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Thomas Wilson (deceased) was born in Rutherglen (now New Glasgow), Lanarkshire, Scotland, June 15,1802. His grandmother was the daughter of the Duke of Hamilton, and his father was a merchant in the City of Glasgow during the French wars. The fall of Napoleon at Waterloo ruined him financially and he died soon after. John Wilson, his brother, was a soldier in the British army. He served in Sir William Ponsonby's cavalry brigade at the battle of Waterloo. He subsequently enlisted under General Bolivar and went to Peru. His fate is unknown, as he was never heard from. After the reverse of fortune and death of his father, Thomas engaged in the calling of shepherd and herder for a time, afterward learning the trade of weaver, which vocation he followed until his departure for America, which took place when he was 18 years of age. He landed at Quebec, Canada, in 1820, and had but 50 cents in his pocket. With a party of others, seeking like himself some means of securing an honorable livelihood, he went to Ogdensburg, N. Y., in a scow which was propelled by poles. He spent a winter in the lumber woods on Black River, N. H., and went thence to Utica, where he obtained employment as overseer in a woolen factory. At the termination of his engagement there he engaged in the same vocation at Oriskany. From there he went to Morrisville to aid in the establishment of a new factory, and from there he went to a locality in Madison county, known as Log City. July 6, 1828, he married Henrietta Wing at Otselic, Chenango Co., N. Y. He went to Cazenovia, where he remained about one year, going thence to Manlius Square, Onondaga Co., living there three years and returning to Cazenovia. Here and at Log City he remained until 1836, when he brought his family to this State (then a Territory). He and his wife took up 120 acres of land in Spring Arbor, 80 in his name and 40 in hers. The latter tract is still in her possession. He sold his division and purchased what is now the homestead and residence of his widow and youngest son. He made this purchase in 1847 and occupied it until his death, May 28, 1835, in his 73d year. He was a Democrat politically, and both himself and wife were Methodists. He was a Royal Arch Mason. Oct. 5, 1835, he became a citizen of the U. S. by taking out naturalization papers in Eaton, Madison Co., N. Y. Mrs. Wilson was the daughter of David S. and Marion (Cronkheit) Wing. Her father was born at Hoosac, N. Y., about 1777. He was a farmer and drover by occupation and died at Albany in August, 1817. Her mother was born about 1788 at Hoosac. Mrs. Cronkheit was of high German descent on the paternal side; her mother was English. David Wing's ancestry on the father's side came from the English Quakers, on the mother's side from the English. Mrs. Wilson was born at Hoosac, Rensselaer Co., N. Y., July 25, 1810. She became the mother of several children, 5 of whom are now livingóWm. H., a heavy dealer in grain in Jackson, was born Dec. 10, 1829; Cornelia M. was born Sept. 15, 1833, and married Wm. Hutchings, of Liberty; Thomas A. was born April 22, 1836, and is a practicing lawyer in Jackson. Ellen M. was born Oct. 14, 1838, and married Clark Thompson, of North Plains, Ionia Co.; she is now a widow. Gilbert H. settled the claims of the other heirs of his father's estate and became the possessor of 280 acres, valued in the aggregate at $8,400. He was born March 17, 1850. He is pursuing the avocation of farmer on scientific principlesóseeking to secure profitable returns from the cultivation of his land without impoverishing the soil. His leisure is devoted to the study of general subjects and topics bearing upon the cultivation of his farm.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, p. 1114.



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