When John Wilson was born about 1841, in Kings, New York, United States, his father, John Wilson, was 26 and his mother, Sarah Furman, was 29. He lived in New Utrecht, Kings, New York, United States in 1855.
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English: from the Middle English personal name Will + patronymic -son ‘son of Will’. Will was a very common medieval short form of William . This surname is also very common among African Americans.
Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.
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