Pioneer Families - WILSON
Extracted From
Chapter XVII
Early history of the town of Hopkinton :
history of East Village (Nicholville) and vicinity,
diaries of Elisha Risdon and Artemas Kent,
soldiers of the Civil War,
genealogical record of sixty of the pioneer families

Carlton E. Sanford
Boston: Bartlett Press, 1903

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

IN this chapter is given the genealogical records of many of the pioneers of the town, of all that I have been able to gather sufficient data and information to make a fairly full record. The preparation of these records has required much time, labor, correspondence, persistence and patience. Had I had in the beginning a full comprehension of the tedious labor required, I now feel sure I should not have undertaken it. That there are some errors in dates and possibly a few in names I am quite satisfied, since considerable of my information came from elderly people who wrote feebly and indistinctly. I think it will be readily understood, if the reader will bear in mind that it is in continuous order; that the first, second, third and fourth generations are each carried slightly to the right, and that each generation always has the same indentation.

SAMUEL WILSON b. April 16, 1790, Keene, N.H.; d. March 28, 1881; m. Sally Blanchard, 1821; b. March 27, 1801; d. August 14, 1881. He came to Hopkinton in 1808 or 1809 and worked in Roswell Hopkins's sawmill, and lived in his family for some years. He took title to the "Culver Corner" in 1816 and built a house and store there that year, as I learn from Mr. Kent's diary. It is also known that he built a dam and sawmill at the East Village in 1817. An account of what he did there is given in the sketch of that village. He was a natural mechanic and millwright, which made him a man of great service and usefulness in those early times. He possessed remarkable ability in the matter of computations in his head, using no pen or pencil. One evening in Culver's store a wager of two dollars was made that he could not compute "in his head" in one hour's time the seconds in forty years, allowing three hundred and sixty-five days and six hours for a year. The other gentlemen worked it out with pencil that they might know the correct number. Mr. Wilson accomplished the feat in fifty minutes and correctly, and won the money. He was a great man to be occupied with his thoughts, forgetting all else. A good story is told of him as to this peculiarity which I heard only recently by a judge. The bridge at Nicholville had two tracks with a heavy timber on the outer ends of the plank and in the middle of the bridge to hold the plank in place. Going over one evening, occupied as usual, and about to meet a team, he stepped over the log, as he supposed, into the upper track, but, in fact, into the mill pond twenty feet below. The banks were high and it took some time to get him out. When they had, in response to a query how it happened, he replied, "Well, I thought I was in the lower track, but saw where I missed it as soon as I stepped over." This curt reply was so often told for years that it became a byword and is even still repeated. Had ten children:
  • N. Maria, b. January 16, 1822; m. George Wilkins, July 12, 1846; b. December 6, 1817, Stowe, Vt.; d. March 20, 1902; 1. Stowe, Vt. He stood well as a lawyer and held several political positions and places of trust. Mrs. Wilkins attained much distinction as a teacher and even as a lecturer. She also wrote a history of Stowe, Vt., which was well commended.
  • Hiram R., b. April 9, 1824; d. March 9, 1826.
  • Hiram F., b. May 23, 1827; d. November 20, 1843.
  • Harriet J., b. May 23, 1827; d. February 20, 1828.
  • Edson J., b. March 4, 1829; d. September 1, 1894, in Vallejo, Cal.; m. Helen M. Chandler, May 1, 1851; b. May 2, 1830, Nicholville; d. September 25, 1892, Vallejo, Cal. He was postmaster at Nicholville when twenty-one, built gang sawmill and starch factory. Went to California in 1856, where he was very successful; was president of the Vallejo Commercial Bank. On his death the Vallejo Chronicle spoke in the highest praise of him as a citizen and man. Had three children:
    • George W., b. March 1, 1852, Nicholville; 1. Vallejo, Cal.; m. Agnes McKnight, August 14, 1888; b. March 25, 1866. Mr. Wilson is president of the Vallejo Commercial Bank. No issue.
    • Carrie Louise, b. November 1, 1860, Vallejo; d. June 17, 1861.
    • Hattie, b. July 6, 1862, Vallejo; d. December 15, 1901; m. William J. Tobin, b. September 1, 1861; d. December 9, 1896. Had two children:
      • Albert Wilson, b. September 10, 1884.
      • Helen Maria, b. November 28, 1886.
  • Mary L., b. November 9, 1831; d. September 9, 1856, at Stowe, Vt.; m. A. H. Slayton, September, 1855. Had one child:
    • Daughter, d. aged five years.
  • Friend W., b. February 28, 1834; 1. Weaverville, Cal.; m. Ella Hickok, April 20, 1876, at Nicholville; b. June 10, 1852. He went to California in 1856, one year on trip to China. Had three children:
    • Charles Samuel, b. August 16, 1877, Coveland, Wash.
    • Earl Gray, b. September I, 1880, Nicholville; 1. Napa, Cal.
    • Alice May, b. May 3, 1882, Nicholville; 1. Weaverville, Cal.
  • Luman O., b. August 10, 1837; 1. Nicholville, N.Y.; m. Florence Ferris, September 5, 1876; b. March 7, 1848. Had one child:
    • Laura Emily, b. August 26, 1879; 1. St. Albans, Vt.
  • Martha E., b. February 9, 1839; d. December 9, 1839.
  • Emily C., b. May 24, 1841; d. March 14, 1900, California; m. J. Henry Swift of Coupeville, Wash.; d. May, 1892. Mr. Swift was a sea captain of considerable note. Had five children:
    • Hattie Wilson, b. June 9, 1872; 1. Coupeville, Wash.; m. T. Puget Race, August 2, 1890. Had two children:
      • Henry Renald, b. November 29, 1891.
      • William Puget, b. September 12, 1895.
    • Maude Maria, b. September 18, 1876; 1. Worcester, Mass.; m. Henry C. Fullington, 1895. Had two children:
      • Mary, b. 1896.
      • B. Swift, b. 1900.
    • Miles Standish, b. May 16, 1878; d. April, 1880.
    • Mary Elizabeth, b. January 30, 1881; 1. Stowe, Vt.
    • George Wilkins, b. August 29, 1882; 1. Seattle, Wash.

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