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SOURCE 1: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.
B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911

SOURCE #2 - Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio
Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895

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   DR. ANDREW WALL

Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 720

JOHN WALLACE is one of the honored pioneers and practical agriculturists of Goshen Township, Tuscarawas County.  He has never aspired to hold public office, but has served as Township Supervisor and School director in response to the solicitations of his many friends and neighbors.  Personally his reputation is of the highest as a man of integrity and honor.  Politically he is a Republican, and cast his first vote for Henry Clay for President.
     The parents of our subject were David and Jane (Burkley) Wallace, natives of Ireland and England, respectively.  The father was a shoemaker by trade, and left his native land about 1810, first settling in Mifflin County, Pa., and later removing to Ohio.  He lived to attain a good old age, his demise occurring in this county, when in his ninety-sixth year.  Of his five sons and four daughters eight are still living.  They are as follows:  Mary M., Mrs. Abraham Walters, of Stone Creek, Ohio; William, a general farmer of this township; Sarah J., widow of Daniel Stiffler; John, of this sketch; James, living in New Philadelphia; David, a resident of Nebraska; Joseph F., a resident of Wichita, Kan.; and Catherine, wife of Joseph Liston, a farmer of Fulton County, this state.  Ann P., the twin sister of  Mrs. Walters, is deceased.
     John Wallace was born Aug. 22, 1826, in Mifflin County, Pa., and was therefore only two years of age when brought by his parents to Ohio, in 1828.  They settled in Wayne County, and in 1837 permanently located in Goshen Township.  There farm comprised seventy-one acres of new, uncultivated land.  In company with his brothers, John Wallace cleared this land and made various improvements upon the place.  He received fair educational advantages in the district school, and by practical experience acquired a good knowledge of farm duties.  On reaching his majority he purchased a farm of fifty acres in Goshen Township and engaged in its cultivation.  Later he sold the place and purchased the one where he now resides.  In 1852 he bought a quarter-section of land in Indiana, and in the following year he traded that property for a farm in this township.  In 1861 he sold the latter, and in April removed to his present homestead homestead.  He has extended the boundaries of his farm until he now owns two hudnred and seventy acres, a large portion of which is fine clay land.
     On the 4th of September, 1856, Mr. Wallace married Catherine Wheadon, who was born in Onondaga County, N. Y., Feb. 12, 1825.  Her parents, Almon and Abbie (Wooley) Wheadon, were natives of Connecticut and New Jersey, respectively.  Their family comprised eight children: Jane, Mrs. LeRoy Brown, of Bangor, Wis.; Dency, deceased; Catherine, Mrs. Wallace; Oscar, deceased; Sarah, wife of John Gibler, a banker of Huntington, Ind.; William H. a farmer of La Crosse County, Wis.; Mary L., a teacher of Bangor, Wis.; and John F., a agriculturist of Carroll County, Ohio.  Almon Wheadon removed to Carroll County in 1838 with his family, and there purchased sixty-five acres of land, to the cultivation of which he devoted himself until his death, which occurred at the age of sixty-five years.  His wife, who died Mar. 27, 1891, in her ninety-third year, was much beloved and respected, as was also Mr. Wheadon.  At the time of her marriage Mrs. Wallace was the widow of Eli L. Martin, to whom she was married Jan. 3, 1850.  After their marriage they sent to Illinois, where her husband and child both died in 1853.
     The wife of our subject, a most estimable lady, was educated in the Empire State.  By her marriage she has become the mother of two sons and a daughter.  Abbie, the eldest, born Jan. 11, 1858, was married, Apr. 4, 1878, to Robert R. Jacobs, a hardware merchant of Waynesburg, Ohio.  Eight children have been born to their union, namely: William W., Edna P., Mary C., Abbie W., Roberta T., Blanche J., Emma and John R.  Almon D. Wallace, the eldest son, is deceased.  Will E., born Oct. 17, 1860, married Miss Elizabeth B. Grimes June 15, 1872, and they have two daughters, Lucy M. and Helen.
    
Religiously both Mr. and Mrs. Wallace are members of the Lutheran Church.  Their home has ever been much frequented by their many friends and neighbors, who have nothing but feelings of good-will and love toward this worthy couple.
