Jesse Wilson
Washington County's Last Civil War Soldier
Submitted By: Leanna Tyler
Gr. Gr. Gr. Granddaughter of Jesse Wilson

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Jesse Wilson 1844-1940: Jesse Wilson circa 1910 thereabouts.



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5 generations of Wilson's: Back row L to R: Clarence William Wilson (Jesse's grandson), Clarence Eugene Wilson (Jesse's ggrandson), George Washington Wilson (Jesse's son). Seated: Jesse Wilson. This pic was somewhere around 1938 or 39. Right before Jesse died.

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Wilson family circa 1899: They lived in Wash. Co. Harmony Twp., Breton Twp. and others. I do not know where this house was. The guy on the horse is William Thomas Wilson (Jesse's son). Back row from left to right: Docia Wilson (Jesse's daughter), Emily Wilson (Montgomery) (Jesse's daughter in law, married to George Washington Wilson), Jesse Wilson, Armilda Wilson (Richeson) (Jesse's wife), Ollie Wilson (Jesse's daughter). Front Row L to R: Clarence William Wilson (Jesse's grandson, my great grandfather, Emily Montgomery Wilson's son), Minnie Josephine Wilson (Clarence's sister, Jesse's granddaughter), Mabel Anna Wilson (Clarence's sister, Jesse's granddaughter), Harold Henry Wilson (the small boy in front of Jesse), he is William Thomas Wilson's son (guy on horse). His mother left them. William Thomas would soon die of pneumonia after this pic and Jesse and Armilda  raised Harold.

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Article in a Washington County Newspaper:

November 21, 1935, JESSE WILSON of Shirley was in Potosi on Saturday and looks like a man of 70 instead of 92 and says he is feeling fine.  Mr. Wilson was on Sherman's March to the Sea and says he remembers it very well.  June 17, 1937, Morris Adams, Civil War veteran dies at Belgrade after a short illness.   This leaves Jesse Wilson as the last surviving Civil War soldier in Washington County.


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Wilson Family Cemetery
These were all of the tombstones I could find on 21 September 2006
There were many unmarked graves. Photographed By: Esther Carroll

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Jesse & Armilda Wilson

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Armildia Wilson

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Marple Wilson

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Asbury Wilson

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Melva Hovey

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Christopher & Helen Behrens

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John Wilson

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Martha Wilson

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Nancy & Clarence Wilson