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Samuel H. Wilson

Samuel H. Wilson was born in Tobey, Clarion County, Penn., July 14, 1806 and died in Grand Detour, Nov. 13, 1877. He was an old settler of Ogle County. In 1839, Mr. Wilson, then a man of thirty-three years left his native town among the Alleghany Mountains, and came to Pine Creek, Ill., where he resided with his family until February 1875, when he moved to the village of Grand Detour. At the age of thirty he made a profession of religion, and united with the Presbyterian Church. After he came to Illinois he joined the M.E. church, there being no Presbyterian Church near, and has been an honored and faithful member until death. Mr. Wilson was married at the age of twenty-two to Margaret Smith, in 1828. He appeared as well as usual on Tuesday morning, and talked pleasantly and cheerfully with several persons during the forenoon, ate dinner as usual, and about half-past twelve o'clock started to go to the store, and when about twenty rods from his home he fell down dead. He leaves a kind and affectionate wife, two sons and two daughters, and many friends to mourn their loss, eight children having preceded him to that better land. Another consistent Christian and upright man has gone to his reward. His funeral was attended by a large number of people on Wednesday, although the day was very stormy. Rev. Isaac E. Springer preached a good sermon from the words,” Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his. C.D. Sawyer

Submitted by Whitney Fearer Morrill

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