Wilson & Neeley Family
Wilson migration: England>Massachusetts>Illinois>Nebraska
Neeley migration: ?>Kentucky>Illinois>Nebraska
Reference: "History of Windham, New Hampshire"
1. James Wilson b) before 1612 (unconfirmed) at Argylshire, Scottland; d) (unknown) Londonderry, NH
2. Alexander Wilson b) 1659; d) March 4, 1751 NH
3. James Wilson b) 1680 (unconfirmed); d) June 12, 1772 Londonderry, NH; Married: March 10, 1727 to Janet Taggart b) November 10, 1727; d) January 12, 1800; d/o of Alexander Taggart
(James and Janet had 13 children)
4. George Wilson (child #12) b) June 19, 1748; d) Unknown; Married 1773 to Janet Simpson b) January 22, 1750; d) Unknown; d/o Alexander & Jennet (Templeton) Simpson.
(George & Janet had seven children)
1. Alexander- b) January 11, 1775; d) March 16, 1861; Married January 28, 1808 to Margaret Simpson
2. James -- b) August 2, 1776; d) unknown; moved to Watertown, NY
3. Janet -- b) April 11, 1778; d) unknown; Married Joseph Simpson
(Note: Joseph Simpson is listed as marrying a Jennie Wilson in 1808, so Janet must have died before this date. I don't know what Wilson family Jennie comes from.)
4. Samuel -- b) January 22, 1780; d) December 28, 1837; Married (1) Copea Wakefield (2) Susan Tamblin.
5. John Linsay -- b) September 24, 1781; d) March 14 1850 Rutland, NY
6. Joseph -- b) November 23, 1783, d) May 4, 1837 West Fairlee, Orange Co., NY Married: Nancy E. born 1783 NH
*7. Benjamin Wilson -- b) October 14, 1785; d) after 1836; Married: Mary Webster.
(Note: * This is the line that my Joseph comes from, I am not sure yet where Benjamin & Mary met and married, but know that they lived in Chelsea, Maine before moving to Quincy, Ill. I found a Benjamin Wilson in Pope Co., Ill 1820 and Joseph H. is said to be born in Mass. I believe that he may have been born on their trek from Maine to Illinois. The 1820 census lists Benjamin as having a child in the household under the age of 10. I am still searching.
1820: Joseph Henry Wilson Born: February 12, 1820 Died: February 28, 1896
Joseph Henry Wilson's parents were from England and he was born in Massachusetts and later migrated to Illinois.
1828: Charlotte Stewart (w1 of Joseph Henry Wilson) (b. 1828 Ohio), reference 1850 IL census.
1831: Pernesa Alena Neeley (w2 of Joseph Henry Wilson) Born: March 19, 1831 near Paducah, Kentucky.
Joseph Henry Wilson (m. abt 1845) Charlotte Stewart (w1)
1. Benjamin Wilson -- Born: March 20, 1847
2. Ann Wilson -- Born: May 26, 1848; Married name: Powell
1850 census Adams Co., Ill.: -- Joseph H. Wilson and his household:
Charlotte - wife, son Benjamin 4; daughters Anna 2; Lorna 9 mo. and Henry 16, (Note: Henry may be Joseph's brother as he is listed as a Wilson)
Joseph Henry Wilson (m. October 21, 1852) Pernesa Alena Neeley (w2) in Illinois
1854 [thinking of birth years]
1856 [thinking of birth years]
3. John Henry Wilson -- Born: December 29, 1857; Died: August 1935
4. Melvina J. Wilson -- Born: February 13, 1860; Died: July 1942 Married name: Sawyer
5. Joseph A. Wilson -- Born: May 19, 1862 ; Died: June 30, 1936
6. George L. Wilson -- Born: January 25, 1866;
7. Ida C. Wilson -- Born January 3, 1868; Died: May 10, 1938; Married: Dan McQueen
8 Mary E. Wilson -- Born: April 28, 1870; Died: March 25, 1894
9. Nancy P. Wilson -- Born: August 18, 1872; Died: August 8, 1944; Married: John McQueen. (Nancy was buried in the Grant Cemetery- Grant, Perkins Co., Nebr. ( I have her obit & eulogy)
10. Stella Allena Wilson (my GGrandmother) -- Born: April 25, 1874; Died: May 1, 1951; Married: LeLand Burton Rice August 6, 1895
11. William Wilson -- Born: Unknown : Died at age 12
12. Ernest Wilson -- Born: Unknown; Died in infancy
1860 census Massac Co., Ill. -- Joseph H. Willson - farmer (probably why I had a hard time locating his family is the mispelled last name) household :
Pernesa - wife, seamstress; Benjamin (13) - son; Anna (12) - daughter; Wm H. (7) - son; John (2) - son; Melvina (6 mo.) - daughter
(Note: There are 4 things that I have to confirm on this new info: (1) Charlotte's death date, (2) marriage date for Joseph & Pernesa, (3) since daughter Lorna is not on this census, her death date, and (4) on the census son Wm. H. is 7 years old, I need to determine which wife is the mother of Wm.)
