locations where he was a pastor but there are lots of holes.

Here is what I have:

Oscar Lewis Wilson was a farmer and a minister. He was reared on a farm, and received his early education at the country schools, after which he attended the college of Spiceland, Ind. about one year. He followed farming until about 1877, when he entered the ministry of the United Brethren Church, and in 1878 and 1879 traveled in the Osage
Conference in Kansas, since which he has been traveling in the White Water Conference. He is a member of the Sugar Grove class of the United Brethern Church. (History of Wayne Co - 1884, p. 394)

Oscars address in the United Brethren Yearbooks from 1883-1891 is Greens Fork, IND, White River Conference.

Oscar lived in Ames, Iowa in December 1901. He traveled to Sycamore, Illinois to perform the wedding of Carrel (his son) and Cora Mae Helson on Dec. 4, 1901. The newspaper clipping about the wedding stated that Oscar had lived in Sycamore a few years. No dates were given. Carrel
had a practice in Burnside, Iowa at this time and the newly married couple resided there after the wedding.

1892 address is Lamar, MO, South Missouri Conference.

Between 1892 and 1901, Oscar may have been in the Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois area for a couple of years.

Oscar may have been in the Pike County, Illinois area in 1895 since his first wife, Sarah Lamb Wilson, died at Baylis in New Salem Town Ship, Pike County, Illinois on July 3, 1895. However, their daughter Eva Inez
Wilson married George Krwin Kendrick who was from Pittsfield, Pike Co., IL and they lived there after the marriage and raised their children there.

1901 address is Carlisle, Iowa, Rock River Conference.

Oscar remarried between 1895 and 1901 to Madge Elder. Madge Wilson is listed as a witness to the marriage of Carrel and Cora Mae Helson.

Oscar lived in Ames, Iowa in December 1901. He traveled to Sycamore, Illinois to perform the wedding of Carrel (his son) and Cora Mae Helson on Dec. 4, 1901. The newspaper clipping about the wedding stated that Oscar had lived in Sycamore a few years. No dates were given. Carrel
had a practice in Burnside, Iowa at this time and the newly married couple resided there after the wedding.

The last time his name appears in the UBC yearbooks is 1912 at Donna, Texas. He was pastor of the United Brethren Church in Donna, Hidalgo County, in 1912.

Oscar Lewis Wilson was a member of the United Brethren, New
Constitution, UBC denomination after the split in 1889. They were referred to as "Liberals". They merged with the Evangelical Church in 1946 and took the name Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1968 the EUB church merged with the Methodists and became United Methodist.

Oscar Lewis Wilson died March 11, 1923 in Thompson Township, Guthrie County, Iowa. He is buried in the Dalmanutha Cemetery, Guthrie Co., Iowa.

Thanks,

Noel Matthews
noelm@noelm.com

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