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John Wesley Wilson
(21 Apr 1830 - ____)

  Born at Putnamsville, Indiana, he was called "Wes" rather than John by his friends. He was a millwright by trade and he was building a mill near Grandview when he met Mary Hickman. He was considered a confirmed bachelor by his friends in Indiana, who did not know he had found a sweetheart in Illinois. Some time before their marriage some of his cronies near Reelsville were indulging in idle chatter and one of them suggested a wager on which would marry first - the loser to give the groom a set of china. A few weeks later Wes introduced his bride to the cronies, and the friend "paid up" and gave a fine china tea set to the bride and groom. The serving pieces and half the cups and saucers are in the Galbreath family and half the cups and saucers belong to the Wilson's. Wesley Wilson's father was Tenison Wilson born 29 Oct. 1901 at Guilford Courthouse, N.C. His mother was Elizabeth F. Matkin, born 6 Dec. 1805. Mary Hickman and John Wesley Martin had 4 surviving children. After her death he married Mary C. Shively Holland, a widow with 3 children, on 22 Sept. 1874. Wesley and his second wife are buried in Asmore Cemetery.

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