Father: Samuel Wilson
Born: May 27, 1815 Virginia
Died: November 14, 1862 Age 47
Mother: Caroline McCoy
Born: July 10, 1836 Virginia
Died: January 10, 1912 Age 75
Married: October 10, 1854 for only 8 years
Caroline was Samuel’s second wife. His first was Elizabeth Armstrong and they were married from October 29, 1940 until her death on July 10, 1853. Probably on the lookout for someone to help take care of the children, Samuel remarried 15 months later.
Although Samuel was twenty-one years older than Caroline, he nevertheless started a second family. It is from this eight year union that the Illinois and Iowa Wilsons owe their origins. In 1862, Samuel died of undisclosed causes. By the standards of the times he was well into old age. Two years later, on November 24, 1864, Caroline married Townsend Price and eventually had additional children by him.
The boy and girl from Samuel and Caroline’s short marriage thus had half brothers and sisters on both sides of the family.
Caroline lived to an old age, dying probably in Virginia. Had she ever visited her son James’s family in Illinois during her later years, she would have been treated to the sight of her great-grandchildren.
Children of Sam & Caroline Wilson James Edwin Wilson – Farmer Born: March 13, 1856Died: May 14, 1943 Mary M. Wilson Born: May 5, 1859Died: Unknown