Source:  Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 240
WILLIAM WALLACE, one of the old landmarks and prominent citizens of Goshen Township, Tuscarawas County, is the owner of an extensive and valuable farm, where he has made his abode for several years   He is a supporter of the Republican party, and has held various township positions, among them being that of Assessor and Trustee.  Mr. Wallace, who bears an enviable reputation among those who know him best, is a man of high character and undoubted integrity, and it thus affords us great pleasure to place his history among others of the worthy settlers and residents of hits county.
     The birth of our subject occurred in Mifflin County, Pa., Jan. 29, 1822.  His parents were David and Jane (Burkley) Wallace.  The former was born in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, Mar. 12, 1777.  He emigrated to the United States in 1810, and located near Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pa., where he resided for nine yeas, and then returned to his native land.  There he was married to our subject's mother, and soon afterward set out for the Keystone State once more.  He had learned the shoemaker's trade in Ireland, and followed it as a means of livelihood when settling in Lewistown.  His father, William W., was a native of Scotland, and became a resident of Ireland during religious troubles in his own country.  David Wallace died July 6, 1874, at the home of his son in Goshen Township.  He had come to Ohio in 1827,, locating near Wooster, Wayne County, where he lived for a time; then went to Harrison County, and from there he came to this county in 1837.  His wife departed this life Aug. 31, 1870.  She was a member of the Church of England, while her husband was a Presbyterian in religious faith.  Their nine children were all living up to the time of their parents' demise.  Mary M. is Mrs. Walters of Stone Creek; Ann P., deceased, was the twin of Mary, and married William Waddington, who is also deceased; William is the next in order of birth; Sarah Jane married Daniel Stiffler; and the others are John, James, David C., Joseph and Catherine, the wife of Joseph Liston, of Michigan.
     The early years of William Wallace were passed quietly at the home of his parents, much of his time being spent in the schools of the neighborhood.  He left home when about twenty-two years.  He left home when about twenty-two yeas of age, adn found employment as a clerk in a store at Bedford.  In a Short time he abandoned this pursuit, finding it not to his taste, and leased a farm in this county.  The place, which he afterward bought, was situated in this township.  Finding a purchaser on good terms, he sold the place and bought the farm where he now has his home.  However, he disposed of this homestead to a Mr. Waddington about 1850, and became the owner of a farm near the infirmary, where he lived for ten years.  After selling that place he repurchased the old homestead he had formerly owned, and on which he now lives.  His property comprises four hundred acres in two farms, one of which his son Burkley now operates.  When favorable opportunities presented themselves, Mr. Wallace invested large sums of money in lands situated in Kansas and Indiana, and these he afterward sold at a good price.
     As a farmer Mr. Wallace has been very successful, and has made a particular point of raising live stock.  He has been prosperous in his undertaking of raising sheep, and has realized a good income from this source alone.  In 1871 he visited Europe, and greatly enjoyed meeting relatives and going to various points of interest.  However, he returned home with a greater feeling of satisfaction over his own fair land and the institutions of the United States. 
     At Beaver Dam, Ohio, Mr. Wallace was married, Oct. 22, 1846, to Susan, daughter of David and Sarah (Bowers) Kniseley.  The latter were among the earliest settlers of this section of the county, and John Kniseley, grandfather of Mrs. Wallace, laid out the town of New Philadelphia.  They came hither from Bedford County, Pa., and here resided until called from their labors by death.  The demise of David Knisely occurred Sept. 4, 1877, and his wife died July 9, 1889, at the home of her daughter Sarah.
    
Ten children came to bless the union of our subject and wife.  They are as follows: John B.; Sabilla M., deceased, who was formerly the wife of Oliver Junkins; David F., who lives in Kansas City, Mo.; Isaac B., a resident of Independent, Kan.; William O., also of Independence; Jessie, wife of Charles Klein, of Cleveland, Ohio; James L., who lives at home; Charles H., a resident of Cleveland; Carrie E., Mrs. Henry Lehman, deceased; and Edwin K. who died in September, 1870, aged two years and nine months.  The death of Mrs. Lehman occurred Apr. 13, 1886.
     Religiously, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace are identified with the Lutheran Church.  The farmer supports the Republican party by his ballot, and uses his means and influence in the promotion of the welfare of the public.
Source:  Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 154
REV. ISAAC N. WHITE, D. D.  The good that a high-minded, whole-souled man like Rev. Isaac N. White does in this practical, worldly-minded age, cannot be measured in metes and bounds, and such an one should receive our heartiest commendations; but man of such pure ideals does not court the admiring plaudits of men, merely striving to do his Master's will.
