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Alfred Thomas Wilson

Last updated 13 Sep 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 25 May 1866 in Joliet, Will County, Illinois, United States

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

Father: William Wilson (1827 – ?)

Mother: Anna Skinner (1831 – ?)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1870-ps-ne-pawnee-t1-30: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Nebraska, Pawnee County, Township 1, Range 10, page 30 (form) or page 15B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Nebraska> Pawnee > Township 1" image 30; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 832 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 552331]

Additional detail for reference: Line 40, dwelling 212

Comment: Source includes name (Alfred Wilson).

census-us-1880-ps-ks-hanover-319-10: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Washington County, Hanover Township, enumeration district 319, page 10 (form/penned) or 450B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Kansas > Washington > Hanover > 319" image 10; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 399 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 13, dwelling 94

Comment: Source includes name (Alfred T. Wilson).

census-us-1910-ps-sd-lyman-57-5b: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Lyman County, Murdo (Ward 2), enumeration district 57, sheet 5B (form/penned) or page 76B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Lyman > Murdo Ward 2 > District 0057" image 2; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1484 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375497]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74, dwelling 132

Comment: Source includes name (Alfred T. Wilson).

census-us-1920-ps-sd-jones-101-2a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Murdo (Ward 2), enumeration district 101, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 81A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Murdo > District 0101" image 3; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1721 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 36, dwelling 38

Comment: Source includes name (Alfred T. Wilson).

family-a-t-wilson-bible-register: Family register pages from A.T. Wilson Family Bible; privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Alfred Thomas Wilson).

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 22 - February Deaths.

Comment: Source includes name (A. T. Wilson).

marriage-wilson-hockett-1896: Marriage license and return for Alfred T. Wilson and Anna Hockett (1896); Champaign County, Illinois, marriage register 4, page 42, registered 4 May 1896; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Alfred T. Wilson).

marker-wilson-family-1929-1944: Gravestones for Alfred T. Wilson (1929), Marianna Wilson (1944), and Winnifred E. Spear (1934); Murdo Cemetery (Jones County, South Dakota), unrecorded plot locations; photographed between 1995 and 2010, privately held

Comment: Source includes name (ALFRED T. WILSON).

obituary-winifred-spear-1934: Obituary for Winifred (Wilson) Spear (1934); “Funeral for Mrs. Geo. Spear Held Thursday,” unknown newspaper, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Alfred T. Wilson).

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birth

census-us-1880-ps-ks-hanover-319-10: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Washington County, Hanover Township, enumeration district 319, page 10 (form/penned) or 450B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Kansas > Washington > Hanover > 319" image 10; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 399 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 13, dwelling 94

Comment: Source includes age (14) and location (Ill [Illinois]). Using the official census date of 1 June 1880 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1865 to 1 June 1866.

census-us-1910-ps-sd-lyman-57-5b: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Lyman County, Murdo (Ward 2), enumeration district 57, sheet 5B (form/penned) or page 76B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Lyman > Murdo Ward 2 > District 0057" image 2; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1484 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375497]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74, dwelling 132

Comment: Source includes age (43) and location (Illinoi). Using his age and the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a birth date range from 16 Apr 1866 to 15 Apr 1867.

census-us-1920-ps-sd-jones-101-2a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Murdo (Ward 2), enumeration district 101, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 81A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Murdo > District 0101" image 3; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1721 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 36, dwelling 38

Comment: Source includes age (53) and location (Illinois). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Jan 1920 gives a birth date range from 2 Jan 1866 to 1 Jan 1867.

family-a-t-wilson-bible-register: Family register pages from A.T. Wilson Family Bible; privately held

Comment: Text includes date (May 25-1866) and location (Jolliet, Ill).

marker-wilson-family-1929-1944: Gravestones for Alfred T. Wilson (1929), Marianna Wilson (1944), and Winnifred E. Spear (1934); Murdo Cemetery (Jones County, South Dakota), unrecorded plot locations; photographed between 1995 and 2010, privately held

Comment: Source includes year (1866).

marriage-wilson-hockett-1896: Marriage license and return for Alfred T. Wilson and Anna Hockett (1896); Champaign County, Illinois, marriage register 4, page 42, registered 4 May 1896; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes location (Tuscola, Ill.) and age (29). Using the license date of 18 March 1896 gives a birth date range from 19 March 1866 to 18 March 1867.

census-us-1870-ps-ne-pawnee-t1-30: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Nebraska, Pawnee County, Township 1, Range 10, page 30 (form) or page 15B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Nebraska> Pawnee > Township 1" image 30; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 832 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 552331]

Additional detail for reference: Line 40, dwelling 212

Comment: Source includes age (4) and location (Illinois). Using the official census date of 1 June 1870 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1865 to 1 June 1866.

