Hon. William C. Wilson, farmer, P. O. Robinson, was born in Palestine, Ill., on the 5th of November, 1832, and has spent his whole life in Crawford County. He is a son of William and Elizabeth (Kitchell) Wilson; the former was born in Virginia February 11, 1790, and died in Feb. 12, 1850; he came to Illinois in 1816, when the county was a comparative wilderness, and settled near Palestine, where he spent his life, mostly in farming; was for four years (1845 to 1849) Receiver of the Land Office at Palestine; his wife belonged to the Kitchell family, long prominent in the county, and was born in New Jersey in 1799. Their children were Eliza A., Robert C., John W., Jeretta, James, Hannah, William C. (subject), Martha and Asa W.; three died in infancy.

Mr. Wilson, the subject, was brought up on the farm, and in those days farming was not the science that it is now; ox teams were then common, and the old wooden mold -board plow. When he began work for himself, he had 80 acres of land, given him by his father. He now owns about 560 acres near Robinson, well improved. His education was received in the common schools of the neighborhood, which he was unable to attend except during the winter season.

When twenty years of age, Mr. Wilson was appointed Deputy Clerk, and served for one year; he was elected County Treasurer in 1854, for two years, and in 1856 postmaster at Palestine, which he held some time. He then engaged in the milling business, but retired from it in 1861; and the same year was elected County Clerk, a position he held for sixteen consecutive years; in 1879, was elected State Senator from the Forty-fifth District composed of the counties of Crawford, Clark and Jasper, and during the sessions served on the committees of Appropriation, Printing, Education, etc., etc., working actively during his term. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and of the Masonic fraternity. He is a Democrat in politics and cast his first vote for James Buchanan for President.

Mr. Wilson was married December 4, 1855, to Miss Sue F. Waldrop, a daughter of Francis and Amelia (Redmon) Waldrop-he a native of North Carolina, and she of Ohio. Francis died March 11, 1848, and Amelia died March 22, 1874. Mrs. Wilson is a member of the Presbyterian Church.