WILSON, Robert

Male 1810 - 1870  (59 years)


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  • Name WILSON, Robert 
    Born 16 Oct 1810  Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • From Bell's History of Northumberland County 1891: ROBERT WILSON, deceased, was born near Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1810 and subsequently became a resident of the State of New York until about the year 1844, when he returned to his native county and followed the saddler's trade in Williamsport. In 1850 he removed to Milton, where he continued his trade. In 1856 he devised what is known as the "Wilson Fly Net" for horses, had it patented in 1858, and with the machinery invented by him, he engaged largely and profitably in the manufacture of that article. In 1863, at the age of fifty-five years, he volunteered and served three months in the defense of his country. He married Lucetta, daughter of Dr. Henry Heinen; she died in 1853, leaving three sons: William E.; Henry H., and Reuben F., the last named being the only survivor. He was again married in 1860 to Mrs. Rebecca Overpeck, and died in 1870.
    Biography
    • Robert Wilson was born October 16, 1810, at Williamsport, Pa., and early in life he learned the saddler's and harnessmaker's trade, at which he worked in his native town and also in New York State. In 1850 he settled in Milton, Pa., where he worked as a journeyman at his trade, and six years later he devised what has since been known all over the United States as the Wilson Fly Net. In 1856 he commenced on a small scale, employing only three or four men, the manufacture of leather fly-nets and placed them upon the market. Their value was at once recognized and the demand increased in one year from 400 to thousands. Mr. Wilson secured a patent for the nets in 1858, and in 1870 sold 3,000, while in 1879 the sale had increased to 25,000. He began the manufacture of nets in the Goodlander building, and in 1860 he formed a partnership with Mr. Funk, who was with him five years, retiring in 1865.

      During the Rebellion he felt it his duty to defend his country's honor and volunteered in 1863, serving three months and then returning to his former business of manufacturing fly-nets. After the partnership with Mr. Funk was dissolved, Robert Wilson took his son, William E. Wilson, as a partner; and one year later he sold his interest to his second son, Reuben F., retiring from business.

      He died in 1870. He was united in marriage to Lucretia Heinen, a daughter of Dr. Henry Heinen; she died in 1853, leaving three sons: William E., our subject's father; Henry H.; and Reuben F., who married Mrs. Rebecca Overpeck in 1860.
    Census (desc) 1850  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    living with his brother-in-law Henry Heinen and working as a saddler 
    Widowed 2 Sep 1853 
    Census (desc) 1860  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    working as a saddler 
    Census (desc) 1870  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    working as a fly-net manufacturer 
    _UID EF2D7ABC44F24241A937C993C71E762ED02C 
    Died 26 Sep 1870  [6
    Person ID I220  Milton Families
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2013 

    Family 1 HEINEN, Lucretia (1),   b. 7 Aug 1814, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1853  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 27 May 1834 
    Children 
    +1. WILSON, William Etzell,   b. 9 Oct 1837, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1882, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     2. WILSON, Henry Hepburn,   b. 1844, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1864  (Age 20 years)
     3. WILSON, Mary,   b. 1849, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. WILSON, Ruben Frederick,   b. 1852,   d. 20 Mar 1892, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F904  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rebecca (Overpeck) (2),   b. 1819,   d. Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 14 Aug 1861  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F70  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 990.

    2. [S147] Book of Biographies of the Seventeenth Congressional District.

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 18.

    4. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 8.

    5. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 19.

    6. [S4] Gravestone.