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Obituaries of the Wilson Family

This extensive list of Wilson family obituaries was sent in by Paul Russell. If anyone would like further family information on the Mohawk and Johnstown-based Wilson family, Paul can be contacted at prussell@anna-maria.edu.


End Comes as Result of Old Age to Widely Known Resident

"William H. Wilson, one of Johnstown's highly esteemed older residents, passed away last evening at 8:20 at the home of Mrs. George H. Woolrich, 28 Whitmore avenue, where he had resided for some time. Mr. Wilson had been in declining health for the past year or two, but had only been forced to take to his bed about five weeks ago, and the end came as the result of complications incidental to advanced age.

Mr. Wilson was 87 years of age. He was born February 4, 1845, a son of William and Elizabeth Wilson, on the Wilson homestead, in the Town of Mohawk, Montgomery county, where he spent most of his younger days. After the Civil War he located in Virginia where he engaged in the contracting business and about seventeen years ago took up his residence here to live a retired life.

In the death of Mr. Wilson, Johnstown loses another of its widely known residents. One who during his life endeared himself to a large circle of friends, who sincerely mourn his passing. Of a quiet unassuming nature, he possessed a jovial loyal spirit of friendship to make him a popular associate for old and young alike.

He was a member of the First Baptist church of this city and a member of the Masonic fraternity for half a century.

The surviving relatives are two sons, William T. Wilson of this city and Frank Wilson, of Cincinnati, O., besides two grandchildren, Merrill and George Wilson of this city, also several nieces and nephews among the latter being Mrs. William H. Perry of Sidney and Miss Jennie Stoller of this city.

The remains were removed to the H .P. Albaugh Funeral parlor to be prepared for interment and will be taken to the home of his son, William T. Wilson, 297 North Perry street from where the funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3, daylight saving time. Rev. Harlow W. Parsons, pastor of the Baptist church will officiate and interment will be made in the Johnstown cemetery."

The above obituary appeared in the April 22, 1932 edition of the Johnsontown paper. Another obituary noted that William H. Wilson died at the Hilltop Convalescent Home for Aged, which was operated by Mrs. George Wollrich. A third obituary stated:

"The funeral of William H. Wilson, well known and esteemed resident, who passed away Friday night at the Hilltop Convalescent Home for Aged, 28 Whitmore avenue, was held from the home of his son, William T. Wilson, 297 North Perry street, yesterday afternoon at 3, and was largely attended. The Rev. Harlow W. Parson, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiated, assisted by the Rev. Raymond C. Deitz, D.D., pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. There were many floral tributes.

The bearers were Everett Miller, Alfred Snyder, Vernon Shaul, and Joseph Brookheiser. Burial was made in the Johnstown cemetery."

Mr. Wilson's wife, Rachael, died in 1915. The following obit appeared in a local Johnstown paper, date of publication unknown:


William T. Wilson of North Perry street received word today of the death of his mother, which occurred in Staunton, Va., yesterday. His father, W.H. Wilson, of Carter, Ky., arrived in Johnstown last week and is confined to his bed by an attack of the grip. Mr. Wilson left this morning for Virginia and will accompany the remains of his mother back to this city, where the funeral services will be held.

Mrs. Rachael, Wilson, who was seventy years of age, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wert and was born west of this city. She will be remembered by a number of the older residents of the city.

Several days later the following notice appeared:

Mrs. William Henry Wilson-- The funeral of the late Mrs. William Henry Wilson was held this afternoon at 3 from the home of her son, William T. Wilson, on North Perry street. Rev. Herbert Finch officiated and there were a number of handsome floral tributes. Burial was made in the Johnstown cemetery.

Another of William H. Wilson's sons died at a relatively young age, according to this article with an assigned date of 28 May 1905. His mother is not mentioned as surviving him:

Fred Wilson--The death of Fred Wilson occurred at the home of R.D. Hibbard, No. 14 East Clinton avenue, at about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon in the 35th year of his age. The deceased had suffered with Bright's disease. Since then he had gradually failed despite the efforts of the best medical skill. On Thursday last he was seized with uremic convulsions and grew weaker and weaker until the end came. The deceased, who was born at Kayford, W. Va., came to this city fourteen years ago, where he had since resided. He was a glove cutter by trade and his genial manner and kindly disposition readily made many friends who are deeply grieved in his death. Throughout his long illness he was most patient and cheerful. He was a member of the Church of the Disciples at Kayford, W. Va., and during his residence here attended St. Mark's church. He is survived by his father, William H. Wilson, and a brother, Frank, of Kayford, and another brother, William, of this city.

The funeral will be held at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Stoller, No. 204 Fon Clair street, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. E.L. Wade, D.D., officiating. Interment in the Johnstown cemetery.

Shortly before the death of Fred Wilson, his sister passed on in Gloversville. The date of this notice is thought to be 1905.

Miss Sadie Wilson-- Miss Sadie Wilson, aged 32 years, of Gloversville, died Tuesday after a brief illness, the cause of death being nervous exhaustion. She is survived by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Wilson of Virginia, and three brothers, Fred and William of Johnstown, and Frank Wilson of Virginia.

An obituary for Mr. William H. Wilson's older sister, Mary Elizabeth, appeared possibly in 1930, but the newspaper is not known.

