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Wilson Family, Red Land Township, 1820s-1850s

Wilson Family, Red Land Township, 1820s-1850s

Posted: 1516055708000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1516055741000
Surnames: Wilson
I am in Australia and have a William Wilson (born about 1828) who came to New South Wales in about 1852 as a result of the gold rush here. He subsequently married my great-great-grandmother and never returned to America.

On one of his children's birth certificates, William gives his birthplace as "Prescott, Nevada, Arkansas". This is interesting as my research indicates that neither Nevada County nor the city of Prescott were established until after William left. I guess he had contact with his family and so, when his daughter was born, knew that the place where his family lived was, by then, called "Prescott, Nevada".

Anyhow, the 1850 Census shows a William Wilson of the correct age living with dad, step-mum and siblings in Red Land. After extensive searching, I've decided this is probably my William Wilson. His father is Thomas Wilson, born about 1801 in Pennsylvania.

I have two questions:
First, does anyone have any knowledge of/connection to this family?
Second, I would like a birth certificate for William however it seems that there was no public registration of births at that time in this area. So we are left with the churches. Being in Australia, I haven't been able to find how I might be able to find a church record of William's birth and/or baptism. Is this possible or is it likely the birth wasn't registered? I think there was at least one church in the area in 1828 but have no idea how to go about looking for records.

Any and all assistance will be gratefully received.

Many thanks,

Re: Wilson Family, Red Land Township, 1820s-1850s

Posted: 1516238742000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1516241178000
I may be able to help you further find early records for this area but I believe that the 1850 census that you to which you refer is in Hempstead County, Arkansas, not Nevada County, Arkansas? I posted below the record that is posted on familysearch. BUT on ancestry (which I posted next), the last name is not Wilson, but Milson. There are quite a number of family trees that continue the name MIlson, not Wilson, for these people and their descendants, some of whom have the surname of Milson. So I believe that this is not your William G Wilson, but another person, William G Milson.. Sorry.
1850 census - Red Lands, Hempstead County, Arkansas:
Thomas Wilson Male 49 Pennsylvania
Rebecca Wilson Female 28 Missouri
William G Wilson Male 21 Arkansas
Samuel H Wilson Male 19 Arkansas
Thomas M Wilson Male 16 Arkansas
Green W Wilson Male 14 Arkansas
Anissa B Wilson Female 10 Arkansas
Vetumna I Wilson Female 2 Arkansas
Hanneson C Wilson Male 6 Arkansas
Jefferson L Wilson Male 3 Arkansas
Rosanna L Wilson Female 1 Arkansas|
Name Age
Thos Milson 49
Rebecca Milson 28
William G Milson 21
Samuel H Milson 19
Thos M Milson 16
Green W Milson 14
Arissa B Milson 10
Vetumna J Milson 8
Hanneson C Milson 5
Jefferson T Milson 3
Rosanna S Milson 1
Nevada Co, Arkansas, was formed from three other counties one of which was Hempstead Co., so you're in the right area!

Re: Wilson Family, Red Land Township, 1820s-1850s

Posted: 1516920230000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wilson
My birth home is Nevada County, Arkansas, so I am familiar with the county. The earliest recorded land purchase, by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in Nevada (Hempstead in 1826) was by Willis Wilson on July 10, 1826, Certificate # 63, for 80 acres in Section 26, Township 11S, Range 23W. Rucker T Wilson and Richard Wilson bought parcels in Section 3, Township 11S, Range 23W, in the 1860's. You can find them and other Wilson land purchases at this link Also located in Section3, Township 11S, Range 23 West is Midway Cemetery adjacent to Midway Methodist Church. Rucker T, his wife Susan and some of their children are buried at Midway Cemetery, which is located in Missouri Township of Nevada County. Prescott is also in Missouri Township. You can find Midway Cemetery burials at Nevada County Depot Museum website link . The following link to Nevada County Depot Museum, Cemetery Survey of cemeteries in Nevada County, Arkansas, Wilson, may help in your search. Good luck with your search. Back then, births were usually at home and recorded in the family Bible, and not by the State.
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