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JAMES WILSON - Among the representative self-made men of Honey Point township none stand forth more conspicuously than does James Wilson. Although not one of the first settlers in the township, yet by industry, coupled with sound practical economy and excellent judgment, he has rightfully assumed a place with the largest farmers and most substantial business men of the county. As exhibiting an example worthy the emulation of all, especially the young, we herewith present a brief sketch of Mr. Wilson's life and character, feeling as though the history of Honey Point township would be incomplete without a notice of that gentleman. James Wilson, whose portrait appears above, was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, December 16th, 1833. He grew up to manhood in his native state and emigrated to Lee county, Iowa, in 1849. He married in the city of New York, Rebecca Barr, whose death occurred March 2d, 1879. In 1862 he became a resident of Macoupin county, and has since been engaged in farming in this township. He has five sons and two daughters living in this county, and is the owner of fourteen hundred acres of land within the county limits.