About Jeremiah Wilson
A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA with the rank of PRIVATE. DAR Ancestor # A127862
He was a minister and school teacher. He is thought to have been a brother of Edward Wilson. Both men appear on the earliest tax list of Bourbon County, Kentucky. In a lawsuit, Edward Wilson named his brother Jeremiah as living on some land Edward had owned and then sold him. Because Edward is known to have been a son of John Wilson of Berkeley County, Virginia, that John is thought to have also been Jeremiah's father.
Jeremiah served as a private in the Middlesex County, New Jersey militia during the American Revolution. He received Land Warrant No. 8869 for his service, which he assigned to William Piatt on 25 April 1791.
12 June 1776, Jeremiah purchased land in Washington County, Pennsylvania on Raccoon Creek from John Kimbel, of Frederick County, Virginia. This land adjoined William Rankin, John Donachy and Henry Houghland. Witnesses: John Donackey and Thomas Wilson, Four days later, 26 June 1776, Jeremiah sold this land to Samuel Johnson [Johnston.] He acknowledged the sale 13 August 1783. On 6 July 1783 Samuel Johnston sold a portion of this land to Hugh M. Breckenridge. The deed was recorded 30 September 1783 (Washington County, Pennsylvania Deed Bk. 1A:128, 129). Also purchasing land on Raccoon Creek on 3 May 1777 was William Wilson "of West Augusta County, Virginia."
In 1780 Jeremiah Wilson signed next to James Wilson and Michael Jones the Petition to Form New State of "Westsylvania" by settlers of Washington, Fayette and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania and possibly Ohio and Monongalia Counties, Virginia (Papers of the Continental Congress No. 48, Folios 251-56, in Howard L. Leckey, ￼The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families￼, 141-153).
8 March 1782, Jeremiah Willson served as a Private in Capt. Henry Graham's County, 4th Battalion, Washington County, Pennsylvania Militia, but he did not appear in the Washington County, Pennsylvania tax lists, 1781-1793.
Jeremiah Wilson's name is included with about 800 signatures requesting a Supreme Court be established at Lexington and Bardstown in the Kentucky District, undated but probably about 1783 or 1784. A Supreme Court for the District of Kentucky was established in May 1782 at Harrodsburg (Petitions of the Early Inhabitants of Kentucky to the General Assembly of Virginia 1769-1792, No. 60).
1787-1796 Jeremiah was listed on Bourbon County, Kentucky Tax Lists.
1790 Jeremiah Wilson in Bourbon County, and Jeremiah Willson in Fayette County are listed on the Census of Kentucky.
17 December 1792 Jeremiah Wilson witnessed the consent of Edward Wilson for his daughter Mary to marry James Inlow, John Wilson, surety.
1796, 1797, and 1800 Jeremiah was listed on Clark County, Kentucky Tax Lists.
1797-1800 Jeremiah was listed on Montgomery County, Kentucky Tax Lists.
1802-1807 Jeremiah was listed on Bourbon County, Kentucky Tax Lists.
1804, a subpoena being issued for John Wilson, Wm Wilson, Edward Wilson, and Jeremiah Wilson to cause them to appear here this day to shew cause if any they have or can say why a road might not pass through their lands in manner as viewed by Robt. Cunningham, Geo. Meneck and Adams Funk. (Clark County, Kentucky Order Bk. 3, p. -- March Court 1804)
30 March 1807 Thomas Wilson, son of Jeremiah Wilson, married Catherine Crose, Bourbon County, Kentucky [This is Jeremiah Jr.]
6 May 1808, Sally Wilson married Lewis Moler in Bourbon County, Kentucky, Bondsman was Jeremiah Wilson, notation on the back of the bond indicates Jeremiah was the brother of Sally Wilson. This could be the Jeremiah Wilson, born 1783 who married Jane Hull in 1807, Bourbon County, Kentucky, and lived at Bunker Hill on the Montgomery/Bourbon County line.
6 June 1808 Jeremiah Wilson signed consent for the marriage of Sally Wilson to Lewis Bowles in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
16 November 1810 Consent of Jeremiah Wilson for the marriage of Nelly Wilson to Robert Black, Clark County, Kentucky. Surety John Wilson, witness John Park 1810 Jeremiah Wilson appears on the census of Bourbon County, Kentucky with 00110-20100-00 in his household. (p. 115). This Jeremiah married Jane Hull.
1810 Jeremiah Wilson appears on the census of Clark County, Kentucky., with 01011-02101-00 in his household. (p. 144). This was Jeremiah Sr., who married 1) ?, and 2) Margaret. Another Jeremiah Wilson appears on the same page ( p. 144) with 01011-0120-00 in his household. This was Jeremiah Jr., who married 1) Katie Cooper 2) Eleanor Bryan) Jeremiah left no will. His widow Margaret was named administrator of his estate.
April 1813 Clark County, Kentucky Administration granted Margaret Wilson in the estate of Jeremiah Wilson, decd. John Wilson surety. Ordered that Michael Wellton, Michael Step, Wm Wilson and Edward Wilson appraise the estate of Jeremiah Wilson. Margaret Wilson claimed her right of dower in the estate of Jeremiah Wilson and John Donaldson, Robt. Cunningham, Archibald Bristow, and John Bristow were ordered to lay off the dower. (Clark County Order Bk. 1812-1824)
20 May 1813, Inventory of the estate of Jeremiah Wilson. Clark County, Kentucky Will Bk. 3:193.
1814, Michael Welton vs Edward Wilson, mentions Edward's brother, Jeremiah. Clark County, Kentucky Circuit Court Box 162.
It is not clear to which person the following anecdote applies: "In the book ￼In Search of Morgan's Station￼ a Jerry Wilson (Jeremiah?) is mentioned in at least one exploit. It says that a group from the Clark settlements (Strode's?) went on a hunting trip to the salt licks. However, 'Austin Webb got sick, and Jerry Wilson took him back home' . . . fortunately . . . for the others were attacked by Shawnees, killed or captured. On their way out, they had stopped at Morgan's Station for breakfast. This was Ralph Morgan's old station which was later destroyed by Indians, and eventually resettled by Ralph and his relatives. It was about 6 miles east of what became Mt. Sterling, and not far from Cassidy's station."