     Rev. I. N. White, of Fairview, Oxford township, Guernsey county, was born Aug. 17, 1835, at Hickory, Washington county, Pennsylvania, the son of Nicholas and Ann (Edgar) White, the father born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and the mother of Westmoreland county, the same state.  The parents spent their entire married life at Hickory, Washington county, Pennsylvania, where they died many years ago, and where they are buried.  The father was a farmer and a devout member of the Associate church, and died a member of that church in 1851.
     Isaac N. White spent his youth on the farm, assisting in the general work, and his early education was obtained in the village schools of Hickory.  He later attended Jefferson College at Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1855.  He then taught school in Natchez, Mississippi, for one year and in the fall of 1856 entered the theological seminary at Xenia, Ohio, preparatory to entering the ministry.  He graduated from the seminary in 1850 and the same year was licensed to preach the gospel and was first called to the congregation at Hebron, in Washington county, New York, where he remained about three years.  He then came to the Steubenville presbytery, Ohio, and was placed in charge of the United Presbyterian congregations of Lebanon and Glade Run, in Columbiana and Carroll counties, and was with this charge for ten years.  He then came to Guernsey county, in the Muskingum presbytery, and was placed in charge of Fairview. Washington and Sandhill congregations.  In serving these congregations he was to give Fairview one Sabbath and Washington the next Sabbath, and at the Sandhill church on the evening of his Fairview service, riding seven miles through all kinds of weather and bad roads to fill this appointment.  He remained serving these three congregations for thirty years, resigning the charge on Dec. 1, 1904, and since that time he has not been engaged in active ministry.  During all those years he was active not only in his own church affairs, but in all movements for the betterment of the local conditions, and was foremost in all work for the uplift of the people of all classes.
     Reverend White has been twice married, first on Oct. 28, 1865, to Mary Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Miller, of Hickory, Washington county, Pennsylvania.  Two children were born to this union, Alice M., at home, and John C., in business at Cleveland, Ohio.  The wife and mother died in April, 1870, and his second marriage was in December, 1871, to Margaret McGowan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David McGowan, of Steubenville; no children were born to this marriage.  In 1902 Muskingum College, at New Concord, Ohio, conferred on Reverend White the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.  He ahs been a Republican in politics since the birth of the party in 1856, voting for John C. Fremont for President; has always been interested in educational matters and has served as a member of the board of education.  After his well spent years he is now living a retired life in Fairview where he has since spent so many active and useful years.  His ministerial labors and influence covered a greater portion of the eastern half of Guernsey county and his services were a constant demand in performing marriage ceremonies and conducting funerals of persons both in and outside of the church membership.
     The daughter, Alice M. White, is a highly educated and cultured woman, being a graduate of Washington Seminary at Washington, Pennsylvania, and has been a teacher in the Western Pennsylvania Institute for the Deaf about ten years.  During the summer of 1910 she made a tour of European countries, visiting most of the cities and points of interest.
Source: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 676
 

 

 
HENRY H. WILSON.  The name of Henry H. Wilson is too well known about Byesville and generally throughout Guernsey county to need any special laudation on the part of the biography, for his career, which has been a busy and upright one, is familiar to our readers, none of whom, we are sure, could or would say aught disparagingly against him.
     Mr. Wilson was born two miles from Byesville, in May, 1847, and he is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Witten) Wilson, the former born in Pennsylvania, near Peyton's Monument about 1804.  His father, SAMUEL WILSON Sr., and his mother, Eliza (Dickinson) Wilson, came here from Pennsylvania very early in the nineteenth century, prior to 1804, and located near Middleton.  The Indians acted somewhat hostile at their intrusion and the mother went back to Pennsylvania for safety and while there Thomas Wilson was born.  She made the entire return trip to Ohio on horseback, carrying her six-weeks-old baby.  Here the grandparents spent the rest of their days.  Their family consisted of five children: Henry; Samuel; Jane is the wife of Philip Shoff; Zachariah died when twenty years old, and Thomas.  When the last named child was two yeas old, he was stolen away by squaws, when his father was absent from home and endeavored to induce the mother to come into the woods after him, but she pretended as though she thought they were playing and remained within doors, and the Indians finally returned the baby to the house before the arrival of the father.  Following is an incident illustrative of the rough pioneer life as given by Grandfather Wilson:  A bully visited his cabin early one morning, determined to fight for no reason other than to prove who the best man was.  Mr. Wilson wanted to talk the matter over, but the intruder wanted to have it out at once.  Grandmother Wilson encouraged her husband to "wade into him," and seized a butcher's knife and cut of his hair, which was worn long as was the custom of those days, so that the visitor could ot pull it out and thus have the advantage.  Needless to add, the bully was bested in the melee.  Samuel Wilson was in the war of 1812 and, in company with a friendly Indian, acted as a spy three months during that war and rendered valuable service, making many perilous trips, during which, at times, they were nearly starved, following trails with no food.  After the close of that war the old man and his good wife spent the balance of their days in Guernsey county.
