Biography of James A. Wilson
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Wilson, James A., was born on the Orkney Islands, Scotland, in August, 1844; be was educated under his grandfather's tuition, who was a government teacher. He was a sailor three years, was in the employ of the Hudson Bay Co. five years, stationed at York Factory; he returned to Europe and visited his old home a short time and then returned to the United States, locating in Oswego, N. Y., where he conducted a lumber business for a number of years. He located for his permanent home at Sackets Harbor, where he conducts a lumber trade and is a contractor and builder. He is now, in 1897, serving his second term as president of the village, has been trtistee of the village several terms, and is now secretary of the board of education. He is a member of Sackets Harbor Lodge No. 135, F. & A. M., of Sackets Harbor Chapter No. 68, R. A. M., has been master of the former two terms and high priest of the chapter two terms, aed Watertown Commandery No. 11, K. T. He is also one of the trustees of Masonic property. In August, 1871, he married Mary Preston of Oswego, N. Y., and they had six children: Mary, Robert B., Lizzie, Jessie (who died when nine years old), James A., jr., and Fred. Robert B. is a practicing physician in Oneida county. Mr. Wilson's father, John, also his grandfather John, were whaling sailors. This family descends direct from the old Viking stock. Mr. Wilson and family are members of the Presbyterian church and he has been trustee for several years.

 

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