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John Wilson

Also Known As: "John Hugh Wilson"
Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Londonderry, Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: July 9, 1773 (49-57)
Letterkenny Twp, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Husband of Nancy Breckenridge
Father of John Wilson; James Wilson; Hugh Wilson; Samuel Wilson and William Wilson

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About John Wilson

JOHN WILSON was born Abt. 1720 in Londonderry, Ireland, and died July 09, 1773 in Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania. He married NANCY BRACKENRIDGE. She was born in Londonderry, Ireland, and died Bef. August 23, 1769 in Letterkenny, Cumberland, PA.

Notes for JOHN WILSON:

  • Scots-Irish: The Scot in North Britain, North Ireland and North America, Vol. 2 Page 617, Early Presbyterian Churches in Ireland.
  • John Wilson , about 1700 to 1729 , when he ernigrated to America
  • Dundalk, county Louth : John Wilson , 1700 to 1706 or later
  • Dunboe, county Londonderry, John Wilson-- to 1684-88

JOHN WILSON, received 8 Mo. 25, 1735, dated 3 Mo. 25, 1735, from Limerick, Ireland.

Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania In Chester County. Established in 1718, from Newark or Kennett.

In Ireland 1766 Religious Census: James Wilson, Religion-Dissenters, Diocese-Armagu; Parish-Artrea; CountyLondonderry

Frank Shepherd's genealogy states John and Nancy were born in Ulster.


John Wilson died July 9 - 1773 - The children mentioned in his will are:

  • (1) John (II), b. 1742, m. Mary Wray, d. January 4 -1799;
  • (2) James, b. 7/13-1743, m. Agnes Henderson, d. June 3 -1799;
  • (3) Hugh, went to Georgia;
  • (4) William, b. , d. 1778 of army fever;
  • (5) Samuel, b.1754, d. 1799.

The following account is from OUR WILSONS, GASTONS, AND HUTTONS, Herman Wilson Craven, Washington D.C. 1926:

JOHN WILSON, son of the defender of Londonderry, came to America and married Nancy Breckenridge, who came to this country from Londonderry when she was twelve years of age with her brother, her parents dying on the voyage over. He lived in what is now Letterkenny Township, Franklin County, in the noted Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania, a place originaly named Lancaster County. It is said that he settled there as soon as white men could live there. The first settlement in Franklin county was at Falling Spring, now Chambersburg, in 1730. The early settlers in this part of the country often livedon land for years before they acquired any legal right or authority to do so. The steps procuring a complete and perfected title to land appear to have been first, the issuance of a warrant for the survey of the land; second, the survey under the warrant; third the issuance of a patent. But periods of many years often intervened between these steps, the land meanwhile being possessed and sold as if title were complete.

In Letterkenny, John Wilson owned his farm, of which his son Samuel became sole owner nineteen years after his father's death. Approximately, the tract was in the form of a parallelogram, twice as long as it was wide, the longer sides of which ran northwest and southeast. In the "Wilson-Baird Family" genealogy, p. 6, "the records at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania show a tract of 222 acres of land surveyed for John Wilson September 11, 1767, in Letterkenny Township Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, on proprietaries warrant bearing date of June 5, 1746. This land lies adjacent to the Rocky Spring Presbyterian Church located about four miles north and one mile west of Chambersburg. The church was organized in 1738 and a log building erected and used until 1794 when a stone building was erected that still stands in good condition (1943). John Wilson and his wife were charter members and he a ruling elder in this church.

After Braddock's defeat July 9, 1755, the indians became very troublesome on the western Pennsylvania frontier and a military company raised in the Rocky Springs congregation that year to repel indian incursions, of which Joseph Armstrong was Captain, had John Wilson as a member. John Wilson survived his wife at least seven years, and died July 9, 1773.

In his will, made August 1768, he mentions the folowing children John (III), who moved to Lincoln County, N. C., James, who went to Ohio, and Hugh who went to Georgia; Samuel, who became a Presbyterian Minister at Chambersburg PA, and William. This was probably the order of their ages. Though in Wilson-Baird Family genealogy, p. 7, the author, Mr. Shepherd, states that there was also a daughter who married a Doctor Sharp.

The following is his will:

In the name of God, Amen. The twenty-third day of August in the Year of our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundered and Sixty-eight. I John Willson (notice the spelling) of the province of Pennsylvania,Cumberland County and Letterkenny Township, YEOMAN being of perfect mind and Memory, Thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.

That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and as for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian and decent manner at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty power of God: And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to help me in this life I give, bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my well beloved son John the sum of five pounds good and lawful money of this province to be raised and levied out of my estate within two years after my decease and to be paid to him by my executors. And in like manner, I give and bequeath my well beloved son Hugh the full sum of five pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania to be levied out of my estate within two years after my decease, and to be paid to him by my executors.

Item: I give my well-beloved sons James, Samuel and William all three which I make and ordain my sole executors of this my last will and testament all and singular my land, messauge and tennement by them to be possessed and enjoyed equally them and their heirs and addigns forever or if they incline any or all of them to sell the price is to be equally divided between the above aaid James, Samuel and William I give my son James, moreover, my wagon and waggon gears, my gray horse and my bauld horse and my two year old colt and my bed and bed clothes that belongs to it and my chest. And all other my goods, chattels and movables I allow to be sold and the money to be equally divided betwixt my said sons James, Samuel and William and likewise all my money and debts is to be equally divided them the said James, Samuel and William, and I so give them authority either to sell or keep in their own possession the above land and tennement them their heirs and assigns and likewise the gods and chattels belonging to me that is not here particularily mentioned give to each of the above said James, Samuel and William equally to be divided and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul alland every former testament, wills and legacies bequests and executors by me in any wise before this time named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in wittness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year written above. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Wilson as his last will and testament.

In the presence of us the subscriber JOHN WILLSON.

Alexn. McConnel, George Shields, John Fleming

384. John WILSON was born 1 1689 in Ireland. He died 2 Jul 9 1773 in Letterkenny Twp, Cumberland, PA. John WILSON married 3 Nancy BRACKENRIDGE about 1732 in PA.

   [Julia Holt #2.FTW]
   The following account is from OUR WILSONS, GASTONS, AND HUTTONS, Herman
   Wilson Craven, Washington D.C. 1926
   The first Wilson of our family of whom we have positive information was
   one of the defenders of Londonderry, north of Ireland, in 1689. According
   to uncertain tradition as it came down to Martha Wilson, her sister
   Lucinda and her brother Joseph, his name was John.  The Protestant
   forces, loyal to William and Mary, were shut up in the town by an army
   commanded by the deposed King James who soon departed leaving the command
   to another.  There was fierce fighting.  Famine and pestilence threatened
   to wipe out the entire population within the walls; but the defenders
   successfully withstood the siege lasting one hundred and five days.
   Macaulay in his History of England gives a vivid account of this siege.
   JOHN WILSON, son of the defender of Londonderry, came to America and
   married Nancy Brackenridge, who came to this country from Londonderry
   when she was twelve years of age with her brother, her parents dying on
   the voyage over.  (See JOHN WILSON for more)

385. Nancy BRACKENRIDGE was born 1 in Londonderry, Ireland. She died 2 before Aug 23 1769 in Letterkenny, Cumberland, PA.

   [Julia Holt #2.FTW]
   Nancy Brackenridge came to this country from Londonderry when she was
   twelve years of age with her brother, her parents dying on the voyage
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John Wilson's Timeline

Londonderry, Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Age 22
Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 23
Age 34
July 9, 1773
Age 53
Letterkenny Twp, Pennsylvania