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Willson of County Monaghan, Ireland
Posted by: Gary Muffley (ID *****0883) Date: September 17, 2010 at 12:56:15
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Seeking any information on the Willson families of County Monaghan. Elizabeth Willson (b. Aug. 12, 1800, Legacurry, County Monaghan) married John Carson in November 1821; they migrated to Washington County, Illinois, and then Dade County Missouri. See
These were my wife’s great-great grandparents.

Reported siblings of Elizabeth Willson Carson include John, Mary, Ann, Harry, Isaac, & Thomas Willson. Some of these siblings, or other Willson kin, may have migrated to America, especially to Washington County, Illinois.

Elizabeth’s parents were reportedly Henry (or John) Willson & Elizabeth Irwin Willson. They were Covenanter Presbyterians. Henry/John was reportedly a surgeon and farmer near Ballybay, Co. Monaghan. Henry (or John) is mentioned in "The Carson of Ballybay", by David Melville Carson. Griffiths Valuation data (1848-1865) show both Henry & John Willson at Legacurry in Tullycorbet Parish. There is a John Willson on Meetinghouse Lane in Ballybay, & one wonders if that was the location of Willson’s surgery.

Perhaps our surgeon Henry/John Willson was related to Dr. John Willson (b. abt. 1760) who migrated from Co. Monaghan to South Carolina, where he had substantial plantations. See
page 2 at There are entries at for this line.

There are some “Willson” spellings in a Wilson DNA Project. See
Results fall into various yDNA haplogroups and lineage groupings.

Ballybay, County Monaghan, merchant James Willson mentioned in this 1738 deed may be significant:

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