Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Surname Of Wilson Through History.

I have not done a surname post in a while so here is one on the Wilson's.
The following names came out of Congress, the date following the name is the year their "Bill", was in Congress.

Catharine Wilson, widow of Harrison Wilson, 1873.

Nancy Wilson widow of Captain William Wilson, 1844

Elizabeth J. Wilson, Anne C. Wilson and Malinda A. Campbell, heirs to James Wilson. 1835.

Andrew Wilson, 1829.

Elias Wilson child of Lieutenant John Wilson of Georia, 1860.

The following was taken from the official civil war records.

Jacob P. Wilson.

No. 2. Report of Major Joseph L. Moss, Fifth Pennsylvania Cavalry.


Camp Griffin, Va., February 8, 1862:

SIR: I have the honor to submit for the consideration of the commanding general of the division the following report of the operations of the Cameron Dragoons on the 7th instant: At 4 o'clock on the morning of the 7th the Cameron Dragoons left their camp in pursuance of Special Orders, No. 147, of that date, and proceeded as far as Freedom Hill, when our regiment was divided off in the following manner:Captain Wilson, commanding Company F, and Captain J. O'Farrell, commanding Company I, forming one squadron, under the command of Captain Currie, assistant adjutant-general, proceeded on the road through Vienna towards Flint Hill for the purpose of driving in the enemy's pickets. When arriving there the squadron was divided, Captain Wilson's company being ordered to charge to the left and Captain O'Farrell to the right, for the purpose of getting in the rear of the enemy's pickets; but before they succeeded in doing this they were discovered by the pickets, who immediately fled in the direction of Germantown, hotly pursued by Captain Wilson's company to within 1 1/2 miles of the town.

Not overtaking them they returned to Flint Hill, and, pursuant to orders, set fire to an old barn which has for a long time afforded the pickets protection, and then taking the road to the left, leading to Hunter's Mill, they soon discovered a portion of the enemy's reserve secreted in Mrs. Peck's house. The order was then immediately given by Captain Currie to charge upon the house and surround it, but when within 50 yards of it the enemy opened a brisk fire from within with Colt's repeating rifles as well as from the neighborhood hills and woods. Notwithstanding this the men boldly charged to the doors and windows of the house, Captain Wilson at their head (two in doing this received a serious and very painful wound from a rifle-ball, which entered the ear, glanced around the skull bone, and came out at the back of the head), dismounted, entered the house, killing 1 man and succeeded in capturing 4 prisoners (of the First North Carolina Cavalry), 3 horses, and 5 revolving rifles. A number of the company, with their prisoners, were then ordered to fall back to Freedom Hill
Note. There are other reports on Jacob P. Wilson.

Major James Wilson, Third Cavalry, Missouri State Militia.

Saint Louis, Mo., October 28, 1864.

VIII. It appearing from the most conclusive evidence that Major James Wilson, Third Cavalry Missouri State Militia, and six men of his command, taken prisoners of war by the enemy in their late raid through the State at Pilot Knob, Mo., were turned over by some rebel officer, now unknown, to the guerrilla Tim. Revess, at a place near the town of Union, in Franklin County, Mo., and that subsequently Major wilson and his men were brutally, murdered by this blood-stained outlaw; theretofore, in compliance with so much of Special Orders, Numbers 277, paragraph 12, headquarters Department of the Missouri, date October 6, 1864 (hereto appended), as can at this time be carried into effect, the following six the enlisted men of the rebel army-James W. Gates, Company H, Third Missouri Cavalry, C. S. Army; John N. Ferguson, Company A, Crabtree's cavalry, C. S. Army; Harvey H. Balckburn, Company A, Coleman's cavalry, C. S. Army; John Nichols, Company G, Second Missouri Cavalry, C. S. Army; Charles W. Minneken, company A, Crabtree's (Arkansas) cavalry, C. S. Army; Asas V. Lad, company A, Burbridge's (Missouri) cavalry, C. S. Army-will be shot to death with musketry within the limits of the city of Saint Louis, Mo., on Saturday, the 29th day of October, 1864, between the hours of 2 and 4 p. m.

