Benjamin B. Wilson

BENJAMIN B. WILSON. For a man of his years Benjamin
B. Wilson has had an unusual series of responsibilities in
the coal mining industry. He comes of a family of miners
and coal operators, and has had personal experience in nearly
every branch of the industry. He is now superintendent of
the C. J. H. Coal Company at Peach Creek in Logan County.
This mine was opened recently, and all its modern equip-
ment was installed under his supervision.

Mr. Wilson was born on a farm at Covington in Tioga
County, Pennsylvania, December 11, 1884, son of Thomas
and Jennet (Clendening) Wilson. His father was born in
the North of Ireland, and was two years of age when
brought to the United States. The mother was born in
Scotland, and was a young girl when her people came here.
She is now living, at the age of seventy-eight, at Logan,
West Virginia. Thomas Wilson, who died in Pennsylvania
in 1894, at the age of sixty-eight, was at that time a
resident of Clearfield County. He was a farmer, was a
miner and mine superintendent, and inherited that voca-
tion from his father before him. Thomas Wilson was a
Federal soldier in the famous Bucktail Regiment of Penn-
sylvania, and served three years, rising to the rank of
lieutenant. He was in several of the Virginia campaigns,
and also at the battle of Gettysburg, and was twice wounded.
He voted as a republican, was a member of the Presby-
terian Church, and was affiliated with the Masonic Order,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.
Thomas Wilson had a family of seventeen children, five of
whom are still living: H. T., president of the H. T. Wilson
Coal Company, with mines near Logan, and he was a pioneer
in the coal industry in this section of the state, being first
interested at Dingess in Mingo County. His home is in
Cleveland. Ella Wilson is the wife of Andrew Mitchell, a
mine foreman for the Wilson Coal Company. Mary is the
wife of Arthur Evans, a miner and farmer at Glenrichey,
Pennsylvania. Thomas, the youngest of the family, is sales
agent for the Wilson Coal Company at Detroit.

Benjamin B. Wilson attended school in Tioga County and
also the Mansfield High School. He completed his educa-
tion at the age of seventeen, and at the age of eighteen
became a mule driver in a Pennsylvania mine. In 1901 he
came to H. T. Wilson’s operation known as the Camp Branch
Coal Company at Dingess. While there he kept store and
was general utility man for three years. He then returned
to the mines in Pennsylvania, but a year later reached Logan
County, West Virginia, as mine foreman for the Draper
Coal Company. He held that position five years, and for
two years was mine foreman and six years superintendent
for the H. T. Wilson Coal Company. His next work was as
superintendent of mines numbered 7, 9. 14 and 15 for the
Main Island Creek Coal Company at Omar. He left that
work just seven months before opening the C. J. H. Mine.
That seven months he spent in the business of writing in-
surance for the West Virginia and Kentucky Insurance

In 1910 he married Julia McDonald, daughter of Bryant
McDonaId, a pioneer family in the Guyandotte Valley. She
was born near the mine location of the C. J. H. Coal Com-
pany, at the mouth of Peach Creek. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson
have two children, Thomas and Francis. Mrs. Wilson is a
member of the Baptist Church. He is a Master Mason and
an Elk.

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 472

Submitted by:
Valerie Crook
July 9, 2000