Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - William Wilson

William Edward Wilson

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • Isaac Stevens Post #1 Seattle, King Co. WA

Unit History

  • 16th New York Infantry B
  • 13th New York Heavy Artillery Unassigned
William Wilson
Family History


Stevens Post

William W. Wilson
Residence was not listed; 19 years old.

Enlisted on 6/21/1861 at Albany, NY as a Private.

On 7/8/1861 he mustered into "B" Co. NY 16th Infantry

He deserted on 9/6/1862 at Alexandria, VA

He also had service in:

"I" Co. NY 13th Light Artillery  (Subsequent service)


William Wilson ???
Residence was not listed; 28 years old.

Enlisted on 7/27/1863 at Albany, NY as a Private.

On 7/27/1863 he mustered into Unassigned NY 13th Heavy Artillery

(date and method of discharge not given)

 (No further record)



William Edward Wilson

Marriage Date

12 Nov 1868


Sudie Frances Wilson (Warren)




Susan F Warren




W E Wilson


Charles D Wilson


1871 King Co. WA

W E Wilson 26/1845/NY Clerk

L F 19/1852/OR

C C 1/1870


1880 King Co.WA

W E Wilson 36/1844/NY laborer

Sudie 30/OR

Clara C 10/1870/OR

C D (Charles) 7/1873/WT

S S Warren 58/TN


1887 King Co. WA

W E Wilson 43/NY contractor

Sadie 34/OR

Mrs Warren 66/Penn

Clara 17/OR

Chas 14/WT




William E Wilson

Residence Year:


Street Address:

res 319 Battery

Residence Place:

Seattle, Washington, USA



Publication Title:

Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1899

1900 Seattle Ward 5 King Co. WA

Wm Wilson 58/1842 no other infor


1910 Seattle ward 5 King Co. WA

Mary E Wray 48

Wallace Wray 17

Melvin G Wray 15

Wm Wilson 61/1843/NY carpenter widowed (NO!) Lodger says UA



1900 Seattle Ward 6 King Co. WA

Sudie F Wilson 47/Nov 1852/OR married 2ch 2liv parents NH/TN

Clara C 30/May 1870/Or

Susan F Warren 79/1821/TN mother parents KY/VA widowed 1ch 1liv

Nellie Jacobs 24/WA lodger



William Felix Wilson





Birth Date:

abt 1840

Birth Place:

New York

Death Date:

30 May 1904

Age at Death:


Death Location:

King, Washington


William Edward Wilson


28 Jan 1844

Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA


30 May 1904 (aged 60)

Seattle, King County, Washington, USA


Lake View Cemetery

Seattle, King County, Washington, USA


112413902 · View Source

ge 60 years.

The Seattle Sunday Times
Sunday, June 26, 1904
Splendid Tribute To Soldier
Comrades of Late William E. Wilson in Stevens Post Pass Resolutions
Died Shortly After Taking Part in Memorial Day Parade
At a recent meeting of Stevens Post G.A.R., the following beautiful tribute to the memorial of William E. Wilson, the old soldier who died shortly after marching with his comrades in the Memorial Day parade, was adopted:
William Edward Wilson was born at Canton, New York, January 28, 1844 and died at Seattle May 30, 1904.

He enlisted in May 1861 in the Sixteenth New York Infantry Volunteers and was discharged there from July 11, 1863.

He reenlisted July 14, 1863, in the Thirteenth New York Artillery Volunteers and was discharged therefrom June 28, 1865, as First Sergeant of Company I.

He came to the Pacific Coast in 1867 and on November 12, 1868, married Miss Susie Warren at Salem, Oregon. Two children resulted from the union. Clara C. now lives with her mother and Charles D. is in the East. The family arrived in Seattle in July 1870 and this city has ever since been their home.

Comrade Wilson was mustered into Stevens Post November 23, 1880. He was Adjutant in 1887 and 1888 and Commander in 1889 and for many years was one of the most active and efficient members of the post. In 1891 he presented the post with an altar, beautiful and unique in design, constructed in the form of a fort.

An Active Man
Comrade Wilson was a very active and energetic man. He spent the season of 1871 in Alaska and on his return held a responsible position with the company mining coal at New Castle. For some time he engaged in contracting, spent a couple of years constructing the Tacoma water works and at the time of the great fire was operating a mill near the foot of Spring Street.

