James Wilson, of Birmingham, England, the founder of this family, was born in Walsall, near Birmingham, county Stafford, England, and emigrated with his family to America in 1847. He was a saddler, and established himself in a successful saddlery hardware business. He was a Republican in politics, and attended the Methodist Episcopal church. He married, in England, Mary Ann Livsey, who was born in Walsall. Children: William, referred to below; Jane, married a Mr. Franklin; Emma, married Mr. Marthaler; Henry, who was killed in the civil war; James.
(II) William, son of James and Mary Ann (Livsey) Wilson, was born in Walsall, England, May 5, 1840, and died in Elizabeth, New Jersey, March 17, 1885. He became a wholesale shipper of bituminous coal, and worked up a highly successful business, supplying many of the trans-Atlantic steampship companies. He served as major of the Third Regiment New Jersey Volunteers. He married Adaline Woodward, daughter of Charles Edward and Sarah Moore, who was born in Milltown, Chester county, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1840. Children: Norton Luther, referred to below; Harry Douglass, born in March, 1863, died in February, 1903; married Minnie Fishbough, children, Ethel Corlies and Gladys.
(III) Norton Luther, son of William and Adaline Woodward (Moore) Wilson, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, November 18, 1861, and is now living in that city, where he is one of the leading representatives of the medical profession of Union county. On his mother's side he is related to the celebrated physicians, Drs. Woodward and Pepper, of Philadelphia. For his early education he went to the famous school conducted for so many years in Elizabeth by Dr. Pingry, and here he prepared to enter Princeton University. Owing to business reverses in the family he was compelled to relinquish his classical studies and to engage in mercantile pursuits, which occupied his time for several years. He then became a medical student with Dr. Mack, at Elizabeth, and was graduated in 1884 from Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York City, and spent the ensuring year as an interne [sic] at the Elizabeth General Hospital. In 1885 he opened an office in Roselle, New Jersey, and later settled himself in the practice of his chosen profession in Elizabeth, making a specialty of diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. Dr. Wilson has been very active in all matters pertaining to medical advancement. He is a member of the American Medical Association; of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society; a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine; third vice-president of the New Jersey State Medical Society; ex-president of the Clinical Society; ex-president of the Medical Club; member of the New Jersey State Microscopical Society; life member of the New Jersey Historical Society; president of the staff of the Elizabeth General Hospital and Dispensary, and also the opthalmologist, laryngologist and otologist of that hospital and of St. Elizabeth's Hospital. He is ex-surgeon of the Newark Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary; member of the Anti-tuberculosis Association; ex-member of the Board of Health of Elizabeth City; ex-president of the New Jersey Sanitary Association; a trustee of the Society for the Widows and Orphans of the Medical Men of New Jersey. He was also a trustee of the Elizabeth Public Library, a member of the Elizabeth Athletic Club, and the Suburban Golf Club. He is a member of Washington Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of New Jersey, a life member of the thirty-second degree, Scottish Rite Masons; a noble of Mecca Temple of the Mystic Shrine; and a member of the North End Improvement Association, and also of many other organizations. Dr. Wilson is a member of the Presbyterian church. He married, February 1, 1888, Susan Smart, only daughter of George H. and Sarah A. (Smart) Griggs (see Griggs). Children: Marguerite Griggs, born February 9, 188; Beatrice Louise, November 19, 1891.
(The Griggs Line).
George H. Griggs, of Boston, father of Mrs. Susan Smart (Griggs) Wilson, belongs to a family of very distinguished railroad people. His father was the inventor of the brick arch, the present method of welding on tires; the crossing gate and many other devices of modern railroading. George H. Griggs, besides being superintendent of several railroads, invented a spark arrester, a coupling device, the portable stove, and a number of other devices. He died in 1891. His widow, Sarah A. (Smart) Griggs, is still living, aged seventy years. Children: George A., born 1859, now cashier in Savings Bank at Butte, Montana; Oscar, died in Mexico about 1901; Theodore Griggs, now a civil engineer in the employ of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad; Susan Smart, referred to below.
(II) Susan Smart, daughter of George H. and Sarah A. (Smart) Griggs, ws born in Boston, Massachusetts, December 9, 1863. She married, February 1, 1888, Dr. Norton Luther, son of William and Adaline Woodward (Moore) Wilson, of Elizabeth, New Jersey.