THOMAS D. WILSON.
Thomas D. Wilson, who has been living retired in Morning Sun for the past six years, was born in Preble county,
Ohio, on the loth of January, 1836, his parents being Daniel and Catherine (Rock) Wilson. The father was a veteran
of the war of 1812, while his grandfather Rock was in the Revolution. Daniel Wilson passed away in 1845 and three
years later his wife and family migrated to Iowa, settling in Louisa county.
Thomas D. Wilson, who was only a lad of twelve years when the family located in Louisa county, obtained his education
in the common schools of Ohio and Iowa. At the age of eighteen he apprenticed himself to a blacksmith and for fifty
years thereafter continued to follow that trade. On August 18, 1862, he enlisted in Company C, First Iowa Cavalry,
under Captain Levi Chase, and went to the front, where he served for three years, being mustered out on the 15th
of June, 1865. Returning to Morning Sun he resumed his chosen vocation, which he followed for four years at that
place and then removed to Warren county. He lived there until 1893, when he returned to Morning Sun, where he has
resided continuously since. He owns a fine residence here and two lots, in addition to which he has a farm of eighty
acres in Cherokee county, Kansas.
On the 12th of November, 1857, Mr. Wilson was united in marriage to Miss Susanna M. Raushenberger, who was born
in Ohio on the 1st of July, 1839. She is a daughter of John and Mary (Messer) Raushenberger, the father a native
of Pennsylvania and the mother of Virginia. Unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were born five children, only
two of whom now survive: James Franklin, the eldest son and second in order of birth, is living in Warren county,
Iowa; and Edna, the youngest daughter and fourth in order of birth, is living at home. Those deceased are: Mary
Catherine, the eldest of the family and the wife of W. D. Nelson; William H. and Riley M. Mrs. Nelson left the
following children at her demise: Bessie May; James Lale; and Maine Etta, now the wife of William P. Hunt. of Virginia
Grove, Iowa. Mrs. Wilson passed away on the 13th of October, 1905, and was laid to rest in the Elmwood cemetery
at Morning Sun.
Mr. Wilson is affiliated with the United Presbyterian church, of which his wife was also a member, and he has served
as ruling elder since 1872. His political support he gives to the republican party. Although he never took a very
active part in municipal affairs, he filled some of the minor township offices. Public spirited, he has ever been
found ready to assume his responsibilities of citizenship in times of need, having faithfully and valiantly served
his country in the Civil war, as did his father in the war of 1812 and his grandfather in the Revolution.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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