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Wilson, William
Small Archive Relating to Revolutionary War Officer William Wilson, Including Pension Documents with Details of His Service]
[Various locations in Pennsylvania], 1836. Ten manuscripts, one typescript, and one photograph. Light wear and soiling to documents, one letter with significant loss to left edge due to wax seal. Photograph framed. Archive of documents relating to the life of William Wilson, an officer in the Revolutionary War who later served in the War of 1812 and in the Pennsylvania legislature as the Sergeant at Arms. Wilson (1746-1837) served as a First Lieutenant with Col. Robert Lewis' Philadelphia battalion, joining up when the war broke out in July 1776. He served with several other Philadelphia regiments, and was appointed Quartermaster in 1780. He served in the Bucks County militia during the War of 1812, and was Sergeant-at-Arms during the administrations of the second and third governors of Pennsylvania (approximately 1803-1817). He married Sara Boileau in 1777, and the couple had eight children, five of whom survived to adulthood. During the Revolutionary War, Sara Wilson is noted as having "run bullets" for the soldiers in the neighborhood when it was threatened by the British. The materials here consist of seven letters written by Wilson to his wife during his time serving in the government (dated 1805-1813); three documents relating to his pension application; one letter from his brother-in-law; and a framed photograph of an engraving of Wilson. An official pension document present here, manuscript and dated 1836, notes that Wilson appeared in person to certify his service in order to collect his pension: "I certify that in conformity with the law of the United States of th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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