Prior to import, this record was last changed 8 SEP 2012.
Kay stumbled into genealogy after her father died in 1986, when her mother decided that she had a right to know about the Wilson family "secret." She then learned that her Wilson grandfather had refused to tell his wife and children who his parents were; he would only say that they would have more information after he died (1939), but nothing had ever been found.
So Kay and her mother started the search, visiting the National Archives together, where they found lots of family records, but none for the Wilson branch. She then joined Ancestry.com where she was able to fill in all branches of her family tree except for the Wilson line. When DNA testing became available, she and other family members took DNA tests, which unearthed lots of cousins, but no Wilson cousins.
That search continued until 2019, when several new DNA matches seemed to point to a Weed family from Maine that had settled in Michigan. After reviewing the DNA evidence, a Michigan genealogist concluded that it was 99% certain that the Wilson family was somehow connected to a particular Weed family from Maine that had settled in Allegan County, Michigan. A second genealogist then located some court records that included an 1886 letter from John F Weed to his parents, explaining that family "trouble" had driven him to leave home, and he was on his way west to homestead in Kansas. Census records for John F Weed and for John A Wilson confirm that they were almost certainly the same person: John Weed disappears at the same time that John Wilson appears.
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