John Wilson
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John Francis Wilson (1865 - 1958)

John Francis Wilson
Born in Whitby, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 21 Mar 1892 in Surbiton St Mark, Surrey, England, United Kingdommap
Descendants descendants
Died in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Mar 2019
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John Wilson was born in Whitby, Yorkshire, England.
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John Wilson migrated from England to Canada.
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John Francis Wilson was born in 2 March 1865 in Whitby, Yorkshire to John & Eliza Wilson.[1]

The Census of 1871 saw the family living at 43 Flowergate Road, Whitby, Yorkshire, England.[2]

John Wilson Head 36 Whitby, Yorkshire
Eliza Wilson Wife 34 Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire
John F Wilson Son 5 Whitby, Yorkshire
Thomas I Wilson Son 3 Whitby, Yorkshire
William H Wilson Son1 Whitby, Yorkshire
Mary RawServant 22 Danby, Yorkshire
Mary Featherstone Nursemaid15 Hinderwell, Yorkshire

In 1881, John Wilson was boarding in Giggleswick, Yorkshire as a student of the Giggleswick School, one of the oldest school's in England. He was also Captain of his Cricket Team.[3]

John Wilson immigrated to Canada with his brother Tom and school friend Hugh Sykes on 19 April 1888 at the age of 20 to start a new life of farming in Manitoba. They sailed on the SS Vancouver, from Liverpool to Rimouski, Quebec, via Londonderry, Ireland. [4] [5] [6]

John Francis Wilson married Evelyn Fanny Wyse Rainier on 21 March 1892 at St. Marks Church in Surbiton, Surrey, England[7]

In 1901, John & Evelyn, with their young family had set up farming in Argyle, Lisgar, Manitoba. John's brother William H Wilson was visiting from back home in Whitby, Yorkshire. [8]

John F WelsonHeadMale35England
Dorothy M WelsonDaughterFemale7Mb
William H WelsonBrotherMale31England

The Wilson family were living in Souris, Manitoba & farming in the census' of 1906 & 1916. The family consisted of John (Head), Evelyn (Wife), Dorothy (Dau) & Frank (Son). There were also 2 Servants (1906) & 1 Labourer & a Teacher (1916) living on the farm. [9] [10]

John F Wilson was an accomplished water colourist & would illustrate his correspondence with his daughters throughout his life. Many of these letters & paintings survive today & are treasured by family members. He also wrote a fictious account of his immigration to the wilds of untamed Canada with full coloured plates. He tried for many years to have it published, but not before he died was it accomplished. His daughters finally had it published in 1962 for its historical value on a limited release. It was called "The Migration of Skivens" & can still be found in libraries throughout BC & to an extent, the rest of Canada.[11]

John Wilson passed away 5 October1958 in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada. John was buried at the Maple Ridge Cemetery. He was 93 years of age. [12]


  2. 1871 Census
  3. England & Wales Census 1881
  4. Canada, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 for John Wilson, Tom Wilson, Hugh Sykes Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Series: RG 76-C; Roll: C-4536
  6. "Canada, Prairie Provinces Census, 1916," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), John F Wilson, Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 3, line 35; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,434,945.
  7. England Marriages, 1538–1973
  8. "Canada Census, 1901," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 December 2019), John F Welson, Lisgar, Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 12, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.
  9. "Canada, Northwest Provinces Census, 1906," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 April 2016), John F Wilson, 17, Souris, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.
  10. "Canada, Prairie Provinces Census, 1916," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), John F Wilson, Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 3, line 35; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,434,945.
  12. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 17 November 2019), memorial page for John Francis Wilson (1866–5 Oct 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101741225, citing Maple Ridge Cemetery, Maple Ridge, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by Scott Hayes (contributor 47380085) .

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