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I have been doing Wilkinson Family research for the past 5 years. I have learned much from others, and found many new 'family members' with whom to correspond. Years ago when I was a child I can remember Wilkinson Family Reunions. There has not been one in many years and I would like to see them started again. I have a wealth of information, pictures etc. that I hope to put on this page. But I am just beginning and it will take time.

Others have done extensive research on the Ancestors of Abel Wilkinson, so I have been concentrating on his Descendants.
Abel was born on Feb. 28, 1824 in Greenfield Twp., Erie Co., PA.
He died on July 12, 1895 in North East, PA. He is buried in Grahamville Cemetery in North East, PA. He married Thankful Sprague on April 24,1846. Thankful died March 20, 1866 and is also buried in Grahamville Cemetery. Abel married a second time to Pheobe Bemiss.

Any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated I am especially interested in pictures of Abel and Thankful. Also any information on the Ancestors of Thankful Sprague and Pheobe Bemiss would be wonderful. I am willing to share any and all information and pictures that I have. Thank You.
Descendants of Abel Wilkinson of North East, PA
Updated September 24, 2008

Karen Michaelis
227 South Charlene Drive
Panama City, FL 32404
United States
(850) 871-3602

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Family Photos

  • Tombstone Pictures Presents: The Wilkinsons (21 KB)
    Abel and his wife, Thankful Wilkinson
  • Haystack (17 KB)
    This is one of my favorite pictures. It was taken early 1900's. Little boy is Delbert Kress, man with beard is Henry Elliott, man on right is George S. Wilkinson, son of Abel. Boy on top of haystack is one of Sarah Wilkinson Devines sons. Delbert is my father and grandson of George S. Wilkinson. Delbert says they started pitching hay around a pole until it got that high. I believe there is some kind of scaffolding underneath the haystack.
  • Lanson (22 KB)
    Lanson Wilkinson, Died Dec. 8, 1872. Aged 89 years, 11 months, 20 days. m. Hannah
  • Abel's second wife, Phoebe Bemiss (6 KB)
    Far right, Phoebe Bemiss, daughter of Thomas and Selinda Babcock Bemiss. Standing, Phoebe Lucretia, daughter of Phoebe and Abel. Lady sitting on left is Cora, daughter of Phoebe Lucretia. Little girl is Ruth second daughter of Phoebe Lucretia. Baby is Vernon, son of Cora. Phoebe Lucretia married Joseph Dobson. Cora Dobson married Milton Hancock. Ruth Dobson married Delbert Kress. Are you confused yet? There are four generations in this picture. Phoebe, Phoebe Lucretia, Cora and Vernon. Ruth and Cora are sisters.
  • Hannah (21 KB)
    Hannah, wife of Lanson Wilkinson. Died Aug. 12, 1855. Aged 63 years, 3 mos.
  • Abel Wilkinson (10 KB)
    This photo came from Mrs. Howard Devine by way of Rose Dobson.
  • George S. Wilkinson Home (13 KB)
    George S. and Roby Walling Wilkinson lived in a log cabin after they were married, until this new home was built. It was located on German Road, North East, Pennsylvania
  • Phoebe Wilkinson (9 KB)
    Abel Wilkinson's wife or daughter? They were both named Phoebe. Photo comes from Rose Dobson
  • George, Roby and son Geroge (9 KB)
    George Sprague and Roby Walling Wilkinson and their oldest child, George Elliott Wilkinson.
  • Thomas and Asenath Walling Wilkinson (27 KB)
    Wedding picture of Thomas Orlando and Asenath Walling Wilkinson. United in marriage by T.A. Walling (JP) at the brides home on 4 October 1877. Witnessed by S.A.Walling and Sutie Wilkinson.
  • Younger Sarah Devine (9 KB)
    Sarah Devine in younger years. Photo comes from Rose Dobson
  • Thomas Oralndo Wilkinson Family (32 KB)
    Back row: Geneveive and Moreland Pellor, Frank holding Florence, Grace Page Seltzer, and Charlotte (Lottie) Whitcher, Frank's wife. Front row: Ethel, Thomas, two girls ??, Asenath and Cecil Page holding baby Gerald. Possibly one of the little girls is Blanche Zurl, Geneveive and Moreland's daughter.
  • Walling-Elliott Marriage Certificate (36 KB)
    Certificate of Marriage for Thomas Walling and Laura Ann Elliott. Sent to me by Mrs. Linda (Parrott) Reilly, a descendant of Thomas Walling and his first wife Mercy/Marcy Blackmar. Found at Sandusky, OH. Court House, Erie, County, OH.
  • Blanche Zurl (5 KB)
    Blanche is possibly the oldest living Wilkinson from the line of Abel and Thankful. She is the daughter of Geneveive Wilkinson and Moreland Pellor. She is the granddaughter of Thomas and Asenath. Blanche was 100 years old in 2000. She lives in Eagle Bay, NY. This picture was taken in the summer of 1997 when we visited her in her home in Eagle Bay. As of August 2002 Blanche is living in a nursing home in Booneville, NY. She is 102 years old as of this date. Blanche died in March of 2003 in Booneville, NY.
  • Abel Wilkinson Home 1876 (17 KB)
    Abel lived on the West side of Ashton Road opposite the entrance to Hancock Road. This house later belonged to his daughter Sarah Wilkinson Devine. Delbert Kress and family lived here in the 40's and Harry A. Kress and family lived here in the 50's. The house burned in the 90's and the property is no longer in the family.
  • Anne (29 KB)
    Anne Wilkinson, wife of Icabod Wilkinson, Died Feb. 12, 1847. Aged 90 years, mos. and 15 days.
  • Sarah Wilkinson Devine (50 KB)
    Newspaper article on her 88th birthday. She is the daughter of Abel and Phoebe Bemiss Wilkinson. Born in 1861 and died in 1955. Lived to be 94 years old.

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  • Abel Wilkinson Biography (3 KB)
    This is a biographical sketch of Abel Wilkinson, his wives, children, politics, religion and Civil War involvement.

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