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James Wilson (c1823-1904)

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James Wilson (1823-1904), brother of Charles George Wilson

1823 Born in Woolwich, son of William and Margaret Wilson, cheese monger[1]; William was later recorded as a cabinet maker[2], and as an engineer[3]

1851 James Wilson 27, civil engineer, lived in Greenwich with Maria C Wilson 25, and his sister Christiane Scott Wilson 21, Maria Kate Wilson 11 Months[4]

c1856-1860 Living in Germany[5]

1860 Associate of the Inst of Civil Engineers

1861 James Wilson 37, civil engineer, living in Lewisham, with Maria C Wilson 31, Maria K Wilson 10, William E Wilson 8, Charles H Wilson 6, James F Wilson 4, Ralph F Wilson 3, Edmund O Wilson 1, and a daughter of 1 mo[6]

1876 His offices were at 2 Royal Exchange Buildings, London[7]

1881 James Wilson 57, civil engineer, married, living in Felpham, with Charles H. Wilson 26, Ralph F. Wilson 23, Alice E. Wilson 20, Amy L. Wilson 17, and his grand-daughter Dorothy K. Pullin 5[8]

1884 Married Cecilia Emma Tudor Pullin, widow, age 30, in Baywater[9]

1896 of Rock Houses, Tenby[10]

1901 James Wilson 77, civil engineer, living in Tenby with Cecillia Wilson 47 and his step-daughter Marjorie Pullin 17[11]

1904 Died in Tenby; Charles Horace Wilson was executor[12]

1904 Obituary [13]

JAMES WILSON, who died on the 13th April, 1904, in his eighty-first year, obtained his preliminary training under the late John Hague, and was subsequently employed by various firms upon railway construction work, in the design and erection of machinery, and on the construction of gas- and waterworks and other engineering structures.

Between 1857 and 1862, he was engaged as principal Resident Engineer upon the construction of the Altona Gasworks, superintending their working for two years of that time, and afterwards of the waterworks for the same city, Thomas Hawksley, Past-President, being the Consulting Engineer.

From 1862 until his death, he practised on his own account as a civil engineer, designing and carrying out gasworks for many continental cities, including Como, Genoa, Milan, Moscow, Ravenna and Strasburg. He also acted as the Engineer in this country for the works and equipment of the Cordoba and Tucuman Railway in South America.

Mr. Wilson was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 7th February, 1860, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 29th May, 1877.

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Sources of Information

  1. record for James Wilson in the England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970
  2. 1842 marriage of his daughter Christiana
  3. 1884 marriage record of his son James
  4. 1851 census
  5. Based on the birth places of some of his children
  6. 1861 census
  7. Civil Engineer lists
  8. 1881 census
  9. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
  10. Civil engineer records
  11. 1901 census
  12. National Probate Calendar
  13. 1904 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries