First Generation

1. Adam WILSON was born 13 May 1747. He died 1832 in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, at 85 years of age. His body was interred in Parish of Kirkmahoe churchyard near Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

He married Ann CALDWELL. She died 1825 in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He body was interred in Parish of Kirkmahoe churchyard near Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

The following excerpts and paraphrasings are from a John WILSON letter and autobiography (Adam and Ann's grandson). Click here for the complete text -

Adam was an orphan. He hired to a farmer to do chores on the farm and when he became of age he bound himself as an apprentice to a gardener. At the end of his apprenticeship he became a master in the business and engaged to a gentleman at a place called Arbigland about 15 miles south of Dumfries to oversee his garden and pleasure grounds. There he became acquainted with Ann Caldwell, a housemaid. Ann was born and brought up in the eastern part of Scotland and none of her relations lived in southwestern Scotland.

A few years after their marriage, Adam leased the Maryholm, a small farm of 18 acres close to Dumfries. His advantages for an education were limited but he was careful and active business man, social in his nature, made friends wherever he went. When the lease expired, Adam was unable to have it renewed although he would have doubled the rent. He then leased Bush, a farm of 100 acres. The farm was next to the River Annan. The land near the river was good but the land away from the river was poor. There was a nice garden at the house which contained all kinds of fruit. The garden was probably what induced Adam to rent the farm.

Adam WILSON and Ann CALDWELL had the following children:

2. i. Nellie WILSON married Adam NICHOLSON. Before her parents left Maryholm, Nellie married Adam Nicholson. Nellie and Adam lived in Dumfries where he was a brewer. They raised a family of four daughters and two sons.
3. ii. James WILSON was born 24 Jun 1785. He married Jane FROOD in Lochmaben Parish, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, 16 Mar 1810. James' family.

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