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John Wilson was born in Greatham, near Hartlepool in 1837. At the age of ten Wilson was working in the Stanhope Ironstone Quarry for just over 4d. a day. Three years later he moved to Ludworth Colliery.

In 1856 Wilson went to sea and for a while worked in Pennsylvania and Illinois in the USA. He returned to England and in 1869 helped establish the Durham Miners Association.

Wilson held several posts in the Miners' Federation including treasurer, financial secretary and corresponding secretary. Wilson was also a Primitive Methodist and after 1870 was a lay preacher.

Wilson, a member of the Liberal Party, was elected to the House of Commons in the 1885 General Election. Wilson lost his Houghton seat in the 1886 General Election. After the death of William Crawford, Wilson became MP for Mid-Durham and held the seat for the next twenty-five years.

John Wilson died in 1915.

John E. Wilson

John Ethelbert Wilson was a business executive and accountant. Known by his friends and family as Big John, Wilson was born on December 9, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Carrie Simpson Wilson and Leroy Wilson. Among members of Wilson’s extended family were his uncle, Arthur Jewell Wilson, the first African American certified public accountant in Illinois, and his grandmother, Dora McDermott, a building owner and manager with property in Chicago’s Bronzeville/Grand Boulevard. Wilson grew up in the Bronzeville/Grand Boulevard area, and attended Wendell Phillips Elementary and High School, which counted amongst its alumni members of the original Harlem Globetrotters, Nat "King" Cole, Dinah Washington, and John H. Johnson.

Wilson went on from Wendell Phillips High School to Northwestern University’s School of Commerce, where he received his B.S. degree in 1954, and was the first African American to graduate from the program. Following college, Wilson served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1957, returning to Chicago to work for his uncle from 1957 to 1963. It was during this period that Wilson married Velma Brown in 1960 they subsequently had two children, Ginger and Kelly.

In 1963, Wilson was hired by the State of Illinois Commerce Commission as an auditor. From there, Wilson went to work at Bowey's, Inc., as general accountant in 1964. Wilson became a certified public accountant in 1965, and became Capitol Food Industries, Inc.’s treasurer and Bates Packaging Company’s controller in 1969. Wilson also served as the president of John E. Wilson, Ltd., and assistant treasurer of the Public Building Commission of Chicago.

In addition to these responsibilities, Wilson was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants the National Association of Minority Certified Public Accountants Kappa Alpha Psi Sigma Pi Phi and Trinity United Church of Christ. He was awarded with the Alumni National Award in 1996.

John Wilson - History

Everyone knows that Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth were the first Europeans to succeed in crossing the impenetrable Blue Mountains, and thus opened up the way for the colony to expand onto the vast fertile slopes and plains of the west. Previous expeditions had tried, of course, but all failed. The only way across was via the three explorers' innovative ridge-top route.

Well, it makes a nice story.

John Wilson. 1792 to 1797

John Wilson was definitely not the sort of person to whom the authorities would have wanted to give credit. Convicted of stealing 9 yards of 'velveret' cloth, he was transported to Sydney on the First Fleet. After gaining his freedom in 1792, he went bush soon after. Judge Collins recorded that:

". he preferred living among the natives in the vicinity of the [Hawkesbury] River, to earning the wages of honest industry for settlers. He had formed an intermediate language between his own and theirs, with which he made shift to comprehend something of what they wished him to communicate."

Attempting to abduct two young girls, he and another man were imprisoned again. They escaped soon after, and retreated to the bush.

Wilson's exploits were a thorn in the flesh for the authorities and settlers over the next few years. During this time he evidently went exploring, partly to stay out of reach of the authorities.

In 1797, Wilson recounted tales of his exploits in the bush to Governor Hunter and Judge Collins. He claimed to have been upwards of 160km in every direction around Sydney, and described some of the landscape and animals he had seen. Whilst his stories were considered suspect, some details were recorded by Collins. In retrospect, it appears likely that Wilson was telling the truth.

Wilson appears to have reached the granite country of the upper Cox's River valley near Hartley. The two main Aboriginal highways were the Bilpin Ridge from Richmond, and Cox's River valley from the Burragorang Valley. Other records offer clues that he followed the Cox's River route. This is, in fact, the easiest route through the Blue Mountains, and completely avoids the need to cross over them. A third possibility is the via the Colo River gorge, and some evidence suggests that Wilson may even have travelled all three!

John Wilson was an excellent bushman and observer of nature. In addition, he was a linguist (although probably illiterate), a diplomat who could relate to government, convict and Aboriginal persons, and a leader capable of great kindness and compassion.

John Wilson, John Price, & party. 1798

In 1798, Governor John Hunter despatched an expedition to end rumours of a white settlement to the southwest. Ironically Wilson, by his exploits, may have played a key role in starting these rumours.

Just beyond the Nepean River, at Mt Hunter, three of the four convicts decided this was too much like hard work, and chose to return in the company of the four soldiers.

Price's diary indicates that Wilson was familiar with the Burragorang Valley and the Bargo/Avon brush country, but that he was breaking new ground when they ventured into the Berrima and Mittagong areas.

Reaching Mt Jellore (near Thirlmere) on a second expedition, they made a decision to follow the ridges. They followed the Marulan Ramp to Mount Towrang, 12km north of Goulburn, from where it is a pretty easy run to the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers. Whilst they had by-passed the Blue Mountains rather than crossing them, they had undoubtedly found a route for expansion to the west, and a much easier one than a direct assault on the Blue Mountains.

This was not necessarily good for a governor who was responsible for a penal colony. The official line was that the mountains surrounding Sydney were impenetrable, and that any escapees who tried to get through would perish (as some apparently did) or be killed by the Aborigines.

So the mountains remained, officially, impenetrable.

Wilson's life came to an abrupt end at the age of 30, when he once again demonstrated his disregard for the rights of women and community morals. Judge Collins recorded:

"Having appropriated against her inclinations a female to his own exclusive accommodation, her friends took an opportunity, when he was not in a condition to defend himself, to drive a spear through his body, which ended his career for this time, and left them to expect his return at some future period in the shape of another white man."

Bovine Explorers

Whilst all this was going on, the descendants of some escaped cattle had found their way into the Burragorang and were working their way up the Nattai, Wollondilly and Cox's River valleys. As the years went by, large herds developed, and discovered the natural stock routes through the region.

Francis Barralier, 1802

Francis Barralier was a refugee from the French Revolution, with a knowledge of engineering, surveying and navigation. He came to New South Wales to assist the Corps.

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John Wilson, 1827-1901 [RG0856.AM]

John Wilson was born in the province of Smaland, Sweden on July 7, 1827. Orphaned at the age of twelve, he was raised by an uncle and aunt. At age eighteen, he went to Stockholm where he first clerked in a retail store and then apprenticed himself to a piano-maker.

Wilson emigrated to the United States in 1850, finding work in New York as a piano-maker. Determined to reach the California gold fields, he signed on as a sailor on a ship bound for San Francisco by way of Cape Horn. During a terrifying storm at sea, Wilson vowed to devote his life to God's service, if his life was spared.

Moderately successful during his three years in California, Wilson returned east and settled in Jefferson County, Iowa. There, in 1854, he married Winnie Samuelson. In 1858 the Wilsons moved to Knox County, Illinois where he spent the next several years farming, until moving to Nebraska in 1880.

Locating on a farm ten miles southwest of Stromsburg, Wilson developed one of the largest farms in Polk County. He retired from active farming in 1889 and moved to Stromsburg. In 1891 he purchased a controlling interest in the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Stromsburg. Winnie Wilson, the mother of ten children, died in 1894. John Wilson married Anna Backstrom the following year, with whom he had two children.

John Wilson died in Stromsburg on October 28, 1901. At the time of his death, he was president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Stromsburg.


This collection consists of the memoirs and biography of John Wilson, Swedish immigrant to the United States and successful farmer and banker in Stromsburg, Nebraska. The memoirs consist of typescripts in both Swedish and English. Transcribed and translated by Wilson's daughter, one is titled, "Memoirs of Past Life," and the other is titled, "Memoirs of the Life of John Wilson." These provide Wilson's account of his sea adventure while sailing to California, his religious conversion and beliefs, and a brief sketch of his travels. The biography, written by Wilson's son, Joseph, provides more details on Wilson's experiences in the gold fields, his homes in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska, and his religious work.

  1. Memoirs of Past Life by John Wilson
  2. Memoirs of the Life of John Wilson
  3. Biography of John Wilson by Joseph Wilson

Subject headings:

Bankers -- Nebraska -- Stromsburg
Banks and banking -- Nebraska -- Stromsburg
Farmers -- Nebraska -- Polk County
Gold mining
Nebraska -- Emigration and immigration
Polk County (Nebraska) -- History
Scandinavians -- Nebraska
Stromsburg (Nebraska) -- History
Wilson, John, 1827-1901

John Tuzo Wilson

John Tuzo Wilson, primarily known as Tuzo Wilson, was born on October 24, 1908 in Ottawa, Ontario. While in high school Wilson gained some of his first geologic exposure from gaining summer employment through the Geological Survey of Canada. He then continued his interests at the University of Toronto. In 1930 he received his B.A. in physics and geology, the first such person to receive this degree from the University. In 1936 he then graduated from Princeton University with his doctorate in geology. After finishing his academic studies, Tuzo enlisted in Canadian Army and served during World War II. In 1946 he then became Professor of Geophysics at the University of Toronto, and was later appointed principal of the University's Erindale College in 1967. In 1974 Wilson was named Director General of the Ontario Science Centre. He was also the chancellor of York University (1983-1986). John Tuzo Wilson died on April 15, 1993 in Toronto, Ontario.

