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Elder Rowland Wilkinson4 FEB 1797 -- 24 SEP 1867avatar
Margaret Cain12 DEC 1799 -- 25 JAN 1870avatar
Hiram Lafayette Van Norman12/4/1800 -- 2/20/1875avatar
Elizabeth Saunders Walden11 MAY 1804 -- 28 MAR 1878avatar
Marriage30 JAN 1845

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Elder John Cain1 2 Wilkinson1 2

Birth01/16/18251 2
MilitaryMS Army / Private / US Civil War
Military10 MAR 1862MS Army / Private / US Civil War
He was wounded for life at New Hope Church on May 29, 1864
Grave05 SEP 1911
Aged: 86.3 years
John Cain was born to Elder Rowland Wilkinson and Margaret Cain.

John Cain Wilkinson married Philadelphia Van Norman of Liberty, MS on January
28, 1845. They had six children. On May 24, 1866 he married his second wife
Mary Eliza Jackson and they had one child. After she passed, he married
Margaret Jackson Toler on January 23, 1868, and three children from this union.
She passed two years later on January 25, 1870.

He enlisted in the Confederate States of America Army from March 10, 1862 to
February 2, 1865. John served as a private in Company K, 33rd Regiment
Mississippi Volunteers. He was wounded for life at New Hope Church on May 29,
1864 and hospitalized at Augusta GA.

He returned to his beloved Mississippi and followed in his father’s footsteps
and was ordained as an Elder in the Plymouth Primitive Baptist Church in Liberty
MS. This is the church his father, Elder Rowland Wilkinson founded in 1857.
John served as pastor from December 1871 until his death in May of 1911. His
son Zachariah Jefferson Wilkinson continued in his father and grandfather’s
footsteps as pastor of this church.

He passed on May 9, 1911 in Liberty Mississippi. He was laid to rest next to
his first wife Philadelphia in the Van Norman Cemetery, east of Liberty, MS.

Pvt Co K 33rd Miss Inf
Confederate States Army

Home Page: Society of Descendants of Johannes de la Montagne
# ID: I52590
# Name: John Cain WILKINSON 1 2 3 4 5 6
# Sex: M
# Birth: 16 JAN 1825 in Amite County, Mississippi
# Death: 9 MAY 1911 in Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi 7
# Note:

Although the tombstone inscriptions on US GenWeb for Van Norman Cemetery indicate that John Cain Wilkinson was the son of Micajah Wilkinson and his wife Mary Kennedy, that identification cannot be correct since Micajah Wilkinson had died long before John Cain Wilkinson was born. Instead, Micajah Wilkerson and wife Mary Kennedy were the grandparents of John Cain Wilkinson, who was the son of the Rev. Rowland Wilkinson and wife Margaret Cain.

[Note: Micajah Wilkinson moved to Richmond County Ga., and m. 8 August 1791,Mary Kennedy, b. 1774; sold their home, 1801, and moved to Mississippi,1802-05. He d. May 1806. His widow, Mary, m. (2) in Amite County, Miss.,September, 1806. Ferdinand G. Griffin.]

Father: Rowland WILKINSON b: 4 FEB 1797 in Richmond County, Georgia
Mother: Margaret CAIN b: 12 DEC 1799 in Hancock County, Georgia

Marriage 1 Philadelphia B. VAN NORMAN b: 10 AUG 1830 in Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi

* Married: 26 JAN 1845 in Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi 8


1. Has Children William H. WILKINSON b: 5 AUG 1846 in Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi
2. Has No Children Jane Elizabeth WILKINSON b: FEB 1849 in Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi
3. Has Children Zachariah Jefferson WILKINSON b: 13 MAY 1851 in Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi
4. Has Children Margaret Lorena WILKINSON b: SEP 1854 in Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi
5. Has No Children Franklin H. WILKINSON b: ABT 1855 in Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi
6. Has No Children Nadter? WILKINSON b: ABT 1857 in Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi

Marriage 2 Mary E. JACKSON

* Married: 24 MAY 1866 in Amite County, Mississippi 9


1. Has No Children Lucretia E. WILKINSON b: NOV 1867 in Amite County, Mississippi
2. Has No Children T. WILKINSON b: ABT 1869 in Amite County, Mississippi
3. Has No Children Roland M. WILKINSON b: OCT 1877 in Amite County, Mississippi

