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Wilson, Isaac

This good old Samaritan came to this city in the spring of 1820, and built his double cabin on the northwest corner of the State House Square, the first house of any kind built on the original town plat.  He built the first grist mill on Fall Creek, in the year 1821-22; he removed his family to his farm near the mill.

He was one of the most charitable and benevolent men I ever knew, and did as much for the poor during the four or five years he lived after the first settlement of the place as any person here.  His house was the place for holding religious meetings and preachings as long as he lived in town, as it was also the stopping place for preachers of all denominations.

Mr. Wilson had been married twice.  His first wife's children lived for many years on White Lick, about ten miles west of town, but those that are yet living have moved further west.  He had four children by his last wife -- the two boys, Lorenzo Dow and Wesley, are both dead; his two daughters are yet living.  Patty is the wife of Samuel J. Patterson, and lives on her father's old farm; Elizabeth is the widow of Isaac Harris, and lives near her sister.  They are the oldest settlers living near the town, while the writers claims to be the oldest living within the city limits.  

Mr. Wilson was very kind to my father and mother, and assisted us a great deal, which will be kindly remembered by the writer as long as he lives.  He presented us with a cow and calf, ours having died a few days after my father's death.

Nowland, John H. B., “Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis, with Short Biographical Sketches of Its Early Citizens, and of a Few of the Prominent Business Men of the Present Day,” 1870, pp. 25-26