Notes for Samuel Wilson: SAMUEL WILSON, Sr., was one of the earliest settlers of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and patriarchal father of numerous descendants who performed important civil and military services in the Revolutionary War. He belonged to the nobility of England, and came to America from the north of Ireland about 1735. He first settled in Pennsylvania, and afterwards came with others to Mecklenburg County, the then western limit of the colony. There he purchased a large body of valuable land in the vicinity of Hopewell Church and located. Mr. Wilson was of Scotch Irish descent, inheriting the sterling traits of that brave and liberty-loving people. As before remarked, he was of Nobel lineage; his family was said to have been the most aristocratic in that section. He was once visited here by Gen. Sir Robert Wilson, a nephew, but transportation and communication was so slow and difficult in those days, that family ties were lost sight of, probably too, on account of the "little unpleasantness" between our country and England, which happily has passed long since and been replaced by mutual sentiments of pride and affection. Samuel Wilson, Sr., was a man of unusual force of character, attended with a keen sense of justice and humor; his life was also an impressive example of righteous living. These principles, being emphasized in his family by precept and example, were later strikingly reflected in his offspring. He was married three times, and was the father of thirteen children He died March 13th, 1778, in the sixty-eighth Year of his age, and was buried at Center Church, having lived to give his influence for liberty and to be gratified by the brave and noble conduct of his children and family connections, and to see the dawn of Independence His first wife was Mary Osborne Winslow, sister of Moses Winslow of Iredell County, North Carolina. To this union were born Mary, David, Benjamin, Violet, Samuel, Jr., and Rebecca. Note (Samuel Wilson Sr. is buried in Bakers Graveyard, Iredell County, NC along with his third wife Margret Jack) by Jerry C. Gordon . Samuel Wilson's second wife was a widow--a Mrs. Potts. Her maiden name was Howard. There was only one child--a daughter--by this marriage, named Margaret. The third wife of Samuel Wilson, Sr., was Margaret Jack, daughter of Patrick Jack, and sister of Capt. James Jack who bore the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to the Colonial Congress then in session at Philadelphia. The children of this third marriage were: Charity, Robert, Lillis and William. Charity died unmarried at the age of sixteen. Robert married Margaret Alexander, daughter of Maj. Thomas Alexander. Lillis married Workman Conner, and William married Rocinda Winslow. Names and marriages of the children of SAMUEL WILSON, SR., and wife MARGARET JACK. NAME MARRIED Sarah Wilson Benjamin McConnell Charity Wilson Died Single Lillis Wilson James Conner Robert Wilson Margaret Alexander William Jack Wilson Rocinda Winslow
WILL OF SAMUEL WILSON, SR. In the name of God Amen, I Samuel Wilson of Mecklenburg County in the State of North Carolina. Being sick and in a low state of health, but of sound mind and memory, calling to mind the apparent dissolution Of my body, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first of all I give my soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth. To be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my Executors. And as touching such worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I will, give, and bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, viz. Imprimis--I will, give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Margaret Wilson the sum o..........
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More About Samuel Wilson: Burial: March 1778, Baker's Graveyard, Iredell County, North Carolina.
More About Samuel Wilson and Mary Osborne Winslow: Marriage: Abt. 1741
Children of Samuel Wilson and Mary Osborne Winslow are:
+Violet Winslow Wilson, b. 13 August 1742, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, d. 03 December 1818, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.