3. John A was an undertaker (he was 9 when his father died). When he was young he worked for farmers for his room and board
cloths, and schooling. He learned the tinners trade and married a Miss. Anna Pfleghardt and they had one son Albert Benjamin.
He died at the age of three. John A was a tinner until 1888 . He then bought the business that he worked for and sold it in
1895 and bought the undertaking business and a furniture store and combined the two business and ran them until his death.
4. David son of John Sr. had three children John R, Mary J, and James M.
5. James lived and died in Washington Twp in 1827. He had one son James born July 17, 1813. He was a retired Postmaster
in Carrick Allegheny County. He was married to a Lady of Scottish descent and after retirement lived in Baldwin Township.
6. Harris P. was a miner in Fayette county. I know that is only 6 children but it all the information I could find. In
the 1820 census there were several Wilson listed in Fayette county. There was an Alexander Jr. in Wharton Township. An Alexander
in German Twp. In Washington Twp there were David and James.
William had eight sons and they were: David, Moses, Samuel,, born in 1790 and died1855. John born Aug 18, 1788 died 1849,
Jacob, William and Hugh born August 19, 1799 and died July 20, 1882.
The John mention above was the father of James Wilson our great-great-great-grandfather. I’ll will repeat it John
Wilson born on Aug 18, 1788 and died Feb 26, 1849. John’s wife was the former Dorcas Mayhorn born Oct 28, 1794 she died
March 12, 1860.These were the parents of James Wilson born May 8. 1833 died Oct 31, 1910. James was married to Elizabeth Hugh
who was born on Sept 10 1837 and died on Feb. 5, 1920. Elizabeth Hugh’s parents were Hiram Hugh born Aug 20, 1810 and
died in 1860. Her mother was the former Rachel Huey born 1806 died 1860. I normally don’t do this but since I have the
information it I’ll enter it and go back further in Elizabeth Hugh’s linage. Rachel Huey’s father was born
in 1769 and died June 22, 1848. Hiram Hugh’s parents were Isaac Hugh born Feb. 12, 1771 and died July 29, 1844. Isaac’s
wife was Mary Ann Todd born April 15, 1776 and died Feb. 10. 1858. That’s being able to go back fairly far. To make
it easy to understand I’ll try explaining it this way. Ellen D. Wilson was my Great Grandmother so that would make Isaac
Hugh my G-G-G-G-G-Grandfather. Understand now?
My Grandfather Laughery’s mother Ellen’s maiden name was Wilson. She was from Fairchance originally and her
father’s name was James and her mother’s was Elizabeth Hugh Wilson. Now I’ll try and do my best to explain
the Wilson line because it is longer then the Shaneyfelt and Laughery. If you visit the Maple Grove Cemetery in Fairchance
you’ll see so many Wilson graves it will astound you and the trouble is most of them were related. Here are some of
the family names that the Wilson married into.
Some name examples. Hugh, Martin, Laduca, Cunningham, Gates, Ryland, Moyer, Ridgeway, Shoaf, Thorpe, Hibbs, McNatt, Rhodes,
Hoover, Smith, Johnson, Moyer, Sutton, Swaney, Soxman, Goldsboro, Cooley, and last but not least a name that start with the
Laughery family Whetstone. Go figure. I was also able to clear up one other thing that was bothering me and that was Ellen
middle name if you look on the tombstone it looks like Ellen O Laughery but in fact her middle initial was D. It stood for
Dorcas. It was her great-great-grandmother name. I also find it interesting that the name Clemmer comes up again. My dad’s
mother’s mother maiden name was Delilah Clemmer. The same Clemmers that married into the Wilson family were of the same
bloodline that belong to my father’s grandmother. So it can truthfully be said that the Laughery and the Nicholls are
related by marriage.
Ellen D Wilson Laughery married William Laughery when she was 19 in 1884. I deduce
this simply by using Lizzie’s birth date which was Sept 23,1884. Jack Laughery was the baby being born in 1891. Now
Ellen’s dad was named James Wilson he was born on May 8, 1833 in Fayette Co. He died on Oct. 31, 1910 and is buried
in Maple Grove Cemetary
Fairchance PA. He maried Elizabeth Hugh Wilson on Feb. 22, 1855. Elizabeth Hugh Wilson was born on Sept. 10, 1837 and died
Feb. 5 1920. They had fourteen children two of which died in infancy. They other children are as follows:
1.Mary Margaret Wilson born Jan 25, 1856 died Nov. 7, 1893 she married Ezra Soxman on Nov 11, 1850. Ezera was gorn Oct.
