The Tales of a Blair Family    

July 1, 1813
Doylestown, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
November 28, 1882 Age: 69 years
Cause of Death:
Unknown, info wanted
Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Mt. Blair Cemetery, Woodcock Twp. Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Father:  John Wilson
Elizabeth Himmelright

Children:  Agnes M.

Eliza B. Blair
Marriage Date: 
February 2, 1860
Marriage Location:
Probably Crawford Cty., PA


Occupation: Farmer
Health Issues:
Unknown strange malady, info wanted

  • 1870 Census: Woodcock Twp., Crawford Cty., PA , farmer.  Living with wife, daughter and David Wilson, age 25, who was working on the farm

  • 1880 Census: Woodcock Twp., Crawford Cty., PA, living with wife, daughter and niece.

  • Will: see transcript below.

  • County History: see transcript below.

  • Francis and wife Eliza adopted Eliza's niece, Sarah E. White, after her mother died in a train accident in 1871.

  • Photos and other information wanted.


History of Crawford County, Pennsylvania: Chicago: Warner & Beers & Co.:1885: page 1181:
Frank H. Wilson:  (deceased) was born near Doylestown, Bucks Co. Penn., July 1, 1813, and was a son of John and Elizabeth (Himmelright) Wilson, who, in the fall of 1827, brought their family and household goods in wagons and drove stock over the Alleghenies to Meadville, being nearly four weeks on the journey.  They located the same season on a farm on Woodcock Creek, four miles east of Saegerstown.  Our subject was fourteen years old at the time, and assisted his father to cut the timber preparatory to erecting a large log-house, where the  whole family were reared.  Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson were parents of twelve children: Francis H. (deceased), Mary A. (wife of John H. Culbertson), William (deceased), James, Alfred, Charlotte (deceased), Julia A. (wife of Hiram Spencer), Redding, John (deceased), Joseph C., Emily (wife of Simeon Dickson) and Price.  Our subject, the eldest, was married February 2, 1860, to Eliza, daughter of Partrick and Mary (Sloan) Blair, natives of Ireland, and who settled in this township in 1835.  By this union there was one child--Agnes M., wife of Robert G. Davison, who has two children: Frank W. and James H.  Mr. Wilson was always a farmer and resided on the old homestead until his death, which occurred November 28, 1882, in his seventieth year.  He was wedded to his occupation and early in life formed habits of industry, economy and frugality.  He attained success at his favorite calling, and his farm was a model of neatness, order and thrift.  For many years previous to his demise he was subject to a peculiarly afflicting malady, which to a great extent prevented him from associating with the world, obliging him to lead somewhat the life of a recluse.  His widow and daughter live on the old homestead.

Will of Francis H. Wilson:
proved and registered 12 Dec. 1882: Recorded in Will Book 'E" at page 595: Crawford County, PA:

I, Francis H. Wilson of the township of Woodcock, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania (farmer) being in poor health and in sound mind memory and understanding and knowing that death is inevitable do make this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows viz.

First it is my will that my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid and 2nd I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Agnes M. Wilson the sum of two thousand dollars at her coming at the age of twenty one years or as soon as can be done thereafter.

Third, I give devise and bequeath unto Sarah E. White the sum of one hundred dollars at her coming of the age of twenty one years and the balance of my estate, real, personal or mixed, I give devise and bequeath to my wife Eliza so long as she remains my widow and in case she marries she is only to have five hundred dollars and that is to be in lieu of dower then in that case the balance is to go to my daughter, Agnes.

In case that the real estate has to be sold to pay debts and bequests I order my herein after mentioned executrix to sell the same at either public or private sale as she may seem best and to make a good and sufficient title of the same to the purchaser or purchases thereof.

Further I nominate, constitute and appoint my said wife, Eliza, executrix of this my last will and testament to the end.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this third day of April in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine.
signed : F. H. Wilson
witnessed by J. J. Long and David H. Wilson