Niagara County

1883 Biography - Milton Wilson

Milton Wilson, a pioneer of 1857, is a native of New York, born in Niagara county, in 1826. His younger days were spent on a farm. On the 17th of April, 1850, he married Adaline Freer, a native of Niagara county, New York. He subsequently moved to Lockport and engaged in the boot and she trade. In the fall of 1852 he removed to the town of Cambria, and returned to farm life. In 1856 he sold out, and in the spring of 1857 started west.

Arriving at Buffalo the family took passage in a boat for Milwaukee, from which point they came overland to Butler county, and located a claim on section 15, Bennezette township. Mr. Wilson at once erected a shanty in which the family lived until a more comfortable house was built. For some time they were without a stove, Mrs. Wilson doing her cooking by an open fire. Ten children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson - George W., E. Frank, adn R. L., who were born in New York, Mary H., Cora A., Ida L., Douglas, Addie J., John C. S. and Ed. M., born in Iowa. Mr. Wilson has been prominently identified with the interests of both town and county. he was one of the first county supervisors elected in 1859, serving a term of one year; was again re-elected in 1860; elected again in 1878, serving for three years. He has held town offices, and is at present town clerk, an office he has filled several years. In politics Mr. Wilson is a democrat. He cast his first vote for President, for Lewis Cass, of Michigan. He sold his first wheat at Cedar Rapids, 110 miles distant, at sixty cents per bushel. That was the nearest market at the time.

Milton Wilson was born at the village of Wilson, Niagara county, New York, July 22, 1826. The place of his birth was first settled by his grandfather, Reuben Wilson, in 1810. Reuben Wilson was the father of twelve children, six sons and six daughters. Three of the sons are yet living, but the daughters all died before reaching the age of twenty five. Calvin Wilson, the father of Milton, was born in Canada West, in 1800, and died in 1878. His mother, Hannah (Sherwood) Wilson, was born in Vermont, in 1804. and is yet living. Her parents, Nathaniel and Lucinda Sherwood, located at Wilson in 1813. Her father died there at the age of fifty six, and her mother at the age of seventy six. Calvin and Hannah Wilson were the parents of thirteen children, four sons and nine daughters. The sons are all living, and four of the daughters. Milton was the third child, but first son. He was reared on a farm, and spent his entire life in his native State engaged in agricultural pursuits, with the exception of two years in the city of Lockport, where he was in the mercantile trade. In 1850 Milton Wilson and Adaline Freer were united in marriage. Mrs. Wilson was born July 25, 1829. Her father, Solomon Freer, was born in Ontario county, New York, in 1799, and in 1824 married Mary Ann Snyder, who was born in 1808, in Ontario county. In 1826 they moved to Niagara county, New York. where they located, and raised a family of nine children, two sons, and seven daughters, all of whom are living, save one daughter. Mr. Freer died in 1879; Mrs. Freer in 1878. In the fall of 1856, Mr. Wilson sold his farm in, Niagara county, New York, and on the 26th of May, 1857, with his family, started west.

Source: The History of Butler County, Iowa, Union Publishing Company, 1883, pages 476 and 782.

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