Lieutenant Colonel Gustav Heinrichs, Forty-first Missouri Infantry, superintendent and inspector of military prisons, is hereby charged with the execution of this order.

William T. Wilson ( Billy Wilson.)


DEAR SIR: On the morning of the 19th instant I arrested on board the steamer Mary Washington in Baltimore one William T. Wilson. On searching his person I found concealed in an overcoat pocket one large druggist's jar containing thirty ounces of quinine, one package of letters addressed to parties in Europe and a number of photographs. I also found in Wilson's hat very ingeniously concealed twenty ounces of quinine. From reliable information received since the arrest I am satisfied that Wilson is no other person that the notorious Billy Wilson, of Saint Mary's County, Md., and the individual for whom the Government recently offered a large reward. Wilson had on him when arrested British papers and a British passport showing that he had traveled throughout Europe as an Englishman. Wilson is now confined at Fort McHenry awaiting the orders of the State Department. I consider him a very unsafe man to be at large.
Yours, very respectfully,L. C. BAKER.U. S. MARSHALS OFFICE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, New York, December 31, 1861.
Note. There more reports on William T. Wilson.

The following was taken from the regimental histries.

Twenty-third, Pennsylvania Infantry.

John Wilson, Company G., killed at Cold Harbor, June 1, 1864.

Edward B. Wilson wounded at Gettsburg, July 3, 1863.

John T. Wilson, Company C., killed at Marye's Heights, May 3, 1863.

Harrison Wilson, private, Co. C., mustered in March 3, 1864, for 3 years.  Not on muster out roll.

Thomas M. Wilson, Company C., mustered in September 1, 1861, for 3 years.  Deserted December 1861.

Charles H. Wilson, private, Company D., Mustered in July 18, 1863, for 3 years.  Transferred to Co. H., 82nd.

John Wilson, private, Compamy D., Mustered in August 10, 1863, for 3 years.  Deserted August 20, 1863.

William J. Wilson, private, Company E., mustered in August 14, 1861, for 3 years.  Discharged on Surgeon Cert. September, 1861.

George W. Wilson, Second Lieutenant, Company O., to Adjutant, killed at Spottsylvania, Court House, May 9, 1864.

Fifty-fifth Illinois infantry.

William Wilson, Compamy G., wounded in hand, at Little Kenesaw, June 27, 1864.

Thomas Wilson Company B., Killed shot in the head in the battle before Atlanta.

Benjamin A. Wilson, Company B., Enlisted at Lewistown, August 31, 1861.  Discharged for disability September 4, 1862.  Reported to have been kill by Indians in 1877.

J. O. Wilson, Company G., enlisted at Busnell, Oct 8, 1861.  Died at Quiney Illinois, May 16, 1862.

187th., Pennsylvania infantry.

Henry Wilson, Compamy B., Mustered in June 23, 1863.  Mustered out with compant October 3, 1863.

Jacob Wilson, Company E., Mustered in June 24, 1863.  Mustered out with company October 3, 1863.

Daniel W. Wilson, Company A., Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

James P. Wilson, Field and Staff, Surgeon, rank April 14, 1864.  Died at Harrisburg Pennsylvania, July 5, 1864.

Henry B. Wilson, Fielf and Staff, Commissary Sergeant, rank January 26, 1864, promoted from private, date is unknown.  Mustered out with company August 3, 1865.

Henry C. Wilson, Corporal, Company A., rank February 25, 1864.  Mustered out with company August 3, 1865.

Edward Wilson, Company F., rank February 3, 1864.  Deserted February 6, 1864.

Authors note.  these were just a few Wilson's, if you didn't see yor ancestor or a name of interest here and would like me to look into your name just drop me a line.  I will be glad to look into it.

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