Mrs. Charles Stoller-- Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Stoller, 87, widow of Charles Stoller, died this morning at 3 at her home, 204 Fon Claire street. Death followed a lingering illness with complications brought on by her advanced years.

Mrs. Stoller was born in the Town of Mohawk, July 9, 1843, the daughter of William and Sarah Wilson. She had resided in Johnstown for many years. Mrs. Stoller was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church.

The survivors are one brother, William H. Wilson; one sister, Mrs. Fred Brownell, and three nieces and one nephew, all of Johnstown.

The funeral will be held from the home Thursday afternoon at 2. The Rev. Raymond C. Deitz, D.D., pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church, will officiate and burial will be made in the Johnstown cemetery.

An obituary for Mrs. Isaac Garrison, another sister of William H. Wilson, points out how far from the original Wilson family homestead in Mohawk the family spread. The date and name of the newspaper not known.

Mrs. Isaac Garrison--Word has been received in this city of the death of Mrs. Isaac Garrison of Richmond, Va., which occurred at her home in that city yesterday, from a complication of diseases. Mrs. Garrison has a number of friends and relatives in this vicinity. She was the daughter of William Wilson, who resided between Johnstown and Fonda.

The surviving relatives are three children, Mrs. Cora Farish of Norfolk, Mrs. W. Smith and Harold Garrison of Richmond, three brothers, Peter and Ira Wilson of Springfield, Ohio, and W.H. Wilson of Johnstown; and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Brownell and Mrs. Mary E. Stoller of this city.

The obituary of Mrs. Fred Brownell, the former Sarah Wilson, and third sister of William H. Wilson, was dated May 6, 1931, newspaper unknown:

Mrs. Fred Brownell-- Mrs. Sarah Wilson Brownell, 81, wife of Fred Brownell, died yesterday afternoon at 4:15 at her home, 404 Prospect street, of pneumonia.

Mrs. Brownell was born in the Town of Mohawk, Montgomery county, Febrary 4, 1850, the daughter of William and Sarah Wilson. She had resided in Johnstown for the past thirty-five years and was well liked and respected. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church.

The survivors, besides her husband, are three daughters, the Misses Jennie and Elizabeth Stoller of Johnstown, and Mrs. Ella Perry of Sidney, N.Y.; one brother, Henry Wilson, and one nephew, William T. Wilson, both of this city.

The funeral will be held from the home Monday afternoon at 2. The Rev. Raymond C. Deitz, D.D., pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church, will officiate. The remains will be placed in the receiving vault of the Johnstown.

Dorcas Y. Wert was the sister of Rachael Wert Wilson, wife of William H. Wilson. Her obituary dated November 30, 1925 said:


Miss Dorcas Yost Wert, one of the most esteemed women residents of the city passed on yesterday afternoon at 4:30 at the home of her cousins, the Misses Margaret and Anna Wert in West Main street.

She was born on February 24, 1846 and had resided in Johnstown for a number of years. She was a faithful member of the United Presbyterian church taking keen interest in the growth of the church and the work. Her passing will be regretted by all who were acquainted with her.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews: William T. Wilson of Johnstown; Mrs. George A. Beck, Mrs. Ernest Wood, Mrs. Lewis Williams, Mrs. Alfred Housworth and Reuben W. Newman, all of Virginia. The funeral announcements will be made later.

 Other Wilson obituaries include:

Winfield Wilson-- Winfield Wilson, respected farmer and former resident of Johnstown, died at 3:30 this morning at his home just south of this city. Death followed an illness of several weeks, during which time his condition gradually grew worse. Mr. Wilson was 62 years of age.

He was born on the farm where he died. He was a member of the Red Men's lodge of Fonda.

Besides his wife he leaves one sister, Mrs. A.Z. Wemple of Fultonville and two brothers, Jay Wilson of Fonda, and Richard Wilson of Denver, Col.

A short death notice for Winfield said: The Late Winfield Wilson-- His death, which occurred recently at his home near Fonda, brought sincere sorrow to all who knew him. An account of Mr. Wilson's successful and worthy career appeared in the Gloversville edition of the Saturday Globe for the week of August 15.

From the Amsterdam Democrat, Tues, 26 Dec. 1876: A remarkable case of longevity was that of Mrs. Jacob Willson, who died at the residence of her youngest son Ira and was buried on Friday. One of the remarkable men at the function was Rev. Mr. Bellinger of Sharon Hill, ae. 93, who preached the sermon. The grave was dug by "Dr." Wendell, colored, who is 89 and all the bearers were about 70. Mrs. Wilson was 93 and had just called together her many friends on the anniversary of her 93rd birthday, when suddenly she was taken ill and died.

Twenty-five years later, Mrs. Jacob Wilson's son Ira passed away:

Fonda, 28 May 1901: The sudden death of Ira Wilson is deeply felt. He was one of our best farmers and had reached the ripe age of 74 in the enjoyment of good health. On Sunday he attended church and at evening assisted in the milking and retired as usual, but at midnight his wife noticed his heavy breathing and in a few minutes he was dead. Mr. Wilson died on the farm on which he was born and the family has occupied it from time immemorial. They have always been of a useful and respectable character. Ira Wilson, president of the Cayadutta Generating Company is the son of the deceased. (Amsterdam Daily Democrat, Tues. 28 May 1901)

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