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Uriah Wilson (1805 - 1891)

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Uriah Wilson
Born in Montgomery County, Kentuckymap
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Husband of — married about 1824 [location unknown]
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Died in Montgomery County, Kentuckymap
Profile last modified 13 Nov 2019 | Created 6 May 2016 | Last significant change: 13 Nov 2019
22:25: Connie (Daniels) Graves edited the Biography, Father Status Indicator and Data Status (Father) for Uriah Wilson (1805-1891). [Thank Connie for this]
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Signature Uriah Wilson

Uriah Wilson was born Montgomery County, Kentucky 1805. [1] Because there were numerous Uriah Wilson's he is generally referred to by the appellation "Uriah Wilson (born 1805)". He was a son of Uriah Wilson and Mary Newkirk. Proof for this is found in a declaration made 1858 by Uriah Wilson (born 1805) for a Nicholas County Circuit Court case regarding a certain Vinkirk involved in a fight. According to the court documents Vinkirk was Uriah's nephew. [2] If a Vinkirk was Uriah's nephew, then Uriah's sister would have been married to a Vinkirk. That this was the case is shown by a marriage consent dated 13 December 1819 for the marriage of Elizabeth Wilson to Mathias Vinkirk in Montgomery County, Kentucky. Luckily, for us, her father Uriah Wilson wrote the consent. To avoid confusion and be perfectly clear it should be stated Elizabeth's parents were Uriah Wilson and Mary Newkirk. That being said we can state positively Uriah Wilson (born 1805) would be Elizabeth's brother and also the child of Uriah Wilson and Mary Newkirk. Note: as a sidelight Elizabeth's marriage carries on the family connection with their Dutch ancestry. The name Vinkirk/Van Kirk traces to Holland. The surname was Verkerk in the 1600's. The ancestor that came from Holland was Jan Janse Verkerk and his wife Mayke Gisberts who arrived in New Netherlands 1633.

In case you are curious about the outcome of the above mentioned Circuit Court case, the jury's judgement was against Uriah Wilson (born 1805) and he was ordered to pay $200 in damages to John T. Johnson. [3] Uriah's passionate defense of his "Vinkirk nephew" was definitely a family affair and cost him dearly. Uriah and his son Perry Wilson had put up as security for the $2000 bond, a Black horse, a bay mare, a mule colt, a two horse wagon, a lot of hogs and two fields of corn. These were forfeited to Johnson to cover the damages. The result of this court decision against Uriah would cause him to default on numerous obligations and result in several lawsuits for debt in the circuit court records. The ill feelings between Uriah Wilson (born 1805) and John T. Johnson, his neighbor, continued and in a 1858 Nicholas County court decision the jury found in favor of Uriah. John T. Johnson had to compensate Uriah Wilson for pasturing Johnsons hogs. [4] These were no doubt the very same hogs Uriah had forfeited to Johnson in the earlier lawsuit.

One of the saddest episodes in Uriah's life was in 1854 when a Nicholas County Circuit Court case shows he brought suit against his son-in-law James D. Dalzell who had married Uriah's daughter Elizabeth H. Wilson in 1850. According to the sworn affidavit of Uriah Wilson, James Dalzell was the father of a child born to another daughter of Uriah, Sarah ("Sallie") Wilson who was unmarried. Dalzell admitted he was the father of the illegitimate child known as Nebraska Wilson and agreed to support the child. [5] In an 1854 deed James Dalzell gave land in trust for his children by present wife (Elizabeth Wilson) and "his illegitimate child by Sarah Ann Wilson daughter of Uriah Wilson" land on Somerset willed him by his father Thomas Dalzell and also a share of his deceased brother William P. Dalzell. [6] We do not know what happened to Sallie Wilson but her child Nebraska was raised by his grandparents Uriah and Elizabeth Wilson. [7]

