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Wilson, Daniel

(born: 1842  -  died: 1917) Rev. Daniel Wilson was born in Barren County, KY and died in Kingfisher, OK. He was a Baptist minister who organized the first Colored Baptist church in Horse Cave, KY in 1866. Wilson had been enslaved until 1864, when he joined the Union Army and that same year married Lydia Watkins. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, Wilson returned home and joined the white Baptist church in Horse Cave and later organized the Colored Baptist church where he was a deacon for seven years.

Rev. Wilson was ordained in 1874 and was a pastor at churches in Horse Cave, Hicksville, and Seenoria, all in Kentucky. He was also a missionary of the Liberty Baptist Association of Kentucky.

In 1888, Wilson moved to Kansas, where he was pastor at several churches. He then moved to Lincoln, NE to become pastor of the J Street Baptist Church, but soon resigned and moved to Kingfisher, OK, where he organized and was pastor of the First Baptist Church until his death. Kingfisher was a two-year old town in the Oklahoma Territory when Wilson arrived there in 1891. After two years, he estimated that his church had 300 members and that there were 400 Colored home owners, there, served by seven stores, three Colored attorneys, two Colored physicians, and The Oklahoma Constitution newspaper.

In addition to being pastor of his church, Wilson also served as president of the Oklahoma Territorial Baptist Convention and moderator of the Western District Association. He was also a member of the school board and a trustee of the National Baptist Training School for Women in Washington, D.C. that was directed by Nannie Burroughs.

Rev. Daniel Wilson is buried in the Kingfisher Cemetery.

For more see "Rev. Daniel Wilson," Plaindealer, 6/1/1917, p. 4; and "Oklahoma Territory" in The Baptist Home Mission Monthly, vols. 15-16, 1893 [available at Google Book Search].

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NKAA Entry: Liberty Association - African American Baptists in Kentucky
NKAA Source: Oklahoma constitution (newspaper)
NKAA Entry: Burroughs, Nannie H.
NKAA Source: Plaindealer, The (newspaper) (Topeka)

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