Silas D. Wesson, farmer, section 17, Victor Township, was born Aug. 22, 1839, in Chautauqua Co., N. Y. His parents, James W. and Sybil (Hatch) Wesson, were natives of Vermont. Until he was 21 years of age Mr. Wesson was at home with his parents and accompanied them to Illinois in 1844, when they located on section 17, Victor Township. They remained there until their deaths. That of his father occurred Aug. 26, 1880; that of his mother, March 26, 1884.
Mr. Wesson enlisted Sept. 18, 1861, for three years in the 8th Ill. Cav., and at the expiration of two years veteranized, receiving a discharge on condition of re-enlistment, which he did, and served three years and eleven months longer. He received a wound June 9, 1863. He participated in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac except Gettysburg. He obtained his release from military service Aug. 1, 1866. In 1872 he went to Kansas, and there entered a claim for 160 acres of land on a soldierís warrant. He was a resident upon it eight years. In 1880 he returned to Illinois and effected a purchase of his fatherís farm by complying with the terms of the will. He is a Republican, and has been Supervisor two years. He was elected Justice of the Peace but refused to qualify.
Mr. Wesson was married Oct. 15, 1866, to Magdalen Suydam. She is the daughter of S. B. and Johannah Suydam. Ten children have been born to them, -- Sybil J., Elvie M., Matson D., Alpha G., Minerva M., Sarah M., Jaques W., Harry W., Floyd F., and Elon W. [Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb County, Illinois, Chapman Bros., Chicago, 1885, p. 752]
Submitted by Terry Todd