1870 census Massac Co., Ill. -- Joseph H. Wilson - farmer; household:
Nancy A. - wife; Benjamin (23) - son, farm hand; John H. (12) - son; Melvina (10) - daughter; Joseph A. (8)- son; George L. (4) - son, Ida C (2) - daughter; Mary E. (4 mo.) - daughter
(Note: This census list Pernesa as Nancy A., but in a letter from my Great Uncle Fred he says that Pernesa was fondly known as Neecy and I think that is what she is called here. Also Wm. is not on this census, family oral history says that Wm. died age 12 which would have been 1865, going by age listed on 1860 census as 7 years old. I haven't confirmed this yet. Anna is not listed, but I found her marriages listed on the Pope Co., Marriages:
1. Ann Wilson ~m~ Hugh M. McBride- May 5, 1869
2. Ann (Wilson) McBride ~m~ Samuel Tindall -- October 5, 1871 -- there is
also a marriage for Samuel Tindall ~m~ Mary Elizabeth Jones March 13, 1866
3. Ann (Wilson) Powell ~m~ James V. Powell -- December 23. 1877 (Noted-
James V. Powell is listed on marriage recorded in prior marriage to
Josephine Powell ~m~ August 31, 1874
1880 census Massac Co., Ill. Jackson Twp. - Joseph Wilson (60)- Farmer,
Household: Pernesse (49) wife; Malvina (20) daughter; Joseph (18) son; George (14) - son; Ida (12) - daughter; Nancey (10) - daughter; Stelley (6) - daughter.
(Note: Benjamin is gone from household as is John. I located Benjamin 1850 census Jackson Twp, Massac Co., Ill own household- wife Sarah, (39); daughter Allace (6); son Hew Ben (4); daughter Effy (2); James Stuard (34) - Bro in Law- farmer; his sister Rose A. Stuard (18); and his brother John (27). I think that these Stuard's maybe Sarah's family and her maiden name maybe Stuard.
1880 census in Jackson Twp, Massac Co., Ill. I also found John Wilson in the his own household, and his aunt Sarah Perry living with him. I know that John never married.
1880 census , Jackson Twp, Pope Co., Ill. for Anna Wilson who is married to James V. Powell (40) farmer; Anna is (31); their daughter Bell Powell (1). (According to the Pope Co., marriage record they were married in Dec. of 1877 just 3 yrs. proir this census. Also in the household is S Dau. Ida Tindall (11); S Dau. Della Tindall (8); & S Dau. Phebe Tindall (5); (Note: I think that Ida was the daugther of Samuel and Mary E. and Della and Phoebe are her daughter with Samuel Tindall.) There is also a George Sawyer, Zack Dean and wife Harriet, and John Herald, these are probably farm hands.
1885: Joseph H. & Pernesa A. Wilson migrated to Perkins County NE in 1885.
1894: The Pope County Marriage records list the marriage of
Phoebe Tindall ~m~ Robert Neely October 28, 1894
1900 census Madrid, Perkins Co., NE
Thomas Sawyer (52) b) June 1848 Miss Melvina (Wilson) Sawyer (46) b) Feb 1860 Illinois - Wife, Louise E. (18) - b) November 1880 - son, Mary M. (14) - b) March 1886 - daughter, Ivy M. (11) - b) January 1888 - daughter, Berniece A (8) February 1892 - daughter, Maurice V. (4) May 1896 - son
Melvina is listed in the obit of John H. as Mrs. Thomas Sawyer - Burlington, Wash which I looked up and found a Military Record for Morrice Virgil Sawyer; (the son listed Maurice V. on census) I requested a copy of this and his photo, haven't received yet.
