Biography of William D. Wilson
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


Among the sons of the beautiful Emerald Isle who emigrated to our shores many years ago, was Barnabas Wilson, the grandfather of the prosperous business man whose name opens this biographical memoir. He was married in his native land to Eliza Crosby, and together they came to America and settled in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, making this their adopted country and that place their permanent home. Mr. Wilson followed farming as a life occupation.

James Wilson. a son of this couple, was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, removing to Ashland county, Ohio. He there married Miss Mary Geer, and in 1852 removed to Milford township, Defiance county. He became a useful and valued citizen of that place, and served in a number of local offices. His wife is a native of Virginia, and is a daughter of the late George Geer. Her mother's maiden name was Catharine Winbigler. James Wilson was a prosperous agriculturist and representative citizen of Milford township, Defiance county, for a number of years, but now lives a retired life at Edgerton, Williams county, Ohio. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church.

George Geer was an early settler of Ashland county, Ohio, and made agriculture the business of his life. He was a man of very exemplary character. Both he and his wife died at the home of their daughter, Mrs. James Wilson, in Defiance county. They were members of the Christian Church.

William D. Wilson, son of James and Mary (Geer) Wilson, was born at Jeromesville, Ashland county, Ohio, February 19, 1850. He received his educational training in the schools of Defiance county, and made his home there with his father until his marriage, which occurred November 27, 1873, the lady of his choice being Mrs. Lovina Kyle, nee Foust, a daughter of William and Susanna (Deardorf) Foust. Her father is a farmer of Defiance county. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson began housekeeping on a farm purchased by Mr. Wilson a short time before his marriage. It contained eighty acres of heavily timbered land, thirtv five of which he cleared while he was the proprietor of the farm. In 1879 he sold it and moved to Edgerton, where he established himself in the insurance business, and built a handsome residence. After a stay of three years in that place he sold his property and business there, and January 2, 1882, located in Hicksville, where, by fair and strictly upright dealing, he has built up a large and lucrative loan, real estate and insurance business the leading one of the kind there in the amount of business transacted and collections made. His sterling integrity and business ability have gained for him such confidence in the community that he is intrusted with a great amount of private funds for investment, and has been placed in charge of the loan department of the Connecticut School Fund for Defiance county.

Politically, Mr. Wilson is a stanch Democrat, and has been a zealous worker in Defiance county in the support of the party nominations. He is at present a notary public, and has served as treasurer of the school board and in other local offices, but has refused all nominations for county offices tendered him. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Lodge No. 478, Hicksville, the National Union Lodge, and other social orders. His religious connection is with the Christian Church, of which he and his family are members.

The family of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson numbers two children: Della O. Kyle (Mrs. Wilson's daughter by her first marriage), born November 17, 1869; and Guy D., born November 9, 1879. Della O. is a graduate of the musical department of the Angola (Indiana) Normal School, class of '88, and for two years was an efficient teacher of that art in northern Ohio. For the past eight years she has been stenographer and bookkeeper in her father's office in Hicksville. The beautiful and attractive home of the family, located at No. 15 Smith street, is one of the finest modern residences of the town.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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