Hand-written pages by Laura Wilson McCallum about her family and homes. "Mother" and "Dad" refer to Mary Emma (Grimes) Wilson and John Wilson. (copies sent to Hugh Wilson by Gerald McCallum (2010) and converted to web pages (with some editing) by Hugh Wilson in 2010.  The pages sent by Jerry are not in any particular order.  They tend to be redundant, especially with the 'Union Avenue History' document BUT, in the interest of establishing a complete record, I transcribe them here and include scans of the original copies when possible.  Gerald McCallum has the original documents which, I assume, are darker, a bit more readable, and maybe in a better sequence.  The set of pages produced by Laura could be drafts for a final document or set of documents that may, or may not, exist in Jerry's collection.  At any rate, they contain bits of information, some incorrect, but all from a primary source.

 Two pages, copied on legal sized paper with the 1st page marked with printed text "Mrs. Homer T. Silver, R.R. No. 2, Sharon, Pa." (Laura's sister, Maude).

Taken from the History of Stark County.

    Amos Brosius - Farmer - P.O. Mt. Union.  Born in Chester, Co., Penn., Feb 3, 1814, son of Henery and Mary (Roberts) Brosius.  Henery died when the subject of this sketch was about 3 years old.  When about 22 years old removed to Columbiana County, and in 3 years was married to Esther C. Morton Oct 10, 1839, daughter of Israel and Hannah (Conn) Morton.  Shortly afterward they removed to Wayne County, Indiana: residing there some 12 months.  They then returned to Columbiana County continuing there about 3 years until they finally settled in Washington Township, Stark County; purchasing some 60 acres of lnad from William Hoppes and other parties.  He lived upon this farm some 23 years then removed to his present property buying 18 acres from Enos Hillis and erecting his brick residence.  He has resided here for some 11 years during which period he has been engaged in the small fruit business to some extent.  Mr.  Brosius has for 2 years cast the only ballot in Washington Township for the Prohibition Ticket.  He is a member of the Independant Church of Alliance.  His wife a member of the Friends Church.  They are the parents of six children.  Three of these are living.  Adeline is Mrs. Jess Teeters of Lexington Township.  Hannah has been teacher in Mt. Union Schools for years.  Alice a teacher at Fairmount Home.

    As near as I can remember Mother and Dad bought these 18 acres that Amos Brosius bought of Enos Hilles in 1893.  Moving there in November from a little seven acre truck farm situated at the corner of the Beech and Freeburg road and the diagonal road that leads to Maximo.  The little story and half house has been torn down and a new house built by Leslie Hilton and his wife Clemmy.  Leslie Hilton a cousin of mother's, his mother Mother's father's sister Susan Grimes Hilton and his father Samuel (Uncle Sam) Hilton.  Mother and Dad had moved three times before their home at Beech and Freeburg Road.

Their first near the Mahoning River
(Page 2) near the old Ramsayer farm.  The buildings were old and have long since tumbled down.  Next they lived with Mother's Mother near the Beech Church, a home now occupied by Aukers (Page 2), the Lee Barnaby farm (Page 2, rented) was their next home.  This is the farm that Dad bought in _______ and set in fruit trees and it was sold at his death to Pearl Byers and then to Dr. and Mrs. Perry King.  Dan and I started to school at Fairmount from this place.  I was only 5 but it was so far Mother sent us both.  Dad worked at the Steel Works (walking to work) in the winder at $1 a day.  He made more when he worked at the mason trade but did not always have work.


Four pages, copied on letter sized paper  with the introductory page a copy of the 1st page above regarding the history of Amos Brosius, starting with the 2nd page:

    About the only things I remember them telling about this home.  The buildings were old.  Mother sometimes caught fish for their supper.  She sewed carpet rags on the shares enough for a piece of carpet.  Aunty Lavina Shaffer giving her the old worn out garments to cut and sew.  Dad worked at the mason trade and for farmers.

    I was born while they lived with Mother's Mother.  Don't know where Dan was born but his birth was recorded by justice of the Peace Reese at Freeburg.  Dad worked at his trade while they lived at the Beech and the  most I remember of hearing them tell was Dad brought us lice from where he was working, building a barn wall came home over Sunday.