The mill was burned, as was also one he built on the water front in North Seattle a year or two later. Nothing daunted, he operated another mill, but the two fires, succeeded by the panic of 1893, was more than he could stand and all his savings were swept away, together with the family home on First Avenue.

May 14, 1897, he embarked for Alaska with the firm resolve that he would dig out of the frozen North enough of its hidden treasures to secure a home for his family or he would leave his bones to bleach in the land of the Midnight Sun.

He returned to Seattle November 1, 1902. He had succeeded in his quest, but the toil and privations of five years in the Klondike had left their mark on his robust frame and shattered his iron constitution. He went to Alaska again in 1903, but soon was compelled to return and since then has waited in his beautiful home for the grim messenger with fortitude, if not with patience.

Knew End Was Near
He knew the end was not far off and no doubt with a premonition of his fate he determined to give one more evidence of his devotion to the flag and the cause for which he had given more than four years' service and periled his life on many battlefields. He joined his comrades in the march on Memorial Day, listened to the exercises at the Grand Opera House, witnessed the services at the cemetery and assisted in the decoration of graves.

All during the day he had appeared better and stronger than for many weeks and gave no indication that he was overtaxing his strength. Evidently the same courage and will power that nerves a soldier on the forced march and on the battle line sustained him until the last rite to the memory of the dead was over. It was only when nearly home that his strength began to fail, but he walked upstairs without assistance, lay down on his bed and in ten minutes died without a struggle. He died as he wished to die and may he ever rest in peace.

Had Strong Character
Comrade Wilson was a man of resolute purpose and iron will. He was generous to a fault, plain and outspoken in speech and without a trace of hypocrisy or double dealing. He was true and unswerving as a friend. His enmities he took no pains to conceal and like all strong characters had many devoted friends and a few bitter enemies.

He was a loving and devoted husband, a kind and indulgent father, a gallant soldier, a loyal comrade, a good citizen and a steadfast friend.

To the bereaved and sorrowing widow, who for more than a third of a century has been his loving companion and to his devoted children we tender our heartfelt sympathy and as a token of our respect spread this tribute upon the minutes of the post.

The Tacoma Times May 31, 1904
Veteran Hears The Last Call
Seattle, May 31. After marching with his comrades of the G.A.R. and decorating the graves of those who fought with him in the Civil War, William E. Wilson died last evening at his home, 600 Tenth Avenue North. The strain of the march and the excitement preyed too much for the old soldier, who was 64 years of age. He made a brave effort to keep up until he reached his home, but had to be supported between two comrades.

He was taken to his home at 5 o'clock in the afternoon and shortly after 6 o'clock he breathed his last. Death was caused by a general breaking own due to a chronic ailment. Until yesterday, however, he had been strong for a man of his years.

During the Decoration Day exercises he took as much interest in the ceremonies as any of the old soldiers and was as active as any of them. The marching and travel tired him, however and at the graveyard his friends noticed that he did not appear well. He did not give up, however, until he was nearly home, when he had to be almost carried. A physician was called, but nothing could be done to save him. Deceased had lived in the Northwest 34 years. He was well known in Tacoma, Seattle and Alaska.




William E Wilson


Male 1908 WA pension card


B 16 N.y. Inf; I; D, 13 N.y. H. Art.

Filing Place:

Washington, USA

Relation to Head:



Sudie Wilson


1910 Seattle Ward 7 King Co. WA

Sudie F Wilson 57/1853/OR widowed

Clara C 40/1870/OR single parents NY/OR book keeper


1930 Seattle King Co. WA

Sudie F Wilson 77/1853/OR widowed parents NH/TN

Clara 60 daughter

Mildred Wilson 24/1906/MA single grandaughter



Sudie Frances Wilson[Sudie Frances Warren]



Marital Status:




Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1853

Death Date:


Death Place:

Seattle, King, Washington


William Warren


Susan Holman


William E.

FHL Film Number:


Reference ID:




Sudie Frances Warren Wilson


12 Nov 1852


12 Sep 1940 (aged 87)


Lake View Cemetery

Seattle, King County, Washington, USA


125967342 · View Source

Clara C Wilson 3/19/1870 Marion Co. OR d. 11/25/1962 Seattle King Co.

Charles D Wilson 6/1872/WT unk death


Buried at Lake View Cemetery Seattle

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