Person:Henry Wilson (56)

m. 26 Aug 1841
  1. Harriet Anna Stanley, (adopted)1842 - 1917
  2. Henry William Wilson1844 - 1915
  3. Charles Edgar Wilson1847 - 1902
  4. James Lester Wilson1853 - 1910
  5. Lewis Eugene Wilson1857 - 1922
m. 21 Jul 1867
  1. Samuel Arthur Wilson1869 - 1935
  2. Henry Luzern Wilson1873 - 1873
  3. Hattie Myrtle Wilson1876 - 1904
  4. James Mortimer Wilson1879 - 1960
  5. Vernon Ray Wilson1884 - 1884
  6. Nettie Ezubah Wilson1886 - 1966
Facts and Events
Name[6] Henry William Wilson
Alt Name[6] William Henry Wilson
Gender Male
Birth[2][4] 12 Nov 1844 Wisconsin Territory or Illinois, United Statesnear Galena IL
Marriage 21 Jul 1867 Allendale, Ottawa, Michigan, United Statesto Ezubah Zeruah Taylor
Census 1870 Allendale, Ottawa, Michigan, United Statesas "Henry and Esubee Wilson"
with Ezubah Zeruah Taylor
Census 1880 Allendale, Ottawa, Michigan, United Statesas "Henry and Eseba Wilson"
with Ezubah Zeruah Taylor
Census 1884 Allendale (township), Ottawa, Michigan, United Stateswith Ezubah Zeruah Taylor
Census 1894 Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United Statesas "Henry and Isibell Wilson"
with Ezubah Zeruah Taylor
Property[3] 1897 Allendale (township), Ottawa, Michigan, United States80A (W 1/2 of NW 1/4 of Section 20) - SE corner of 88th Avenue and Buchanan Street
Census 1900 Allendale (township), Ottawa, Michigan, United Stateswith Ezubah Zeruah Taylor
Death[1][2][4] 13 Jan 1915 Allendale, Ottawa, Michigan, United States
Burial[2][4] 17 Jan 1915 Allendale Township Cemetery, Allendale, Ottawa, Michigan, United StatesLot 111

As a young man Henry lived with his relatives in western New York and worked on the Erie Canal. According to his grand-children, after returning to Michigan, he took a steam boat down the Grand River to the Bear or Bass River landing in northwest Allendale Township. There he found and cleared some unoccupied land. Older plat maps (1864, 1876) show this land owned by the Parrish or Pattee families. Northwest Allendale Township was being logged at the time so this was probably uncleared land. Possibly Henry cleared it and farmed it on shares until he could buy it, or possibly he had saved enough money from his work in New York to buy it outright. By 1912 the land had been sold to C R Parrish.

Another possibility that accords with the public land records, is that it was Henry's future father-in-law James Taylor who took a steam boat down the Grand River to the Bear or Bass River landing. The 160A that James Taylor purchased from the US Governement in 1862 is near the Bear River, in the same section where Henry Wilson owned 80A in the late 1800s.

Henry married Ezubah Taylor, youngest daughter of James and Harriet (Brewer) Taylor. Their children reported that it was a happy marriage.

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  1. Wilson Family Record, in Nettie (Wilson) Hamstra and Verda (Hamstra) Goudzwaard. Family Records. (Compiled in 1973 - unpublished).

    "Henry William Wilson
    born Nov. 12, 1843 in Gelena, Ill.
    died Jan. 13, 1915 in Allendale, Mi.
    married Ezubah Zeruah Taylor July 21, 1867"

    Galena is in Northwest Illinois near the Wisconsin border.

    Henry Wilson appears in the 1850, 1860, 1880 and 1900 census records born in Wisconsin (still a territory in 1844). In the 1870 census he appears born in Illinois. His death certificate (Nettie Wilson informant) says Wisconsin, however the death certificate of his daughter Hattie (Henry Wilson informant) says Illinois.

    It is possible that his birth or baptism was reported in Galena as the nearest city at the time.

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Allendale Cemetery [1], 22 Sep 1942.

    "WILSON Henry W. Nov. 12, 1844 – Jan. 13, 1915"

  3. 1897 Allendale Township Map [2], in Ottawa County Genweb [3], 1897.

    W80 NW20 T7N R14W

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Henry W Wilson [4], in Michigan, United States. Death Records, 1897-1920. (Lansing, Michigan, United States: Archives of Michigan).
  5.   Henry William Wilson [5], in Find A Grave.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Probably he was named for his father's cousin William Henry Wilson.