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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  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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SOLOMON WILSON, who departed this life July 6, 1862, at his home in Miami Township, Greene County, was a representative pioneer of Southern Ohio, and a good man in the broadest sense of the word. When this can be truthfully said of a man it implies much. Mr. Wilson was born in Virginia, December 16, 1818, and emigrated to Ohio in 1833, settling in Miami Township, and thereafter followed farming continuously until his death.

On the 22d of December, 1847, Mr. Wilson was joined in wedlock with Miss Sarah B. Baker, who was born in Miami, July 23,1825. Mrs. Wilson comes of a good family, being the sister of Dan Baker, who is represented elsewhere in this volume. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, for a period of eight years, occupied the farm now owned by Mrs. James Miller, in Miami Township. They then removed to the farm where Mrs. Wilson now resides, and thereafter devoted their energies to its improvement and cultivation. It was but very little removed from its primitive condition, the only improvement upon it being a log house. About 1859 the present residence was erected, and Mr. Wilson from year to year added the improvements naturally suggested to the enterprising and progressive farmer.

A man of more than ordinary intelligence, Mr. Wilson acquired a good education, and it was often remarked that he would have been a success as a teacher, as he was fully qualified, having completed his studies in the high school at Xenia. He was liberal and public spirited, taking an active part in politics, and gave his allegiance to the Democratic party. He held the office of Supervisor, and also served as Trustee in his school district. He kept himself thoroughly informed upon the leading events, and was a man of sound judgment and one whose opinions were generally respected.

There was born of this congenial union a family of seven children. The eldest, a daughter, Mary, died when nearly four years old; Thomas married Miss Laura Littleton, and is the father of one child, and makes his home in Springfield; Huldah and Belle are unmarried and remain at home with their mother; Brinton married Miss Abbie Elerick; they live in Texas and have four children; William married Miss Florence Hughes; he is the father of one child and they live in Monticello, Ill.; Solomon is unmarried and operates the home farm. Mrs. Wilson, with her children who are at home, belongs to the Presbyterian Church. Her son Solomon, who possesses, in a marked degree, the worthy qualities of his honored father, votes the straight Republican ticket, and. has been Road Supervisor in his district for the last four years. The farm embraces one hundred acres of land, and is devoted to general agriculture and stock-raising. The Wilson family is held in high respect in the community, being numbered among the representative citizens of Miami Township.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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