Born: July 1,
Location: Doylestown, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
Died: November 28, 1882 Age: 69 years
Cause of Death: Unknown, info wanted
Location: Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Buried: Mt. Blair Cemetery, Woodcock Twp. Crawford County,
Mother: Elizabeth Himmelright
Marriage Date: February 2, 1860
Marriage Location: Probably Crawford Cty., PA
Health Issues: Unknown strange malady, info wanted
Woodcock Twp., Crawford Cty., PA , farmer. Living with
wife, daughter and David Wilson, age 25, who was working on
Woodcock Twp., Crawford Cty., PA, living with wife, daughter
Will: see transcript
County History: see transcript
Francis and wife Eliza
adopted Eliza's niece, Sarah E. White,
after her mother died in a train accident
Photos and other
History of Crawford County, Pennsylvania: Chicago: Warner & Beers &
Co.:1885: page 1181:
Frank H. Wilson: (deceased) was born near Doylestown, Bucks Co.
Penn., July 1, 1813, and was a son of John and Elizabeth (Himmelright)
Wilson, who, in the fall of 1827, brought their family and household goods
in wagons and drove stock over the Alleghenies to Meadville, being nearly
four weeks on the journey. They located the same season on a farm on
Woodcock Creek, four miles east of Saegerstown. Our subject was fourteen
years old at the time, and assisted his father to cut the timber preparatory
to erecting a large log-house, where the whole family were reared. Mr. and
Mrs. John Wilson were parents of twelve children: Francis H. (deceased),
Mary A. (wife of John H. Culbertson), William (deceased), James, Alfred,
Charlotte (deceased), Julia A. (wife of Hiram Spencer), Redding, John
(deceased), Joseph C., Emily (wife of Simeon Dickson) and Price. Our
subject, the eldest, was married February 2, 1860, to Eliza, daughter of
Partrick and Mary (Sloan) Blair, natives of Ireland, and who settled in this
township in 1835. By this union there was one child--Agnes M., wife of
Robert G. Davison, who has two children: Frank W. and James H. Mr. Wilson
was always a farmer and resided on the old homestead until his death, which
occurred November 28, 1882, in his seventieth year. He was wedded to his
occupation and early in life formed habits of industry, economy and
frugality. He attained success at his favorite calling, and his farm was a
model of neatness, order and thrift. For many years previous to his demise
he was subject to a peculiarly afflicting malady, which to a great extent
prevented him from associating with the world, obliging him to lead somewhat
the life of a recluse. His widow and daughter live on the old homestead.
Will of Francis H. Wilson: proved and registered 12 Dec.
1882: Recorded in Will Book 'E" at page 595: Crawford County, PA:
I, Francis H. Wilson of the township of Woodcock, County of Crawford and
State of Pennsylvania (farmer) being in poor health and in sound mind memory
and understanding and knowing that death is inevitable do make this my last
will and testament in manner and form as follows viz.
First it is my will that my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid
and 2nd I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Agnes M. Wilson the sum of
two thousand dollars at her coming at the age of twenty one years or as soon
as can be done thereafter.
Third, I give devise and bequeath unto Sarah E. White the sum of one hundred
dollars at her coming of the age of twenty one years and the balance of my
estate, real, personal or mixed, I give devise and bequeath to my wife Eliza
so long as she remains my widow and in case she marries she is only to have
five hundred dollars and that is to be in lieu of dower then in that case
the balance is to go to my daughter, Agnes.
In case that the real estate has to be sold to pay debts and bequests I
order my herein after mentioned executrix to sell the same at either public
or private sale as she may seem best and to make a good and sufficient title
of the same to the purchaser or purchases thereof.
Further I nominate, constitute and appoint my said wife, Eliza, executrix of
this my last will and testament to the end.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this third day of April in
the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine.
signed : F. H. Wilson
witnessed by J. J. Long and David H. Wilson