Biography of John Wilson
Oswego County, NY Biographies





John Wilson has long been identified with public affairs in Oswego and is now a member of the Oswego County Board of Elections. He was born at Redfield, Oswego County, Dec. 6, 1858, the son of John and Helen M. (Sloan) Wilson.

John Wilson and his wife were natives of Ireland. He was a sailor and when 16 years of age came to the United States and settled at Watertown, N. Y. He sailed on the Great Lakes for many years and became an engineer. Later, in 1855, he located at Redfield, where he farmed. He died there in 1903 and his wife died in 1911. Both are buried at Redfield. Their children were: 1. William S., who died in 1920. 2. John, the subject of this sketch. 3. James S., lives at Redfield.

John Wilson was reared and educated at Redfield. He became interested in the lumber business and in 1883 became superintendent of the Tonkin Lumber Company, of Redfield. He served in that capacity for nine years, was superintendent of the H. A. Burritt Lumber Company for six years, and superintendent of the Johnson Harvester Company for 16 years. Mr. Wilson has been retired from business since 1914. In 1892 he was elected county supervisor, and held that office for two terms, being again reelected the third time. His term of office expired on Dec. 31, 1923. He acted as clerk of Board of Supervisors during the year 1923 and the following year he became a member of the Board of Elections. His term of office will expire on Jan. 1, 1935.

Mr. Wilson was married (first) on May 21, 1884, to Miss Alice E. Petrie, who died in 1902. She was the daughter of James and Jeanette (Guthrie) Petrie, both natives of Scotland. To Mr. and Mrs. Wilson the following children were born: 1. Ward A., born July 5, 1885, lives at Redfield. 2. Edward T., born July 7, 1888, married Anna Dodge, lives at Richland, N. Y. Mr. Wilson was married (second) on May 3, 1905, to Miss Effie R. Adsit, of Redfield, the daughter of Samuel B. and Millie R. (Fox) Adsit. They are the parents of a son, Hollis A., born April 14, 1907. He married Miss Genevieve Franklin, of Pulaski, N. Y., where they reside.

Mr. Wilson has always been a Republican. He attends the Community Church at Redfield, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Maccabees, and the Grange.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson reside at Pulaski.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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