Notes for Robert Wilson: Robert Wilson to Edward Wilson
Brother Edward Columbus Michigan March 8 1855
I landed safe home the next day after I left your house. I found the children all well and please to see me. They made great times over their presents that was sent them. Tell Martha that Medorah thinks her doll is very nice. The children all want to come and see their cousins. After I left Kalamazoo and traveled 30 miles east there was but little or no snow til I got to Mt. Clemens then the snow was about 4 inches deep in the fields and when I got home there was less snow then there was in Mt. Clemens. The snow has been two feet deep here this winter. Hay is worth here 12.00 per ton. In now will send you Father's Family Record or a copy of it as was sent to me by Mariah.
The ages of Henry Wilson and wives and children Henry Wilson December 15, 1780 1st wife Catherine Cottrell December 1, 1780 Hetty Elizabeth October 10, 1805 Robert April 16, 1808 Edward December 6, 1810 Mary Wilson August 23, 1813
2nd wife Elizabeth Walker October 9, 1795 George September 30, 1818 Mariah May 11, 1820 Louiza June 28, 1821 Smith August 16, 1824 Firman (Furman) July 8, 1825 Michael September 28, 1829 Amanda August 19, 1829 (that's what was written) Henry April 4, 1832 Washington July 16, 1836 Theodore` August 23, 1840
I have omitted sending this letter for some days. I am at a stand to know what to do. I commenced the letter as it is dated partly written. I have given up sending the children to your place. I think I shall go East in the course of 4 weeks and take three of the children the smallest. I can let my farm for 200.00 dollars. During this time which is about 16 months but that is 50.00 dollars less than it is worth but I must do as I can. I shall let my farm in such a way that I can come back when I please and have part of the house and garden and pasture for a cow when I want it. I think I shall come back next September and if the children was at your house it would be expensive getting them there and back for so short a time if I take the three smallest with me the expence will not be so very great and I can come home when I think prefer. My folks have experienced religion while I was at your place. There has been quite a reformation in the neighborhood. Charles and his wife and Miranda have become religious. I remain you friend and brother. I am very lonesome here since I left your place. Robert Wilson
Letters from Catherine & Edward Wilson to Robert Wilson
Dear Uncle June the 3 1855
We have received three letters from you and have not written any answer yet. We was sorry to hear of your disappointments and trouble but perhaps it was for the best that you did not go east with your children. We received a letter from Aunt Maria she wrote provisions were very high and board for children form 3 dollars to 314 per week and if you had to hire their board it would cost you everything you have.
We are as well as common. I think Mothers health is improving she has all she can do to take care of the baby. --she is very fleshy we call her Emma Maria if City (Kitty) and Dora were here now they would have lots of fun with her--she is very playful.
I wish you were here with your children--that we could have your company. Mother has wished you were here a great many times -- she misses your company more than the rest of us. We have not had any girl yet. I get along quite well with the work--my health is better than it comonly is this season of the year. The weather has been quite cool this spring we shall have a good supply of peaches this year if the frost does not injure them. You wrote that Miranda wanted to come here next fall and I should come there. I have thought considerable about it if Mothers health was good I would not hesitate one minute would come and live with you next winter any way and if she can be able to see to the work I will come and through the winter I would like to do so. You must keep up good corage and I guess you will get a long better than you think. Father is going to write so I will stop and give him a chance. My love to you all Catherine Wilson
Dear Brother I received your letters and was glad to hear from you and family but was sory to hear of the death of your friend topin and los to his family and disappointment to you and the secont disappointment on the acount of sickness but I am in hopes that their wil be some way open up fr your benefit perhaps it wil be to your benfit that you have not went your journey. They say things is dear east and imploy is scarce fr mecanics. Mother has gone to live with Louisa and the youngist child. Marian ses that she is going to live round among the children. Martha coary is ded cathern half sister--we did not hear the particulars--she lived in Illenois.
Brother I am in trouble my crop is cut of so that it dont look as though I should get my bred and sead--that was my whole dependance for money and wat to do I dont no--in a few days I have 3 hundred dollars in money to pay and dont know ware the first dollar is coming from--it looks like the darkest time that I ever saw. 267 dolars is a bank note and I cant sel any stock this spring. The logs that I drew to the mil did not make but little lumber that they would take on my wagon and I did not turn it to get any money to pay on my wagon. If I had sold my stock for wat I could got last faul and set down and sold my grain I should bin 300 hundreddollars beter of to day and I am placed in clost corners. I would sel my farm if I could but their is no biers this spring as we thought their would be. I am discouraged. I dont do threa days work in a weak--there is such gloom over my mind. I dont know wat to do brother. We feal bad that you had to go leave us and your health so poor--rite soon. Keep up as good courage as you can. I remain your friend and brother. so good buy
Dont put to much dependance in Catharines coming--I dont sea how her mother wil do without her.
