Biography of George N. Wilson
Yates County, NY Biographies





Wilson, George N., was born in Hillsdale, Columbia County, N. Y., February 8, 1813. In 1822, his father, Solomon, moved to Barrington, where he resided most of the time until his death on July 20, 1860. His wife, Mary, died October 28, 1858. George N. received his education in an old school house in Barrington, with the exception of a short time at select school, and when fifteen years old learned the shoemaker's trade with Miles Terrill. At the age of eighteen he went to Ohio, where he worked at his trade for two years, then opened a shop at Bath, Steuben County, N. Y., remaining but a short time. He was for severel years journeyman shoemaker, and then returned to Barrington to care for his aged parents, carrying on business there, and devoting all his spare time to study, teaching school two terms. In 1848 he married Elsie A. Murlin, who died February 7, 1878. He married second, in 1879, Catharine Sirrine, of Trumansburg, N. Y. Mr. Wilson was appointed loan commissioner for Yates County by Gov. Reuben E. Fenton, and held the office six years. He was supervisor of Barrington one term. It 1861 he was called to Jackson, Mich., to take charge of the shoemaking department of the State prison. In 1864 he entered the employ of Stone & Stewart, publishers, of Philadelphia, and was commercial traveler for about six years, since which time he has retired from active life.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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