The Wilson Family of West Virginia

Title:The Wilson family
Author:Wilson, R. E
Publication date:1931
Publisher:[Zanesville, OH] : [Courier Co., printers and binders?]
Digitizing Sponsor:Internet Archive
Contributor:Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Repository:Internet Archive
The Wilson Family of West Virginia
The Wilson Family of West Virginia


This brief history has been gleaned from old family records, correspondence with other members, and histories of Ritchie, Barbour, Harrison and Randolph Counties, West Virginia.

The first known ancestor was David Wilson, who was born in Scotland about 1650; he had a son David, born about 1685, who was forced to flee from Scotland to Ireland owing to his being on the losing side in the Scotch Rebellion of 1715. His son William (b. Nov. 19, 1722; d. June 12, 1801) came to America about 1736; married Elizabeth Blackburn, also of Scotch-Irish descent, about 1746, and settled on Trout Run near Moorefield, Hardy County, W. Va. The Land Office at Richmond shows that he and his sons patented many tracts of land in what is now Hampshire, Hardy, and Grant Counties. Nothing further is known of him as to where he lived and died.

The following history of his descendants up to and including the third generation born in America includes all of such as are known at this time. Since the second and third generations are only known for three of the branches of the family and then only in part, it must be clear to those who cannot find the name of an ancestor among the list given to which to tie up their connection, that there will be plenty of opportunities among the names of the other descendants when they have been found. An asterisk (*) preceding a name indicates that other information is on file; where a name is not so marked very little or nothing further is known.


  • No Index.
  • No copyright page.
  • No table of contents.
  • Booklet is in a box.
  • Foldout included.
  • Some over-cropping to capture all content.
  • Handwritten notes inked throughout
  • 10p ; 22 cm

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4 thoughts on “The Wilson Family of West Virginia”

  1. I am a direct descendant of the Wilson’s. MICCI , Dee Ann Harsh, d/o James Kenneth Harsh, s/o Daniel Delbert Harsh, s/o Jesse Wycoff Harsh and Emma Leota Wilson, d/o Daniel Wilson and Mary Shandley, William Friend Wilson and Jane Booth. William Wilson and Sarah Friend, Wiliam Wilson and Elizabeth Blackburn.
    I do have an image of Daniel during the Civil War. Regards from Northern, CO.

  2. My Wilsons were from Randolph Co. North Carolina. They were there in the 17 hundreds My Great Grand Father went th Tennessee in the early 1800s.
    Jerry Dodd my mother was a wilson.

  3. I.’m looking for any Wilson family members of West Virginia. That would be willing to help me find my Wilson family. I’m looking for anyone that was related to Lillie Mae Wilson of West Virginia. She died during or shortly after childbirth in 1929-1930. Not real sure of the exact county. I do believe it may be of Randolph,Webster, or Braxton.

  4. Charles A. Temple Jr.

    My g-g-grandmother Floride D. Wilson was born in Randolph Co. VA in 1842. She married Thomas Chenoweth and they spent most of their married life together in Kansas. She claimed to be a first cousin to Pres. Woodrow Wilson. I have verified that the two were born just one county apart. She passed in 1922 and is buried in Circleville Cemetery, Circleville, Jackson County, Kansas.

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