Fairview Cemetery, in Grant, NE, has Nancy P. with husband Daniel McQueen listed in the cemetery.
So, if Nancy married Daniel (Dan) that mean Ida C. was married to John McQueen.
1906: Death Notice:
Mrs. [Pernesa Alena Neeley] Wilson, who lives southeast of here died at her home yesterday morning. Particulars are not at hand.
The couple migrated to Perkins county in 1885 and together they had 12 children and one of these died in infancy and one died at the age of 12.
Note: The children were Benjamin, Ann, John H., Melvina, Joseph, George, Ida, Mary, Nancy, Stella, William and Ernest, the last two died young.
Ref: ?? News Paper, Ogallala, Keith County, Nebr., date Aug 1906, pg ??
ARTHUR COUNTY PIONEER DIES
On January 5 occurred the death of Eleanor Jane Neely at the home of Leland B. Rice in Arthur county. "Aunt Jane", as she was populary known, has been in this country a great many years and will be remembered by a great many people for her skill in nursing.
She was born November 20, 1873 (sic 1837) and died January 5, 1920, aged 82 years, 1 month and 15 days. For three months previous to her death she was confined to her bed with dropsy. Interment was made in Madrid, Neb., January 16, 1920. [writer of obit: Leland Rice, son-in-law of the Wilsons]
Ref: ?? News Paper, Ogallala, Keith County, Nebr., date Jan 1920, pg ??
Body of Pioneer [John H. Wilson] Found By Fisherman Sunday
Ralph Slinger of Big Springs who was fishing on Otter Creek, Sunday found the body of John H. Wilson, 77, whose home is located near the head of the creek. Sheriff Taylor was notified and made the investigation.
From the condition of the body, Wilson is thought to have been dead for several days. It is believed he had started to the well for water as his body was found near the pump.
Wilson, a bachelor who lived alone on his farm, was last seen by George Duncan on August 4th. He had made a trip to Belmar on Saturday before and had stopped at the home of his nephew F. L. Wilson, located about three miles from his place. Mrs. Wilson told a News reporter Monday he said he was feeling fine that day. He had stopped to ask about her husband's father who had been ill.
Mr. Wilson has complained of having dizzy spells and is reported to have told the sheriff Taylor two weeks before his death that he sometimes fell and it would be 20 minutes before he would recover. Mrs. Wilson stated that relatives of the uncle had tried on numerous occasions to persuade him to live with them. He never would consent, preferring to live in his own home as he had done for so many years. He was however considering building a small house on their place where he could spend the winter months. Wilson had at times expressed a desire to go quickly when the end came, Mrs. Wilson said.
The body was brought to Ogallala by the Stones and funeral services were held at Madrid Monday morning. Burial was made in the family plot there.
Ref: Keith County News, Ogallala, NE, date, pg ??.
John Henry Wilson was born December 29, 1857, at Metropolis, Illnois. At the time of his death he had reached the age of 77 years, severn months and eight days.
With his passing the ranks of the pioneers lose another of their number, who knew the hardships, privations and sacrifices of those who cast their lot in this section of the state. In 1884 Mr. Wilson filed on a homestead 12 miles east of Ogallala. He resided on the homestead place until 1908 when he sold out and moved to the northwestern part of the county where he was living at the time of his death.
He was a great lover of nature and a strong believer in the brotherhood of man. All who knew him were his friends.
He is survived by Joseph A. Wilson, Mont Rose, Kansas, George L. Wilson, Aztec, New Mexico; Mrs John McQueen, Lemoyne, Nebr; Mrs. Dan McQueen, Lemoyne, Nebr; Mrs. Tom Sawyers, Burlington, Washington; Mrs. Lee Rice, Keystone, Nebr. Besides many relatives and a host of friends. Three sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.
Ref: Keith County News, Ogallala, NE, date, pg ??.