Uriah was a life-long farmer. From 1849 to 1859 we know Uriah was farming next to the Concord Church Meetinghouse because he was mentioned in the Nicholas County Court Order book as working on the road. [8] [9] As late as 1857 he was appointed surveyor of the road from Waller's Steam Mill by way of Mrs. Morgan's to the gate at the top of the hill opposite old Concord Meeting House.[10] Uriah Wilson (born 1805) had probably been leasing the farm because in the tax list for 1856 he is listed paying tax on 53 acres on Somerset Creek then in September 1857 a deed records he purchased 53 acres from Thomas B. and Elizabeth Maddox on Somerset and Taylor's Creek.[11] The property was described as bounded by John S. Barr, John T. Johnson, Abe Shumate, and the Concord Tract (Concord Meetinghouse). The land was also mentioned in the 1857-1858 court case when Uriah's son Perry Wilson was described as living on about 50 acres of land adjoining the lands of John Barr, Concord Meeting House land and the same now occupied by Uriah Wilson.[12]

Uriah's wife was Elizabeth House and they were married about 1824. This is based on the birth of their first child, Uriah Perry Wilson in 1825. It is not surprising the marriage record cannot be found because the Montgomery County Marriage Records were burned during the Civil War by Confederate troops. [1] [13]

We know Uriah and Elizabeth were church goers and members of the Christian Church. For this reason we might assume they attended the Concord Meetinghouse because of its proximity to their farm until at least 1859 although there are no records to verify it. Membership records for the East Union Christian Church in Nicholas County, Kentucky list the names of Uriah and Elizabeth Wilson and several of their children from about 1860 onward. Their daughters Elizabeth, Mary Jane and Deborah were married by East Union ministers. While the East Union Church records are not complete the family definitely attended church at East Union and several family members are buried in the East Union Church Cemetery.

Map 1861 showing farm of Uriah Wilson (born 1805)

After their financial losses in the 1850's the Wilson family apparently moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky by 1860 with Uriah and Elizabeth living near their daughter Mary Jane Wilson who had married Lot Banta in 1852. [14] Uriah and Elizabeth Wilson were mentioned as pioneers of the Bluegrass in a biographical sketch of their son-in-law, Lot Banta published in 1882. [15]

During this time Uriah in addition to farming was operating another business selling retail liquor at Bald Eagle in Bath County, Kentucky according to the federal tax records of the Internal Revenue Service. [16] This would have been a very lucrative business during the Civil War (1861-1865). The presence of large garrisons of Union troops would no doubt have demanded the consumption of large amounts of liquor. Be that as it may, Uriah Wilson was a Confederate sympathizer. Two of his sons and one son-in-law fought for the Confederacy. Family stories abound about hiding valuables and horses from the Union troops when they rode through the neighborhood. However, one son-in-law was in the Union Army which must have caused friction from time to time at family gatherings.

Over the next decades Uriah Wilson continued his litigious tendencies in the circuit court and was involved in numerous lawsuits with sons, son-in-laws and neighbors.

Uriah Wilson's death notice was published in the Mt. Sterling Advocate, April 28, 1891 Montgomery County, Kentucky.

"At the home of his son, Polk Wilson, near Plum Lick, on Tuesday, Apr. 21st, 1891, Uriah Wilson an old and respected citizen. He had reached the good old age of 87 years and for over 50 years had been a consistent member of the Christian church."

A second notice appeared in the same paper in a community column

"Sideview--Died, near Plum Lick, on the 27th, inst., Uriah Wilson, aged 87 years" [17] [18]

The location of Uriah's death in 1891 at the home of Polk (or William Oliver Wilson) was in the corner of what is today Plum Lick and Rock Ridge Roads. Family researcher Cathy (Wilson) Leary who was born and grew up on a farm in the area found a Bourbon Co deed and wrote: "Wm. O. (Polk) bought the land in 1883.[19]. So since Uriah Wilson's death notice says that he died at the home of his son, Polk, at Plum Lick, I would think this is where he died. I find it interesting that it says corner of Plum Lick and Bivin Pikes (rather than Rockridge). I never heard it called that."

The location of the grave of Uriah Wilson (born 1805) continues to elude researchers although there have been multiple attempts to find it.


