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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John William Wilson was born in Valle Township, Jefferson County, July 8, 1835. His father, David Wilson, a native of Virginia, removed to Jefferson County, Mo., in 1834, and settled where our subject now resides; he married Annie Vineyard, and of the nine children born to them seven are living, viz.: Martha (Politte), Mary (Stoops), Sarah (Buchanan), John William, Susan (Perry), Adell (Lepp) and James H. David Wilson died in 1855. John William Wilson went overland to California in 1852, driving an ox team most of the way. He herded stock nine months, and then drove a stage from Sacramento to Mormon Island for William McCombs five months; he next engaged in mining gold at “N****r Hill”* for some time, and also at various other places in the State. Returning home in the fall of 1856, he settled on the old homestead and engaged in farming and stock-raising, owning a three-sevenths interest in 395 acres. He was engaged in the butchering business in De Soto from 1865 to 1867. August 1, 1866, Mr. Wilson married Aurelia Soufflot, daughter of Augustin Soufflot (deceased). Mrs. Wilson was born in Etampes, France, near Paris. Six children were born to this union, five of whom are living, viz.: Charles, Annie, Blanche, Frank and Eugene M.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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