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William H. Wilson, grain dealer, was born in Madison county, N. Y., Dec 10, 1829, son of Thomas and Henrietta (Wing) Wilson; father of Scotch descent and mother a native of New York; they immigrated to Jackson, Mich., in 1836, located in Spring Arbor tp., and took up Government lands; afterward bought land, in Summit tp., adjoining, where he moved and remained until his death, which occurred in 1875. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm and remained at home until he was 21 years of age, when he purchased a farm, on which he commenced work; he remained but a short time, sold his farm, came to Jackson and embarked in the butchery business, which he followed one year, when he engaged in buying and shipping stock; is at present engaged in shipping grain, and his shipments have amounted to a million and a half bushels in a year. Mr. Wilson is one of the oldest shippers in this part of the State, having been identified with the business over 24 years. He put the first bushel of wheat into the Lake Shore house; has some 25 stations where he handles grain. He married Miss Mary A. Hutchins, daughter of Isaac Hutchins, who was a pioneer in the county. She was born Sept. 28, 1831. There were 2 children,—Edgar C. and Helen M.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, pp. 755-756.

 

 

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