Early ship arrival information lists an Edward Wilson arriving in Virginia at the age of 22 in 1635 (3283-P79 and 9151-P84). Another arrived in Virginia in 1698 (9151-P183). A later arrival in America in 1753 (1223-P164) and finaly in 1761 (1222-P294) Thomas Buck is mentioned in a transfer of property in the Shenandoah area from Joseph Berry to Edward Wilson November 29, 1775. An Edward Wilson was listed as head of family from the Fork District of Warren County in 1785. I believe that he is the father of Priscilla (Wilson) Weekly and Elizabeth (Wilson) Bonifield. A cabin on Gooney Run was bought by William Owins from Samuel Wilson a Hunter. Could he have been related? Since Edward's name appeared on the Marriage bonds for Presilla (Priscilla) who married John Weekley/Weakley and Elizabeth who married Major William Bonnifield, I would surmise they are of the same family. Could they have had a brother William who moved to PA? There are many, many Wilson families coming from different areas of Virginia and the rest of the country, The following is based on information that I have gathered to date, keeping in mind that I am only reasonably certain of the girl's marriages and that Edward was their dad. The following new information was received from Gary Finckel which updates the data I originally had.

Notes for Edward Wilson:

Date: 07/29/2000 12:18:09 Eastern Daylight Time

From: (Gary Finckel)


What follows is the Virginia records I have on Edward Wilson (b.abt 1735).

I can send you my rendition of his children and grandchildren if you would

like. Let me know.


Edward Wilson In Virginia


The earliest record I have of Edward Wilson in Virginia, is found in a Ust

of Colonial Soldiers of Virginia, (1916). On page 89 of this book, Edward

Wilson is listed under Dunmore's War. Dunmore's War was fought in 1774.

This can also be found on page 408 in R.G. Thwart's Dunmore's War.

The next earliest record I have of Edward Wilson in Virginia, is the attached Deed Record found in Shenandoah County Deed Book B, pages 261-2. This was an agreement between Joseph Berry and Edward Wilson. The date of the agreement was 12 August, 1775. Edward was to farm the 180 acres described and pay Joseph Berry an annual rent. The agreement also mentions Edward's wife Ann and daughter Elizabeth. (Elizabeth later married William Bonifield; she was born 2 August, 1774: Elizabeth was probably the first and only living child of Edward and Ann at the time of the agreement.) Edward may have rented this farm until he left for Ohio about 30 years later.

The third record I have of Edward Wilson bears the date 20 August, 1775.

This was 8 days after the last record. This record is found in Shenandoah

County Deed Book B, pages 259-60. This record is an agreement between

Joseph Berry and John Dukes. A partial description of the property follows:

".......standing on a branch of Happy Creek then up the branch with the said Berry line, thence up Edward Wilson's spring branch, . . . joining Thomas Neals land...... containing 180 acres." The agreement was made in the presence of Edward Wilson, Charles Smith and James Dove.

I believe that the location of the two parcels of land was in Chester's Gap. Chester's Gap was a passage through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Happy Creek drained from the western side of the Gap Into the Shenandoah River In 1775, the boundary line between Shenandoah County and Culpeper County crossed the middle of the Gap. Gregory Bonifield, the father of William Bonifield, purchased a 250 acre tract of land in Chester's Gap right on the County line a few years later In 1780.

Edward Wilson In Virginia - Cont.

The fourth record I have of Edward Wilson pertains to the sale of property in

the estate of Henry Threldkill in Culpeper County, Virginia on 3 November,

1775. Edward Wilson is listed as a purchaser, along with many other names.

The Threldkill's lived in the northern part of Culpeper County near Chester

Gap. There were also Threldkill'S that migrated to Hopewell Township,

Muskingum County.

in the Census of Dunmore County, Virginia, 1775, there is an Edward Wilson listed. His household consisted of one male and two females. Dunmore County became Shenandoah County during the Revolutionary War.

In the Revolutionary War Records, Virginia by Brumbaugh, Edward Wilson shows up in a list of men living in the Lower District, Dunmore County, under the command of Captain Joseph Bowman. No year recorded.

The next record I have is a 1787 Personal Property Tax list for Shenandoah County that has Edward Wilson. He is listed with 0 boys between the ages of 16 and 21 years, 0 blacks, 3 horses and 3 cows. I have not looked at any other years for personal property tax. This would be a prime area for additional information about Edward Wilson.

