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George Deliverance Wilson

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Shelbourne, Chittendon, Vermont, United States
Death: October 18, 1887 (79)
Hillsdale, Garfield, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Hillsdalecemetry, Hillsdale, Garfield, Utah
Immediate Family:

Son of Deliverance Wilson, Jr and Lovina Wilson
Husband of Martha Ann Wilson and Mary Ellen Wilson
Father of Mary Johnson Wilson; George Hyrum Wilson; James William Wilson; Martha Ann Wilson; Jesse Stephen Wilson, Senior and 8 others
Brother of Sarah Wilson; Hannah Wilson; Stephen Wilson; Emeline Wilson; Marcia Eliza Wilson and 5 others

Occupation: Farmer/Millwright
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About George Deliverance Wilson

George Deliverance Wilson born December 28, 1807, in Shellburn, Chittenden County, Vermont, was the son of Deliverance Wilson and Lovina Fairchild and was a descendant of Robert Wilson of London, England. As a young man George became seriously ill with consumption. He commenced to travel hoping to regain his health. Hearing of a Restored Gospel, he went to Kirtland, Ohio, and sought the Prophet to find out whether or not the gospel was true. The Prophet gave him a Book of Mormon and told him to read it and if not satisfied to read it again. In reading it, he was convinced of its truthfulness and was baptized in Kirtland.

It is said he was in the last stage of consumption. His clothes hung loosely on his body, he was so wasted away. But after his baptism, he speedily recovered his health. He spent the winter of 1837 and 1838 in repairing wagons for the Saints and then followed them to Missouri, working at his trade as a mechanic.

In 1836 George's parents joined the Church in Kirtland, Ohio, and were driven with the Saints to Nauvoo some years later. In Nauvoo George met Miss Mary Johnson, daughter of Ezekiel and Julia Hills Johnson. They were married in the Nauvoo Temple February 20, 1842, and on June 7th, 1843, their first son was born whom they named David Johnson Wilson. Two years later at the birth of another son, whom they named George Jacob, the mother passed away and the son followed on June 11, 1845. Little David was then cared for by his grandmother. Later, when men were called to the Mormon Battalion, George enlisted, but he became ill and was mustered out at Santa Fe. There he suffered intensely from hunger, cold, weariness and sickness. He was one of the men who traveled to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake in July of 1847. After resting until his health was restored, George, with two other men, and a few provisions set out on their way to the States. At one time, to keep from starving, George traded his jackknife for a wildcat's head. At the first opportunity of work he stopped and asked for a job. One man said, "Don't give that tramp work." He no doubt looked like a tramp after that long weary trip, but the boss tossed him a piece of wood, saying, "Make an adz handle." He made it so well he was hired, and before he left this shop he was foreman over the individual who had called him a tramp. On this job George made enough money to buy himself a new wagon, team of horses and provisions with which to return to the Valley. Equipped with all their necessities, George and his companions traveled to Council Bluffs where his son David was living with his Grandmother Julia who dearly loved him and sorely needed his help now in her old age. Relatives said, "It would kill her to take David from her now." So George returned to the west without his son.

On his way back he met his cousin's wife, a widow with five small children, who needed help on their journey to the Valley. He agreed to a civil marriage in order to help her. There is no date but according to their agreement their marriage was annulled on arrival in Utah. Later in the year 1856, George married a young lady by the name of Martha Ann Risto(e) and located in Santaquin.

One morning George arose early as usual and called his family to arise. And again he called saying, "This is the last time I shall call" The family soon arose and found him sitting in his armchair, lifeless, a pocket knife and a piece of hard cheese in his hand. A man of great faith, he always kept strictly the word of wisdom and all of God's commandments. He died October 18, 1887, at the age of 80 and was buried at Hillsdale, Garfield County, Utah.

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George Deliverance Wilson's Timeline

December 28, 1807
Shelbourne, Chittendon, Vermont, United States
August 1, 1834
Age 26
Kirtland, Lake, Ohio, United States
August 1, 1834
Age 26
August 1, 1834
Age 26
June 7, 1843
Age 35
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
Age 37
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
January 22, 1846
Age 38
January 22, 1846
Age 38