    This home was Mother's girlhood home.  The Barnaby Farm was run down buildings and fences out of repair and I've heard Mother say there was'nt a pump in any of the wells or cisterns.  Her kitchen was so cold she wore artic overshoes all day to keep from freezing her feet.

    Dad farmed some (keeping a man) and worked at his trade.  One winter he worked at the Steel Works and got a dollar a day.  But it was a silver one, not a folding one.  They bought the 7 acre a the corner of the Beech-Freeburg and Maximo road about April 1st, 1885.  The neighbors helped them move in sleds (a late snow gone by the next day).

    Dad kept on with his trade and began to take some contracts for cellars for houses in Alliance; had several men working for him.  He butchered some and finally he and Calvin Aultman worked together and did quite a business in dressed beeves, calves, sheep and hogs several years.  Then Chicago meath took the place of home dressed and, Alliance began to grow; more demand for his trade, he went back to the mason trade and began to take some cellar and chimney contracts and had several men working for him but all the while he was keeping his truck farm producing.  Mother took it to town when he couldnt.  We all went to school winders at the Beech but not always the summer months.  Guess we were no different then other families only maybe poorer than most.  We had a cow, horse, a pig, some chickens and mostly a little flock of sheep that were pastured away.  Mother had wretched health while we lived here and finally Dad sold in order to live on higher ground.  It was all swamp to the west of us then and she was troubled with Malaria.

Two pages, copied on legal sized paper with 'Wilson' and 'SAVE' at top with double underlines:

Ezeikel Wilson
Elizabeth Dungan (Aunt Lida has her history many generations back.)
(this crossed out)

*1793 May not be correct
(this in reference to the fellow fever epidemic - it is the correct year)

They were parents of 13 children (it looks like, actually, 12 children).  Not all lived to maturity. Ezeikel Wilson's (above) Mother and Father perished in the yellow fever epidemic of 1793* in Philadelphia.  He and his sister were cared for by neighbors or relatives were seperated and lost contact with each other never heard or saw each other afterward.

Children of Ezeikel and Elizabeth


Hester (actually is Esther)
Charles Ryan no children

1 son 2 daughters

Elizabeth married David Folker
*Howard, Charles, Horace (Philadelphia)
Jane married Chambers
a taylor by trade
Amanda married William Lewis

couldn't remember name married Frances

Martha married Estaburn

Amos married Charlotte Borton
Mary d., Cyrus d., Daniel d., John, Lidia (Elyza Jane), Amos d.

Amos is the last entry, page says 'over' but must not have copied the reverse side - see the family database for a full listing of Ezeikel Wilson/Elizabeth Dungan progeny.


This looks like the next page because the asterisk placed to the left of Howard Folker (above) is matched below.  So, the lack of a full listing of the children is odd.

*  Howard Folker visited us at our home on Union Ave. when I was about 14.  His parents lived in Philadelphia then.

*  Aunt Lida (Eliza Jane) (My father's sister) was born in a tiny cabin in Michigan . (Amos Wilson moved from Bucks County, PA to Ohio and, apparently, met Charlotte Borton in the Alliance area.  They were married in Lisbon in 1853 when Amos was 21 and Charlotte was 27.  
Eliza Jane was born in 1865, 7 years after John.  Thus, this bit of info - if true - forces the question; why was she born in Michigan?.)

Amos Wilson volunteered in Civil War Nov 20 - 1861.  Discharged May 21 - 62. (Reason for the discharge seems to be medical but that is all we know)

Lorin Leroy Wilson enlisted at Columbus, O. in Co K, 4th regiment, regular army.  Trained at Gettysburg Pa., transferred to Co. B, 8th U.S. Machine Gun Battalion, 3 Division in Dec 1917 and trained at Camp Green S.C.  Left U.S. in April, 1918.  Record of War Dept., his Co was in the following battles;  Defensive Sector Aisne (Defensive Sector Meuse-Argonne/Aisne-Marne - someone in the family has his metal for this), Champagne-Marne, Aisne