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Need Arkansas Experts! William Wilson, Red Land, Arkansas, 1820s-1850s
« on: Tuesday 16 January 18 03:26 GMT (UK) »
I guess I'm looking for someone who knows about the history of Arkansas, how/whether births were registered back in the 1820s and how/where to search for birth records.

I am in Australia and have a William Wilson (born about 1828) who came to New South Wales in about 1852 as a result of the gold rush here. He subsequently married my great-great-grandmother and never returned to America.

On one of his children's birth certificates, William gives his birthplace as "Prescott, Nevada, Arkansas". This is interesting as my research indicates that neither Nevada County nor the city of Prescott were established until after William left. I guess he had contact with his family and so, when his daughter was born, knew that the place where his family lived was, by then, called "Prescott, Nevada".

Anyhow, the 1850 Census shows a William Wilson of the correct age living with dad, step-mum and siblings in Red Land. After extensive searching, I've decided this is probably my William Wilson. His father is Thomas Wilson, born about 1801 in Pennsylvania.

I have two questions:
First, does anyone have any knowledge of/connection to this family?
Second, I would like a birth certificate for William however it seems that there was no public registration of births at that time in this area. So we are left with the churches. Being in Australia, I haven't been able to find how I might be able to find a church record of William's birth and/or baptism. Is this possible or is it likely the birth wasn't registered? I think there was at least one church in the area in 1828 but have no idea how to go about looking for records.

Any and all assistance will be gratefully received.

Many thanks,
Felicity

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Re: Need Arkansas Experts! William Wilson, Red Land, Arkansas, 1820s-1850s
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 03:40 GMT (UK) »
Here is the website for the Nevada County, Arkansas Genweb.  I took a hasty look around but I don't see any early birth records.  There is a contact address for the person who manages the site and she might be able to answer your question.

http://www.argenweb.net/nevada/
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr

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Re: Need Arkansas Experts! William Wilson, Red Land, Arkansas, 1820s-1850s
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 03:58 GMT (UK) »
This site may help

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Nevada_County,_Arkansas_Genealogy                                                                                                                                                                       

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Re: Need Arkansas Experts! William Wilson, Red Land, Arkansas, 1820s-1850s
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 07:02 GMT (UK) »
Does his death certificate give his parents names?.
They don't in England, but they do in the US and in Australia

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Re: Need Arkansas Experts! William Wilson, Red Land, Arkansas, 1820s-1850s
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 16 January 18 07:37 GMT (UK) »
Sadly I can't find a death certificate for this fellow. I can't find any record of when or where he died or where he's buried. I'm still working on those.  :)

As I said, I'm pretty sure his father is Thomas however the census shows a step-mum (she's only 7 years older than William) so no idea who mum was.

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Re: Need Arkansas Experts! William Wilson, Red Land, Arkansas, 1820s-1850s
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 17 January 18 05:46 GMT (UK) »
What about local newspapers around the time he left, the "social" column read local gossip is a good source of who is visiting and who is travelling where.

The local genealogy society or local library can be of tremendous help.
Many families moved on but those who stayed have inordinate amount of knowledge about the area.