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Rev. William Wilson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Rev. William Wilson (1751-1835) He was born in 1751, the son of James Wilson (sometimes spelled Willson) and died in1835 and he married Elizabeth Poage who was born in 1761. He graduated from, then taught at Liberty Hall, which became Washington and Lee University in Virginia. He was the second pastor of Augusta Church, between 1780 and 1811, located eight and a half miles north of Staunton. Waddell's history says: "He was considered an admirable classical scholar and an attractive preacher. Upon recovering from an illness at one time, he had wholly forgotten his native language, but hisknowledge of Latin and Greek remained. Gradually, he recovered his English." He was a strong advocate of the Revolutionary War. Dr. James Wilson was his son.
The REV. WILLIAM WILSON had two sons, Dr. James Wilson and Thomas P. Wilson. His brother, Thomas Wilson, married a Miss Poage, of Augusta, and settled in Morgantown, Monongalia county.
The sons of Thomas Wilson were: 1. Edward C. Wilson, a lawyer and member of Congress; 2. Rev. Norval Wilson, of the Methodist Episcopal church, father of Bishop Alpheus Wilson; 3. Alpheus P. Wilson, a prominent lawyer and member of the State Senate, from a district embracing all northwest Virginia from Pennsylvania to Kentucky. He removed to New Orleans, and in 1830 fell from a steamboat and drowned.