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Alfred Thomas "A.T." Wilson

Individual

Born: 25 May 1866 in Joliet, Will County, Illinois, USA

Died: 8 Feb 1929 in Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota, USA

Father: William Wilson (c. 1828 – ?)

Mother: Anna Skinner (c. 1830 – ?)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Mary Anna Hockett (1866 – 1944)

Married: 19 Mar 1896 in Saint Joseph, Champaign County, Illinois, USA

Child: (infant son) Wilson (1897 – 1897)

Child: Winifred E. Wilson (1901 – 1934)

Notes:

Alfred and Anna were married by Howard Brown, a minister of Friends Church in St. Joseph, and witnessed by Perry Rees and Miss Laura Cook.

At the time of his marriage, Alfred was a carpenter in Tuscola (Douglas County, IL). However, by 1910, he was a real estate agent.

The family moved to their homestead in Lyman County (SD) in 1905, consisting of 159.25 acres identified as three parcels, located in township 1 south of range 27 east of the Black Hills meridian, SD. This is just to the northwest of the Murdo township. The land patent was issued 16 Oct 1911.

In 1916, Lyman County split into two parts. The new county was named Jones and consisted of the western third/half of the original county. The split was decided on by an election, and was probably due to the problems of those in the western portion of Lyman county having to travel a significant distance to perform official civil tasks (serve on juries, pay taxes, file claims, etc.) in the (then) county seat of Oacoma, on the eastern edge of the county, near the Missouri River.

At the first election (about 700 voters) in the new Jones county on 9 Jan 1917, the county seat and officials were elected. A.T. was elected as the first sheriff.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 5 Apr 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1870 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1880 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1920 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1930 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to marriage]
Gravestone or Grave/Crypt Marker
[applies to birth, death]
Interview (<private> Spear)
Inteview, letter, notes, etc. [applies to notes]
Marriage License and Certificate (Alfred T. Wilson, Anna Hockett)
[applies to name, birth, marriage]
Obituary (Winifred E. Wilson)
<unknown paper>; ?; <unknown date>, page ? [applies to name, death, notes]
Private (A.T. Wilson Family Bible)
[applies to name, birth, death, marriage]
Private (Spear Birth and Death Dates Notebook)
Handwritten pages, many hands, many inks. Fragile binding and paper, but with numerous names and dates of birth or death. [applies to name, death]
Proving Up: Jones County History
Book and Thimble Club; Murdo, S.D., 1969 (Printed by Pischel Yearbooks, Inc.) [applies to notes]
Web: Ancestry Database (South Dakota Death Index, 1905-1955)
ancestry.com [Original data: "Index to South Dakota Death Records, 1905-1955"; South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, SD, USA. The original record can be requested from information in the index. (contains index images, but no original document images)] [applies to death]
Web: BLM Land Office Records
www.glorecords.blm.gov. [applies to notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

Alfred may have been named for his grandfathers, Alfred and Thomas.