William A. Wilson

WILLIAM A. WILSON  (1830-1891)
Perquimans County, NC
by Robert E. Stokley

William A. Wilson was born in Perquimans County, NC about 1830. He was the son of Thomas 
Wilson and Elvy (WHITE) Wilson.  It would appear that he lived with his father Thomas until such 
time that he married an began to raise his own family.  He married Susan Ann Jordan 
(1830-ca.1875) sometime about 1851/52. She was the daughter of Eliza Jordan.

William continued to farm until May, 1865 when  it was apparent that North Carolina would 
secede from the Union.  On May 16, 1861, at Hertford, NC,  four days before North Carolina 
actually seceded, he enlisted in the Perquimans Beaureguards, a company which became Co. 
F, 27th Regt. NC Troops(Infantry). He was mustered in as a Corporal  and eventually was 
promoted on September 1, 1864  to the rank of 2d Lieutenant commanding the company. His 
first action was in North Carolina at the Battle of New Bern in March of 1862.  On his September 
29, 1887  application to the Pickett-Buchanan Confederate Veterans Camp in Norfolk, Virginia  
he listed his involvement in the following battles: Richmond July, 1862, the Seven Days fight; 
Sharpsburg, Maryland, September 17, 1862; Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862; Bristow 
Station, October, 1863; 2d Battle of the Wilderness, 1864; Spotsylvania Courthouse, 1864; 
minor battles to Petersburg, 1864; Reaves Station, August 24, 1864; Hatcher's Run, February, 
1865.  On September 1, 1864 he was elected 2d Lt. and commanded Company F until the end 
of the war.  In March and April, 1865 he and his company were detailed to western North 
Carolina to round up army deserters.  Although most of the 27th NC Regiment surrendered at 
Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia with General Robert E. Lee's  Army of Northern Virginia, Lt. 
Wilson and his company was surrendered by General Joseph E. Johnston in North Carolina. on 
April 27, 1865. He was paroled at Greensboro, NC on May 1, 1865.

After the war he returned to Perquimans County and farmed.  He and Mary Ann had seven children:
M. Thomas, Joseph T., Jesse, mary Elizabeth, William A., Ellen, and Catherine Louisa.  Mary Ann 
died between 1870 and 1880 as she does not appear in the 1880 census. After 1880 William moved 
to Norfolk, Virginia where he worked as a stockyard superintendent for the S. Perry & Company.  
In 1887 he was residing  at 35 Nebraska Street in Norfolk. It is believed he died in 1891 but his 
burial site is unknown.

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