Smith Wilson, a well to do retired farmer of Bringhurst, Monroe township, Carroll county, Indiana, was born
in Miami county, Ohio, on October 4, 1835, the son of John and Mary (Smith) Wilson.
Mr. Wilson's parents were both born near Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. They were farmers by occupation. John
Wilson moved to Pulaski county, Indiana, in 1851, and purchased eighty acres of land in Beaver Creek township.
He returned to Ohio and a year later brought his family with him to Indiana. They settled in Pulaski county, where
his wife, the mother of Smith Wilson, who has been sickly, recovered her health in the timber land. After clearing
the farm in Pulaski county and living there for a few years, the Wilson family came to Carroll county, where John
Wilson rented land in Monroe and Democrat township. He died in his eighty ninth year and his wife in her seventy
seventh year. They had eleven children, four of whom are now living. Sarah Jane is deceased; Pierce is deceased;
Eliza R. was a soldier in the One Hundred Fiftieth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and is deceased; Joseph,
a soldier in the One Hundred Fiftieth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, is deceased; Peter is deceased; Matilda
M. is the wife of James Harvey Hutcher, of Arkansas; Martha, the widow of Isaac Wayts had two children, William
Andrew and John Morrison, both deceased, and her husband, who served three years in the Civil War as a member of
Company A, Seventy second Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, died in 1913; Mary is the widow of Phil Kingrey;
John is deceased; and two others.
Having lived at home until the outbreak of the Civil War, Smith Wilson enlisted in the One Hundred and Fiftieth
Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry and served until the dose of the war. Upon coming back home he worked at odd
jobs until the spring of 1866, when he purchased fifty acres of land in Monroe township, one mile southeast of
Bringhurst. The Wilsons lived upon this farm from 1866 until July, 1913, when they removed to Bringhurst.
Smith Wilson is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic at Delphi. He is a Republican in politics and from 1900
to 1902 served as supervisor in Monroe township. As a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows he represented
the local lodge at the grand lodge at Indianapolis many years ago.
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Carroll County, IN
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