JAMES MADISON WILSON (Matt) 1830—1862: was born just as the last of the old year was flickering out at the Hamilton Wilson’s home and spent his boyhood on his father’s farm doing the things any other boy of like age and environment would. In season he attended school at Hopewell and church school at Vernon. He was sober and conscientious in all his dealings.
He . . . enlisted in July 1862 in the North Carolina Infantry and was assigned to Company H of the Fifteenth N.C. Regiment. This Regiment trained at Pocatelligo in South Carolina and saw some skirmishing at Kinston and Weldon before being rushed to the defense of Richmond during McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign. Although it was only September, bitter cold was so intense that he caught pneumonia which together with his grieving for the welfare of his wife and two children he had left at home, he died there in camp. The ground was frozen so deep that the dead had to be laid out and covered with straw until spring thaws made . . . possible the digging of graves. He rests in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond where rests President Monroe, Tyler, Davis, Generals Pickett and Fitzhugh Lee and some thousands of Confederate soldiers.
Matt had married Rebecca Stewart about 1855 and she bore him three children; Crissie 2-l5-l860; John David 8-26-1858 and Ransom 1862. Matt’s home was only a few hundred feet from Ransom's home of a later generation. His spring was at the foot of his hill next to his father’s home. Here Aunt Beckie raised her family. Dave married Parson Long’s daughter and settled on a portion of the Long land. His home was where the Barnes Road crosses the Southbound Railroad. Crissie married Schuman Whitney and settled on Sodom hill while Aunt Beckie raised Ransom on his father’s farm and stayed on to raise his children.