James was an ideal man—vigorous, industrious, temperate and intensive and generous Presbyterian. He is reported to have been a well-known singer of church music. His wife, Jane, has been reported to have rare business talents, keen foresight, was clean, loveable and somewhat slim. She operated a little country store on the farm. The family was considered to be fairly prosperous. They lived most of their married lives on the Glessel farm near Pinmore and Kilpatrick.
Their eleven children, Margaret, Janet, John, West (our ancestor), Sarah, Chirstina, Grace, Jean, Mary, James and Andrew, were all born in the parish of Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland. The children attended the school at both Pinmore and Glenluce farms. They walked several miles each day to school. Their father, James Wilson, believing like modern parents in a hot lunch, had a village woman prepare for them every noon a thick, hot soup with everything “intilt”.