Specific contributions to plate tectonic theory

John Tuzo Wilson had two major contributions to the solidification of the theory of plate tectonics, the introduction of hotspots, and the recognition of transform boundaries.

One major argument that some scientists had against the plate tectonic theory in the early 1960's was the existence of volcanically active areas located in the middle of plates instead of near a subduction zone. The lack of explanation was addressed by Wilson in 1963 with his introduction of hotspots. He accepted the idea of sea floor spreading by noticing the increase in age of island rocks with increased distance from the Mid-Ocean Ridge. However, he did find examples of islands that did not fit this trend. He used the Hawaiian islands as an example of this trend bucking phenomenon, this island chain is also volcanically active which was a sticking point for some opponents of the plate tectonic theory. He proposed that the source of volcanic rock for these areas are plumes rising from a 'hot spot' within stable core of a mantle convection cell. As the lithospheric plate moves across a fixed source, older islands of the chain are carried away from the volcanically active hot spot on the moving plate while the current active volcano is located above the plume.

The other large contribution to the plate tectonic theory was the introduction of the idea of a third kind of plate boundary. Up to this point convergent and divergent boundaries were recognized, but these did not account for all types of plate boundaries that were observed on the ocean floor. The perpendicular offsets that are observed along major ocean ridges and are seismically active were well documented. Wilson proposed a new idea that was similar to the current understanding of fault zones in that the medium was conserved but he added that shear motion across a fault joining two ridge segments must end at these segments. These in turn were called transform boundaries.

Other interesting scientific contributions

-During the 1960's Wilson also spent a great deal of time looking at the North Atlantic Ocean. He showed that there was strong evidence for an earlier Atlantic ocean that was closed by continental drift and then reopened, along a slightly different center, into our current Atlantic. His detailed work lead to the categorization of the world's oceans in terms of the stages of development in a cycle that is now called the Wilson Cycle.

- Wilson helped pioneer the use of air photos in geological mapping. He was responsible for the first glacial map of Canada.

Further cool stuff you should know

-Due to his great contributions to geology and geophysics, mountains in Antarctica (Mt. Wilson Click the zoom out button a few times for the imageto appear) and an extinct volcano on the floor of the Pacific, off Canada's west coast, (Tuzo Wilson Seamounts) are named in his honor.

-Tuzo Wilson was the first non-American president of the American Geophysical Union (1980-82), which altered its rules to allow his election

-Tuzo Wilson was highly interested in Chinese culture, so much that he had a junk (Chinese water craft) built and imported to Toronto. He can be seen at the helm during the television series 'Planet Earth'. He also assisted in the production of the series. (n. d.) John Tuzo Wilson. Retrieved February 9, 2009, from

University of Toronto (n. d.). John Tuzo Wilson. Retrieved February 6, 2009, from

The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (2004). The Vetlesen Prize. Retrieved February 9, 2009

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About Col. John Wilson, House of Burgesses

Col. John Wilson, of the House of Burgesses (b c 1702 - d 1773), son of Robert Wilson & Jane Lee. Married 1) Mary Marcus 2) Martha Crouchman.

Advisory on Family of John Wilson

Some researchers do not believe that John Wilson was the father of William, George and Samuel Wilson, brothers from Augusta (later Highland) County, Virginia. More research is needed to prove the parentage of the these three Wilson brothers.

Included in list of persons proving their "Importation" from Great Britain at their own expense July 24-25, 1740: John Wilson for himself and Martha, Matthew, William, John, Sarah, Elizabeth. [Source: "A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia", by Oren Frederic Morton, pg. 456].

[edit] ▼ Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA Image:WilsonJohn BeverleySouthWest.jpg [NOTE: Map is attached to Geni profile Media Tab]

John Wilson's land (Beverley Manor SW, 3 Tract: 1) 348 acres patented in 1739 2) 260 acres patented in 1739 3) 306½ acres patented in 1749) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.

Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pages 213-17 [212 blank]. 5-6 June 1739. William Beverley Gent., of Essex County, to John Wilsone of Orange County. Lease and release for ꌐ.8.10 current money. 348 acres. corner to John Riske. (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: James Porteus, Thos. Wood, John Latham.
  • 29 June 1739. Proved by James Porteus, Thos Wood and John Latham.
  • 3 Nov. 1739. Commission to Robert Brooks, Jas. Garnett and Benja. Winslow, Gent., of Essex County, to take relinquishment of dower of Elizabeth, wife of William Beverley.
  • 18 May 1741. Elizabeth Beverley relinquished her dower rights before Jas. Garnett and Benja. Wilshow.
  • 28 May 1741. Privy examination returned.[Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 3, Dorman, pg. 16].
  • Pages 266-70. 5-6 June 1739. Wm Beverley, Gent., of Essex County to John Wilsone of Orange County. Lease and release for ਷.1.7 current money. 260 acres, part of Beverley Manner. corner to Patrick Cook. (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: James Porteus, Thos Wood, John Latham. 28 June 1739. Proved by Jemes Porteus, Thos. Wood and John Latham. [Relinquishment of dower as above, Beverley to McLure].[Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 3, Dorman, pg. 18].

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

Page 656.--28th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley to John Wilson, Gent., 306 acres. at North Mountain Meeting House in Beverley Manor. James Lockhart's line corner William Buntine and Nathaniel Davise. Teste: Charles Campbell.

John Wilson acquired 600 acres on Elk Creek on the Calfpasture in Augusta County, prior to 1767. [Source: "A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia", by Oren Frederic Morton, pg. 87].

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

Page 141.--15th February, 1748-9. John Wilson, Gent, to Mathew Wilson. Delivered: Capt. Wilson, February, 1752. Beverley Manor. Corner widow Cooks, widow of Patrick Cook, part of Beverley Manor. Teste: Pat. Martin, Robt. Wilson, Francis Beaty. (Note: this appears to be the 260-acre tract acquired in 1739).

Page 16.--15th March, 1755. John Wilson, Gent., to James McClery, James Mitchell, James McCutcheon, Robert Wilson, William Thompson, Alexander McPheeters, Saml. McCutchon, trustees chosen by the Presbyterian Congregation of the North Mountain Meeting House. ꌒ, 10, 6 306-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor being the tract of land whereon the house now stands commonly known by the name of North Mountain Meeting House Cap. James Lockhart's line for the use of the members of said congregation adhering and continuing to adhere to the Synod of Philadelphia as it stands now constituted provided that if any member or members of the said Congregation who have paid any of the purchase money of said land shall or do change or turn to any other denomination or Religion, then their part of said money be repaid them and they to have no further demands on the same. Provided that surviving trustees may elect trustees to fill vacancies, and sell the land except 20 acres to be kept for the church and graveyard.

Page 339.--22d May, 1767. John Willson, Gent., to William Reah, 򣉆, 600 acres on Elk Creek of Calfpasture. Delivered: Wm. Buchanan, August, 1769.

▼ Estate Records Page 60. - 16th March 1773. Mathew Wilson's bond (with Alexander Sinclair) as administrator of John Wilson.

Page 236. - Mathew Wilson, administrator to the legatees of Col. John Wilson, deceased, estate Dr. - A statement of the whole 1773, paid 18th April, to Patrick Crawford, legatee 1773, paid, 14th December, to James Ewing, legatee 1774, paid 20th April, to Wm. McKennan, legatee.


COL. JOHN WILSON died in 1773, in the 72nd year of his age, having served his country 27 years a representative in the Honorable House of Burgesses.

MARTHA WILSON, wife of Col John Wilson, d. 10 July 1755, in the 60th year of her age. (NOTE: this was Col. John Wilson's second wife, Martha)

▼ Records in Augusta County, VA From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - List of Musters, 1742: Capt. John Willson's Lists: John Wilson, Captain Sam Calehison, Nathan Lusk, John Shields, John Greer, John Patterson, George Davison. John Hunter, Wm. Hunter, James Hunter, John Rusk, James Clark, Wm. Vance, Rob Croket, John Trumble, Wm. King, Sa. Walace, John Spear, Thomas Peery, Alex. McConnel, Rob. Young, James Young, Jacob Lockard, Patt. Cook, James Lockard, William McCutcheon, James McCutcheon, Rob. McCutcheon, Alex. Crocket, Wm. Camble, Nathl. Davis, James Philip, John Barclay, James Lusk, James Trumble, Benj. Walker, Wm. Leadgerwood, Morris Offral, Rob Davies, John Brown, Wm. McClantok, Wm. Johnson, John Young, Hugh Young, Thos. Kirkpatrick, David Camble, John McCutcheon.
  • Page 207.--5th April, 1749. William Beverley to John Cowan, 202 acres in Beverley Manor. Thomas Shield's corner in Co. Co., James Patton's line, Francis Beaty's line, Robert Christian's line. Teste: John Wilson.
  • Page 648.-(28 February 1749) -Same (From William Beverley) to John Trimble, Patrick Martin and William McFeeters, planters, 140 acres in Beverley Manor. Adam Thompson's line corner Samuel Templeton Samuel Downey's line. Teste: Samuel Downey, John and Robert Wilson.
  • Page 782.--24th May, 1750. Dennis Dyer, tailor, and Abigail, to William Nutt, miller, in Beverley Manor, said Nutt's mill on Mill Creek corner Andrew Nutt, Abigail, wife of Dennis, 181 acres in Beverley Manor. Teste: Wm. Hamilton, Jno. Willson, Francis Beatey.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1773 (C). - James Gamble vs. James Ewing, Sr. --Petition. Writ, 28th May, 1772. Defendant is son-in-law to Colonel Wilson.
  • Page 126.--14th April, 1791. Martha Downey, wife to Samuel Downey, deceased, Samuel Downey and Rachel to John Shuye of Washington County, Maryland, tract willed by Samuel to his son. Samuel, 2d January, 1773, in Beverley Manor corner land laid off for William Blair and John Wilson corner William Downey. Teste: Patrick Buchanan, Robert Donaldson, Godlib Harfman, Augustine Argenbright.

