Niagara County

1897 Biography - Robert D. Wilson

Wilson, Robert D., was born in the town of Newfane, June 12, 1853, a son of Daniel and Elizabeth Wilson. His father was born in Yorkshire, England, and came with his parents to America in 1823, when twelve years of age. In 1840 he bought the farm which Robert D. now owns and cleared all but fourteen acres of the farm; the road leading west was made of logs and they were flooded with water a good part of the time. He died October 25, 1885. His wife was also born in Yorkshire, England, in 1825, and settled on the Ridge road near Wright's Corners on what is known as the Dr. Peck farm. They were married November 16, 1843, and they had two sons and two daughters: Martha J., born October 6, 1844, died April 11, 1847; William T., born March 24, 1846; Libbie, born April 2, 1849, married John Fainsworth of Cambria; and Robert D., the subject. Robert D. received his education in the public schools of Newfane, after which he engaged in farming. In 1887 he with Mr. Kelley, Mr. P. D. Miller and Mr. Rilman, formed the first stuck company that was organized in the town of Newfane, known as the Newfane Basket Manufacturing Co., of which Mr. Wilson is secretary and trustee. February 6, 1878, he married Alice L. Miller (born February 2, 1855), and they have one daughter, Emma J., born June 12, 1886. Mr. Wilson has served as county committeeman two years, and is engaged in fruit growing and general farming.

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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