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Biography of James Wilson
- From "Biographical Encyclopedia of Kentucky of the Dead and Living Men of the Nineteenth Century, Cincinnati, Oh.: J. M. Armstrong & Company, 1878, p. 591.:
- WILSON, JAMES, M.D., was born in Pendleton County, Kentucky, December 23, 1805. His parents were James and Agnes (Pickett) Wilson. His father was a native of Caroline County, Virginia; emigrated to Kentucky about 1789, and settled in Scott County; but shortly afterwards removed to Pendleton, where he lived as a farmer, until his death, August 12, 1829. He was a non-commissioned officer in the Revolutionary army, his half brother, Nicholas Long, being Adjutant-General. His grandfather, Abraham Wilson, was a colonel in the Revolution. His mother, Agnes Pickett, was also a native of Caroline County, Virginia, and daughter of John Pickett, one of the valuable pioneer farmers of Clarke and Harrison Counties. Until his fifteenth year he lived on the farm, and was taught industry and morals. In the Winter, he attended school; at the age of fifteen he entered on a course of mathematical, scientific, and classical studies at Pendleton Academy, and in the select classical school of James Samuel, at Cynthiana, which course he continued assiduously for several years. In 1823, he commenced reading medicine, under the supervision of Dr. John Bennett, of Newport, Kentucky. For three years he read and attended lectures in the Medical College of Ohio, at Cincinnati. In 1826, he began practice, in partnership with his preceptor, in Newport. Four years afterwards he located at Falmouth, where he has since resided, and established a large, lucrative, and reputable practice. He has passed through six epidemics of cholera, and several of other malignant forms of disease, and practiced his profession successfully for nearly half a century in one community. In 1863, he was elected by the Republicans to the Legislature, and re-elected, at the close of his term, in 1865. Before the dissolution of the Whig party, he acted with that organization; he afterwards became a Republican, and was, during the rebellion, a staunch supporter of the Union and the national arms. Since 1829, he has been a member of the Methodist Church. He is a man of earnest and decided convictions, and firmly devoted to his principles, though not aggressive in his deportment; his personal and professional habits have always been exceptionally fine; has been characterized for his uprightness, and his general interest in the welfare of the community, where he has lived a long career of usefulness; and now, at over seventy, is a fine specimen of a physically and mentally well preserved man.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Agnes Wilson Rev. War Widow's Pension Application filed on the basis of her husband James Wilson's service in. (U.S. National Archives; DAR, Washington, D.C.).
- ↑ The Biographical encyclopaedia of Kentucky of the dead and living men of the nineteenth century. (Cincinnati, Ohio: J.M. Armstrong, 1878), pg. 591.