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Re: Mary A Wilson / Holt C Wilson

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Posted by Kevin Ahern on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 09:20:26 :

There is a record for Holt C. Wilson in the California Death Index [CADI]: b. 18 August 1895, California, d. 15 October 1962, San Diego Co., California. His birth in California is probably incorrect as in his draft registration records for both World Wars I and II, he gave his birthplace as Helena, Montana, 18 August 1895. In his WWII registration [Holt Chaddock Wilson, 1942] he reported himself retired and living in Westport, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, and that Mrs. Frances M. Wilson [Minneapolis, Minnesota] would always know his address. In his WWI registration [Halt {sic} C. Wilson, 1917], he gave his address as 305 West 72nd Street, New York, New York and his occupation as stock broker.
In the 1920 U.S. Census, there is a record of a household headed by Frances M. Wilson [New York, New York, E.D. 557, Sheet 9B, 305 West 72nd Street]. The household is headed by Holt’s mother, Francis M., and includes a sister, Alice A.
The family was not found in U.S. 1910, but could be found in U.S. 1900 [California, San Francisco, E.D. 126, Sheet 3B, 421 Noe Street]. The family includes the children and their mother as well as their father. The father’s given name cannot really be made out in the Census record, but a search of the San Francisco city directory [1901] shows a Harley P. Wilson living at 421 Noe. In the 1900 record, Frances reports herself married 7 years [~1893] and with two living children. In the 1920 record, Francis M. Wilson was reported as divorced. There are several records of Frances [sometimes Francis] arriving in New York in the interval 1907-1909. In one, she is accompanied by both children [22 September 1909, Caronia] and in the other by just Alice [10 May 1907, Majestic].
There are CADI records for both mother and daughter: [1] Frances Mary Wilson, b. 7 December 1873, RE [i.e., Rest – not in U.S.], mm. Atherton, fn. Edmundson [sic], d. 4 April 1954, Los Angeles Co., California; [2] Alice Atherton Wilson, b. 27 June 1894, Washington, mm. Edmondson, fn. Wilson, d. 29 June 1952, San Mateo Co., California.
Frances’ date of arrival in the U.S. is variously given in census records [1900, 1920, 1930] as 1888, 1881/1887, 1885. She may be the “Miss Edmondson”, 11, arriving at New York with “Mrs. Edmonson”, 32, 21 August 1885, aboard the City of Chicago. The two are reported as from Manchester and headed for California.
There are two death notices that appeared in the San Francisco Call that almost certainly are for the parents of Frances Mary [Edmondson] Wilson:
EDMONDSON – In this city, October 10, 1900, Holt Edmondson, beloved husband of Mary Jane Edmondson, and father of Mrs. H. P. Wilson, a native of Manchester, England, aged 51 years and 3 months. [11 October 1900]
EDMONDSON – In this city, March 14, 1903, Mary J., widow of the late Holt Edmondson, and mother of Mrs. H. P. Wilson, a native of England, aged 50 years 4 months and 17 days. [15 March 1903]
Holt Edmondson and Mary J. [Atherton] Wilson are likely the Holt Edmonson and Mary Jane Atherton appearing in indices of English marriages [vol. 8d, pg. 199, Manchester, July-August-September 1872]. Holt Edmundson [sic] is listed in the San Francisco city directory [1901] living at 628 Geary. He appears there in the 1900 Census [California, San Francisco, E.D. 194, Sheet 5A], but the sheet was much obscured in copying and nothing but his name can be made out.

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