▼ Information on John Wilson From Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Under the Editorial Supervision of Lyon Gardiner Tyler, By Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Published by Lewis historical publishing company, 1915, pg. 361:

Wilson, John, of Augusta county, was one of the early Scotch-Irish settlers in the valley of Virginia. He was born in 1702 settled on Middle river, and was colonel of the militia and burgess for Augusta from 1748 till his death in 1773. He left many descendants.

980. John Burgess Wilson, born 1702 in County Armagh, Ireland died 1774 in Doe Hill, Highland, Virginia. He was the son of 1960. Robert Wilson and 1961. Jane Lee Crouchman. He married 981. Mary Marcus in Augusta County, Virginia.

981. Mary Marcus, died August 04, 1742 in Doe Hill, Highland, Virginia.

Children of John Wilson and Mary Marcus are:

490 i. William Wilson, born April 22, 1722 in County Armagh, Ireland died 1810 in Doe Hill, Highland, Virginia married Mary A. Devericks.

ii. Matthew Wilson, born Abt. 1726 in Doe Hill, Highland, Virginia died Unknown. (??) (NOTE: This Matthew Wilson according to the "History of Highland County, VA" is apparently not a son of this John Wilson. He was the brother of a William Wilson that died bef. 17th May, 1761 in Augusta County)

(added) George Wilson, born Abt. 1728

iii. Samuel Wilson, born Abt. 1730 in Doe Hill, Highland, Virginia died October 10, 1774 in Point Pleasant, Mason, West Virginia.

iv. John Wilson, born Abt. 1732 in Doe Hill, Highland, Virginia died Unknown.

v. Sarah Wilson, born Abt. 1734 in Doe Hill, Highland, Virginia died Unknown.

vi. Elizabeth Wilson, born Abt. 1736 in Doe Hill, Highland, Virginia died Unknown.

John Wilson in the House of Burgesses:

  • Session of Oct. 27, 1748. - Augusta: John Wilson, John Madison.
  • Session of April 10. 1749 - Augusta: John Wilson, John Madison.
  • Assembly of l752-1755 - Augusta: John Madison, John Wilson.
  • Session of November 1, 1753 - Augusta: John Madison, John Wilson.
  • Session of February 14, 1754 - Augusta: John Wilson, John Madison.
  • Session of August 22, 1754 - Augusta: John Madison, James Patton (in place of John Wilson, who had accepted a surveyor's place).
  • Session of October 17, 1754 - Augusta: John Wilson, James Patton.
  • Session of May 1, 1755 - Augusta: John Wilson, James Patton.
  • Session of August 5th, 1755 - Augusta: John Wilson.
  • Session of March 25, 1756 - Augusta: John Wilson, Gabriel Jones.
  • Session of April 30, 1757 - Augusta: John Wilson, Gabriel Jones.
  • Session of March 30, 1758 - Augusta: John Wilson, Gabriel Jones.
  • Sessions of September 14, and November 9, 1758 - Augusta: John Wilson, Israel Christian.
  • Session of Februarv 22, 1759 - Augusta: John Wilson, Israel Christian.
  • Sessions of 1760 and 1761 - Augusta: John Wilson, Israel Christian.
  • Session of November 3, 1761 - Augusta: Tsrael Christian, John Wilson.
  • Session of January 14, 1762 - Augusta: Israel Christian, John Wilson.
  • Session of March 30, 1762 - Augusta: Israel Christian, John Wilson.
  • Session of November 2, 1762 - Augusta: John Wilson, Israel Christian.
  • Session of May 19, 1763 - Augusta: John Wilson, Israel Christian.
  • Session of January 12, 1764 - Augusta: Israel Christian, John Wilson.
  • Session of October 30, 1764 - Augusta: Israel Christian, John Wilson.
  • Session of May 1, 1765 - Augusta: Israel Christian, John Wilson.
  • Assembly of October 1765 - Augusta: John Wilson, William Preston.
  • Session of November 6, 1766 - Augusta: John Wilson, William Preston.
  • Session of March 12, 1767 - Augusta: John Wilson, William Preston.
  • Session of March 31, 1768 - Augusta: John Wilson, William Preston.
  • Assembly of May, 1769 - Augusta: John Wilson, Gabriel Jones.
  • Session of November 7, 1769 - Augusta: Gabriel Jones, John Wilson.
  • Session of May 21, 1770 - Gabriel Jones, John Wilson.
  • Session Of July 11, 1771 - Augusta: Gabriel Jones, John Wilson.
  • Session of February 10, 1772 - Augusta: John Wilson, Samuel McDowell.
  • Session of March 4, 1773 - Augusta Samuel McDowell, Charles Lewis (in place of Wilson, deceased)