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death

family-a-t-wilson-bible-register: Family register pages from A.T. Wilson Family Bible; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (Feb. 8-1929) and location (Murdo, S.D.).

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 22 - February Deaths.

Comment: Source includes date ([February] 8 [...] 1929).

marker-wilson-family-1929-1944: Gravestones for Alfred T. Wilson (1929), Marianna Wilson (1944), and Winnifred E. Spear (1934); Murdo Cemetery (Jones County, South Dakota), unrecorded plot locations; photographed between 1995 and 2010, privately held

Comment: Source includes year (1929).

obituary-winifred-spear-1934: Obituary for Winifred (Wilson) Spear (1934); “Funeral for Mrs. Geo. Spear Held Thursday,” unknown newspaper, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Souce includes date (Febr. 8th, 1929), and town and implied state (Murdo, South Dakota).

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father

marriage-wilson-hockett-1896: Marriage license and return for Alfred T. Wilson and Anna Hockett (1896); Champaign County, Illinois, marriage register 4, page 42, registered 4 May 1896; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source identifies Wm. Wilson as the father of Alfred T. Wilson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

census-us-1880-ps-ks-hanover-319-10: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Washington County, Hanover Township, enumeration district 319, page 10 (form/penned) or 450B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Kansas > Washington > Hanover > 319" image 10; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 399 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 13, dwelling 94

Comment: Source identifies Alfred T. Wilson as a son of Wm. Wilson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

marriage-wilson-hockett-1896: Marriage license and return for Alfred T. Wilson and Anna Hockett (1896); Champaign County, Illinois, marriage register 4, page 42, registered 4 May 1896; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source identifies Anna Skinner as the mother of Alfred T. Wilson. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Family

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

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

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

census-us-1910-ps-sd-lyman-57-5b: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Lyman County, Murdo (Ward 2), enumeration district 57, sheet 5B (form/penned) or page 76B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Lyman > Murdo Ward 2 > District 0057" image 2; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1484 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375497]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 74,75, dwelling 132

Comment: Source identifies Anna Wilson as the wife of Alfred T. Wilson and the number of years married (14) for both. Using the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a marriage date range from 16 Apr 1895 to 15 Apr 1896. Anna's name is also shown with a middle initial of 'N' but it isn't clear where this came from, and I may be misreading the record. It does not appear to be an 'M'.

census-us-1920-ps-sd-jones-101-2a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Murdo (Ward 2), enumeration district 101, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 81A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Murdo > District 0101" image 3; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1721 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Lines 36,37, dwelling 38

Comment: Source identifies Marianna Wilson as the wife of Alfred T. Wilson.

family-a-t-wilson-bible-register: Family register pages from A.T. Wilson Family Bible; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (March 19-1896) and location (St. Joseph, Ill) of the wedding of Alfred Thomas Wilson and Marianna Hockett.

marriage-wilson-hockett-1896: Marriage license and return for Alfred T. Wilson and Anna Hockett (1896); Champaign County, Illinois, marriage register 4, page 42, registered 4 May 1896; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes date (19th March, 1896) and location (St. Joseph, IIll.).

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Child: ____ Wilson (1897 – 1897)

Child: Winifred E. Wilson (1901 – 1934)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Cemetery: (Murdo Cemetery) at Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-wilson-family-1929-1944: Gravestones for Alfred T. Wilson (1929), Marianna Wilson (1944), and Winnifred E. Spear (1934); Murdo Cemetery (Jones County, South Dakota), unrecorded plot locations; photographed between 1995 and 2010, privately held

Comment: Marker is located in Murdo Cemetery, in Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota.

obituary-winifred-spear-1934: Obituary for Winifred (Wilson) Spear (1934); “Funeral for Mrs. Geo. Spear Held Thursday,” unknown newspaper, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source identifies cemetery (Murdo Cemetery).

marker-wilson-family-1929-1944: Gravestones for Alfred T. Wilson (1929), Marianna Wilson (1944), and Winnifred E. Spear (1934); Murdo Cemetery (Jones County, South Dakota), unrecorded plot locations; photographed between 1995 and 2010, privately held

Comment: Marker is located in Murdo Cemetery, in Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota.

