Saturday, February 22, 2014

Surname Saturday: WILSON

The name WILSON is a patronym of Will or William, and generally is found in the British Isle. The earliest documentation of my children's paternal WILSON line can be found in Lincolnshire, England.

Stories and History:

Ahnentafel #82 - William WILSON (dates unknown) - he married Maria [--?--], probably before 1807. They had eleven known children.

Ahnentafel #41 - Ann WILSON (1822 - 1902) - born in England, she was the seventh of eleven known children. She married George Rice WESTABY, I (1822 - 1894) on 12 April 1850 in Glanford Brigg, Lincolnshire and they emigrated almost immediate to Jo Daviess County, Illinois with George's brother, Charles. They lived for the rest of their lives in Jo Daviess County, and are buried there in the Thompson Cemetery. The family is mentioned quite frequently in The History of Jo Daviess County, Illinois (1878), and at one point, one of Ann's WILSON nephews from England is reported living with her and George.

Ahnentafel #20 - George Rice WESTABY, II (1863 - 1927) - between 1880 and 1888, "Rice" moved to Montana from Illinois, where he married Rebecca Catherine SNOOK. They settled in what was then Custer (now Rosebud) County, raising their five sons and one daughter. Later they divorced; Rice supposedly married twice more. I've yet to find evidence.

Ahnentafel #10 - George Rice WESTABY, III (1890 - 1972) - worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad and followed it to the Yakima Valley in Washington State in 1920, where descendants still remain. His wife was Rena LERFALD.

Ahnentafel #5 - Helen Mary WESTABY (1915 - 1997) - my children's beloved great-grandmother

Ahnentafel #2 - my children's paternal grandfather (living)

Ahentafel #1 - my children's father (living)

More About the WILSON Family:

1. Online database (I update this at least once a month): WILSON ancestors and relatives (no info on living persons available)

2. Posts about WILSON ancestors and relatives on this blog

3. Some scanned WILSON photos

4. The WESTABY Family Bible, containing some entries for the WILSON family

My Children's WILSON Immigration Trail:

Lincolnshire, England > Thompson Twp., Jo Daviess Co., IL > Yellowstone Co., MT > Custer (later Rosebud) Co., MT > Dawson Co., MT > Yakima Co., WA > Thurston Co., WA > Clark Co., WA > Spokane Co., WA

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