# Title: 1850 U.S. Census
Media: Census
Page: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Amite, Mississippi; Roll: M432_368; Page: 83; Image: 215.
Text: John Wilkinson 25, farmer, born Amite County, Miss.; Philadelphia Wilkinson 20, born Amite County, Miss; William H. Wilkinson 4, born Amite County, Miss; Jane E. Wilkinson 1, born Amite County, Miss.
# Title: 1860 U.S. Census
Media: Census
Page: Year: 1860; Census Place: , Amite, Mississippi; Roll: M653_577; Page: 0; Image: 223.
Text: John C Wilkinson 35, planter, born Mississippi; Philadelphia Wilkinson 30; William Wilkinson 14; Elizabeth Wilkinson 12; Zachariah Wilkinson 10; Margaret Wilkinson 6; Franklin Wilkinson 4; Nadter Wilkinson 2, female.
# Title: 1870 U.S. Census
Media: Census
Page: Year: 1870; Census Place: Between Natchez and Woodville R, Amite, Mississippi; Roll: M593_721; Page: 444; Image: 138.
Text: J C Wilkinson 45, farmer; J E Wilkinson 21, female; F H Wilkinson 14, male, laborer; M C Wilkinson 9, female; L E Wilkinson 2, female; Next door: Z.J. Wilkinson 18, farmer; M.J. Wilkinson 19, female; Next house: W. H. Wilkinson 23, farmer; N.V. Wilkinson 20, female; J. E. Wilkinson 2, male; P.C. Wilkinson 1 month, female.
# Title: 1880 U.S. Census
Media: Census
Page: Year: 1880; Census Place: Beat 3, Amite, Mississippi; Roll: T9_640; Family History Film: 1254640; Page: 475.1000; Enumeration District: 45; Image: 0645.
Text: J. C. Wilkinson 55, farmer; M. J. Wilkinson 44, wife; L. E. Wilkinson 13, daughter;
T. Wilkinson 11, son; R. M. Wilkinson 2, son.
# Title: 1900 U.S. Census
Media: Census
Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Beat 3, Amite, Mississippi; Roll: T623_799 Page: 25A; Enumeration District: 23.
Text: J C Wilkinson 75, head, born Jan 1825 in Mississippi, parents born Georgia, widower, farmer; Elizabeth J Wilkinson 51, daughter, born Feb 1849 in Mississippi, single; Lucretia E Wilkinson 32, daughter, born Nov 1867 in Mississippi, single; Roland M Wilkinson 22, son, born Oct 1877 in Mississippi; Gariet Longmire 21
# Title: 1910 U.S. Census
Media: Census
Page: Year: 1910; Census Place: Beat 3, Amite, Mississippi; Roll: T624_732; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 24; Image: 359.
Text: Zachary J Wilkinson 59, head, farmer, married twice, this time for 25 years; Sarah J Wilkinson 45, wife, married once for 25 years, 11 births/10 children living; Ida L Wilkinson 19, daughter; John P Wilkinson 17, son; William L Wilkinson 15, son; Ernest B Wilkinson 12, son; Mary R Wilkinson 9, daughter; Myrtis Wilkinson 6, daughter; Edgar V Wilkinson 3, son; John C Wilkinson 85, father, widowed; Jane E Wilkinson 61, sister, single.
# Title: Tombstone transcriptions
Page: VAN NORMAN CEMETERY, Amite County, MS, located at Township 2, Range 3, Section 10, 3 miles west of Liberty, MS, approximately 1.1 miles from Enterprise Church; online at http://files.usgwarchives.net/ms/amite/cemeteries/vannorm.txt
Text: Wilkinson, Eld J(ohn) C(ain), born 1-16-1825; died 5-9-1911 ( husband of Philadephia Van Norman)

# Title: Mississippi Marriages 1776-1935
Author: Hunting For Bears, comp..
Publication: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.
Note: Original data: Mississippi marriage information taken from county courthouse records.
Media: Ancestry.com
Page: Original data: Dodd, Jordan R, et. al.. Early American Marriages: Mississippi
Text: Groom Name: John C. Wilkinson, Bride Name: Philadelphia Vannorman, Marriage Date: 26 Jan 1845, County: Amite, State: Mississippi

Philadelphia B.1 2 3 4 Van Norman1 2 3 4

Birth08/10/18301 2 3 4
Death10/28/18651 2 3 4
Grave30 OCT 1865
Aged: 35.2 years

Source 1: Records researched and compiled by Pat Ezell

!RELIGION: August 20, 1850 - Philadelphia Van Norman Wilkisnon received by faith as member of the Zion Hill Bapt Church, Amite County, MS

!DEATH:Death of Philadelphia Van Norman documented in the following books:

a.Mogan, J.Paul and Kathryn Cole, AMITE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI CEMETERIES, p.420

b. Casey, Albert E. AMITE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, 1699-1865, VOL.2, THE
CHURCHES, p.359. Amite County Historical Fund, Birmingham, Ala. 1950...
as reported from the Plymouth Baptist Church Minutes of Jan 20, 1866.
"On motion the following preamble & resolution was read & adopted,
namely: Whereas our Heavenly Father has been pleased to take from our connection our much esteemed & beloved sister Philadelphia D. Wilkinson, who died on the 28th day of October last, of billious pneumonia, being 35 years of age. Her walk as a Christian was good & should be imitated by surviving friends. She was one of the four who first raised the warning voice against the many false tenets practiced by the popular Baptists of this country; and although we as the church mourn the loss, yet we feel sure that hers is the gain, as she died in the triumph faith.
Resolved that the above preamble be placed upon our record as a token of our high regard for our departed sister & that we sympathize with the bereaved family."

