JAMES CORRY WILSON, one of the members of the firm of Wilson & Wilson, engaged in general merchandise business at Cooksville, is a native of Fayette County, Pa., and was born May 10, 1856. His parents were William and Elizabeth (Corry) Wilson, natives the Keystone State, the father at present a resident of Towanda Township, and a sketch of whom will be found elsewhere in this volume. The subject of this sketch was but four years of age when his parents removed from his native State to Illinois and located in Bloomington. He received a good education in the common schools, and remained under the home roof until the spring of 1879.

Since that time he has been a resident of McLean County with the exception of three years spent in Colorado. He lived in Boulder, Col., three years, returning to McLean County in the fall of 1882. Soon afterward he formed a partnership with Benjamin L. Anderson, and they operated together under the firm name of Anderson & Wilson, which lasted until November, 1886. Mr. Anderson then sold out his interest to James Corbett Wilson, and the firm is now known as Wilson & Wilson. The firm holds a good position among the other thriving business houses of Cooksville, both its members being gentlemen of integrity, prompt to meet their obligations and valued members of society.

Our subject was married, in Blue Mound Township, June 21, 1883, to Miss Mattie V. Newton, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Routt) Newton, the mother being a sister of ex-Gov. Routt, of Colorado. Mrs. Wilson was born in Blue Mound Township, Feb. 14, 1864, and of this union there was born one child, a daughter, Florence B. Mr. Wilson is a stanch supporter of the Republican party.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 671. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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