WILLSON, Unknown
(Abt 1790-)
WILLSON, William
Diana M.
WILSON, Roscoe Elisha
(1856-After 1930)


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BUDD, Harriet Mary

WILSON, Roscoe Elisha 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • Born: 16 Aug 1856, Dereham, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada
  • Marriage: BUDD, Harriet Mary on 28 Apr 1881 in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada 1 2
  • Died: After 1930, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan

bullet  General Notes:

Came to Michigan from Ontario, Canada in 1911 and was naturalized the same year. On both the 1920 and 1930 US census', Roscoe is listed as a Shipper working for a wholesale dry goods company (although he is 78 years old in 1930!). Roscoe and his family appear on the 1901 Canadian census living in Woodstock, Oxford County, Ontario. This census asks for a family origin, which Roscoe listed as Scotch.


Roscoe married Harriet Mary BUDD, daughter of John BUDD and Rhoda BOXALL, on 28 Apr 1881 in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada.1 2 (Harriet Mary BUDD was born on 25 Apr 1863 in Woodstock, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada and died after 1930 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.)



1 Ontario Canada Vital Statistics (Oxford County, Ontario, Canada), 008754-81. Surety: 4. 008754-81 ( Oxford Co) Roscoe Elisha WILSON , 24, butcher, Tillsonburg, same, s/o William & Diana, married Harriet BUDD , 18, Woodstock, same, d/o John & Rhoda , witn: Mr & Mrs Joseph JOY of Tillsonburg, 28 April 1881 at Tillsonburg.

2 Ontario Marriage Index, 1858-1899 (Woodstock, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada). Surety: 4. Name: Roscoe Elisha Wilson
Age: 24
Residence: Tillsonburg
Place of Birth: Tillsonburg
Marital Status: bachelor
Occupation: butcher
Parents: William & Diana Wilson
Spouse Name: Harriet Budd
Age: 18
Residence: Woodstock
Place of Birth: Woodstock
Parents: John & Rhoda Budd
Witnesses: Joseph Joy, Tillsonburg; Mrs. Joseph Joy, Tillsonburg
Marriage Date: 28 Apr 1881
Marriage Place: Tillsonburg
Bridegroom's Religion: Baptist
Bride's Religion: Baptist
Married By: Rev. J.B. Moore
Registration Number: 008754
Archives of Ontario Microfilm: 37

3 1861 Canadian Census (Durham, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada). Surety: 4. Lists William Willson (butcher), wife Diana M., and children Susan, Eli B., Eliza J. and Roscoe E, living in Durham, Ontario. Living next door is a John Willson (age 60? b. U.S.) who may be William's father. More research is needed.

4 1871 Canadian Census (District 13, Division 1, Durham Twsp, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada). Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 4. Lists William Willson (butcher), second wife Ellen, and children Eli and Roscoe, living in Durham, Ontario. William indicates his religion is New Connexion Methodist, and the origin of his family is Scotch.

5 1901 Canadian Census, Woodstock, Oxford North County, Ontario, Canada. Surety: 4. Lists Roscoe Wilson (age 54, b. Aug 1856), wife Harriet (age 48, b. Apr 1863) and children Roy (age 18, b. Mar 1893), Rhoda (age 15, b. Sep 1895), Laura (age 13, b. Nov 1897) and Frank (age 9, b. Oct 1901), living in Woodstock, Ontario.

6 1930 US Census, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Surety: 4. Lists Roscoe (age 78), wife Harriet (age 68), son Frank (age 28), and grandson, Jack (age 17), living in Detroit, Michigan. Roscoe is listed as a "shipping manager" of "drygoods." This is the last record in which Roscoe and Harriet appear. Jack is the son of their oldest child, William John Wilson.

7 1920 US Census, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Surety: 3. Lists Roscoe (age 64), wife Harriet (age 56), son William John (as John W., age 37), son Roy R. (age 27), daughter Rhoda M. (age 24), son Frank (age 18), and William's son, John (aka Jack, age 7). Roscoe is listed as a "shipper" of "wholesale dry goods." William is listed as a "barber" in a "shop." Roy is listed as a "salesman" of "wholesale dry goods." Rhoda is listed as a "stenographer" for a "piano company." Frank is listed as an "accountant" for the "railroad." Also living in the household is a "lodger" named William E. Smith, who works as a "tailor" at a "tailor shop." This William Smith was born in Canada, and likely immigrated to Michigan along with the Wilson's. He is also found on the 1930 US Census, living in Detroit with Roscoe's son, Roy.

8 1901 Canadian Census, Woodstock, Oxford County, Ontario, District 101, Oxford (North), Sub-district f-11, Woodstock, Page 7. Repository: Ancestry. Surety: 3. Lists Roscoe Wilson (age 44, b. 16 Aug 1856, Ontario), wife Harriet [Budd] (age 37, b. 25 Apr 1863, Ontario), and children William J. (age 17, b. 13 Jun 1883, Ontario), Harry C. (age 14, b. 25 May 1886, Ontario), Roy R. (age 8, b. 24 Mar 1893, Ontario), Rhoda (age 6, b. 4 Sep 1895, Ontario) and Laura A. (age 2, b. 30 Nov 1898), living in Woodstock, Ontario. Roscoe is listed as a "farmer." William is listed as a "general laborer." Harry is listed as a "telephone operator."

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