Below is a copy of the family
information of Rev. Joseph Wesson.
He was a famous Preacher in many Counties of Indiana and Illinois.
He came to Gibson Co Indiana about 1810
Given to Kristen Williams by Larkin B. Price on 5-6-2004
History Wesson Family
Written for Mrs. Emma Borah Holman by her
Uncle Van R. Price
I will now give you as best as I can an account of our relation on my mother's
side (Wesson). Joseph Wesson and his wife, I believe her name was Elizabeth
Adams anyway her maiden name was Adams, and she was
of the old family of John Adams and Quincy Adams; I think a cousin of J.Q.
Adams, I am sure of that family. I do not know where they were born or where
they were married, that is grandmother and grandfather Wesson, but they moved
from Tennessee. I think
from the middle of Tennessee, in 1810 and
settled in what is now the town of Owensville, in Gibson
County, Indiana. Mother was
about, I think the oldest child and she was about 8 years old when they came to
Indiana, and was 18
years, 5 months, and 24 days old when she was married to my father. I have
heard her spoken of as a very pretty young lady by those who were acquainted
with her at that time. Her brothers were Newton, who married a Mary Madox, James who married Miss Celia or Clara, I forgot her
maiden name, but have seen her. She is quite a society lady and too
aristocratic for Uncle, and he thinking her so pretty, tried to humor her in
everything, which caused him to fail. My father thought a great deal of him. They
had 2 sons. I believe they were twins, Fountain and Fleming. They both lived to
manhood. Fount was in the Civil War. Their mother married her second husband,
David Ayers, but they are all dead. Next brother was William, who married in Indiana, and with
several children moved to Logan County, Illinois. Lived there
until after the war, I think, about 1870, then they
settled in Kansas where Uncle
and Aunt both died. Uncle was out here osme 25 years
ago. He and I stayed with your mother since your father's death. Probably you
remember him. I forgot if it was before you were married. He was the youngest
brother of my mother. If I recollect, her sister was next younger then she was, she was nicknamed Peggy. She married Robert Bonner, a good
man and a good husband. They had 2 children, John N. and Isabell
Jane. Uncle died and Aunt married John Brothers. He was a hard worker, a
hustler, but poor manager. They lived above Noble a few years after the war.
When he failed they came back to Indiana, where Aunt
Peggy died. She was a good woman and well respected, but had a hard life
especially the latter part. They had 3 sons, Robert, William, and James Larkin,
who were a credit to their father. James Larkin died near Mt. Erie at James McCleary's and was buried in Locust Grove Cemetery. I kept his
grave marked. Next sister was Esther who first married a miller by trade,
Ebenezer Phillips. They lived in Blairsville, Posey County. He is was
that suggested my name to my parents which does not seem to me to be a very
good one, but I accept it and am satisfied and as for namesakes, so far as
number in my locality, they exceed Lincoln; I just now think of 7.
Aunt Esther and Uncle Ebenezer had one son that I recollect, who was Joseph Vaspasen. He was about
my age. I saw him die about 50 years ago at Mr. John Moreheads,
10 miles south of Olney, and he is buried in Parkersburg Cemetery, near Parkersburg. His father
died several years before and his mother married a James Bonner, a Methodist
Preacher and he died before Joseph V., died; what became of Uncle Bonner, I do
Next sister if I recollect was Melissa, who married first Elhanan
Emerson, uncle, I think, of Charles Emerson of Albion. They first
settled in Gibson County, Indiana, near grandfather Wesson's, afterwards lived
in White County, Illinois, 3 miles south of Graysville, where Uncle died and
Aunt Melissa married Burrel Crawford, a man much
younger then her, and who survived her, then he married a Westfall and he has
been dead some 10 years or more.
Uncle and Aunt Emerson had a son about my age, who died when about 12 years
old. Also a daughter, Mary Catherine, who died about the time she reached
womanhood; another Ella who was married to Samuel Pottis,
none of whom I ever knew. Flora was the youngest. She married Mr. Cleveland and
they had a family, mostly girls. They live in Graysville. Their son is
principal of the Grayville Schools. They seem to be nice and respected family.
