James Wilson

James Wilson (1742 - 1798)

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Brig. Gen. James Wilson
Born in Carskerdo, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Berks County, Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Sep 2010
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Categories: American Founding Fathers | Signers of the United States Declaration of Independence | Signers of the United States Constitution | Colonial Militia Generals, American Revolution | Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the US | Civil Service, American Revolution.



Brig. Gen. James Wilson was a Civil Servant in the American Revolution

James Wilson born September 14, 1742 and died August 21, 1798. He came to America in 1766 bringing with him letters of Introduction, Wilson published "Considerations on the Nature and Extent of the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament," it was a pamphlet denying the authority of the British Parliment over the Colonies. In 1775 he was a Colonel in the 4th Battalion of Associators and atttained the rank Brigadier General of State Militia. James was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. He served twice in the Continental Congress helping to draft the United States Constitution.Wilson in June 1776 served on the Committee on Spies, along with John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Rutledge, and Robert Livingston. They together defined treason. (1) James Wilson was one of the original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States. Hiding from creditors James Wilson sought refuge in a rundown inn in Edenton, North Carolina, in 1798. James caught malaria in July and several weeks later suffered a stroke. He died destitute on 21 August 1798.


James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Supreme Court Justice, has no living descendants. Of his children, Mary Wilson and her husband Paschall Hollingsworth only had one child, a daughter, Emily Hollingsworth, who never married and had no children.


  • Charles Page Smith, James Wilson (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1956) page 72.
  • Leon Friedman and Fred L. Israel, The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions (New York: Chelsea House, 1969).
  • "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch [1] : accessed 19 January 2016, Alison Landals in entry for James Wilson, 14 Jun 1743; citing LARGO, FIFE, SCOTLAND, reference; FHL microfilm 1,040,180.
  • Signers of the Declaration of Independence. USHistory.org
  • 56th-77th Annual Reports DAR. Senate documents (United States Congress, Senate). Government Printing Office: Washington, DC
  • Description: Record of Credentials of Delegates to the Congress, 1781-87. Volume 1 Title: 1781-87. Page: 163. Subject: WILSON, JAMES. Date: 1785-11-14.Fold3
  • SAR Grave Registry
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed Nov 21, 2017), "Record of James Wilson", Ancestor # A127496.

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  • "BillionGraves Index," database, FamilySearch FamilySearchJ : 9 November 2015), James Wilson, died 28 Aug 1798; citing BillionGraves (Link: 2012), Burial at Christ Church Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ("Grave information for James Wilson, located in the Christ Church Philadelphia, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. This headstone image, GPS location and personal data were contributed and verified by volunteers to provide you with the most valuable cemetery and genealogy data in the world.")
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George Wilson Tax transcript.
George Wilson Tax transcript.

James Wilson Delegates to the Congress
James Wilson Delegates to the Congress

Signing the Declaration of Independence
Signing the Declaration of Independence


On 1 Apr 2015 at 16:29 GMT Sheri Havens wrote:

The birthdate and place are the ones that DAR, NSSAR, and several biographies have used and recognize. Family search gives both the birthdate and the christening date.

On 31 Mar 2015 at 17:27 GMT Vincent Piazza wrote:

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XBJ3-RBZ 1743 Scotland Birth

"Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XBJ3-RBZ : accessed 31 March 2015), James Wilson, 14 Jun 1743; citing LARGO,FIFE,SCOTLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,040,180.

the birthdate is slightly different but the parents match, it probably wouldn't be a younger brother because this James survived

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