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Samuel Hugh Wilson (1855-1903)

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Samuel Hugh Wilson (1855-1903) was born in Manhattan, the eldest child of Robert Wilson (1826-190?) and Mary Margaret LNU Wilson (1824-188?). Robert was born somewhere in Ireland, probably in the North, and Mary Margaret was born somewhere in England. By 1860, the family (Robert was a milkman) were living at 165 East 29th Street in NY City, and Samuel had two siblings, Emily and William. In 1862, another son, Joseph was born. In 1867, the family moved from Manhattan to the newly-developed Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, at 43 Kosciuzko Street, where Robert remained until the later 1890's, and during most of the time that he was a horse car omnibus driver in Manhattan. Samuel became a clerk in copper and brass industry firms in Manhattan, and much of his working life, he was with the U. E. Hungerford firm on Worth Street. In about 1879, he married Elizabeth Folk, a daughter of John S. Folk, the City of Brooklyn's Police Superintendent. At the end of the year following, a daughter, Vinia C. Folk was born. In the early 1890's, Samuel and Elizabeth separated. During the 1896 presidential campaign in Brooklyn, he was an active supporter of McKinley. In 1898, he remarried in Newburgh NY to Margaret Dunlap McNeal (1865-1950). In 1901, their son, Robert John Wilson (1901-1986) was born, but Samuel passed away in April 1903, having contracted pneumonia. Margaret never remarried.

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