Next sister was Mary who married Charles Johnson, and Irishman. A better
Christian man then Uncle Charles is hard to find. He was good to everybody and
was everyone's friend, a devout and loyal Methodist, the life and power of the
church, where he belonged. He raised a large family, worked hard, made lots of
money, gave much away to every good cause and much to
undeserving people. He and Aunt Polly died not very many years ago and not far
apart. I think Uncle went first. Arthur was the oldest child. He was a fine
looking young man over 6 feet tall, erect and well proportioned and had a mine
smart to a finish. Joseph, the second son, married a Harrison, a relative of
President Harrison. She died some 3 years ago. At the time they were living in Owensboro, Kentucky, since then,
I have not heard from them. Their oldest daughter, Maraih
married a Methodist Preacher, by the name of Harnell.
He was for several years presiding elder in Indianapolis. Where they
are now, I do not know. Joseph and wife did not have any children. The balance
of Uncles and Aunt's children living in and about McCutchinsville,
Indiana, some 8 miles north of Evansville, a country where land is high in
price. I believe I did not write anything on Uncle Newton's family. I was
better acquainted with them then any of the rest of my Aunts or Uncles on my
mother's side. When I was a boy, I used to visit them and after I was large
enough to go myself. They had one son, though years older then myself. he married a Caroline
Sharp, a neighbor girl, about the same time William Wesson moved to Logan
County, Illinois. Their first
son was Filmore who now lives in Kansas and 2 others
whom I have forgotten. One daughter married a man by the name of Marvel, a
neighbor. The family eventually moved to Logan, County, Lincoln, Illinois, where John
W. died. His widow and some of the children live there now. Pamela, Uncle's
oldest daughter, married John Summers, whens he was
about 17 years old. They settled about 3 miles north of Atlanta, McLean County. They lived
there until 1882. They had only 2 children, Delia and Charles, they moved to
Clarion, Iowa. Delia
married a cousin of hers before they left Illinois; they have
one son who is living here now on Pamela's farm.
Louise, another of Uncle's Children married a widower, a Mr. Hudson, a
Christian Preacher, and they had one daughter, Clara. When Mr. Hudson died,
Louise settled in the Christian College at Merom, and made a living boarding college
students until her daughter married a Mr. Fairfield, a professor. Then
they moved to first one place then another till they settled in Alfred, New Jersey, where Mr.
Fairfield has charge of a college.
Louise died there last February. Joseph, another son of Uncle's was killed at
the battle of Champion Hill, near Vicksburg, Mississippi. James L.
died some 5 years ago, in Cynthiana, leaving 2 married daughters, Mrs. Whiting
in New Harmany and Mrs. Indicut
near Poseyville, Indiana, and son Oscar of same
address. Widow, niece and daughter in Cynthiana. Another son, Charles who lives at Kendall, Illinois. One daughter, Ella, address, Appleton City, Missouri. Another died
the same time your mother died in 1864 or 1865. Two twin girls, Mattie, who
married a Mr. Berry, lives near Merom, Indiana. Mary, whom
you have met, lives in Clarksville, Iowa. She married
a Christian Preacher, a Rev. Hollett. She has 6
children. I had a letter from her the other day and a group picture of her
children. The youngest is 3 years old. She says her sister,
Mattie is rich in house and land but not so rich in children as she has only
half as many and married several years before.
I forgot to say in the proper place what I intended to say about grandfather
Wesson. He was a farmer and also a minister, he
belonged to what was called in his day, the Campbellite
Order, which eventually merged into the Campbellite Church. His belief
was different from it that while he advocated Immersion, he did not claim that
it was essential to salvation and believe in experimental religion, that it
could be felt as well as worked. his influence can be
seen in Gibson County, Indiana, Wabash
County Illinois, and doubtless many other places. Verily he rests from his
labors and his works do follow him. After grandmother died, he married a widow
Mock and died in 1854 leaving a widow.
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