Brother Robert December the 23 1855 I take my pen in hand to inform you of our healths. We are in good health but mother her back troubles her. I thought I shuld see come and sea you before this time but circumstances would not admit of it. The los of my crop of wheat render my circumstances hard and I dont know how to turn myself. I can find the means but I wont pay their rates of interest--of interest which is from 18 to 25 per cent. I tell them I dont want their money at that rate. I have about 4 hundred dollars to rais in a few days and dont know are it wil cum from but their has all ways bin som way for me but this is a dark time for me but I shant drown. We have 13 hundred bushels of corn in the crib and wil pay part of the let and forty tuns. I have my stock of catel and a hundred sheep. Brother I am disappointed that Have not made you a visit before this time but this life is a life of disappointment and trouble. Mother is troubled about you and wants to sea you and your family if I get through my trouble. I reason I shal come and sea you. When I look round and sea not a friend that I think what we talked about last winter a bout Kanses perhahps we are wel of. Hear I cast my my mind back over our youthful past and our circle of friends I pause for one moment I think of the in rodes that death has made among them and the intercourse between them and us has all most bin buryed betwen them and us but brother the ties wil soon be broken be tween you and me for death wil soon call us to visit the pale nation of the ded to folow them that was near to us. Buy the ties of nature in the name of the deer redeemer let us try to be prepaired to folow them to that peaceful rest that if we never should sea them in the world to cum brother. That little babe (Emma) that you held in your arms last winter is as fat and healthy and goes alone and is a fine child. It sings and plays and is a doll for all. Mother says she wishes you was hear to sea her. I heard from Caious Biseby folks a few days ago. They was all well but Louisa her health was poor and they are poor off. I would like you to come and make us a visit. and fetch you wife and children. We would like to see them little girls. Martha ses she wants to see Citty and Dory and Marand and Jay and uncle Robert. Franklin is at home but after new years is going to work at his place. His wife is with us. My potatoes is one half roten. I had 300 bushels. I want to cum and sea you and dont know how to deny myself but we must conform t our necisity. Dear brother I am glad that we can comunicate with scrip of paper. For giv my neglect--for the cares of this life is great amd with us and they cal loud for my attention. O that great blessing of god may attend to you and your family. I must bid you fare wel and yours--rite us as soon as you can. EJ Willson Catharane Willson So good buy
Brother Robert Jan the 26 1856 I onece more take my pen in hand to let you know that we are in usual health. I have rote twice and had no answer from you. I have been afrade that you was sick. You wanted me to come and sea you but my circumstances would not admit my buisness woud not admit of it. If I do not hear from you soon I shal come and sea what has become of you. I am in the --- about money. I was disappointed of threa humdred dollars the 20 of this month and dont know how to turn myself. I think I shal come and sea you as soon as I get my buisenss arranged. Mother thinks of coming to but is uncertin about it. rite as soon as you get these few lines. We had some very cold weather. I was on the rode the threa coldest days and froze my face and would have froze to death if I had not had my horse blanket. It is dard and I must stop. Give my love to all yours and so forth. EJ Willson
There is also an undated letter signed by Samy S Wilson to Robert Wilson. He must have been a son of Edwards.
1850 Federal Census lists Robert Wilson age 42, Sarah age 30, Miranda age 8, Madera age 7, and Edward J. age 5. Real estate was listed as worth $1,500.[Kline8b.FTW]
1860 Census Columbus Township, St. Clair County, Michigan Robert Wilson misspelled Bindewald wife listed as from Holland (error) Sarah Katharine Edward Caroline Fredrich
More About Robert Wilson: Date born 2: 1808, New Jersey.3406 Date born 3: 1808, New York.3407 Burial: Feb 1867, Adair Cemetery,Casco Twp., St. Clair County, Michigan.3408 Census 1: 1840, Columbus Township, St. Clair County, Michigan.3408 Census 2: 1850, Casco Township, St. Clair, County, Michigan.3408 Residence: 1860, Columbus, St Clair, Michigan.3409
More About Robert Wilson and Sarah Fenton: Marriage: Bef. 1840, Michigan.
More About Robert Wilson and <Unnamed>: Marriage: Sep 27, 1855, St. Clair County, Michigan.
Marriage Notes for Robert Wilson and <Unnamed>: Marriage Record St. Clair County 1839- 1857 in Mt. Clemens Library
Misspelled names of both Robert and Sophia. Robert Wollson age 46 and Sophia Brinderwold age 35. Married September 27, 1855. Witnesses: T. Brinderwold and John Vought. J.P. Lester Cross.[Kline8b.FTW]
Marriage Record St. Clair County 1839- 1857 in Mt. Clemens Library
Misspelled names of both Robert and Sophia. Robert Wollson age 46 and Sophia Brinderwold age 35. Married September 27, 1855. Witnesses: T. Brinderwold and John Vought. J.P. Lester Cross.
Children of Robert Wilson and Sarah Fenton are:
+Miranda Wilson, b. Abt. 1840, St. Clair County, Michigan3410, d. date unknown, Isabella County, Michigan3410.