John Wilson served as a representative from Augusta County with John Madison and James Patton in the General Assembly in the House of Burgesses from 1752-1755. (Source:

NOTE: This page is still being researched.

pg. 70. In 1757, one George Wilson, a land speculator, bought of James Trimble, another speculator, the Elliott survey at Doe Hill, and the next year sold a part of it to Samuel Wilson. Very soon afterward, we find William Wilson in this neighborhood. These two men, progenitors of the Wilsons of Doe Hill, were brothers and were sons of John, the first delegate from Augusta to the House of Burgesses. Colonel John Wilson held his post until his death in 1773. Captain Samuel, his son, fell in battle the next year at Point Pleasant, the fatal bullet passing through his powder horn. The Graham homestead was purchased by Matthew Wilson, who is named as the oldest brother and heir of William.

Col John Burgess Willson BIRTHऑ Mar 1702 Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland DEATH򑝴 (aged 71�) Augusta County, Virginia, USA BURIAL Glebe Cemetery Swoope, Augusta County, Virginia, USA Show Map MEMORIAL ID� · View Source

MEMORIAL PHOTOS 5 FLOWERS 22 According to the 1902 transcription of his grave, it said: Col. John Wilson died in 1773 in the 72nd year of his age having served his country 27 years as a representative in the Honorable House of Burgesses

(member House of Burgesses 1748 - 1773)

According to William McClung's 1936 W.P.A. Historical Inventory, it says:

"Not far from the center, of this Glebe, is a grave marked with a flat slab, lying flat on the ground, which marks the last resting place of Colonel John Willson and his wife. Following is an exact copy of the inscription."

"Here lys the inter'd body of Col'n John Willson, who departed this lif in the Yare of ourn Lord, 1773, in the 72 yare of his eag, having served his country 27 yars, representeive in the Honourable Hous of Burjesis, in Virginia &c."

"Likewise, the body of his well beloved wife, Martha, who departed this lif January Ye 10, 1775, in the LX Yr of her lif."

Col. John Burgess Wilson married Martha Crouchman 1724 Ireland, S/O Robert Wilson & Jane Lee, John is my 6th Great Grandfather

Family Members Spouse Photo Martha Crouchman Willson 1695�

Children Photo Sarah Willson Crawford 1726�

Photo Samuel Wilson 1730�

Photo James Wilson 1739�

NewThomas Willson - Elizabeth Dinwiddie Jimmy Rosamond (View posts) Posted: 26 Jun 2000 12:00PM GMT Classification: Query Surnames: Willson, Dinwiddie, Roseman, Rosemond, Rosamond, Lee, Davis, Hodges, Weems, Jones, Daugherty, Crouchman, Mitchell, Holmes, Bell

First let me say that for everyone's benefit, I listed all the surnames that occur in the rest of the message below.

I've gotten the information on my Thomas Willson and Elizabeth Dinwiddie from five different sources. A Wilson researcher, a Rosamond cousin, an online genealogy, Chalkley's Chronicles and a book called Rockbridge County Heritage which I recently located in the Staunton Library in Staunton, Augusta County, VA. The book gives the most detail and it lists the genealogy of Robert Willson, the father of my Thomas Willson. Here's what I have pieced together from the various sources.

Robert Willson, b. prob. Edinburgh Scotland, ca. 1670. d. 1746, Augusta County, VA. married Jane Lee, b. 7 Nov 1672, Direlton, Scotland in abt. 1683/4. She was still alive when Robert died. Jane's parents are shown as Thomas Lee and Anne Davis. Robert and Jane moved to Londenderry, Ireland where their children were born, and then immigrated to PA, and later to the Augusta County, VA area. They had nine known children.

1. Matthew Willson, b. abt 1694, Londenderry, Ireland, d. ca 1720 along with his wife. Drowned off the coast of France while immigrating to America. Their two sons were saved and the book implies they were probably raised by their grandparents, Robert and Jane Willson.

