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  • Name John WILSON 
    Born [1785]  NS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Birth England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Early in the 1800s there arrived in Chamcook, NB., an English gentleman, Squire John Wilson; that he was prepared to establish his home and several industries in that St. Andrews parish community is well recorded. He was accompanied by several families who built their homes and raised their children. They assisted in grist-mill operation and in shipbuilding as well as in clearing land for their farms.
    Birth [1787]  NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth [1786] 
    Residence 28 Jun 1810  St Stephen, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Volume D Page 51
      No 40
      Samuel Darling merchant St Stephen and wife Jane
      John Wilson merchant St Stephen
      163 pounds
      two certain garden lots of ground containing 226 square rods, 12 rods by 23 rods
      bounded north by the Church & School
      east side of the street leading from the Schoodic River into the country
      28 June 1810
      Samuel Darling
      Jane Darling
      Wit: Ann Vance, Nancy Vance
    Petition 1821 
    • Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
      Year 1821
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F4190
      4 other Petitioner(s) were on this Petition
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1821 Garcelon, William - 1821 Nevers, George
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      Memorial of Gordon Gilchrist, John Wilson, Simeon Wilson, Thomas Wyer Junior and Colin Campbell...
      Gordon Gilchrist b in the Highlands of Scotland from whence he came to NB in 1784
      r last 20 years in Charlotte County [1801-1821]
      ae 55 [1766]

      John Wilson b NS removed to NB 13 years ago [1808] r St Andrews where he is extensively engaged in the West India Trade and in the Habit of furnishing Employment to a great many persons
      ae 36 [1785] married

      Simeon Wilson brother of John b NS removed to NB 13 years ago
      ae 27 [1794] unmarried

      Thomas Wyer Jr b NY came to NB with parents during NY Evacuation in 1784
      has for many years extensively concerned in mercantile Business
      ae 40 [1781] married 4 children

      Colin Campbell b Glasgow from when he came to St Andrews while an infant in the Fall of 1784
      resided for short intervals at St John, Scotland, West India Island
      ae 37 [1784] married 7 children

      St Andrews 19 March 1821
    Assessed 1822  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • St Andrews Assessment 1822: John Wilson Esq [L], Simeon Wilson [L], Edward Wilson [L], John Wilson [L], Richard Wilson [L], --- Wilson [P]
    Residence 1851  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John Wilson
      in the 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia
      Name: John Wilson
      Gender: Male
      Age: 64
      Estimated birth year: abt 1788
      Relation to Head of House: Head of Family (Head)
      Spouse's Name: Alice Wilson
      Race: native (Native American)
      Province: New Brunswick
      District: Charlotte County
      Sub-district: St Andrews
      Sub-District Number: 16
      John Wilson 64 Native Merchant
      Alice Wilson 58 American 1808
      George Ballantine 35 Hired man Irish Labourer 1826
      Margaret Danse 25 Servant Irish 1830
      Mary Cumings 22 Servant Native
      John Boyle 12 Errand boy Native
      Year: 1851; Census Place: St Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick; Schedule: I; Roll: C_994; Page: 69; Line: 24
      Stone house
    Died April 1855  Chamcook, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The New Brunswick Magazine
      Published by W.K. Reynolds, 1899
      Item notes: v. 2
      Original from Harvard University
      Digitized Sep 29, 2007
      p 227
      1. WILSON.1855. At his residence in Chamcook, County of Charlotte, in the 70th year of his age, John Wilson, Esquire. Mr. Wilson has been extensively engaged in mercantile and other pursuits in Charlotte County for more than thirty years, and such was the diversity of his business transactions, embracing almost every occupation incident to the country, that he kept a number of men in constant employ. As a merchant he had few equals; well acquainted with the markets of the world, entirely familiar with the trade and resources of the Province, energetic and temperate, always active, ready and persevering, he seldom undertook a work he did not complete; he devoted the whole powers of his mind to the construction of the St. Andrews and Quebec Railroad. His princely hospitality, his extensive charities, in which his amiable and excellent partner most cordially united, are well known and will be long remembered.
    Buried 4 Apr 1855  Chamcook, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 04/04/1855 Wilson John Esq. Chamcook, int Chamcook 70 JA
    Person ID I29419  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2018 

    Father WILSON 
    Family ID F3562  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice BURTON,   b. [1791],   d. 7 Nov 1860, Chamcook, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 30 Dec 1811  All Saints Anglican, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From: burnhamn @

      Subject: Alice & John Wilson Marriage
      Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 19:13:32 -0300

      At Shirley's suggestion, I looked in a paper file in our Archives "All Saints Marriages and Deaths 1786 to 1821" and found this entry -

      John Wilson married Elsie Burton 30 Dec 1811

      I think someone may have read the film incorrectly, ie "Elsie" instead of "Alice"


      My Reply on 16 April 2009:

      Shirley O?Neill passed this query on to me. We are doing research on the ?Chamcook Estate? and John Wilson is one of those people I have been researching. I believe his wife Alice was a dau. of Thomas Burton of St. Stephen because:

      Samuel James McMaster and his wife Elizabeth are buried in the Chamcook cemetery next to John and Alice Wilson. Elizabeth died 14 Nov 1846 and the death notice in the St. Andrews Standard states that she was a dau. of late Capt. Thomas Burton. Samuel James (sometimes called James) died in 1850, and in his will he left his estate to his brother-in-law, John Wilson. Therefore I believe Alice and Elizabeth were sisters. Also Alice and John named their only son Thomas Burton and he, in turn, named one of his daughters Alice Burton.

