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.
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