2. Thomas Willson (our main interest), b. abt 1695, will proved 18 May 1773 in Augusta County, VA. (There is an abstract of Thomas' will in Chalkley's Chronicles.) He married Elizabeth Dinwiddie abt. 1718, I believe in Ireland. According to my Rosamond cousin who made the connection between John Roseman/Rosamond and Sarah Willson, who was the daughter of Thomas Willson and Elizabeth Dinwiddie Willson, Thomas came to VA in 1737, while Elizabeth and the children didn't come until 1740, immigrating through Pennsylvania.

The book shows Elizabeth Dinwiddie as the daughter of either Robert Dinwiddie and Elizabeth Cuming, or Lawrence Dinwiddie and Sarah Gartshore. This would make her birth date either April 1689, or October 1695 In Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland. They located finally in Fairfield, Rockbridge County, VA. They had eight children. The dates I'm showing came from the Wilson researcher I was in touch with and I haven't personally confirmed them. These children are not mentioned in the book, other than a sentence saying Thomas and Elizabeth had eight known children.

a. Matthew Willson (1718 - 1783) b. Samuel Willson (abt 1720 - ?) c. Nathaniel Willson (abt 1724 - ?) d. Rebekah Willson (abt 1728 - ?) e. Martha Willson f. Elizabeth Willson g. Rhoda Willson h. Sarah Willson (b ca 1726, Londonderry, Ireland - bef 1790, Abbeville, SC) married John Roseman, b. UK ca 1710 (could have been England or Ireland) came to Annapolis, Maryland Dec 1725 on the ship Forward from England as an indentured convict. He relocated to Augusta County, VA after 1740 and married Sarah Willson. This is one of our mysteries, when and where they were married. From Chalkley's Chronicles they owned land, 380 acres, on Moffett's Creek which they sold in Nov 1765, after which they relocated with their children to the Old 96 District in SC. Their children were Samuel (married Sarah Hodges), James (married 1st . 2nd Mary Daugherty, widow of James Daugherty in SC, in the 1790s), Margaret (married Bartholomew Weems), Jean (never married) and Sarah F. (married Richard Hodges, brother of Sarah who married Samuel). The birth dates of their children are unknown, as well as the dates they were married, and our other big mystery is the name of the wife of James Rosamond, but it could have been another Hodges sibling of Richard and Sarah, or Lettice Jones, sister of Adam Crain Jones. I have information on the rest of their spouses as well extensive information on their numerous descendants.

3. Robert Willson, b. abt 1700, will proved 16 Dec 1788, Augusta County, VA.His wife was named Rachel and they married in Londonderry. I haven't seen his will but supposedly Robert and Rachael had seven children. I don't have their names.

4. John Willson, b. abt 1701 in Ireland. He married Martha Crouchman in 1723. He was a member of the VA House of Burgess from 1745 to 1773. He was an elder in the North Mountain Presbytarian church. John and Marth are buried at Glebve Cemetery in Augusta County, VA. The book contains the wording of their gravestone.

5. Elizabeth Willson, b. abt 1704 in Londonderry, Ireland. m. John Mitchell in Lancaster County, PA abt. 1730. They later moved to Augusta County, VA. John's will was proved 20 Aug 1771. They had at least seven children. Again, I don't have the names of the children.

6. Janet Willson, b. abt 1706, m. Gabriel Holmes abt 1730. They almost moved to Augusta County, VA.

7. Catrin Willson b. abt 1708, m. James Bell, also moved to Augusta County, VA.

Some snippets from John Wilson’s Book Synopsis update:

The “Ghost Train’

Percival Hillam Quirke was the local MP described the local railcar as “the Ghost Train”. The railcar service was replaced by a road-bus in 1954, but if one report is to be believed the bus trip was as slow and rickety as the railcar. The bus contractor did a special deal with the Jamestown undertaker, and carried coffins on the roof of the bus.

The Percy Brookfield Shooting

Long touted as the site of Australia’s first political assassination the station achieved notoriety in 1921. But was Percy Brookfield really the target, or did he just happen to get in the way of a madman amok with a gun? State Records of SA has the police file on this crime. Koorman Tomayeff was the Russian gunman, who spent the rest of his days in the “Z” Ward at Parkside. He died in 1948 and his body went to the anatomy school.


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Oral history interview with John Wilson, 1993 March 11-1994 August 16

Format: Originally recorded on 11 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 22 digital wav files. Duration is 16 hr., 2 min. Uneven transcription reflects Wilson's unusual speech pattern.

