Father: James Edwin Wilson
Born: March 13, 1856 Virginia
Died: May 14, 1943 Nevada, Iowa Age 87
Parents: Samuel & Caroline Wilson
Mother: Emily Elizabeth Flesher “Lizzie”
Born: March 25, 1858 Virginia
Died: April 23, 1916 Near Charleston, Illinois Age 58
Married: December 6, 1877 for 38 years
James Wilson: Nevada Cemetery, Nevada, Iowa. About 60 yards
northeast of the Sexton’s Building.
Emily Flesher: Charleston Cemetery, Charleston, Illinois.
James and Emily were both originally from Virginia. Later on they moved to Illinois where the family was raised.
James Wilson was a distinguished looking, tobacco chewing farmer. His penmanship was very artistic and stylish. Together, he and Emily raised a rather large family of five boys and four girls. Of these, seven lived to adulthood.
Little is known about Emily aside from the fact that she was a housekeeper. She must have been a very patient person to have raised such a large household. She died unexpectedly one day while cutting potatoes outside with her granddaughter.
After Emily’s death, James moved back to Virginia to live with his son Kenneth. When the money began running out, James then returned to Iowa to live with another son, Earl. While there, he babysat the children, cooked, and helped out with the farm work.
In 1925, James married a second time. His bride, Cora, was only in her thirties and may have figured that James had a lot of money stashed away. They moved to Nevada to live. Here James split ash to create sledgehammer and ax handles for a living and also tended a garden. Cora would periodically make him take flowers to the cemetery to place at the grave of her first husband.
Amongst James’s many talents was the ability to make moonshine out of yeast and sugar. One afternoon when Cora was away, he made up a batch for himself and her father, who was slightly younger than James. The two often got into arguments and this time with the prodding of the moonshine ended up fighting and breaking a few things. When Cora got home and discovered what had happened, that was the end of the home brew!
As he got older, James’s memory began to falter (most likely Alzheimer’s) and sometimes he would get lost while downtown. He died in his late eighties with a life that spanned from before the Civil War and to the middle of World War II.
Children of James & Emily Wilson Samuel A. Wilson – Farmer Born: November 4, 1878Died: November 6, 1956 Samuel had serious problems with his temper, and spent time at the mental hospital in Cherokee, Iowa. Lillie O. Wilson – Housewife Born: December 17, 1881Died: August 24, 1956 Cary A. Wilson Born: July 28, 1884Died: March 14, 1897 Cary died in late childhood of an illness. Edwin Earl Wilson – Farmer Born: May 21, 1886Died: October 11, 1971 William O. Wilson – Prison Guard Born: April 18, 1889Died: July 28, 1965 Benjamin Wilson – Farmer Born: February 28, 1891Died: March 19, 1939 Dovie Lee Wilson Born: April 29, 1893Died: June 22, 1894 Kenneth Price Wilson – Black Sheep Born: March 23, 1895Died: November, 1955 Kenneth operated a taxi service in Webster City for a time, but then skipped town, leaving his brothers Samuel and Earl to pay off the loan on the 2 cabs. Kenneth is also rumored to have killed a man in Chicago. He died in Wisconsin under an assumed name. His sister Electie was the only family member to keep in touch with him over the years. Electie Wilson – Housewife Born: August 6, 1898Died: 1971