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Amariah Wilson Jr. (1835 - 1891)

Amariah Wilson Jr.
Born in Millbrook, Wayne, Ohio, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 25 Jun 1856 in San Marcos, San Marcos, Texasmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lampasas, Texas, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Jan 2015
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This profile is part of the Wilson Name Study.

Amariah Wilson Jr. was born in Wayne Co., Ohio to Amariah Wilson Sr. and Elizabeth Moyer on 28 Feb 1835. His mother died a month later. By Sep of that year his father had remarried as he had 4 children under 10 to take care of. That mother died in Dec of 1837 while Amariah Jr's family was in Burlington, Iowa. By the age of 4 he had a new mother, Rachel, who would stay with him til her death. His father married her in Plattsburg, Andrew Co., MO. in 1839.

Amariah Jr. was 9 years old when his father and family embarked on the Oregon Trail in 1844. [1]

It must have been an exciting experience for a young boy, to walk behind a covered wagon, tend the cattle, ford streams, and hunt for game. Probably more exciting were the indians they met along the way, or the herds if buffalo that might have seen. By the time he left Missouri, he had two younger sisters, one only a month old when they began their journey. His oldest sister Julian married two years before their departure, so did not accompany them. But his two older brothers, Dorsey and John Thomas, must have been a major asset, along with Amariah Jr., for their father on the trip.

The family arrived in Sauvie Island, Oregon, before the spring of 1846, when another younger sister was born. The family may have spent 3 years there in Oregon before setting out on the next leg of their journey.

By 1847 Amariah Jr. and his family were in California[2].

It is not known what Amariah's father did in those early days of California, but he and his two older sons became land investors after the United States claimed California in 1848. Those days must have been exciting for the young Amariah jr. at 13, and even more so when gold was discovered in 1849.

His father and brothers purchased lots in San Francisco, CA just after the United States took control from Mexico[3]   In January of 1850 Amariah's father sold his lots in San Francisco, CA. and moved his family to San Marcos, Hays Co., Texas

Amariah bought lots in San Marcos City from his father in 1855[4]

On 25 Jun 1856 Amariah Jr. married Mary A. Lipscomb of North Carolina in San Marcos, TX. [5]

On 1 Apr 1856 Amariah Jr. purchased more land from his father. [6]

In the 1860 census, we find Amariah Jr. in [7] DeWitt Co., TX, with a daughter Henrietta(Carrie Phenetta), listed as a "Saddle Tree Maker". He is 24 and wife Mary is 25.

With the civil war fever in Texas at a high pitch, it is a question why Amariah Jr., at 30 yrs of age, did not participate. Both of his brothers took part on the Confederate side. It may have been that Amariah Jr. did not subscribe to the tenets of the Confederacy.

In 1870 Amariah Jr. is still in Dewitt Co., TX[8] now with Yancey, 8 male and Purl, 3 female as well and wife Mary and daughter Carrie P., now 10.

In 1874 Amariah Jr. bought 72 acres in DeWitt Co., TX[9] probably the same land he had been farming.

Amariah Jr. died 14 Nov 1891 in Lampasas Co, Texas leaving Mary A. Wilson his widow, his son John Yancy Lee Wilson, daughters Amand Pearl Hutchinson, and Carrie Phenetta Wilson who never married, as heirs.[10]


  1. An excerpt from "Across the Plains in 1844", Chapter IV, by B. F. Nichols, show that Amariah Wilson Sr. provided his wagon for use in fording the swollen Nemneha River
  2. H. H. Bancroft Works, Vol 29, pg. 19, listed Amariah as one a immigrant to California
  3. "San Francisco And The Laws affecting The Same, With A Synopsis Of All Grants And Sales Of Land Within The Limits Claimed By The City." By Alfred Wheeler. San Francisco, Alta California Steam Printing Establishment, Portsmouth Square. 1852." Schedule C. 
  4. 1 Feb 1855 Amariah Wilson Jr. purchased lot#1and lot#4 in block23 in San Marcos, TX from his father Amariah Wilson Sr. Deed Bk B, pgs553 & 557.
  5. Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002 about Amariah Wilson Name: Amariah Wilson, Gender: Male, Marriage Date: 25 Jun 1856 , Spouse: Mary A. Lipscomb, Marriage City: San Marcos, Marriage Cnty: Hays, Marriage State: Texas Source: Texas Marriages, 1851-1900, Source Information: Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.
  6. 1 Apr 1856 Amariah W. Wilson J. purchased farm lot #13 from Amariah Wilson Sr. for $1200; Deed book B, pg.228, 259-60; Established a middle initial for Amariah Jr
  7. Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 about Amaria Wilson Name: Amaria Wilson, Location: Denton, De Witt, Texas, Enumeration Date: 17 Jul 1860, Schedule Type: Agriculture, Line Number: 03
  8. Name: A Wilson listed as a "saddle tree maker" Age in 1870: 36 Birth Year: abt 1834 Birthplace: Ohio Home in 1870: Precinct 5, DeWitt, Texas Race: White Gender: Male Post Office: Clinton Family Mary 38 F W keeping house b. georgia Carrie P. 10 F W at home b. texas Yancey 8 M W at home b. texas Purl 3 F W at home b. texas
  9. Texas, Land Title Abstracts, 1700-2008 about A. Wilson; Grantee: Amariah Wilson; Certificate: 2; Patentee: A. Wilson; Patent Date: 24 Apr 1874; Acres: 72.50; District: Goliad; Gonzales; Victoria; County: DeWitt; File: 4 ; Patent #: 573; Patent Volume: 1.
  10. Llano Co, Texas deed book T, pg 516.
  • Wilson family book by Lois Wiley Wilson

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Wilson-65819 and Wilson-23836 appear to represent the same person because: No Contradictions... other duplicated profiles are awaiting merger once this is done. Thanks!
posted by David Wilson