biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOHN P. WILKINSON is a well-known and respected farmer residing in Union Township. He was born in Greene County, Ohio, Dec. 3, 1833, and came to Iowa Oct. 5. 1856, with his parents. In 1857 he was united in marriage with Miss Cynthia Watkins, who was born in Greene County, Ohio, July 15, 1840, and came to Iowa with her parents when she was ten years old. They are the parents of three children: Clinton lives in California; William resides at Cherry Vale, Montgomery Co., Kan.; Blanche is at home. During the late Civil War Mr. Wilkinson enlisted, becoming a member of Co. B, 40th Iowa Vol. Inf., Aug. 14, 1862, serving with his regiment in the different engagements in which it participated, among them being the siege of Vicksburg and the battle of Salineville, Ark. He received his discharge Aug. 2, 1865. In his political affiliations Mr. Wilkinson is an ardent Republican. At his marriage his father made him a present of seventy acres of land, to which he added forty by parchase, and is now the owner of 110 acres of splendid land, which he has brought into excellent cultivation, and has well improved. Mr. W. is an energetic man and a good manager of his business, and has been fairly successful in life. He is known as a man of strict integrity, honorable in his dealings with others, and respected as a citizen, neighbor and friend.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy