This site was developed to honor the Wilders who migrated west from the eastern seaboard. It is a place for celebrating the spirit of this western journey, and documenting the lives of those who came before us. Some of this history is referenced from "The Book of Wilders" written by Moses Wilder, and reproduced here with permission of Justin E. Wilder. Additional information has been provided by Wilder family members and friends.
Our branch of the Wilders moved from Massachusetts to Vermont in the mid 1700's. They remained in Vermont for 2 generations, then in the early 1800's they began their journey west, stopping along the way in New York, Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri. Several family members made the final journey west to California in 1865, settling in the Sacramento Valley, Oregon and Washington states. We have extended family in Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, and all across California. We hope this site helps build a connection between us.
Included in this site are stories presented to me by family members. Whenever possible I have included their names and accredited their information. Please contact us with comments or corrections.
James Elias Wilder and his son Orenzo Wilder built a cabin to serve as a family dwelling during the spring and summer months when the family would graze their Angora goats in the hills around Paskenta, California. Much later the cabin was adopted by the forest service to serve as a ranger station. Learn more about James Elias Wilder, his family, and the Wilder Cabin, also known as the Haypatch Ranger Station.
This work is ongoing and a result of contributing cousins. If you are interested in contributing to the family history, please contact us. We are happy to post stories and photos of Wilders. Remember to visit often to see what's new.
We just completed the cousin page in honor of Aunt Bessie.
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The Wilder Bible: The Simmons' family were kind enough to bring the old Wilder bible to the family reunion in 2008. This Bible belonged to Hannah Haines-Wilder, the wife of John Crowninshield Wilder. In it, Hannah lovingly recorded the marriages, births and deaths of her Children and the Haines family.
The Wilder Strong Box: Passed down from Sally Wilder to her son Lester Eugene Wilder, to his daughter Celia Louise Wilder and now on to me, this late 18th century cast iron strong box has been in the family for generations. It is thought to have been brought from Vermont all the way to California traveling with the family as they made their journey west.
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