Uncles Perry and Ernest WILSON: My Grandfather’s Locomotive Engineering Brothers – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 6)

My maternal grandfather Roy U. WILSON was one of 8 children of Isaac Andrew and Barbara (HAAS) WILSON. There were four girls and four boys. Roy was the youngest.

Of his three older brothers, one died in Colorado, and the other two moved to northern Indiana and became locomotive engineers.

Great-uncle Perry Lucian WILSON (1878–1937) worked for the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad Company (EJE) out of Gary. He was possibly married twice and appears to have had no children, at least none that I have found so far.

Great-uncle Ernest Dalton WILSON (1883-1952) also worked as a locomotive engineer out of Gary, was married, and had a son and a daughter. I have found a photograph of him standing in front of an EJE engine.*

It makes me wonder if one brother followed the other up north, or if they went together.


Notes

*This photo can be found in a public tree on Ancestry. I am not republishing it here.

Roy U. WILSON (1894-1939) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 6)

Roy U. WILSON (1894-1939) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 6)

My mother’s daddy died when she was only 8 years old. His full name was Roy Ulmont WILSON, born 1 October 1894 near Warrington, Hancock County, Indiana, to Isaac Andrew WILSON, a blacksmith and farmer in Brown Township, and Barbara Ellen (HAAS) WILSON, a first generation German-American who was born in Pennsylvania, probably Philadelphia, not long after her parents immigrated. I have been told that Roy absolutely hated his middle name and used only his initial. He even named his first born Roy U. Wilson, Jr., with no middle name.

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Cousin Bait: Moses WILSON or Moses WILLSON

I’m doing what in the genealogy community we call “cousin fishing” or putting out “cousin bait.”

It is probable that I descend from a Moses Wilson. Still working on that, and this article is not about what I know (or don’t know) regarding that Moses Wilson. Continue reading

James William WILSON (1888-1943) : “Died in a gutter in Colorado”

James William WILSON (1888-1943) : “Died in a gutter in Colorado”

The family said that he “died in a gutter in Colorado.” But sometimes families exaggerate. They said he had a drinking problem — that it contributed to his death. Perhaps it did. Continue reading

Ida May (TREES) WILSON (1869-1898) – “She was not ready to die”

Ida May (TREES) WILSON was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (LARIMORE) TREES. At the age of  18, she married my great-grand-uncle Joseph Eddy WILSON. She had three little children, then suffered “lung trouble,” and died at the age of 29. Continue reading