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Attributes

Residence: 1 Jun 1870 at Township 1, Pawnee County, Nebraska, United States

Residence: 1 Jun 1880 at Hanover Township, Washington County, Kansas, United States

Occupation: (Carpenter) 18 Mar 1896

Residence: 18 Mar 1896 at Tuscola, Douglas County, Illinois, United States

Residence: Apr 1905 at , Lyman County, South Dakota, United States

Occupation: (real estate agent) 15 Apr 1910

Residence: 15 Apr 1910 at Murdo, Lyman County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 1 Jan 1920 at Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1870-ps-ne-pawnee-t1-30: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Nebraska, Pawnee County, Township 1, Range 10, page 30 (form) or page 15B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Nebraska> Pawnee > Township 1" image 30; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 832 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 552331]

Additional detail for reference: Line 40, dwelling 212

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1870) and location (Town 1 Range 10 in the County of Pawnee, State of Nebraska).

census-us-1880-ps-ks-hanover-319-10: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Washington County, Hanover Township, enumeration district 319, page 10 (form/penned) or 450B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Kansas > Washington > Hanover > 319" image 10; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 399 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 13, dwelling 94

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1880) and location (Hanover Tp [Township], in the County of Washington, State of Kansas).

marriage-wilson-hockett-1896: Marriage license and return for Alfred T. Wilson and Anna Hockett (1896); Champaign County, Illinois, marriage register 4, page 42, registered 4 May 1896; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes occupation (carpenter), location (Tuscola, Ill.) and license date (18th March 1896).

marriage-wilson-hockett-1896: Marriage license and return for Alfred T. Wilson and Anna Hockett (1896); Champaign County, Illinois, marriage register 4, page 42, registered 4 May 1896; photocopy, privately held

Comment: Source includes location (Tuscola, Ill.) and license date (18th March 1896).

obituary-winifred-spear-1934: Obituary for Winifred (Wilson) Spear (1934); “Funeral for Mrs. Geo. Spear Held Thursday,” unknown newspaper, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source identifies date (April, 1905) and location (homestead in what was then Lyman county).

census-us-1910-ps-sd-lyman-57-5b: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Lyman County, Murdo (Ward 2), enumeration district 57, sheet 5B (form/penned) or page 76B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Lyman > Murdo Ward 2 > District 0057" image 2; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1484 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375497]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74, dwelling 132

Comment: Source includes census date (15 Apr 1910) and occupation (Agent / Real Estate).

census-us-1910-ps-sd-lyman-57-5b: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Lyman County, Murdo (Ward 2), enumeration district 57, sheet 5B (form/penned) or page 76B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Lyman > Murdo Ward 2 > District 0057" image 2; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1484 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375497]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74, dwelling 132

Comment: Source includes census date (15 Apr 1910) and location (Murdo, County: Lyman, State: South Dakota).

census-us-1920-ps-sd-jones-101-2a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Murdo (Ward 2), enumeration district 101, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 81A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Murdo > District 0101" image 3; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1721 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 36, dwelling 38

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jan 1920) and location (Murdo, County: Jones, State: South Dakota).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Alfred and Anna were married by Howard Brown, a minister of Friends Church in St. Joseph. The marriage was witnessed by Perry Rees and Miss Laura Cook. [marriage-wilson-hockett-1896]

In 1911, Alfred acquired 159.25 acres in Jones county, northwest of the Murdo township. [land-alfred-wilson-land patent-1911]

At the first election (about 700 voters) in the new Jones county on 9 Jan 1917, A.T. was elected as the first sheriff for the county. [book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969, interview-<private>-2006-a]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969: Ruth Iverson, Marj Strait, Margie Peters (ed.), Proving Up: Jones County History; Murdo, South Dakota: privately published, Book and Thimble Club [of Murdo], 1969 [History of Jones County along with personal reminiscences.]

Additional detail for reference: "Court House History" (Jessie Lehr), p. 21.

interview-<private>-2006-a: Email conversation with <private>, 21-23 Sep 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #6.

marriage-wilson-hockett-1896: Marriage license and return for Alfred T. Wilson and Anna Hockett (1896); Champaign County, Illinois, marriage register 4, page 42, registered 4 May 1896; photocopy, privately held

land-alfred-wilson-land patent-1911: Land patent for Alfred Wilson (1911); BLM General Land Office (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov: accessed before 5 May 2018), serial patent, accession #230256, South Dakota, certificate #03092, issued 16 Oct 1911

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

FOLLOWUP

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

He is often identified through his initials, A.T. Wilson, or simply A.T.

Sources

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