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James Knox Polk Wilson
Co. G, 21st Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry

From The Clark County Courier - Vol XXIIII #48 - August 31, 1923

James K. Polk Wilson departed this life at his home in Kahoka, Missouri. August 29, 1923, aged 77 years 11 months and 21 days.

He was united in marriage to Mary M. Roberts October 21, 1866. To this union was born eight children. The wife and four preceded him in death. Those surviving are: William E. of Gorin, Missouri, Alex (Alonzo) and Albert of Kahoka and Mrs. Umosa Kay (Unicy) of Keokuk, Iowa, one brother William Wilson of Wayland, Missouri, and a half brother Thomas Kaywood of Keokuk, Iowa and 16 grandchildren.

He enlisted in the service of his country as a private in Company G 21st regiment Missouri Infantry February 8, 1864, was honorably discharged April 10, 1866. He was a member of the G.A.R. 110 Kahoka, MO. For many years he was a faithful member of the M.P. Church of Kahoka.

His entire life was spent in this vicinity where he was well known and was greatly missed by relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, 30 August at 10:30 A.M. at the M.P. Church at Kahoka by his pastor Rev. H.E. Marshall and Rev. I.T. Grogg. The remains were laid to rest in the Sand Cemetery at St. Francisville, Missouri, with military honors by Clark Post American Legion. The pallbearers were members of the post as follows: L.B. Moore, John L. Riffle, Elmer Hull, Claude yates, Ray Mayer, and Henry Voorvaarh.


James Knox Polk Wilson was born in Lee County, Iowa on September 6, 1845, and died August 27, 1923 at 5:30 p.m. at his home in Kahoka, Clark Co., MO. Funeral services will be held at the M.P. Church, Kahoka Wednesdays, August 29, at 10:30 a.m.

He was of Scot-Irish descent and a Private in Company G of the 21st Missouri along with his half-brother, Alfred Yesley.


Biographical information was generously provided by by his great grandson Bob Kay .


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