The John Benjamin Wilson Homestead
Clay Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana
Our branch of the Wilson Family begins with Robert Wilson (1718-1794) and Mary Douglas (abt. 1722-1791) who were both born in Scotland. In 1738 they immigrated to Bowls Plantation, Charles County, Maryland and then into Frederick, now Montgomery County, Maryland.
Their sixth child was James Wilson (1751-1828) who married Anne Johnson (abt. 1754-1827). In 1881 they move to Washington County, Pennsylvania. Their first child, Douglass Wilson Sr. (1778-1846) married Jeanette Ossie Hinds in Pennsylvania and they moved to Stark County, Ohio. Their youngest child, John Benjamin Wilson (1823-1903) married Mary E. Crocektt. There are some reasons to believe that Mary is a relative of Davy Crockett.
In 1865 John and Mary moved to Kosciusko County, Indiana. Mary died probably as the result of the birth of their ninth child, Mary, who died soon after birth. By that time John had several living children. For a while he lived with Samuel Snoke a close neighbor and it seems the children were living elsewhere. In 1870 he married Susannah Barbara Adams a neighbor and they had four children. John and Susan built a two story log home referred to by later generations as the Wilson Homestead. The old log cabin was the site of many of the Wilson Family Reunions until it was demolished sometime in the 1950s. Today there is a little red brick school house on the John B. Wilson property at the junction of County Farm Road and County Road 700 in Kosciusko County. John, Elizabeth and Susan are buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Kosciusko County.
The family has continued to expand. Many still live in the northern Indiana area while others live as far from Indiana as Seattle, Washington, and central California.
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Wilson Family Links:
Photo Ancestor and Descendant Tree from John B. Wilson
Individual Reports of the Direct Wilson Ancestors from Robert Willson (1718-1794) To Lucie Field
Wilson & Keesey Family Reunions
Elkhart County, Indiana
The home of Robert and Rose Wilson, Walnut St., Nappanee, Indiana
Floyd & Tressa Wilson Grasz with Viola Wilson & Zellard Goodman about 1907
Miriam Elaine Grasz Field (1918-)
Nappanee Marimba Band with Miriam Grasz Field
Obituary of Tressa Ethel Wilson, Nappanee
Obituary of Carolyn Arch McCuen, Nappanee
The congregation of the First Brethren Church, Nappanee, Indiana, between 1907 & 1915
Edgar Farmer & Other Wilsons
The Edgar Farmer Wilson Family 1907
Obituary of Bert E. Arch 1880-1964
Obituary of Lester McCuen 1911-1992
Rice Cemetery, Elkhart
Kosciusko County, Indiana
The 1918 Wilson Cousins. Miriam Gasz, Paul Wilson, Arlene Wilson, Bert Arch, and Charlotte Wilson.
Herbert E. Wilson and family with friends or other family members about 1922. The other people in the photo are unknown. Possibly other family members.
John Benjamin Wilson & Susannah B. Adams family 1893, Clay Twp., Kosciusko County, Indiana
John Benjamin Wilson, Mary E. Crockett & Susannah B. Adams, Clay Twp., Kosciusko County, Indiana
Land and property of the John Benjamin Wilson family, Clay Twp., Kosciusko County, Indiana
Harvey Davidson & Elise D. Neal Wilson Family, 1917
Charles M. Kiste & Fannie Rose Wilson Kiste Family, 1922
Elnora Edna Wilson, daughter of Edgar and Florece Wilson
Wilson Cousins, descendants of John B. Wilson
Wilson Women, descendants and wives of men descended from John B. Wilson
Wilson Men, descendants of or husbands of women descended from John B. Wilson
Post card photo of Lester Earl Wilson in 1909
The Children of Edgar F. & Florence Keesey Wilson with their spouses
Graceland Cemetery, Claypool
Mentone Cemetery, Mentone
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Rice Cemetery in Elkhart, Indiana, grave of Lester Wilson
The John B. Wilson Homestead with Susannah, Monroe & Isaac Wilson.
The John Wilson Homestead with Rose Frymire and Tressa Wilson Grasz
Photo of Mary Crockett
James Robert Wilson Family
Wilson Brothers, Robert, Horace & William
William Barnes Family
Tucker Funeral Home Records
St. Jospeh County, Indiana
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola
Whitley County, Indiana
The Emma Wilson Barnes & Frank Hartman family about 1944
South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley
Washington County, Pennsylvania
Descendents of James Wilson (abt. 1750-1831)
The Will of James Wilson (?-aft. 1827)
Stark County, Ohio
Biography of Douglas Wilson, Jr. (1812-1901)
This log home was built by John Benjamin Wilson. Most likely after 1869. John was born in Stark County, Ohio, on 23 March 1823. He married Mary E. Crockett on the 23rd of November 1847. They lived in Ohio until 1865 when they moved to Clay Twp., Kosciusko County, Indiana. Mary and John had nine children: Osse, Benjamin, James, Edgar, William, Horace, Laura, Lewis and Mary. Osse, Laura, Lewis and Mary all died very young. Mary E. died in 1869 quite likely as a result of the birth of Mary, their last child.
For a a few months after Mary's death John lived with Samuel Snoke, a neighbor. During that time we find Horace and Bnjamin living with nearby families we cannot find the other children. On 22 December 1870 John marries Susannah Barbara Adams, the daughter of another neighbor Isaac and Fanny Adams. At some point he acquired the property were this home was build. We have no records of the house being built.
With Susannah (often referred to as Susan) John had four more children. Isaac, Monroe, Harvey and Fanny. We are not sure if Mary's children joined the family again or lived separately. We do think that the children from both wives had amicable relationships as they had family reunions with descendants of both wives in attendance until about 1964. From records of the Wilson family the reunions were held at the old homestead until about the 1930s. My mother, Miriam Grasz Field remembered going to the reunions at the old homestead.