Shared Photo: Death of Harry Wilson

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I found this obit in my great grandmother's Bible. Her name is Lois L. Drew and she was married to a William Henry Wilson. I don't even know where to begin to find out who he is. Any help would be much appreciated!

I wanted to share this family photo of Wilson-Drew Family Mysteries with the community. Location: unknown. Date: unknown.
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WikiTree profile: Lois Wilson
in Genealogy Help by Maggie Timmons G2G2 (2.4k points)

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"Harry" is a common nickname for Henry.  It's probably her husband.

Start with the basics - trace him back through the censuses on FamilySearch.  Looks like you've got a good location to find a birth certificate too.  That will probably have his parents.
by Crispin Reedy G2G6 Mach 4 (42.2k points)
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I agree with Crispin, harry/henry are interchangeable! Especially in the UK.

The type & font of the clipping would indicate around the time of WW1 or earlier as it is similar to clippings I see in England of war injuries & deaths.

You have Henry/ Harry Wilson as dying in 1916 so this would fit? I did wonder if maybe it was a typo though and should be 1906; only as Lois remarried in 1907? And their last child born in 1905?
by Lizzie Griffiths G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
William Henry Wilson died in 1916 according to Lois' entry in her family Bible. The rest could easily fit. Thanks for the nudge in the "right" direction.
Hope its helped! I've just had a thought...... the big clue is the horses? You have Henry as a horse-handler on his profile and then this lovely transcription of Harry and his proficiency with horses! Can't be a coincidence?

Now the mystery may be why your g.grandmother remarried 10 years before his death and yet still treasured him enough to keep his testimonial?

Also helps you a lot in tracing his family back with siblings, parents and locations cited! What an absolute gem of a document!! Good luck with your searching!

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