Mr. Wilson had the good fortune to be born in the good old State of Maine; consequently he is a “Down-easter;” very far down East, too, his birthplace was, for he was “raised” in Hancock County, almost on the eastern verge of the United States. Like nearly all of the able-bodied young men of his section, he worked at lumbering. Reaching the ambitious age of twenty-one, he cut loose from the home ties, and setting out for fresher fields and greener pastures, he came to Big Bar, on Sullivan’s Creek, where he toiled for ten years. Resuming his old occupation of lumberman, at the end of that time, he became head-saw­yer at Smith’s Mill, until 1871, when he accepted a similar position in Marshall’s Mill, retaining it for two years; after which he moved to his present location in Arastraville, to engage in quartz mining and in running a couple of arastras.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” Published by B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg 320.

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