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Wilson, Edward M.

Born: 1785 Ireland, United Kingdom

Died: 1840-09-04

Flourished: Vermilion County, Illinois

Wilson immigrated to the United States in 1802, and in 1832, he moved westward, eventually settling in Vermilion County, Illinois. In 1835, he married Caroline Searl in Vermilion County. Wilson was a farmer. In 1854, Wilson's heirs retained Abraham Lincoln to represent them in the Vermilion County Circuit Court in a case involving Wilson's estate.

U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Vermilion County, IL, 131; Gravestone, Searl Cemetery, Oakwood, IL; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Vermilion County, 29 June 1835, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Wilson et al. v. Kingsbury et al., Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=137444.