(Abt 1805-1898)

WILSON, Alexander


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McCALLISTER, Margaret Jane

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  • Born: 7 Apr 1834, Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Marriage: McCALLISTER, Margaret Jane on 19 Aug 1858 in Pike County, Illinois
  • Died: 31 May 1912, Aurora, Hamilton County, Nebraska at age 78
  • Buried: May 1912, Aurora, Hamilton County, Nebraska

bullet  General Notes:

"Born in Coleraine, County Antrim, North Ireland, the fourth child of John and Nancy Law Wilson. He married Margaret Jane McAllister in Pike County IL in 1858 just before her 15th birthday. They went back east to Philadelphia where the first two children were born in 1859 and 1860. While in the east, he was a carpet weaver, dairyman, and farmer. Alex was in the Civil War, enlisting from Pike County. After the war he was a farmer in Fairmont Township (Pike) until after 1880 when they migrated to Hamilton County NE.

This is a statement Alexander for his request for a Civil War Pension. "The three years preceding my enlistment, I was in Onodago County, New York for six months from thence I went to Rochester, New York and remained six months. I then came to Fairmount Township, Pike Co., IL, in which place I remained one year then I went to Philadelphia and sojourned there thirteen or fourteen months. I then went to St. Louis, MO. and there stayed three months when I came back to Fairmount Township, Pike County, IL and remained here a week or ten days when I enlisted in Co. B, 99 Regiment Vol. IL.

My occupation for three years preceding my my enlistment was somewhat varied part of the time. I wove carpet in the City of Philadelphia and some of the time I worked in the capacity of a dairyman and also farmed more or less during that time. Since my discharge, I have been living on a farm and farmed all the time I was able up to the present date. I have been living in Fairmount Township, Pike County, IL from the date of my discharge up to the present time." The statement goes on to describe his illness from the Civil War.

Alexander's father lived in Pike County and his background in the US prior to Pike County is not known. Wife Margaret's family lived in ST Louis. Her family was in Montgomery County, north of Philadelphia, in 1850. Margaret had an uncle in Pike County and is probably how they met (another possibility is she was visiting the McDougal's which were McAllister friends).

Grand-daughter Elva recalls that Alexander and Margaret Jane had a nice home on the farm. The boys did all the farming, took care of the stock, and kept the barn and corral clean. The girls took turns milking the cows before school, cooking and cleaning the house. Water was scarce, so dish water was poured into the swill barrel. Grandpa put mash and grain in the barrel to soak for feed. He would pull the swill barrel (on wheels) out to feed the hogs in the hog pen.

Discharged 31 July 1865 in Baton Rouge Louisiana.

The birthplace is taken from a Civil War document signed by Alexander. The document shows Coleraine in County Antrim. Coleraine is not in County Antrim, it is is County Derry. More confusion as to where they came from? It is believed the Wilson's were from Ballymaclevennon Townland, Ballywillin Parish, Londonderry County, Northern Ireland."

Source: Melvin McCallister, descendant of McCallister family.


Alexander married Margaret Jane McCALLISTER on 19 Aug 1858 in Pike County, Illinois. (Margaret Jane McCALLISTER was born on 31 Dec 1843 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, died on 16 Dec 1903 in Aurora, Hamilton County, Nebraska and was buried in Dec 1903 in Aurora, Hamilton County, Nebraska.)



1 1900 US Census (District 72, Hamilton, Hamilton County, Nebraska). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Alexander Wilson (age 66, b. Apr 1834, Ireland), wife Margaret J. [McCallister] (age 56, b. Dec 1843, Ireland) and children Ida M. (age 21, b. Oct 1879, IL), William H. (age 20, b. Jul 1880, IL), Robert C. (age 18, b. Dec 1881, NE), Ethel P. (age 15, b. Jul 1884, NE) and Atta G. (age 12, b. Feb 1888, NE), living in Hamilton, Nebraska. Alexander is listed as a "farmer," and both he and Margaret indicate that both their parents were born in Ireland. Alexander and Margaret indicate that they have been married for 42 years, and have had 15 children, 13 of whom are still living. Alexander indicates that he immigrated to the U.S. in 1845 and is naturalized. The record indicates that the family moved from Illinois to Nebraska between 1880-1881.

2 1880 US Census (District 184, Fairmount, Pike County, Illinois). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Alex Wilson (age 47, b. Ireland), wife Margaret [McCallister] (age 36, b. Ireland) and children John (age 20, b. PA), Mary (age 17, b. IL), James (age 14, b. IL), Anna (age 12, b. IL), Belle (age 10, b. IL), Hannah (age 9, b. IL), Abigail (age 5, b. IL), Ellen (age 3, b. IL), May (age 1, b. IL) and William (age 3 mos, b. Feb 1880, IL), living in Fairmount, Illinois. Alex is listed as a "farmer," and both he and Margaret indicate that both their parents were born in Ireland.

3 1870 US Census (Fairmount, Pike County, Illinois). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Alex Wilson (age 35, b. Ireland), wife Mary [Margaret McCallister] (age 25, b. PA [erroneous]) and children John (age 10, b. IL), Mary (age 8, b. IL), James (age 6, b. IL), Margarette (age 3, b. IL) and Lizzie (age 2 mos, b. Apr 1870, IL), living in Fairmount, Illinois. Alex indicates that both his parents are of foreign birth. Alex is listed as a "farmer."

4 1860 US Census (Philadelphia Ward 19, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists Alex Wilson (age 25, b. Ireland) and wife, Margaret [McCallister] (age 19, b. Ireland), living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alex is listed as a "weaver."

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