17 1856 and died Nov. 7, 1893 he is burid in Masontown PA. Although not listed I believe they had at least two sons Elmer
and Howard Soxman because they are listed as Pallbearers at Lizzie Laughery funeral. This is our connection to my classmate
Sam Denny. His mother was Howard Soxman daughter.
2.William Hiram Wilson was born on Dec 14, 1857 d Sept. 18, 1927
Sp. Grace E. Baird b 1862 d 1931 she was the daughter of David A Baird and Elizabeth Ridgeway.
3.Hannah Wilson was born on Oct. 18, 1859 and died may 31, 1905 she was married to Ensley Ridgeway. I know of at least
one son again because he was a pallbearer at Lizzie’s funeral. His name was Walter.
4.Jonathan H Wilson born Sept. 27, 1861 died June 30, 1920 he never married and is buried near his mother and dad in the
Wilson plot in Maple Grove.
5.Ellen D Wilson my great Grandmother was born on July 31 1865 and died Aug. 14, 1913. As you know she was married to William
Laughery on or about 1884 and they had three children:
1. Lizzie Born Sept 28, 1884 Died Dec 8, 1904
2. Clydie Jan 24, 1886 Died Nov 6, 1900
3. Jonathan born 1891 died 1928
Sp Lena O. Shaneyfelt b 1892 d 1962 m Dec 19, 1910
1. Clarence Laughery May 28, 1911
2. Bertha E Laughery Oct. 12, 1913
3. Nellie P. Nichols April 4, 1915
4. Gwendolyn Laughery Sept. 24, 1916
5. Kathryn E. Laughery Nov 12, 1917
6. Jonathan Laughery March 14, 1923
I won’t bother to list all of Jonathan and Ellen’s grandchildren and generation after that because they are
listed in Chapter 1 of the Laugherys.
6.James Russell Wilson born Sept. 29, 1863. He died on Jan 8, 1946 at the age of 83. They had eight children (8)
Sp. Jane Elizabeth Goldsboro Wilson who was born on Feb.9, 1869 and died June 3 1962 at the age of 93.
1.Richard Newton Wilson born April 1,1886 d June 13 1944
Sp. Sallie F Farrell b March 24, 1884 d Nov. 22, 1961.
1.Gilbert Francis Wilson b June 13, 1916 d May 30,1939
2.Leonard Wilson b Jan 9, 1921 in White House PA d Jan 2000 Sp. Beatrice L Victor Wilson b Jan 9, 1921 d. Jan 2000 in
1.Brenda Joyce Wilson Martin No spouse listed
1. Matthew Wilson Martin
2. Kendra Beth Martin
Sp Charles Laduca
2. James Guy Wilson b Oct 3, 1888 Fairchance April 22, 1981
Sp. Anna Mae Stewart d. June 14, 1971
3. Ada Pauline Wilson Endsley b July 6, 1891 d Aug 17, 1953
Sp Frank Endsley b 1883
4. William Hugh Wilson b Sept 7, 1900 Fairchance d Feb. 2 1938
Sp. Enda Minerd William
2. Robert Wilson
5.George Wilson Jr. b. 1904
6.Russell M. Wilson b. 1906 m June 15, 1929
Sp. Elizabeth Collier b. Sept. 11, 1907 d. July 6, 1997
7. Ella D. Wilson Cunningham
Sp Perry Cunningham b Feb 10, 1894 d April 10 1970
1. Dorothy Cunningham Herring
2. Curtis D Cunningham
3. George W. Cunningham
8.Clara Wilson Gates b Jan 2, 1884 D Oct 12, 1974
Sp W Ray Gates
7.Ashabel Sylvester Wilson born March 9, 1869 died March 24 1938 was married to Dora Shoaf born May 6, 1872 Smithfield
Died Sept 1, 1946 same place. They were married on Jan 29, 1896. They had nine (9) children. I will have to research some
further but Ashabel was married before and had one son who I think was named Raymond.
Sp #1 Ella McCarty married Dec 24,1887 (Divorced)
Sp #2 Dora Shoaf m Jan. 29, 1896
1. Queenie Wilson b June 15, 1894 March 3, 1990
Sp Harry Musgrove b. May 3, 1860 d. Nov 11, 1943
2. Kathryn Belle Wilson Smith b Jan 16, 1897 d March 24,1942
Sp. William Russell Smith
3. Rachel Wilson McNatt b Jan 24, 1896 d Oct 5, 1957
Sp Charles Edward McNatt b Jan 11, 1920 d Nov 20, 2003.
