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.