1. Joshua WILSON Sr.1 was
born estimated 1771. Joshua Wilson, Sr. came from Ireland
sometime before 1784 and bought land in the forks of
Clark's Creek. Some accounts say he came to fight against
the British in the Revolutionary War. On November 22,
1791 he married Rebecca Wilson daughter of Thomas Wilson.
They had four children. Joshua Jr. born December 5, 1797;
Nathaniel born August 19, 1801;Abigail and Rebecca.
Joshua Jr. married Pricilla Wilson, and became a
prominent surveyor and farmer. Nathaniel Wilson married
Mary C. Templeton in September 1825. He was a farmer and
a three term member of the N. Carolina House of
Representatives. He was instrumental in the creation of
the present Catawba County; having broken away from the
larger Lincoln County in 1842. Quoting from Preslars' History
of Catawba County, "We shall split the lightning
rods upon the Lincoln Co. Courthouse". This
proclamation of equal division was repeated by Nathaniel
Wilson, fiery proponent of the plan to divide Lincoln
Co., until he was chosen by popular vote to do so. Wilson
was elected to the House of Commons of the state
legislature from Lincoln Co. in 1842. In December of that
year, he introduced a bill entitled, "An Act to lay
off and established a new County -- Catawba".
Nathaniel Wilson was elected to the legislature in 1842,
1844 and 1846. It is also felt that the new County Seat
of Newton was named for Wilson's son who was born two
years previously. In 1852 he was again a candidate for
the legislature, but was killed on July 13, by a
son-in-law, Wilson England. The tragedy resulted from a
disagreement concerning family affairs.
Joshua WILSON Sr. and Mary Rebecca (Rebecca) WILSON
were married on 22 Nov 1791. Mary
Rebecca (Rebecca) WILSON (daughter of Thomas WILSON
and [unk wife of Thomas WILSON) was born estimated 1772.
Joshua WILSON Sr. and Mary Rebecca (Rebecca) WILSON had
the following children: