Facts and Events
Richard Wilson was born in England in August 1801 [S1] at an unknown location. He was in the British Navy [S1] as an enlisted member. He came to the United States between August 1829 [S2] and June 1830 [S3]. By June 1830, he was living in Fayette, Seneca County, New York and had married Julia A. Stuck [S3]. During the summer of 1837 we believe he, his wife, and two sons (along with her parents, two of her brothers and a sister) came to Michigan via the Erie Canal to Buffalo, NY, Lake Erie steamer to Detroit, MI, and ox cart on to Pittsford Township, Hillsdale County [S4]. He and his family probably made their home with his parents-in-law for a while before going out on his own.
By 1845, he is living in Raisin Township, Lenawee County, Michigan [S5] with his wife, two sons, and two daughters, and is still residing there in 1850 [S6]. In 1851 and 1852, he purchased two 5 acre parcels in Tecumseh Township, Michigan [S7, S8 & S9] right across Russell Road from Raisin township. By 1880, he and his wife are living in a separate dwelling next to their oldest son, Michael Wilson, in Franklin Township, Michigan [S10] on the West side of North Adrian Highway where Russell Road tees into it.
He died January 13, 1882 in Franklin Township [S1] and his passing is mentioned in the "Michigan Pioneer Society Annual Report" [S11]. He is buried in Brookside Cemetary, Lot P-50, Tecumseh, MI with no tombstone [S12].