      Alice and John?s only dau., Susan Maria, married William Bayard, Esq., MD, of Saint John

      I hope this info is of help to you.
      Nancy Burnham
     1. Susan Maria WILSON,   b. 9 Apr 1819,   d. 9 Dec 1876, St John, St John, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     2. William Edward WILSON,   b. 9 Jun 1823,   bur. 1 Dec 1823, All Saints Anglican, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     3. Thomas Burton WILSON,   b. [1832],   d. 25 Jan 1868, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F8715  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Samuel Johnson Farm in Waweig
    Samuel Johnson Farm in Waweig

  • Notes 
    • Esther Clark Wright: Nil
      Canadian Biography: Nil
      Loyalists to Canada:
      Robert Wilson of Campobello only had two sons James and Robert
      Thomas Wilson granted land at St Andrews in 1784
      Wilsons at Beaver Harbor
      Early Probate: Nil
      All Saints Anglican: Checked
      Christ Church Anglican: Checked
      St Stephen Tax 1815: Nil

      All Saints Anglican
      02 Feb 1813 Wilson Icabod s of Mr Wilson 39
      17/02/1818 27/02/1818 Elenor John & Mary Ann Wilson St Andrews laborer SA
      05/10/1817 27/02/1818 Elizabeth John & Mary Ann Bringleston St Andrews laborer SA

      Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 86 Number 1398
      Date November 9 1893
      County Charlotte
      Place Saint Stephen
      Newspaper Saint Croix Courier
      Glimpses of the Past
      Thomas WILSON was a commander of the transport "Neptune". He remained in the government service and sent from England to his wife and Capt. Marks, power of attorney to take possession of the lands alloted to him.
    • Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 7 Number 350
      Date July 13 1837
      County Charlotte
      Place Saint Andrews
      Newspaper St. Andrews Standard
      Accident! On Wednesday morning, 5th inst., George HUME (who was employed in quarrying the ledge of rock to open a cellar for the villa now erecting by John WILSON, Esq. at Chamcook, Charlotte Co.) incautiously approached a leaded shaft, the priming of which had flashed without blowing off the charge. It appears the fuse had been damp and its operation only retarded for just as HUME stooped to examine it, the whole blew up and wounded him in a shocking manner. He suffered most severely in the face; one eye is quite gone; a stone about the size of an egg has been extracted from his arm by Dr. McSTAY and some faint hopes are entertained of his recovery.

      Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 68 Number 2024
      Date March 3 1887
      County Charlotte
      Place Saint Stephen
      Newspaper Saint Croix Courier
      News of the death of George S. GRIMMER, Esq. which occurred at his home in St. Andrews (Charlotte Co.) at 12 o'clock Tuesday night will be received with regret. His illness was in the nature of paralysis of the brain. Born on the Old Ridge in June 1826 he received hi preliminary education in the schools of that place. He subsequently studied for some time with late Rev. Dr. Thompson and finished his school education at Machias, Maine. Returning from Machias he entered the law office of late Jas. W. CHANDLER, barrister of St. Andrews, where he remained for a year or two, afterwards completing his legal education in the office of late D.S. KERR of St. John. He was admitted attorney of the Supreme Court in 1847 and was enrolled a barrister in 1849. Between 1847 and 1849 he practiced law at Oromocto. Since that period he has resided and practicedin this county. In 1864 he was elected to the House of Assembly, a position he resigned about 1868 being appointed clerk of the peace. About the year 1872 he was made Queens Counsel. Since the formation of the Municpality of Charlotte he has held the position of County Sectretary. He was for many years director of St. Andrew Grammar School and was a director of St. Stephen Bank for some years. About the year 1869, Mr. Grimmer moved from St. Stephen to Chamcook where he purchased the residence of late John WILSON. He resided there until a disastrous fire destroyed the house five years ago. Since that time he has lived in St. Andrews. In 1851 Mr. Grimmer married Miss Mary Allen HAZEN of Woodstock. His family consisted of two daughters and six sons. His widow and five sons survive him.

      Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 76 Number 305

      Date June 26 1890
      County Charlotte
      Place Saint Andrews
      Newspaper St. Andrews Beacon

      Robert WALTON, whose death is recorded in this issue, was a resident of St. Andrews for many years. He was clerk with the late Col. WYER for a period and afterwards with the late John WILSON. For a number of years prior to his departure from St. Andrews he was engaged in the mercantile business on his own account. He was director of Charlotte Co. bank.

      Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 76 Number 356

      Date August 7 1890
      County Charlotte
      Place Saint Andrews
      Newspaper St. Andrews Beacon

      There is no doubt that Indian Island was settled by the Europeans sometime in the 17th century. When, in 1760, James CHAFFEY from Old England, landed on the spot, he found clearings where gardens flourished and gooseberry bushes were planted in rows and nearby the ruins of log houses, the chimneys still standing. The pioneer settler, James Chaffey, was born in Somersetshire, but sent to London early in life to learn the trade of a goldsmith. His natural instincts prompted him to a life of adventure and he sailed to the colony of Pennsylvania. Finding nothing there to gratify his impulses, he embarked for a more northern latitude, allured thither by the wonderful tales of the money to be made in the fur trade. He at length reached the islet thenceforth to be his home, known by its Indian name of Mesiginagoske or Jeganagoose. He arrived here in 1760, built a store and dwelling house and began trading with the Indians for fur, then the only article of commerce among them. He lived a lonely life away from the society of white men for eight years, when one John FOUNTAINE came over from Port Royal, now Annapolis and settled beside him. Five years later in 1778, James Chaffey married the daughter of Fountaine and had by her eleven children, the youngest of whom died in 1878. One of his grandchildren married the late Hon. Wm TODD of St. Stephen and was buried here in the old family burying ground. Chaffey soon became, in consequence of his business connections, the leading man in the district and after being well established began th manufacture of salt, an industry that was stopped only on account of the scarcity of fuel to keep the boiler fires going, all the firewood on the island being cut down. He soon had competitors in business matters. Daniel MacMASTERS came from St. Andrews and established a fish store. The late Col. WYER carried on in the same business. John WILSON from Chamcook, traded in fish and lumber. After the death of John Chaffey in 1796, his sons John and James CHAFFEY gradually extended the business. In 1827, thirteen vessels were engaged in the West Indies trade from this little island. But the emancipation of the slaves in 1834 and the opening of the West India ports to American vessels played havoc with the commerce of Indian Island.
    • John Wilson

      The John Wilson, Esq to whom Samuel sells land in 1837 is most likely the same who lived at

      The property owned by John Wilson was purchased by George S Grimmer.
      Jessie Grimmer (related to George) willed his own land in St Stephen to George and Agnes Johnson. They named a child Chester Grimmer Johnson.
      Helen Bryant

      "John Wilson traded in fish and lumber"

      A Cyclop?dia of Canadian Biography: Being Chiefly Men of the Time. A ...
      edited by George Maclean Rose
      The wife of Dr Bayard was Susan Maria Wilson daughter of John Wilson, Esq, of Chamcook, near St Andrews, in his day a large ship owner and merchant, and one of the most enterprising men in the county. It may be said that the St Andrews and Woodstock railway owes its origin to his energy. It was from him that Dr Bayard received the first telegram ever sent to St John...Dr Bayard was married in the year 1844, and his wife died in the year 1876, leaving no children. She was a woman of ability and fine social qualities, always happiest when she had a house full of friends, and was a splendid entertainer. She had wonderful evergy as shown in attending to the details of domestic life, in looking after the poor and unfortunate, and in visiting the Home for Aged Women, the Protestant Orphan Asylu, etc, etc. She was truly an angel of mercy, and her death was nothing short of a calamity to the city. Dr Bayard has not again married.

      A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Colonial Gentry ...
      By Bernard Burke
      p 644
      William Bayard, of St John, New Brunswick, MD (Edinburgh), b in Kentville, Nova Scotia, 21 August 1814; m 14 July 1844, Susan Maria, daughter of John Wilson, of Chamcook, Charlotte County, New Brunswick (and Susan, his wife). She d 9 December 1876, aged 56.
      Increasing capacity for stewardship to protect
      provincial water resources
      ETF summary report
      The History of Our Watershed
      The earliest recorded industry to capitalize on the waters of Chamcook Lake was a paper mill built by Squire John Wilson, who had built the first dam on the system. By 1835, he had also built a grist mill and three sawmills, all powered by the water flowing in Chamcook Stream.
      The earliest recorded industry to capitalize on the waters of Chamcook Lake was a paper mill built by Squire John Wilson, who had also built the first dam on the system. By 1835, he had also built a grist and three sawmills on the Chamcook stream, all powered by the water flowing in the stream.
      134 Carleton Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick, E5B, Canada
      The home was built circa 1823 for Jamaican merchant, Hon. Robert William Harris. Mr. Harris passed away intestate circa 1830 and administration was granted to John Wilson, a creditor, in the amount of 750 pounds. Mr. Wilson was a resident of nearby Chamcook and he left this small brick home to his brother Edward. The Wilson brothers were a leading shipbuilding family in Saint Andrews and owned many vessels. Edward Wilson commenced mercantile business with his brother Joseph Wilson and the well known firm of E & J Wilson did a large shipping business for many years and were builders and owners of some of the largest and finest ships in the county. Lucy Sprague, an orphan girl that was brought up by John Wilson, moved into this home to care for Edward Wilson. Mr. Wilson passed away in 1867 but Lucy resided here for the remainder of the 19th century.