     The Wilson, father of the subject, grew up in this county and entered several pieces of land from the government.  Taking a fancy to one particular tract, which was wanted by others, and, having no money, he rode sixty-five miles to the home of a relative down on the Ohio river and got the money rode home, changed horses here and then rode to Zanesville, securing the land.  He followed farming near Byesville all his life.  He was also a foreman on the famous National pike east of Cambridge.  He was a man of a great deal of natural ability and tact, although having scarcely any schooling.  He dealt extensively in livestock, trading a great deal and could mentally figure what amount of money was due, before others could make the calculation on paper.  He lived to be about eighty years old, dying June 14, 1884, his wife having preceded him to the "narrow house" two years before.  They were a grand old couple and highly respected by all.
     Henry H. Wilson, of this review, was one of a family of thirteen children, of whom five lived to maturity, namely: Mrs. Rachael Riddle, now living about a mile from Byesville; Mrs. Sarah Selby, deceased; Mrs. Lizzie Crowe, deceased, who formerly lived at Glenwood, Noble county, Ohio; Mrs. Malinda J. Forbes, of Byesville, and Henry H., of this review.
     The subject grew to manhood on the farm near Byesville.  Toward the close of the Civil war he enlisted in the one-hundred-day service; being then, however, only a boy, his father took him out of the service.  He has devoted his life to agricultural pursuits and has been very successful.  In December, 1865, he married Amanda Orr, the daughter of Josiah Parker Orr and Sarah (Burt) Orr.  Her father was born in New York City, Feb. 19, 1823, and there grew to manhood.  He was the son of Watson and Lavina (Wheeler) Orr.  Watson Orr was born on Feb. 27, 1780, and his wife on Jan. 7, 1788.  Josiah P. Orr came to Jackson township, this county, in an early day and on October 12, 1847, married Sarah Ann Burt, daughter of Daniel BurtJoseph P. Orr located at the northwest corner of what is now Byesville when it was all a wilderness.  There he made his home and reared his family of five children, of whom Mrs. Wilson was the first in order of birth.
     Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Wilson: Lizzie married Silas Conner, of Byesville; Lennie married Edwin Finley, cashier of the First National Bank of Byesville; she passed to her rest on July 5, 1907.
     Most of Mr. Wilson's life was spent on the old homestead south of Byesville.  About 1885 he moved into Byesville, where he now resides in a comfortable and neatly kept home; however, he has retained his farm, which is highly improved and is a very desirable property.  He is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Byesville and has been financially successful in his life work, having been a very good manager and industrious.  Politically, he is a Republican, as was his father, and he has held various township offices.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church.  He is one of the best known and most substantial and highly respected of Byesville' citizens.  He, his parents and grandparents, consecutively, have made this vicinity their home for more than a century, during which time they have done much for the general upbuilding of the locality and have borne untarnished reputations.  The same land has been owned by this family for nearly one hundred years.
SOURCE 1: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 638
JAMES MADISON WILSON.  The family of which the gentleman whose name heads this sketch is a member has been long and favorably known in Guernsey county, and for several generations the name of Wilson has been borne by many of the most prominent and active citizens of certain communities of that county.  They have been men of industry of certain communities of that county.  They have been men of industry and intelligence, who have, by the exercise of these talents, attained their success in life, and James Madison Wilson is one who have been aided to reach his own success by the memory of the family traditions and examples.
