|WILLSON, John M.
I am beginning to doubt that John M. Willson is actually the brother of William, Alexander and Elizabeth. The 1851 census indicates that John was born in Scotland, not the U.S. However, William and Alexander indicate that their family is of Scottish descent, so a connection is still possible. Also, John is old enough that he could be the father of these siblings, or an uncle. The appearance of Alexander and Elizabeth as witnesses to John's marriage lends some support to a family connection, however it is also possible that there were other Alexander and Elizabeth Wilson's living in Woodstock at that time. More research is definitely needed.
John married Dinah SMITH on 20 May 1841 in Zorra, Oxford County, Ontario. (Dinah SMITH was born in 1815 in England and died on 8 Feb 1892 in Woodstock, Oxford County, Ontario 5.)
1 Brock District Marriage Register (Zorra, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada). Surety: 4. Records marriage of John M. Wilson to Dinah Smith on 20 May 1841, in Zorra, Ontario. Witnesses are Alexander Wilson (John's brother) and Elizabeth Wilson (John's sister). The couple was married by Peter Kerr, Wesleyan Methodist.
2 Canada Directory, 1851, Oxford County, Ontario, page 472. Surety: 4. John M. Wilson listed as a general merchant in Woodstock.
Ontario Marriage Index, 1858-1899 (Woodstock, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada). Surety: 4. Name: John Wilson
Birth Place: East Zorra Township
Residence: East Zorra Township
Father Name: John M.
Mother Name: Dinah
Estimated Birth Year: 1842
Spouse Name: Elizabeth Ann Lang
Spouse's Age: 23
Spouse Birth Place: Ancaster Township
Spouse Residence: East Zorra Township
Spouse Estimated Birth Year: 1841
Spouse Father Name: Samuel
Spouse Mother Name : Charlotte
Marriage Date: 3 Nov 1864
Marriage Place: Woodstock
Marriage County: Oxford
Family History Library Microfilm: 1030062
4 Woodstock Sentinel Review (9 Sep 1892, Woodstock, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada), page 4, column 1. Surety: 3. John M. Wilson, death notice.
5 Woodstock Sentinel Review (9 Feb 1892, Woodstock, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada), page 4, column 4. Surety: 3. Dinah Wilson, death notice, 1816-8 Feb 1892.