Friday, January 2, 2015

FUNERAL FRIDAY: Erie Railroad Engineer Walter S. Wilson Funeral, May 17, 1893 Goshen, NY

Middletown Daily Times, Middletown, N.Y.
Thursday, May 18, 1893

   “The funeral of the late Walter S. Wilson was held in this village yesterday and was very largely attended. Mr. Wilson was a member of the Order of Railroad Engineers, and a large delegation of the members of that order from all along the line was in attendance. Deceased carried an insurance policy of $3,000 in that organization.”

2nd Great Grandfather Walter S. Wilson was born 1836 in New London County, Connecticut. His parents, James and Merriam Wilson, were immigrants from Scotland, Great Britain.

Walter found work as a machinist in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. He wed Mary M. Peck August 10, 1856 in Norwich. After their marriage they moved to Worcester, Massachusetts where 2nd Great Grandfather continued to work as a machinist.

I wonder if Walter’s machinist job was associated with the railway and locomotive industry as he rose in stature becoming a railroad engineer by June 1870. At this date his home was in the town of Deerpark, Orange County, New York. The 1875 New York State census places Walter and his family in Goshen (Orange Co.) employed by the Erie Railroad.

A short obituary published in the Middletown newspaper tells a bit more of his story.

Middletown Daily Press, Middletown, N.Y.
Monday, May 15, 1893

Walter S. Wilson Obituary, Middletown Daily Press, Middletown, NY May 15, 1893

     Walter S. Wilson, who for many years has been an Erie engineer, running over the Montgomery and Pine Island Brances [Branches], died last night, at his home on Scotchtown avenue, this village. He had been ill for several months, at times so seriously that his life was almost despaired of, and then he would rally again and seem to be in a fair way to recovery. A few days ago his condition changed for the worse and his death resulted, as above stated. He was 53 years of age. Funeral Wednesday, at 2 30 p. m., from his late residence.”

The Goshen Erie Railroad station on the main line in Goshen, New York
From Wikimedia Commons

Goshen Erie Railroad on the main line in Goshen, New York, Image from Wikimedia Commons

My ancestry:
2nd Great Grandfather Walter S. Wilson and wife Mary M. Peck
Great Grandfather Jerome W. Wilson and wife Grace Lee Clark
Grandmother Viola Lillian Wilson and husband Frank Leroy Doty
My Mother

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