Niagara County

1897 Biography - William Wilkeson

Wilkeson, William, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., June 17, 1846, a son of Eli and Julia (Allen) Wilkeson. Eli Wilkeson was a son of Judge Samuel Wilkeson, one of the founders of the city of Buffalo and also one of the bondsmen for the completion of the Erie Canal, and was instrumental in the construction of the Buffalo breakwater and harbor, thereby locating the city of Buffalo at present site instead of Black Rock. He served in the war of 1812 and died at Tennessee. He was a large property owner in Buffalo, also large iron manufacturer and real estate dealer; he served one term as mayor of the city also. William Wilkeson was reared in Buffalo by an uncle and educated in a college in Pennsylvania. He enlisted in 1863 in Co. E, 15th Pa. Cavalry, and served until almost the end of the war. He located in Porter, on River avenue, and purchased 125 acres of laud, and is engaged in fruit growing, having seventy acres of fruit. ln 1867 he married Ellen Osborn, and they had two children, Mary and Louise. Mr. Wilkeson has always been a Republican, but not an aspirant to office. He is a member of the F. & A. M., and of the Universalist church. Mary married John J. O'Connell.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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