Robert M. Wilson - Goodspeed
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Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri

Robert M. Wilson

Robert M. Wilson was born in Perry County, Mo., in 1851 and is a son of Jacob F. and Hannah M. (Martin) Wilson.

Jacob F. Wilson was born in Iredell County, N. C. in 1813 and was a farmer by vocation. When about four years of age he came with his father, Robert Wilson, to Perry County, Mo., and settled on a farm in Union Township being among the first settlers of the county.

After his marriage Jacob F. Wilson settled on the old home place, where he passed his life, dying in 1866. He owned 360 acres of land. His wife was born in 1816 and died in 1887. They were the parents of five children, two of whom are living, viz.: Emma (wife of James M. Seibert, treasurer of the State of Missouri), and Robert M.

The latter received a fair education which was begun in the common schools and finished at the State University at Columbia, Mo. In 1875 he began teaching school and continued for three years, after which he was engaged in farming until 1880 when he was elected collector of Perry County. The following year he removed his family to Perryville, and in 1882 was re-elected to the same office. In 1886, he was elected county treasurer and is the present incumbent. In 1885 he and William Furth established a bank at Perryville, of which Mr. Wilson is cashier and manager.

His marriage with Miss Emma E. Young was celebrated in 1877. She is a native of the county, born in 1861, and is a daughter of Reuben Young.

Mr. Wilson is a man of good business capacity, and is highly esteemed by all who know him He is a Royal Arch Mason, and in politics hi a Democrat having cast his first vote for Horace Greeley.


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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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