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Re: Elkhart/Pennsylvania research trade
Posted by: Mary Wilson Date: April 20, 2001 at 20:25:14
In Reply to: Re: Elkhart/Pennsylvania research trade by Beth of 489

Hi Beth, I'm looking for information that will lead to the answer for two haunting questions in our family genealogy.
1. Where was James Louis Wilson buried? By more than one account, James L. Wilson was one of the earliest settlers of Jefferson Twp., Elkhart Co.,IN. He removed to Indiana from Logan Co., OH, in about 1832. He lived there until his death February 5,1866. His brother John T. Wilson, was also an early settler with him, but he removed to Kansas. Very little seemed to be known about James. His obituary was short but sweet to say the least. His daughter Nancy and her husband Israel Wolfe, bought James' farm in August after his death. The families were among the founding members of the Brethren Church in the Goshen area. James' son tells that when they were children, there was no church building, the congregation met in different homes, and no records were kept. James owned a saw mill, and was elected Justice of the Peace. I just recieved the obituary for James' daughter Nancy Wolfe. She and her husband Israel lived out their lives in Elkhart as well. Israel Wolfe died in September of 1901, and Nancy died January 19,1913. Nancy made the front and fourth page of the Elkhart Truth dated January 20,1913. They explained that she was one of the oldest residents of Elkhart, having lived there over 78 years. Yet, the librarian was unable to find anything about Israel, who had lived there most of his life as well. As for Nancy, this is the only information I have about her. She was living in Goshen at the time of her death with a daughter, Mrs. Super, she was a lifelong member of the local Brethren Church. Then, there is a clue to the other question, she says her father was James Wilson he served in the War of 1812(we knew this) and her GRANDFATHER SERVED UNDER GEORGE WASHINGTON during the Revolutionary War.
2. The next question that we have been looking for answers to is, who were the parents of James Louis Wilson? I had truly hoped that since this family had lived in Elkhart, almost since its beginnings, there might be some genealogical history there. Unfortunately, it seems as though not much was really known about them. Funny thing, even the information about Nancy doesn't tell where she was buried. I'm wondering if there was a small family plot on the old family land. I called the court house, and they said that the original land was split into several parcels now, and that there was no indication of a family plot, but that doesn't mean that one does not exist.
I am looking for as much information on this family as I can find. Anything that will help me to determine the answer to the second question inparticular. I have tried contacting the local chapter of the DAR, but have recieved no response. I have contacted the Elkhart Historical Society and have had minimal luck. Even they were surprised at the lack of information. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you


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