Samuel and his wife were one of the first settlers in the Alma area. They drove covered wagons across the state of Indiana and settled in the Alma area in 1842. Here Samuel continued his occupation as a tanner and farmer. Evidently, the Wilson family were tanners while living in Ohio, and Samuel brought some of his equipment with him on the move. As one can see from the birth dates of their children, all but the twins and Margaret made the trip from Ohio. Samuel and Elizabeth were both very strong to the Methodist religion, and they were noted for their generosity to the circuit riding preachers. He died from pneumonia, which contacted when he fell from his horse while herding his swine to market across the Mississippi River.
Submitted by K. Randolph