Our English Wilson family line can be traced back to Jacob Wilson but no more details about his life are currently known. His one son, George Erwin (1833 – 1915), and my husband’s great-great-grandfather, was a vicar of the Anglican Church of England. Four of George’s sons became journalists, including George Hough (1875 – 1950), my husband’s great-grandfather. Some of their descendants continued in this profession. The Wilsons seemed to have loved writing and perhaps have understood something of Edward Bulwer-Lytton‘s 1839 play called Richelieu: The Conspiracy.
True, This! —
Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! — itself is nothing! —
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword —
States can be saved without it!
George Hough Wilson moved from England to South Africa in 1896 and gave rise to a distinct branch of South African Wilsons.
2. Our Wilson branch
A simplified view of the branch of Wilsons that is relevant to out family’s history is shown below. To read more about the life of each individual in the family line and their families, in their particular political, social, religious and culture-historic context of the day, please navigate to Wilson: Individuals, and select the name of the relevant person.
3. Our Wilson family tree
The more comprehensive family tree – with a name index at the end – includes extended family members such as siblings and their spouses, the in-laws, cousins, etc.