Summary: An interview of John Woodrow Wilson conducted 1993 March-1994 August, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Wilson discusses his childhood as a member of a family of middle class blacks from British Guiana (now Guyana) his father's grave disappointments in the face of racial discrimination his parents' push for their children to succeed early urge to read and draw encouragement by School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston students who taught at the Roxbury Boys Club his secondary education and friends.
He talks about his education at the MFA School, Boston, and comments on such teachers as Ture Bengtz and Karl Zerbe and compares their exacting methods with those of Fernand Leger, his teacher in Paris.
His work of the 1940s prior to going to Paris the importance of early awards and sales received while still a student at the MFA School the excitement of sharing a studio with fellow students, Francesco Carbone and Leo Prince and encouragement to stay in school during WW II with the promise of a European study fellowship after the war.
The great impact of his years in Paris (1948-49) the lack of racial prejudice the liberating effect of Leger's teaching his awe of the work of Masaccio and Piero della Francesca during a trip to Italy and the deep impression made on him by seeing tribal art in the Musee de l'Homme, Paris.
Continued discussion of Leger his teaching methods and influences on his work.
His first teaching position at the MFA School his involvement in civil rights in Boston his gregariousness and the use of his studio as a meeting place for artists and political activists his involvement with socialism in Boston and New York and working in a socialist children's camp. He remembers meeting Paul Robeson, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, and Bob Blackburn, who was then setting up his printmaking atelier in New York marriage to a fellow socialist (June 1950) move to Mexico on a fellowship to study with Jose Orozco on the advice of Leger, only to find that Orozco had died terrors of travel as an interracial couple through the U.S. and different racial attitudes in Mexico and the U.S.
Living in Mexico (1950-56) and anecdotes of David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera his wife's meeting with Frieda Kahlo and seeing her collection of folk art their free and cosmopolitan, if impoverished, life in Mexico his work in a printmaking atelier and on the production of frescoes, and a lengthy aside about his brilliant brother, Freddie, who because he was black was not allowed to pursue his first love, geology, for many years.
Continued discussion of his experiences in Mexico the dreary year (1957) he spent doing commercial art for a meatpackers' union in Chicago, a city he disliked his move to New York in 1958, taking on commercial work to support his family, and teaching anatomy at the Pratt Institute.
Teaching art at a junior high school in the Bronx, and his gaining respect of students through special projects teaching drawing at Boston University (1965-86), his approach to teaching including his demanding standards, the seriousness of the students, his opposing rigid attendance and grading rules, and colleagues, such as David Aronson who had created the School, Reed Kay, Jack Kramer, Sidney Hurwitz, and the University president, John Silber.
Working with the black arts entrepreneur, Elma Lewis, in setting up a visual arts program for the Boston black community (late 1960s-1970s), including the selection of a curator, Edmund Barry Gaither, a young art historian, who eventually established a museum of African-American art his participation in various black art exhibitions, despite his belief that art should be seen regardless of the ethnic origins of artists his move toward sculpture, beginning in the early 1960s, as a medium most expressive of black persons, culminating in the 1980s in a series of colossal heads and a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. for the U.S. Capitol (1985-86) and why he makes art and will so long as he is able.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Wilson (1922- ) is an African American painter, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, and educator from Boston, Massachusetts. Full name John Woodrow Wilson.


This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators. Funding for the transcription and microfilming of the interview provided by the Newland Foundation.

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Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
John Wilson (c1775-1852)Lanchester, County Durham, England, United KingdomSt Helen Auckland, County Durham, England, United Kingdom Anne Copeland (1778-1852)
John Wilson (1869-1942)Clyde Township, Whiteside County, Illinois, United StatesClinton, Clinton County, Iowa, United StatesThomas Wilson (1844-1909)Mary Ann Elsey (1843-1906)
John Wilson (1639-1687)Donington, Lincolnshire, EnglandWoburn, Middlesex County, MassachusettsWilliam Wilson (1588-1667)Patience Stearns (1605-1675)Hannah Joann James (1635-)
John Campbell Wilson (1834-)Calcutta, Bengal, India Hugh Campbell Wilson (1804-1855)Eliza Falconer (1815-1883)
John Moses Ewing Wilson (1851-1900)Somerset County, Maryland, United StatesSomerset County, Maryland, United StatesElijah Thomas Wilson (1818-bef1860)Patty Sterling (1824-)Matilda Sterling (1852-1924)
John Thomas Wilson (1882-1958)Katoomba, New South Wales, AustraliaLithgow, New South Wales, AustraliaWilliam Wilson (1861-1890)Rose McAviney (bef1882)Ruby Constance Morris (1885-1924)
John William Wilson (1836-1885)Coolaghty, County Fermanagh, IrelandArmidale, New South Wales, AustraliaThomas Wilson (bef1836)Mary unknown (bef1836)Elizabeth Vidler (1852-1922)
Middle name match
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William John Wilson (1860-1896)Kiama, New South Wales, AustraliaEast Maitland, New South Wales, AustraliaWilliam Wilson (bef1860)Mary Ann Gray (bef1860)Caroline Matilda M Geraghty (1860-1920)

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