Shelby County

Jesse H. Wilson




From the History of Shelby County Ohio (1888)
Biographies of Prominent Men and Pioneers

 This son of John and Anna (Webb) Wilson was born in Grayson County, VA., November 12, 1800, and was but a few months old when his parents came to the Northwest Territory.  At their removal to this county, he was but 7 years of age; his whole memory and all his associations cling and cluster about the county upon whose sunrise he looked in his own youth, and the development and 

growth of which he has witnessed with ever-increasing interest. During his boyhood he helped his father on the old Turtle Creek farm.  When Jesse was about  13 years old, his father concluded to move his wife and children to a place of safety about two miles south of Piqua, as Indian troubles had arisen, and the Garrett and Dilbone murders had been committed. Accordingly, Mr. Wilson took his family and was about to leave his wife and children at the house of a man named Staller. But Mrs. Wilson, with womanly devotion and heroism, refused to remain in safety while her husband was exposed to danger, and so she accompanied him  back to the frontier home.  Jesse was left at Staller's, but soon became restless and expressed a dertermination to return home.  Everything that could be done was done to dissuade him, but to no purpose, for on the third day he stole away and was able to return home safely, to the glad surprise of his parents.   Mr. Wilson and his few neighbors constructed a block-house on the Wilson farm, but fortunately for the infant settlement, it was never needed for protection against the Indians. Mr. Wilson was known as a very athletic and muscular man, although not above the  average in size and weight. 

Submitted by Barbara Lennox Garret.

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