The Journey West - Elias Wilder
Elias Wilder was the Son of Artemas Wilder. He was born in 1808 Dummerston Vermont. The same year his grandfather Elias Wilder passed away. He was a twin to his brother James Wilder and married Turzah (Teresa) Fuller in Dummerston possibly around 1820.
Shortly after marriage, Elias and Thurza started west, along with Elias' father Artemas and mother Dolly. They may have also been joined by brother James and Artemas as early 1800 census records documents their travels. Their first stop was New York, where Turzah gave birth to their son John Crowninshield Wilder in 1827. The family wouldn't stay long in New York. They soon moved on to Ohio where in 1840 son James Hill Wilder was born, then on to Illinois, where in 1846 they witness the Mormons leaving for Salt Lake. They settled for a while in northern Missouri, leaving for their final journey west in the fall of 1865, when Elias, Thurza, son James Hill Wilder and his wife Caroline Huntley drove an ox team on the Oregon trail from Missouri to California. Their final destination, a farm in Silvyville, now Dixon California.
Elias and Turzah had 7 children.
John Crowninshield Wilder (B. Sept. 13, 1827, New York State)
Elias Artemas Wilder (B. Nov. 8, 1839)
James Hill Wilder (B. Aug. 30, 1840)
Caroline Wilder (B. Jan. 21, 1842)
George Fulller Wilder (B. May 26, 1843, Guernsey Co. Ohio)
Alonzo Parker "Lon" Wilder (B. Sept. 17, 1844/46, Hancock Co. Ohio)
Lida Wilder (D. in infancy)
John Crowninshield Wilder
John Crowninshield Wilder was the eldest son of Elias and Turzah. He traveled to California prior to his father, mother and brother. He made his first trip to California around Cape Horn in 1853 and mined in Tehama ad Siskiyou Counties.
John Crowninshield returned to Iowa in 1856. After his return to Iowa, he mustered into the Union Army on April 6th, 1862 at Fairmount, Mo., with the second Missouri State Militia Cavalry. He was honorably discharged in April 1865 at St. Louis, Mo. as a Private.
John Crowninshield Wilder and Hannah Hanes had 8 children.*
Lydia Cordellia Wilder (B. Jul. 9, 1852, Independence , Iowa)
John David Wilder (B. Dec. 22, 1853)
James Elias Wilder (B. Nov. 18, 1857, Missouri)
George Adelbert Wilder (B. Feb. 16, 1860, D. Jun. 11, 1864 of Scarlet Fever)
Alice Azema Wilder (B. Oct. 5, 1861, D. June 6, 1864 of Scarlet Fever)
Lora Ursula Wilder (B. Mar. 2, 1866, Woodwards Mill. Mo.)
William Sherman Alvaro Wilder (B. Aug. 30, 1867. Woodwards Mill. Mo.)
Francis Marion Alvadore Wilder (B. April 13, 1869, Woodwards Mill. Mo.)
James Hill and Caroline had 8 children.
Sally Ann Wilder (B. Mar. 12, 1866, Dixon, Ca.)
Mary Wilder (B. Feb. 16, 1868, Dixon Ca.)
Hannah Elizabeth Wilder (B. Feb. 2, 1870 Dixon, Ca.)
Abner Harold Wilder (B. Dec. 7, 1871 near Willows, Ca.)
James Henry Wilder (B. Feb. 7, 1874, Paskenta, Ca. - never married)
Josiah Huntley Wilder (B. Jan. 2, 1877, Paskenta, Ca.)
Lillian Catherine Wilder (B. Oct. 22, 1879, Paskenta, Ca.)
John Riley Wilder (B. Mar. 6, 1882, Paskenta, Ca.)
John's brothers Geroge Fuller Wilder and Alonzo Parker "Lon" Wilder also fought in the Civil war. George Fuller enlisted from Putnam Co. Mo and served under General Sherman, and Alonzo Parker enrolled in the U.S. Army at Milan, Mo. He also served under General Sherman. Alonzo later moved to Oregon and finally settled in the state of Washington. We would love to have any family members from Washington add history on Alonzon Parker "Lon" Wilder to this site. Unfortunately the "Book of Wilders" does not have any information on Elias's son Elias Artemas Wilder. We are interested in anyone who might be able to provide information on him and his family.
In 1870, John Crowninshield gathered up his family and moved to California by train, to join his father, mother and brother James Hill Wilder.* He, his wife Hannah Hanes and their children, settled for a while in Paskenta, California, where John owned a blacksmith shop. He later moved to Ono, Shasta County, where he farmed and had a black smith shop.
James Hill Wilder
James Hill Wilder emigrated to California with his father, Elias, mother, Turzah, wife Caroline Huntley and children. He is buried at Red Bluff, California. Caroline is buried in a cemetery at Elder Creek California.
Many of James Hill and John Crowninshields children stayed in central California. Some slowly migrated to Washington and Oregon. A son of John Crowninshield, James Elias Wilder, married his cousin, Sally Ann Wilder, a daughter of James Hill Wilder. They raised a family in the Paskenta/Corning area of California.*
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This information reproduced by permission of the "Revised" Book of the Wilders. originally written by Moses Hale Wilder,
revision compiled by Edwin M. Wilder M.D. Sacramento, CA.
third printing 1998 ,and authorization for reproduction on this site given by Justin E. Wilder. Wilder Families of the West Coast is independently run by members of the Wilder Family.