The Journey West - Elias Wilder
Elias Wilder was the Son of Artemas Wilder and Dolly Crowninshield. He was born in 1808 in Dummerston Vermont. The same year his grandfather Elias Wilder passed away. He was a twin to his brother James Wilder. He married Turzah (Teresa) Fuller in Dummerston possibly around 1820.
Shortly after marriage, Elias and Thurza leave Vermont. From the census records, it looks like they traveled with Elias' paretns, Artemas and Dolly, and most likely Elias' brothers James and Artemas. Early 1800 census records documents their travels. Their first stop is south western New York, where Artemas has cousins. Along the way father Artemas and Dolly pass away, and brother James moves to North Western Pennsylvania. Elias and Turzah have their first child John Crowninshield Wilder in 1827 in New York. It looks as though brother's Elias and Artemas move from New York to Ohio around the same time.
Elias and Turza would continue their migration west. Artemas would stay in Ohio, later moving back to New York then passing away in Northern Pennsylvania.
Elias and Turza moved from New York to Ohio just prior to 1840, as their remaining chlidren Elias Artemas, James Hill, George Fuller, and Alonzo Parker were all born there. By 1846, leave Ohio, travel through Illinois where they witness the Mormons leaving for Salt Lake, and settle in Northern Missouri. Elias picks purchased 120 acres in Dodge County, later was incorporated into Putnam County. His eldest Son John Crowninshield is now of age and leaves the family to work in Southern Iowa, just over the border from Missouri.
The familyremaines in Missouri until after the Civil War in 1865, when Elias, Thurza, son James Hill Wilder and his wife Caroline Huntley would drive an ox team on the Oregon/California trail from Missouri to California. Their final destination, Silvyville, California, now called Dixon.
One of the first things Elias did when arriving in Silvyville was registering for the vote. He and his son James Hill Wilder both registered. Elias pass way in 1869, not long after arriving in California. He tried every step of the way to provide for his family. His wife Turza passed away in 1874. They both are burried in a farm cemetery someplace near Silvyville. We will most likely never know exactly where. The only photo we have of this enduring couple was provided by our cousin Faye Williams. It is an old tintype, scratched and marred by time. You can see a copy of it on this page.
The children of Elias Wilder and Turzah Fuller
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.