Rachel and Charles had six children and they were:
1.Harold had four children but I can’t find his wife’s name. The children were:
1.Harold McNatt 2.Sunny McNatt, 3. Wesley McNatt, 4. Keri McNatt
2.Edna McNatt Thorpe b Oct. 24, 1925 d Dec 21, 1962
4. Sarah McNatt Rhodes
5. Elna McNatt Thorpe I think this may be a mistake
6. Jean McNatt
4. Sarah Olive Wilson Clemmer b Jan 21 1903 Georges Twp d March 5, 1984 same.
Sp Russell Clemmer b May 26, 1903 d July 5, 1958. Russell and Sarah were busy because they had 11 children and they were:
1.Wilson Pierce Clemmer Pvt. B Nov 1923 died Sept 25, 1942 possibly WWII
2.Eudora Mae Clemmer b Jul 18 1925 d May 27, 2003
Eudora children were
Patsy Robert Clemmer who was married to:
Helen Marie Boshinsky Children were:
1. Shawn Clemmer
3. Ella Elizabeth Clemmer b Sept 2, 1927 d May 29, 1937
4. Willard Albert Clemmer b Aug 23, 1928 D Sept. 24, 1950
5. Sarah Catherine Clemmer Leasure
6. Olive Rebecca Clemmer Jonson b 1933
7. Daniel Bruce Clemmer
8. Donald Lee Clemmer
Sp Ursula Clemmer
9. Albert Clemmer
10. Russell D. Clemmer
Sp Jane Clemmer
11. Sarah Clemmer
5. Elizabeth W. Romesburg b March 19, 1901
Sp James Jonas Romesburg b Feb.
6. Edith Myrtle Wilson Hibbs b. March 19,1905 D Sept.29,191987 Sp. Wilbur Leon Hibbs B. April 7, 1901 d. Sept. 12, 1992
7. Endora Wilson b, May 22, 1922
Sp John Carl Whetstone b. b 1906 d. March 12, 1972
8. Sylvester Ashabel Wilson Jr. b Jan 10, 1907 m Aug 1, 1928 Sp Lizzie Minnie Christopher Oct 13, 1908
1. Lazonia Christopher
2. Sarah Ann Hornsby
9. James Jacob Wilson b. Sept.13, 1908 d. Aug 16, 1982
Sp Marybelle Chick b. Sept. 9, 1914 d Feb 4, 1955
10. Woodrow Wilson b 1913 d. June 27, 1997
Sp m Clara Mae Cupp b 1916 d 1970
8. Ada Pauline Wilson Ryland b April 6 1871 d June 20, 1964
Sp Charles B Ryland m May 28, 1890 B Feb 28, 1864 d Jan 11,1901
1.James Carl Ryland March 8 1891
2. Arthur C. Ryland b Oct 31, 1892 d March 19, 1920
3. Lulu Ryland Mayer April 4, 1898
Sp Raymond Moyer
9. Oliver Stewart Wilson b Nov 11, 1875
Sp Ellen Blair Jolly Wilson M. Nov. 29, 1905 she died e. 20. 1937. Five children total. Two children from previous marriage.
3. Daisy Hoover
Sp Charles Hoover
5.Oliver S. Wilson Jr.
Sp Mildred Wilson
10. Walter Newton Wilson b May 13 1878 d 1928
Sp Minnie B Gillis b 1877 died 1967
11. Robert E. Wilson b Aug 9, 1881 d 1951
12. Henry Winifred Wilson b March 15, 1885 d ec 31, 1960
Sp Rena Carr Wilson
1. Lucile E Wilson Jan 9, 1912 d mrch 24, 1913
Well that’s closes the Wilson line and it wasn’t easy and there are more
but I didn’t want to get into them all. I think we are related to half of Fairchance and New Geneva. This is the
Wilson clan that use to have the reunions at Rainbow Park. There still is a Wilson reunion and it is held in Masontown now.
Most of them live in and around Fayette Co. Sylvester is on that really had me confused he had so many kids and was married
twice. Sylvester kids had lots of kids also.
Also I hope I’m able to clear up some mistakes that have been entered in the local data bases that James and Elizabeth
had 13 children when there in fact was only 12. Most of the data bases list Dorcas H Wilson as a daughter but if you really
research it you’ll see for one that see was born three days after Jonathan which I don’t think really happened.
The other thing that help me clear it up is both James and Elizabeth obituary do not list her as a surviving or deceased child.
Elizabeth when she died had 65 Great-Great Grandchildren and three Great-Great-Great Grandchildren. The Wilson believed in
large families. The other thing I noticed in most of the obituaries from the Laugherys and Wilson’s the writers always
used the words prominent citizen or staunch Democrat. One called a Laughery a rigid Jeffersonian Democrat.