Robert Wilson was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, May 3, 1816, and came to Ashland County with his parents in 1820, his father having purchased eighty acres of land where Robert now lives. At the time they came to this place there was an abundance of game, turkey and deer principally. Indians were numerous, but peaceably inclined toward their white brethren. They were true pioneers, and as such are quite well remembered by the old settlers in the community at the present time. They began the improvement of their land, and by perseverance and hard knocks, such as our grand old forefathers and mothers could endure, the old forests gave way and the waving fields of grain took their place.
Robert, the subject of this sketch, remembers quite well the privations and hardships of those early days. In 1839, November 14th, Mr. Wilson married Martha Jeannette Roison, who came from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with her parents when she was about three or four years of age. They had seven sons and one daughter. Two sons died in infancy; one son, James, the oldest of the family, died in the army; he was a private in the One Hundred and Twentieth Ohio volunteer infantry, and served as such from the date of his enlistment to the time of his death, which took place at Millikenís Bend, Louisiana, February 11, 1863. Three sons and one daughter are married, and doing for themselves. The youngest child, Robert, jr., remains with his father. Mrs. Wilson having died.
Mr. Wilson afterwards married Anna E. Greenwood, widow of Charles Greenwood, of Holmes County, Ohio. To them have been born one child. Mr. Wilson is one of the best known men in this section of the county. In politics he is a Republican. Both himself and wife are members of the United Presbyterian Church at Hayesville, Ohio.