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Maritime Monday – John Wilson of Amherst Island

Headstone of John Alford Wilson in Glenwood Cemetery, Amherst Island

John A. Wilson, my great-great grandfather, was born 9 Apr 1833 in Sweden.  Family legend says he stowed away on a ship when he was 16 and was “adopted” by the captain who gave the boy his [the captain’s] name.  But we all have stowaway stories, right?

Anyway, by 1859 John lived on Amherst Island, Ontario and married Mary Ann Gibson and had a child name Rose.

In the 1871 Canadian Census, the Wilsons’ have several more children and John’s occupation is listed as mariner.  According to my great aunt, John was a “lake captain.” Furthermore, Captain Wilson loaded grain on Amherst Island.  In 1881, John is listed as a farmer and I have no further information at this time about this mariner in the family.

4 thoughts on “Maritime Monday – John Wilson of Amherst Island

  1. Hello Kristy! John Alford is my 3x ggf! His daughter Annie Elicia is my 2x ggm. I have been searching for information on John! The Loyalist Township sent me to your web pages. I’m wondering if you’ve discovered any more information on him since you originally posted this article.

    Kind Regards,

  2. John Alfred Wilson aka Johan Axel Rustad (1833 Sweden-1889 Howe Island) of Kingston married Mary Ann Gibson (1838 Amherst Island-1923 Kingston) of Kingston, October 2, 1857 at St Georges Cathedral, Kingston. They had eight children born on Amherst Island 1859-1874, all baptized in St James Anglican Church. This church was located on a parcel of their farm, Lot 34 Con I, which they owned 1868-1884 They had moved to Howe Island by 1881.
    Just last night we visited good friends who live on this farm, for apple dumplings. Their father bought this farm in 1956, merely the second family since Wilson sold.
    There have been Gibsons on Amherst Island since 1797. I have not however identified Mary Ann’s direct family, due to scant records.

    1. This is great! Thank you, Thomas. I did not know their marriage date or place or the information about the farm. Thanks again!

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