In 1792, Edward Wilson is listed on the marriage bond between William Bonifield and Elizabeth Wilson. He is listed in the column typically reserved for the father of the bride. In 1798, Edward Wilson is listed on the marriage bond between John Weekley and Prisilla Wilson. Both of these marriage records were in Shenandoah County Marriage Bonds.

In 1798, Edward Wilson shows up for the first time paying taxes on land. It was an 81 acre tract of land. Then, for 6 years, he did not pay taxes on this land. Then in 1805 thru 1807, he paid taxes on the same 81 acres, again. I looked thru the land tax record from 1782 thru 1810. Edward Wilson only shows up in the 4 years mentioned above. Strangely, William Bonifield and Arnold Bonifield similarly show up paying taxes on land in 1798 and then again in 1805. I wonder how complete these records are.

Edward Wilson In Virginia - Cont.

On 7 January, 1804, Joseph Baldwin sold three tracts of land, one each to Edward Wilson, William Bonifield and Arnold Bonifield. For Edward Wilson, it was the same land that was in the land tax records described In the previous paragraph. The deeds can be found in Shenandoah Deed Book N, pages


The 1804 deed from Joseph Baldwin to Edward Wilson was for 81 acres. It was made in the presence of A. Bonifield and W. Bonifield. The description of the property mentions ".... next to Wilson's other lot. . . along William Weekly's line. . . Neal's tract and corner. . .". My guess is that this 81 acres was next to the 180 acre farm that Edward rented from Joseph Berry starting in 1775.

The 1804 deed from Joseph Baldwin to William Bonifield was made in the presence of A. Bonifield and John Weekley. The 1804 deed from Joseph Baldwin to Arnold Bonifield was made in the presence of Wm. Bonifield and John Weekly. My assumption is, that this John Weekly was the one who married Prisilla Wilson.

The Auditor of the State of Ohio has records for the first owners of land in Ohio. The Wilson's that show up In Hopewell Township, Muskingum County, Ohio are as follows:

Sec. Quar. Acres Name______ Date_______ Where living

19 NW         160 Hensle & Wilson Dec.30, 1805

13 SE 147 Edward Wilson        Jun.13, 18O6        Shen. Co, VA

          22                         Edward Wilson               Jul. 10, 1806 Musk. Co,OH

          8        NW    160    Nathan Wilson      Jul.11, 1807

          23      NE     164    Nathan Wilson      Jul.10, 1810

          18      NE     184    Henry Wilson       May 2, 1815

Did Edward Wilson migrate to Ohio in June/July of 1806? He last paid land taxes in Shenandoah County, VA in 1807. It would be interesting to see when he last paid personal property taxes in Virginia. Most of the above described property was still owned by children of Edward Wilson in 1826.

Edward Wilson In Virginia - Cont.

In the Federal land Series (1799-1835) Edward Wilson is listed twice. Both times Front Royal, Virginia is mentioned as Edward's place of residence. Front Royal is located a few miles north of Chester's Gap. Edward is listed once with William Bonifield concerning a piece of land in Section 12 in Hopewell Township, Muskingum County, Ohio. The second listing shows Edward by himself in connection with land in Section 13, Hopewell Township, Muskingum County, Ohio. With regard to the latter record, it mentions a second payment of $75 made on June 14, 1809.

In September, 1808, William and Elizabeth (Wilson) Bonifield sold their

Shenandoah County property they acquired from Joseph Baldwin. William and

Elizabeth were living in Muskingum, Ohio at the time of the deed transfer.

The transaction was made in the presence of William Wilson, James Wilson and

Levi Whipple, the Justice of the Peace for Hopewell Township, Muskingum

County, Ohio. William and James Wilson were also listed as residence of

Muskingum, Ohio. This was recorded In Shenandoah County Deed Book Q, Page


This concludes my Edward Wilson Virginia information. Some additional information on Edward can be found in Ohio.

Apparently, Edward Wilson's land in Virginia bordered or was very near to that owned by Jacob Weekley whose son, John married Presilla (Priscilla) Wilson.

Continued on:Page 2.

Also, see the Weekley/Weakley Family for additional information.

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