     James Madison Wilson was born in the southwestern part of Valley township, Guernsey county, on Nov. 18, 1856, the son of William Craig and Mary (Seaton) Wilson.  William Craig Wilson was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 10, 1809.  His father was James Moore Wilson, who came with his wife from Vermont to Pennsylvania, and made that state his home until death.  William Craig Wilson came to Guernsey county in early days, first locating at Cumberland, where he was for several years a blacksmith.  About 1831 he bought a farm of eighty acres in Valley township, and there spent the rest of his life.  He prospered in farming, and added to his land until he owned four hundred and twenty-one acres.
     William Craig Wilson was first married to Pulina Heinlein, by whom he had five children.  His wife and three children perished when the cholera scourge swept over the county; the survivors were Harriett, who married Dr. William Helm, and Sarah, who married Andrew E. ScottWilliam Craig Wilson afterward married Mary Seaton, who was born near New Concord in Muskingum county, Ohio, a daughter of Robert and Nancy Richardson Seaton.  Three sons were born to this marriage, one of whom died in early infancy.  The others are John William and James Madison.  William C. Wilson was a Republican, and held various township offices.  He and his wife were both stanch members of the Bethel Methodist Episcopal church, and were among its founders, while Mr. Wilson was identified with the church as an official all his life.  He died on Aug. 30, 1891; his wife survived until July 1, 1907.
     James Madison Wilson grew up on the home farm.  He attended Muskingum College, also Northwestern University at Ada, Ohio.  From 1881 to 1893 he was engaged in school teaching in Guernsey county, and since that time has followed farming on the old home place.  As a teacher he was very efficient and commanded the love and respect of his pupils.  He was married in 1882 to Lottie Johnson, the daughter of William Thomas and N. Cathren (Clark) Johnson, his neighbor from girlhood.  Two children were born to them, both dying in early infancy, the mother and one child dying at the same time, on May 28, 1883, and the other child four days later.
     In 1885 Mr. Wilson married Ida M. Crow, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Wilson) Crow, who was born in the same neighborhood as Mr. Wilson.  John Crow was the son of William J. and Margaret Jane (Johnson) Crow.  William J. Crow came from Pennsylvania in the early thirties, when he was about twenty-one, and entered a whole section of land from the government.  This was located in the southwest portion of Valley township, and part of it extended a whole section of land from the government.  This was located in the southwest portion of Valley township, and part of it extended over into Noble county.  He later bought more land, increasing his holdings to eight hundred acres.  Here he married Margaret Jane Johnson, who was the daughter of John Johnson, one of the early settlers of Buffalo township, Noble county, whose farm adjoined Mr. Crow's.  To this marriage seven children were born: Michael, John, Emma (who married Samuel Dollman), George, Nan (who married James Dollman), one daughter who died when two years old, and Alexander.   John Crow married Elizabeth Wilson, the daughter of Thomas J. and ____(Witten) Wilson.  she was the sister of Henry H. Wilson, whose sketch gives her ancestry.  John Crow continued on the old Crow homestead the remainder of his life.  Five children were born to this marriage, William Thomas, Charles Franklin, Ida May, Theodosia and Mary Amanda.  Mrs. Crow died on April 23, 1897.  She had been a faithful Christian and a devoted mother.  John Crow died on Apr. 11, 1910.  He was a lifelong Presbyterian, faithful to the teachings of his church, and well known and highly esteemed by those who knew him.
     Mr. and Mrs. James M. Wilson are the parents of four children: Earl, who married Elizabeth Wilson, of near Cambridge, is a fireman on the Panhandle railroad, and lives at Dennison, Ohio; Reed, the youngest, is at home attending school; Byrl Meredith, the oldest, died when two years old; Paul C. the third son, died from accidental scalding when fourteen months old.
     Mr. Wilson is a Republican and has held various township offices, to the satisfaction of the people.  He and his wife are members of the Bethel Methodist church.  Mr. Wilson ahs been active in his community in many ways, is an enterprising and progressive farmer, and a man of considerable influence, whose judgment is much esteemed. 
SOURCE 1: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 963
REV. WILLIAM HENRY WILSON.  The writer of biography, dealing with the personal history of men engaged in the various affairs of every-day life, occasionally finds a subject whose record commands exceptional interest and admiration, and especially in this true when he has achieved more than ordinary success or made his influence felt as a leader of thought and a benefactor of his kind.  Rev. William Henry Wilson, of Byesville, Guernsey county, is eminently one of that class who earn the indisputable right to rank in the van of the army of progressive men and by reason of a long and strenuous career, devoted to the good of his fellows and to the dissemination of the Gospel, he occupies a position of wide influence and has made a name which will long live in the hearts  and affections of the people, although he cares little for the plaudits of men, merely seeking to do his duty in following in the footsteps of the Nazarene.
