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Martha French Wilson (1844 - 1927)

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Martha French Wilson
Born in Bath County, Kentuckymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Bath County, Kentuckymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Nicholas County, Kentuckymap
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Genealogically Defined


Martha French Wilson was born the 7 October 1844 in Bath County, Kentucky the daughter of Uriah Wilson and Elizabeth House.

She married Jesse Morrison Wilson 2 October 1866 in Bath County, Kentucky. The marriage was performed by R.T. Caldwell at the home of Uriah Wilson. Witnesses: George Power and J. R. Boothe. [1] [2] The marriage of Martha Wilson to Jesse M. Wilson demonstrates the family relationships of Martha's parents Uriah Wilson and Elizabeth House and her grandparents Uriah Wilson and Mary Newkirk. The participants in the wedding highlight the subtle family interconnections. Both of the witnesses for Martha's marriage were related to her several different ways. If all of the interrelated family attended the wedding it must have been quite an affair.

First we will consider George B. Power born 1844 in Bath County, Kentucky the son of Woodson Bryant Power and Eliza (or Adeliza) Gaulden. George's sister was Sarah Power who married Judge William Wilson Power, the son of John Power and Louisa Wilson, daughter of Uriah Wilson and Mary Newkirk and Martha's aunt. In addition, George Power's father, Woodson Bryant Power was the brother of Sarah Ellen Power who had married as his second wife James H. Wilson the son of Uriah Wilson (born 1805) and Elizabeth House. James was the brother of Martha Wilson. James H. WilsonJ's first wife, Mary Louisa Graves was the daughter of Eliza Ellen Banta whose mother was the sister of Lot Banta who married Mary Jane Wilson , daughter of Uriah Wilson (born 1805) and Elizabeth House.

Taking things a step further the other witness to Martha's marriage was J.R. Boothe. He is Jefferson Booth the first husband of Martha's sister Deborah C. Wilson. Jeff Booth was also the brother of Millie Booth who married William Oliver Wilson, Martha's brother and a son of Uriah Wilson (born 1805) and Elizabeth House.

Finally we will consider the family connection of Martha's husband, Jesse M. Wilson, who was the brother of George Hon Wilson who became the second husband of Deborah C. Wilson, Martha's sister.

Another reason the wedding was a big family event was it was a reunion of sorts for George B. Power, William Wilson Power, James H. Wilson, William O. Wilson and Jefferson Booth who had fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, three of them in the 5th KY Regiment (Mounted), one in the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment (Duke's), and another in the 9th Kentucky Cavalry.

Martha Wilson died 24 August 1927 in Nicholas County, Kentucky and was buried in the Carlisle Cemetery. [3]

Martha's children: Mary Elizabeth Wilson and Susan Forest Wilson, like their mother and aunt continued the family tradition when they married brothers, John and Jack Soper.


  1. Bath Co KY Marriage Certificate Book 3, p 195
  2. "Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979," (, Jessie M. Wilson and Martha French Wilson, 02 Oct 1866; citing Bath, Kentucky, reference 273008-195; FHL microfilm 273,008.
  3. "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1961", (, Martha F. Wilson, 1927.

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