George W. Willson, a prosperous farmer of Brushy Mound township, Macoupin County, resides upon the old Willson homestead in section 19, where he was born April 12, 1862. He is a son of John M. and Catherine (Wheeler) Willson, and grandson of Isaac and Rebecca Willson, who were natives of Kentucky.
John M. Willson was born in Kentucky in 1819, and came to Macoupin County, Illinois, with his parents when about 14 years of age. Isaac Willson, his father, purchased and received a patent from the government for the land known as the Willson homestead, which is now owned by our subject. Here John M. Willson resided until his death on October 10, 1880. His wife died in 1862. He was a Republican in politics, but never held any office except that of school director. He and his wife were parents of four children, as follows: Virginia, deceased; Elizabeth, wife of Frank Rice, whose only child living at the time, - Clarence - was killed in a cyclone which swept down upon this community in 1883, leaving devastation and death in its wake; Clarence; and George W., our subject. Mr. Willson also reared Frank Wadsworth from the time he was three weeks old until his marriage at the age of 23 years. He was a kind and liberal hearted man, and many were his quiet benefactions which never became known.
George W. Willson received his education in the common schools of Macoupin County, and has always lived upon the home place. Upon the death of his father, he became possessed of one-half of the home estate, which consisted of 600 acres of valuable land, and has followed general farming and stock raising. He raises large crops of corn, oats and wheat, and feeds on an average 100 head of hogs and a large number of cattle. He has displayed good judgment in business affairs, and is one of the substantial and reliable business men of Brushy Mound township.
In 1883, Mr. Willson was united in marriage with Cora B. Clark, a daughter of John Clark, an early settler of Macoupin County, by whom he has one daughter, Clara M., who is attending Monticello Seminary at Godfrey, Illinois. Religiously, our subject is a member of the Baptist Church. He is a stanch Republican in politics, and served several years as a school director. Fraternally, he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.