Birth: September 23, 1856, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
From Harriet Taylor Upton, A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County, Ohio, A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), Volume 2, pp. 260-262:
WILLIAM S. WILSON, a farmer residing in, and cultivating the soil of Vienna township, Trumbull county, Ohio, was born September 23, 1856, in Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, a son of Albert and Lydia (Crow) Wilson. His father was born January 20, 1819. The mother died March 18, 1888, aged sixty-five years and ten months. The paternal grandfather was of Irish descent, probably born in Pennsylvania, and the grandmother was a native of Pennsylvania. They were farmers and spent the latter part of their lives in Pennsylvania where they died.
Albert Wilson, the father, was a stone mason by trade and owned a farm, which he worked in connection with his trade and owned a farm, which he worked in connection with his trade until his death in 1897. His children were: Zeneste, now Mrs. Barge, of New Castle, Pennsylvania; James, deceased; John, a plasterer of Youngstown; Lizzie, now Mrs. Moore, on a farm in Venango county; William S., of this memoir; Maggie, Mrs. Langford, whose husband works in the iron mills at New Castle, Pennsylvania; Charles, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a plasterer; Homer, of Youngstown, a plasterer, who lately went to Texas, and two daughters who died in infancy.
William S. Wilson attended the district school in Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, and remained with his parents until thirteen years of age. He worked as a farmhand in Pennsylvania for one year, then returned home and was employed on his father’s farm and also leased land which he cultivated. When about twenty-five years he learned the plastering trade, at Youngstown, Ohio, to which place he went in 1883. The next twenty-one years he followed his trade in that city, doing contract work chiefly. Upon leaving Youngstown he disposed of his property and purchased ninety-one acres of land, upon which he now lives. Here he carries on general farming and stock raising in a highly successful manner. Politically, Mr. Wilson is a Republican, but has never cared for political preferment. He belongs to the Odd Fellows lodge at Youngstown, Ohio.
Mr. Wilson was married August 26, 1881, to Emma S. Vaughn, born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, September 4, 1863, a daughter of Jacob M. and Eunice (Streght) Vaughn, both natives of Mercer county. The father was born January 20, 1819, and the mother August 26, 1820. The father was of Scotch and the mother of German extraction. By trade, the father was a miller and followed this in Mercer county for many years, but later removed to Ohio, near Akron, where he engaged in the same business, continuing until his death, September 10, 1890. The mother died January 29, 1904. In the Vaughn family there were five children, all living: Sula, Mrs. Corbin, residing at Bath, Ohio; Mollie, now Mrs. Free, residing in Indianapolis, her husband being in the novelty works; John, residing in Crawford county, Pennsylvania; James, of Allegheny, a farmer; Emma S., now Mrs. Wilson, who is the youngest in the family.
The home circle of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson has been blessed by the following children: Grace, born April 23, 1883, wife of Sidney G. Simons, of Youngstown, a painter and decorator; Edward F., born February 23, 1885, married Florence Damey, of Youngstown, and resides in Cleveland, a plumber by trade; Maud, born September 25, 1887, unmarried, residing at home; Mary Etta, born June 23, 1889; Ivan Vaughn, born September 5, 1891, died December 3, 1891; W. Scott, born October 26, 1892; Leolla F., born December 28, 1894; Elsie A., born January 1, 1899; Wallace M., born August 31, 1900, died June 5, 1906; Effie E., born October 3, 1902; Harold G., born May 29, 1906. This family are all at home except the two eldest.