||Amariah Wilson Jr. was involved in the westward expansion of the USA.|
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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. 
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.
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 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
On 25 Jun 1856 Amariah Jr. married Mary A. Lipscomb of North Carolina in San Marcos, TX. 
On 1 Apr 1856 Amariah Jr. purchased more land from his father. 
In the 1860 census, we find Amariah Jr. in  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 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 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.
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