[Mrs.] Wilson

Birth Date
Unknown (Born)
Death Date
Circa 1856 August 25 (Died)

Mrs. Wilson, who is said to be from St. Louis, traveled with the Martin Company as far as Cutler's Park. Col. Almon W. Babbitt entered the camp and she accepted his offer for quick passage to Salt Lake supposedly because her husband had gone to the valley the previous year. Babbitt's wagon train was attacked by Indians, the baby was killed and Mrs. Wilson was taken captive. It is thought she was also killed the same day. John Jaques and Patience Loader identify her as Mrs. Williams and baby who left with Babbitt. Patience Loader writes that they recognized her green bonnet at the massacre site. All other accounts of the incident (including John Jaques) names her as Mrs. Wilson. Some believe that she is possibly be Elizabeth Ramsey Small Wilson (born 14 July 1832). It is also believed that she may have been the wife of Thomas Henry Wilson who traveled to Utah with Ballantyne company. However, no corroborating evidence has surfaced to confirm that Thomas Henry Wilson ever had a wife prior to Caroline Annie Merchant. One source indicates that Mrs. Wilson was from St. Louis, Mo. 

More research is required to determine the identity of this individual. 

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