c. Philadelphia Van Norman Wilkinson is reported to have died in what was known as the "Taylor Place" five miles west of Liberty. It appears Philadelphia's father, Hiram, purchased the property sometime before 1833, although a record of the land transaction has not been found.
Below is found a brief excerpt of a biographical sketch written by Philadelphia's youngest sister, Sarah Ann Van Norman McLainz, and which is published in THE VAN NORMAN FAMILY, complied by Betty McCurty Wallis and Lois Hayes Culver, 1991, p.39-41.

His mother was Lucretia Woodward, first cousin to William and Eben Woodward of near Clinton, La. They were all reared in Canada. She had one sister, Anana Woodward, and a half sister, Lorean Rose. After Great Grandpa Woodward died, their mother married Hirman Rose.

... My father bought what was called the Taylor place five miles west
Liberty. There Aunt Phila Mary died. Mary and Garnet were born. Some were born in Liberty in '37, where the old J.C. Anderson home was. He then moved where Plymouth Church now stands. There Lucretia was born in `40. In `42 he went back to Taylor place and there was where I was born. I was born in `42. He went with my mother, Garnet, Sam, Lucretia and myself to Bloomington, Ind. and spent nearly a year on account of my mother's health. We returned in the fall and he then bought the Tannery on Speculation Creek on west line of town of Liberty.
There he lived and died. He made quite a success in the tannery business until the War came on...

d. Philadelphia Van Norman Wilkinson died on 28 Oct 1865 in Liberty,
Amite Co. MS. She is buried along side her husband in the Van Norman Cemetery outside of Liberty, MS
(Personal visit to the cemetery in April 1995 by Pat Ezell who was taken there by Nona Punchard, a cousin through the ROBERTS, VAN NORMAN & WILKINSON lines.)

Notes from Marlene Wilkinson - March 29, 2004
Actually, the name of the person who was the mother of Elizabeth Saunders Walden is Rachel Noe, daughter of Samuel Noe. I don't know the documentation for that. Will try to see if I can find out. I am on this list for the Waldens. I found a website on Gail Borden, Jr. His mother was Philadelphia Wheeler Borden. You remember the story goes that she talked Elizabeth's sister into letting her have Elizabeth and adopted her. When Elizabeth was married, she gave her name as Walden though. Would you not think that she would have said Bortden if she had been legally adopted? Anyway Gail Borden, Jr. did come to Amite County before he went to TX. I have always wondered what the B. was for on Phila's tombstone. It just dawned on me that it was probably for Philadelphia Borden. In doing a little research on the Borden family, I found they are my cousins. We are both descendants of Roger Williams of Rhode Island.
Burial: Van Norman Cem,Amite County,MS



Source 2: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=f58905&id=I164243


Bunting Family in Mississippi and Associated Surnames
Contact: Benjamin Email 158905@knology.net

Source 3:
Burial: Van Norman Cemetery, Amite Co, Ms
Note Marriage to John Cain Wilkinson is also listed as 28 JAN 1845

Source 4: http://www.gencircles.com/users/edithajackson/2/data/5374
Contact: jackson/roy by Edith A. Jackson
Spouses & Children

John C. Wilkinson (Husband)
Mary Caroline Wilkinson b. 17 JUN 1863
ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses

William H. 

5 AUG 184619 DEC 1928  MS, Amite Co Nancy Virginia Caston 

Jane Elizabeth (Lizzie) 

1848  MS, Amite Co  

Zachariah Jefferson 

5/13/185126 MAY 1938  MS, Amite Co, Amite Margaret Mary Jane Roberts 

Margaret Lorena 

SEP 185426 Dec 1914  MS, Amite Co, Liberty Thomas Jefferson Roberts 


1856  MS, Amite Co  

Frank H. 

22 MAR 1856  MS, Amite Co  


1858  MS, Amite Co  


1858  MS, Amite Co  
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  1. Findagrave John Cain Wilkinson
  2. Website: Society of Descendants of Johannes de la Montagne; Home page Web Site;
  1. Findagrave Philadelphia B Wilkinson
  2. Book: The Van Norman Family; Some Descendants of Joseph Van Norman and Elizabeth Rayburn/Wyburn; Compiled by Betty McCurley and Lois Hayes Culver;
  3. Personal: Personal records; Records researched and compiled by Pat Ezel;
  4. Website: The Van Norman Family Association - Van Norman (and variants);
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