  1. 1850 in Nicholas Co., Kentucky. p 989/495 #691/693 Uriah Wilson, 45, farmer KY
  2. Affadavit of Uriah Wilson, Defendant. Nicholas Co KY Circuit Court Case 26, Bundle 325, Filed 24 March 1858, Book O, p 461. --John T. Johnson vs Uriah Wilson for assault.
  3. Nicholas County Circuit Court Case 26, Bundle 325, Jury & Judgement 1858, September Term, Book O, p 516.
  4. Nicholas County, Kentucky Circuit Court Case #316
  5. Nicholas County, Kentucky Circuit Court Case #293. Filed June 1854. Dismissed Sept 1854
  6. Nicholas County, Kentucky Deed Book Q, p 203. 4 Aug 1854
  7. 1870 Census, Harrison Co., KY, Buena Vista Dist., PO Buena Vista, p 8, # 55/53. Nebraska Wilson, age 17. b KY, farmhand is living in the household of his grandparents Uriah and Elizabeth Wilson
  8. Nicholas Co Court Order Book G, Sept Term 1849 and Order Book 1 p 92
  9. Nicholas Co Circuit Court Case #26, Bundle 325
  10. Nicholas Co KY Order Book 1 p 92., 9 Mar 1857
  11. Nicholas County, Kentucky Deed Book R., p 362
  12. Nicholas County Kentucky Circuit Court Case #26, Bundle 325 Uriah Wilson, defendant agst J.T. Johnson plaintiff
  13. Historic Marker at the courthouse Mt Sterling, Kentucky. "Dec. 2, 1863, CSA cavalry burned courthouse at Mt. Sterling to stop its use as a USA garrison. Clerk's records, in rear, saved. Circuit court records destroyed." Note, some of the marriage records were destroyed. The marriage bonds were used to start the fire.
  14. US Census 1860, Eastern Division, PO Flat Rock, Bourbon County, Kentucky. 14 July 1860 #356/359 Uriah Wilson, 55, farmer, 1000, born KY
  15. William Henry Perrin, editor. History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky. O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 524. [Flat Rock Precinct, Bourbon County, Kentucky]
  16. Uriah Wilson, Bald Eagle, Bath County, Kentucky. 1863. Internal Revenue Assessment Lists for Kentucky, 1863; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M768, Roll 21); Records of the Internal Revenue Service, Record Group 58; The National Archives at Washington, D.C.
  17. Mt. Sterling Advocate, Mt Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky 28 April 1891.
  18. Elliston, M.W., compiler. Early kentucky Newspapers. 1990. Vol 1, p 5.
  19. Bourbon Co Deed Book 66, p 543
Paternal DNA is confirmed on GEDmatch between 2nd and 3rd cousins. Wilson-41262 and Connie Daniels Graves are second cousins sharing 225 cM and are descendants of George Wilson and Debbie Wilson. They match their third cousins once removed Cathy Wilson Leary(T284572) and Lois Warren Cooke (H239526 ) on Chr 4. All cousins are descendants of Uriah Wilson and Elizabeth House
Paternal DNA confirmation for MRCA Elias Newkirk DNA relationship is confirmed on GEDmatch between fourth and fifth cousins. For 27.617 cM between A439796 Kathy Presson who is a fifth cousin once removed of T402351 Connie (Daniels) Graves and T354404 Bonnie Wilson Preisler. Connie and Bonnie are 2nd cousins. In addition Kathie Presson is a fourth cousin once removed to T731795 Janet Weissenborn sharing 11.7 cM. Connie shares 24.6 cM with Janet. Bonnie shares 14.7 cM with Janet. They all descend from Elias Newkirk. Kathy and Janet from Elias' second wife and Connie and Bonnie from Elias' first wife.
Paternal DNA confirmed on GEDmatch between third cousins once removed T402351 Connie Graves and A684935 Norman Howard Walters for 5.0 CM on Chr 5. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 7.7 Norman also matches his fourth cousin Cathy Leary on Chr 5 for 5.1 cM and estimated number of generations to MRCA = 7.7. Norman has an additional match with his fourth cousin T071231 Elizabeth Townley Warren who match on Chr 6 for 7.4 cM, estimated MRCA 7.5 generations. All are descendants of Uriah Wilson and Elizabeth House.
Paternal DNA confirmed by MY HERITAGE Triangulated match between Connie Graves, and her third cousins once removed Cathy Leary , and Lois Warren on Chr 4 and 22. MRCA's are Uriah Wilson and Elizabeth House.

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