Biography of James C. Wilkinson (1846-1888)
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) pages 629-630.

James C. WILKINSON was born near Elsberry, Mo., in 1846. His parents, Joseph and Gabrilla (WATTS) WILKINSON, were born in Tennessee (he in 1818 and she in 1816), and became early residents of Missouri, where they were married in 1844. The father died near Elsberry in 1867, and the mother in 1880. Mr. WILKINSON's father, familiarly known as "Uncle Jimmy Wilkinson," was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was one of the early and prominent settlers of Lincoln County; he died about 1856. His wife died only a few years ago. James C. WILKINSON was the elder of two brothers, and was educated in the common schools, remaining at home until 1866, when he was married to Nancy Elizabeth, daughter of Robert T. and Julia ELSBERRY, whose sketch appears in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. WILKINSON have eight children: Joseph R., Bellezora, Udora, John M., Gabrilla A., James A., Laura Viola and Hettie Temperance. Immediately after his marriage Mr. WILKINSON went in debt for a piece of timber land, but has been very successful in the management of his business affairs, and is now the owner of 248 acres of fertile and well cultivated land. He was in the mercantile business for some time at Elsberry, in partnership with Mr. ELSBERRY, the firm being known as Elsberry & Wilkinson, and was afterward partner in the erection of the flouring-mill at that place. Since then he has devoted his attention to farming and trading. In November, 1887, a fine large residence and contents, the accumulations of almost a life-time, were consumed by fire. Mr. WILKINSON is a very public-spirited man, and in his political views is a Democrat. He belongs to the A. O. U. W. and the Triple Alliance, and he, wife and two daughters are members of (page 630) the Baptist Church. [Since the above sketch was written, Mr. WILKINSON was taken sick on the 20th day of July, 1888, with abscess of the brain, and notwithstanding the efforts and skill of the best medical aid, after four weeks of terrible suffering, he died August 11, following.]

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