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Description: Obituary of Jonathan G. WilsonDate: July 16 1909
Newspaper published in: Ukiah
LAYTONVILLE LOSES RESPECTED CITIZEN
J G Wilson died at his home at Laytonville Tuesday morning, July 13th, after a lingering illness. He had been ill for several months, until a few days ago when he seemed to be much better and was in the best of spirits until just before his death, when he became suddenly worse and gradually grew weaker until the end came Tuesday morning. John G Curts who has been visiting in Ukiah for several days received a telegram the same morning about his grandfather's death and left on the noon train for Laytonville to attend the funeral. The funeral services were held at the Wilson home and he was laid to rest in the Long valley cemetery, Rev I H Teel, of Ukiah, officiated at the funeral services and delivered a most impressive address which was eulogistic of the character and qualities of the deceased.
Johnathan G Wilson was born in Calloway county, Kentucky, February 25, 1825. He resided at his birthplace until he was ten years old, when, with his parents, he moved to Hickman county, that state, and there he resided until 1856, being engaged in the milling and farming business. In March 1856 he, with his wife and one child, started across the plains with horse teams. When they wear near the Kansas line one of their horses was stolen, and they worked four milk cows in his stead all the way to California. On arriving to this state they first stopped at Sierra county, where for a short time, he engaged in cutting and bailing hay. Their next move was to Sutter county, locating near Yuba city where he engaged in wood-cutting, which he continued until the spring of 1858. They then came to Mendocino county and settled in Long valley, and immediately began stock-raising, which he followed until 1876, in connection with which he farmed some. In 1878 he became proprietor of the saw and grist mill near his place, which he ran for several years. He then went back to farming and together with his sons has followed that as a business man, and from a small beginning had worked himself up to one of Mendocino's most stable and wealthy citizens. In 1853 he married Miss Louisa Piper, a native of Smith county, Tennessee and by this union they had eight children, seven of which are living. They were: Annie, born August 3, 1854; Lucinda, born November 30, 1857; Rufus, born April 17, 1860; William, born January 9, 1862; Nancy, born October 6, 1863; Lee, born October 6, 1865; Hugh, born February 27, 1868; and Marion, born October 11, 1872.
The deceased was one of the first settlers at Long valley and was well and favorably known by all of the older settlers of this county. He had spent a greater part of his later life in mining and owned several small mines throughout the state. He was faithful as a husband, affectionate as a father, and model in all the walks of life.