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William Jennings Wilson (1890 - 1964)

PVT William Jennings (Willie) Wilson
Born in Hiawatha, Brown, Kansas, United Statesmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Mar 2015
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Pvt Willie Wilson served in the United States Army in World War I
Service started:
Unit(s): 3rd Battalion 55th Engineers
Service ended:


William Jennings Wilson, son of Franz Seigle Wilson and Jennie Loudice Terrill, was born November 22, 1890 in Hiawatha, Kansas.[1][2][3][4]

First Marriage

William Jennings Wilson, 22, and Sylvia May Banks, 18, were married on May 20, 1912 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.[5]

William and Sylvia divorced sometime before 1918.

Second Marriage

William Jennings Wilson, 29, and Florence Graybill, 25, were married on July 17, 1920 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. A notice of their marriage was posted in Sarpy, Nebraska on August 16th that year.[6]

William and Florence had the following children, all in Nebraska save for their eldest who was born in Iowa:

  1. William Frantz, born April 23, 1921
  2. Jean Annes, born September 15, 1922
  3. Nadine Florence, born September 16, 1924
  4. a daughter, still living
  5. David Glen, born September 20, 1926
  6. Guy Harvey, stillborn on April 20, 1928
  7. Maude Pearl, born December 6, 1929

World War I

William Jennings Wilson registered for the draft in Omaha, Nebraska. He was married at the time and was living at 3506 North 25th in Omaha. According to the registrar, he was short, of medium build, with brown eyes and red hair.[1]

William enlisted on June 27, 1918 and served as an army private in 3rd Battalion, 55th Engineers during World War I. He was discharged from service on December 23, 1918.[2]

Later Life

In 1930, he was a 39-year-old locomotive fireman living in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife, Florence, 35, and children: William, 8, Jean, 7, Nadine, 5, David, 3, and newborn Maude.[7]

In 1940, he was 49 years old and working as a railroad engineer. He still lived in Omaha with his wife Florence, 44, and children William, 18, Jean, 17, Nadine, 15, David, 13, and Maude, 10.[8]

World War II

At the age of 52, William Jennings Wilson again registered for the draft. At the time he was working for Missouri Pacific Railroad and was 5'6" tall, 125 lbs. with brown eyes, brown hair, a light complexion, and a 5" scar on his right knee.[3]


William passed away on August 25, 1964.[2] He was buried in H G Fisher Cemetery, Underwood, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 for William Jennings Wilson 15:12, 4 October 2017 (EDT)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Veterans Affairs Master Index Prior War File" (Washington DC: U.S. Veterans Bureau Mail and Records, 1926) dup roll 252A pt. 2 of 4, Wilson - Wise, Serial No. 3,313,020 for Pvt. William Jennings Wilson. Indexed in "United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940" (Online: FamilySearch, 26 Oct 2019) Film # 105338004 > Image 5 of 6005.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) for the State of Nebraska; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147; Box or Roll Number: 1301. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 for William Jennings Wilson 15:12, 4 October 2017 (EDT)
  4. 4.0 4.1 William J Wilson on Find A Grave: Memorial #127920794 retrieved 12:55, 30 September 2017 (EDT)
  5. "Marriage Record" (Council Bluffs, IA: Pottawattamie County Courthouse, n.d.) p. 61, record no. 21542 for Wm J Wilson and Sylvia Banks. Indexed in "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934" (Online: FamilySearch, 27 Sep 2017) No image available.
  6. "Marriage Notice" (Lincon, NE: Nebraska State Historical Society, n.d.) William J Wilson and Florence E. Graybill. Indexed in "Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995" (Online: FamilySearch, 8 Jun 2021) No image available.
  7. Year: 1930; Census Place: Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; Roll: 1272; Page: 22A; Enumeration District: 0004; FHL microfilm: 2341007. 1930 United States Federal Census for William J Wilson 12:55, 30 September 2017 (EDT)
  8. Year: 1940; Census Place: Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; Roll: T627_2269; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 94-5. 1940 United States Federal Census for William Wilson 12:53, 30 September 2017 (EDT)

See Also:

  • "William Jennings Wilson (1890-1964)" (Online: FamilySearch) PID: L4Y3-NJQ; accessed 23 Oct 2021. Includes 13 sources.
  • Julie Ryan, "William J Wilson (1890-1964)" (Online: Find a Grave, 13 Apr 2014) Memorial 127920794 in H G Fisher Cemetery, Underwood, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA. Accessed 23 Oct 2021. Includes Photo of grave marker and American Legion sign.

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