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John Wilson

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: January 4, 1799 (57)
Lincoln, North Carolina
Place of Burial: Kings Mountain, Cleveland, NC, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wilson and Nancy Breckenridge
Husband of Mary Wray
Father of Sarah Wilson; Mary Wilson, Polly; John Wilson; Robert Gilleland Wilson; James Wilson and 5 others
Brother of James Wilson; Samuel Wilson; Hugh Wilson and William Wilson

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About John Wilson

From: Descendants of John Hugh Wilson, by Mary H. Ash

JOHN WILSON was born 1742 in Northern Ireland, and died January 04, 1799 in Gaston County, North Carolina. He married MARY WRAY Abt. 1762 in PA, daughter of UNKNOWN WRAY and UNKNOWN JORDAN. She was born 1737 in PA, and died April 03, 1830 in Gaston, NC.

Notes for JOHN WILSON:

In OUR WILSONS, GASTONS, AND HUTTONS, by Herman Wilson Craven, 1926:

John and Mary Wray Wilson and others moved to North Carolina in 1764, in which year it is said that a thousand Scotch-Irish families arrived in North Carolina from northern settlements. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary army, and fought either at King's Mountain or at Cowpens, probably the latter. In 1778 he bought about 416 acres of land lying "on the So. Side of Catawba River on the middle fork or Crowder's Creek" in Tyron (now Gaston) County, North Carolina, and bounded in part by the South Carolina line.

In WILSON-BAIRD FAMILY, Frank C. Shepherd, 1943, p. 7: Moved in company of Colonel John Barber, John's wife's half-brother, traveled the 400 miles up the Old Wilderness Road that passed southward through Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. They established a home on the bank of Crowder's Creek in Lincoln County, North Carolina. They lived there 16 years before the summer of 1780, the Battle of King's Mountain.

The family record of John Wilson (II) as taken from an old Bible published in Edinboro, Scotland in 1761 and now in the possession of Professor L. C. Glenn of Vanderbilt University shows that John Wilson born 1742, married Mary Wray about 1762 and died January 4, 1799. She was born in 1737 and died April 3, 1830. Both are buried in the cemetery at Olnay Church near Kings Mountain, North Carolina. It is thought they had eleven children although but nine are mentioned in the record in the bible.

Pofessor L. C. Glenn was a descendant of the Wilsons and Bairds and in about 1895, visited a Polly Wilson Torrence, who seemed to have been a cousin of his grandmother, Sarah Ann Wilson Torrence. He notated many of her observations. These are on file in his "collection" at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.

An Aaron Wilson, b. January 6, 1776, is listed in this genealogy. It also lists Samuel "Vane" Wilson, born March 17, 1783, d. August 1, 1869, married Miss Owens (author says this is 'questioned').

The author states all of the children except Sarah were born in the log cabin home not far from Olney Church where they attended, about thirteen miles from the King's Mountain Battlefield on Crowder's Creek.

A search of Patriot Index provided the information found below.

  • WILSON, John
  • Birth: PA 1742
  • Service: NC
  • Rank: CS
  • Death: NC 4 Jan 1799
  • Patriot Pensioned: No
  • Widow Pensioned: No
  • Children Pensioned: No
  • Heirs Pensioned: No
  • Spouse: Mary Wray


Burial: Unknown, Olney Church near King's Mountain, NC

Notes for MARY WRAY:

From Frank Shepherd's "The Wilson-Baird History" "Mary Wray, John Wilson's wife lived to be 93; was never sick a day. She washed in the branch and spun flax--- wove it too.

Mary's father was from Wales and her mother, a Miss Jordan, came from Ireland at age 15, her parents dying on the passage to America.

More About MARY WRAY:

Burial: Olney Church near King's Mountain, North Carolina

Children of JOHN WILSON and MARY WRAY are:

  1. SARAH WILSON, b. June 17, 1763, Pennsylvania; d. August 24, 1837, Linoln, North Carolina.
  2. MARY "POLLY" WILSON, b. February 25, 1765, North Carolina; d. August 18, 1836.
  3. JOHN III WILSON, b. March 06, 1767, North Carolina; d. October 01, 1838, Ohio.
  4. ROBERT GILLELAND WILSON, b. December 30, 1768, North Carolina; d. April 17, 1851, Chillicothe, Ohio.
  5. JAMES WILSON, b. April 05, 1771, North Carolina; d. April 20, 1803.
  6. ISABELLA WILSON, b. February 20, 1773, North Carolina, d. Unknown. Died as infant.
  7. AARON WILSON, b. January 06, 1775, NC; d. 1775.
  8. WILLIAM JOSEPH WILSON, b. September 24, 1777, Lincoln, North Carolina; d. February 05, 1854, Gaston, North Carolina.
  9. CATHERINE ISABELLA WILSON, b. September 19, 1779, North Carolina,
  10. SAMUEL BLAINE WILSON, b. March 17, 1783, Gaston, North Carolina; d. August 01, 1869, Farmville,

Prince Edward, Virginia.

DAR Ancestor #: A127605 Service: NORTH CAROLINA Rank: PRIVATE


(Letter from R.Craven, Seattle Wash., to F.C.S 5/26-1901)

The family record of John Wilson II as taken from an old bible published in Edinboro Scotland in 1781 and now in the possession of Prof. L.C.Glenn of Vanderbilt University shows that John Wilson born 1702 married Mary Wray about 1762 and died 1/4-1799 She was born in 1737 and died 4/3-I830 . Both are buried in the cemetery at Olney Church near Kings Mountain North Carolina. (I visited their graves in June 1940 and with ray finger traced the nearly obliterated inscriptions on the monuments sacred to their memories. 7.C.S.)

It is though they had eleven children although but nine are mentioned in the record ..n the bible.


  1. Wilson-Baird history / by Frank C. Shepherd. Shepherd, Franklin Crothers, 1858-

Birth: 1742 Franklin County Pennsylvania, USA Death: Jan. 4, 1799 Lincoln County North Carolina, USA

Married Mary Wray

Section 1

Family links:

 Mary Wray Wilson (1737 - 1830)*


 Robert G Wilson (1768 - 1851)*
 William Joseph Wilson (1777 - 1854)*
 Samuel B Wilson (1783 - 1869)*

Burial: Olney Presbyterian Church Cemetery Gastonia Gaston County North Carolina, USA

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John Wilson's Timeline

Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States
June 17, 1763
Age 21
February 25, 1765
Age 23
March 6, 1767
Age 25
NC, United States
December 30, 1768
Age 26
April 5, 1771
Age 29
February 20, 1773
Age 31
January 6, 1775
Age 33
September 24, 1777
Age 35
of Crowder's Crk, Lincoln, North Carolina