- Birth Date
- Death Date
- About 25 August 1856
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.
- Age at Departure: Unknown
- Head of Household
- Felt, N. H., "Correspondence from Bishop N. H. Felt," The Mormon, 15 November 1856, 3.
- "From the Plains," The Mormon, 27 Sep. 1856, 2.
- "From the Plains," The Mormon, 4 Oct. 1856, 2.
- J[aques], J[ohn], "Some Reminiscences," Salt Lake Daily Herald, 8 December 1878, 1.
- James G. Willie Emigrating Company journal, 1856 May-November, 16-53.
- "Journey from Florence to G. S. L. City," Deseret News , 22 October 1856, 258.
- Margetts, Philip, "Correspondence of Elder Philip Margetts," The Mormon , 18 July 1857, 3.
- Marilyn Austin Smith, Faithful Stewards--the Life of James Gray Willie and Elizabeth Ann Pettit, 95-120.
- Patience L. Archer reminiscences, undated, 57-92.
- "The Death of the Captive Mrs. Wilson," The Mormon, 10 January 1857, 3.