     William H. Wilson was born near Milnersville, Monroe township, Guernsey county, Ohio Nov. 27, 1867, and he is the son of John Neal Wilson and Christian (Morrow) Wilson.  Both parents were born and reared in this county and are still living near Milnersville, a highly respected couple, now advanced in years.  William H. grew to maturity on the farm and after receiving a common school education and attending various normal schools his early life was devoted to the profession of teaching.  After four years of successful work as a teacher, he entered Dennison University and took select work in view of the ministry.  He was licensed to preach on May 27, 1893, by the Baptist church at Milnersville, and he was ordained to the ministry on Mar. 22, 1894, by the Pleasant View Baptist church at Newcomerstown.  During the years of his pastoral labor he has very ably and acceptably served the following churches, building them up and strengthening them in a manner that has proven him to be a conscientious and untiring worker; Union Valley, Piedmont, Pleasant View, Bridgeville, White Eyes Plains, Adamsville, Dresden and Byesville.  On Dec. 7, 1903, he came to Byesville in response to a call from the Baptist church, which was then only a mission of the old Cambridge Baptist church.  Shortly after he came it was organized as an independent church, and he has been pastor of this church to the present time, his work in this place having been wonderfully blessed.  This church now has a membership of two hundred and thirty and is constantly growing, and it has a remarkable Sunday school, consisting of about two hundred and fifty members.  The church is full of life and vigor and their meetings are like one continuous revival.  Their pastor has implicit confidence in the promises of God and inspires his flock with the same faith in the Supreme Leader, with the result that the congregation is ever faithful and earnest.  His leadership has received honorable mention throughout the state.  He was for two years vice-president of the southeastern district of the Baptist Young People's Union of Ohio.  For about four years he has been moderator of the Cambridge Baptist Association.  For three years he was president of the Guernsey County Sunday School Convention.  He was active in Organizing the Byesville Law and Order League about 1904 and has been chairman of the same ever since.  The population ahs grown a great deal since that time, with a large influx of foreigners, but so well has the town been governed that Byesville is an unusually law-abiding place, with officials chosen not for political reasons but for well known merit.  The moral element was active from the first under the leadership of the Reverend Wilson, and had this not been the case of local government might easily have got in the control of the baser element.
     Reverend Wilson is an able organizer and in his own church has adopted what he is pleased to call "The company plan," of keeping each member actively at work as part of a small organization or company.  This plan has produced great results and has been highly commended not only locally, but has been approved and praised by men of national prominence and leadership in the denomination. In the pulpit Reverend Wilson is an earnest, logical and forceful speaker, often truly eloquent.  Besides his busy life as pastor and citizen, he is also director of the First National Bank of Byesville, and he has found time to write several books that have received wide recognition.  One of them is on "homiletics," especially for the pastor, and is highly commended by ministers of all denominations.  Another is "Our Responsibilities in the World's Conquest."  He has a large and carefully selected library of the world's choicest literature.
     At Cleveland, Ohio, in 1907, at the international convention of the Baptist Young People's Union of America, his church at Byesville took both banners, one for the highest grades in Christian culture work, the other for all-around Christian work.  For four years the church was awarded two state banners for the same merits and held the Christian stewardship banner until it became the property of the church.  Such records are criterions enough to show the courage, the sound judgment and the great earnestness of Reverend Wilson.
     On May 23, 1900, occurred the marriage of the Reverend Wilson to Estella Henry Ferrell, of Dresden, Ohio, the daughter of Henry and Emma (McFarland) Ferrell.  She was born near Dresden, and when twelve years of age moved to that place, where she attended high school, completing the course there, and made that city her home until her marriage.  She is a lady worker, and, as president of both the senior and junior branches of the Baptist Young People's Union, had much to do with bringing them to their present state of efficiency.  In her the Reverend Wilson has a most earnest and faithful assistant, a competent aid in many branches of church and Sunday school work.  She is president of the Women's Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the Cambridge Baptist Association.
SOURCE 1: History of Guernsey County, Ohio by Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet - Illustrated - Vols. I & 2.  - B. F. Bowden & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana - 1911 - Page 569
 
 

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