Andrew Gray Wilson family miscellany1803-1942
Andrew Gray Wilson (1844-1905) was well-known among shipbuilders as a preeminent marine engineer and naval architect. This small collection consists of genealogical papers related to the Wilson family, as well as the Driver family and the Merritt family of New York.
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Andrew Gray Wilson (1844-1905) was well-known among shipbuilders as a preeminent marine engineer and naval architect. Wilson began his career with the Harlan and Hollingsworth Company in 1866, leaving for Maryland Steel Company in 1898. Wilson was the general manager of the marine department of the Maryland Steel Company at Sparrow’s Point, Maryland, a position he held until his death.
He was born in Newark, Delaware to Rev. Elijah Wilson (1811-1893) and Ann Gray (1811-1848), and later relocated with his family to Wilmington, Delaware where he attended the Col. Wyatt’s School. After Ann's death from typhoid fever in 1848, Andrew and his brother Chalmers went to live with their maternal grandmother and aunt, as Elijah was totally blind. In October of 1872, he married Natalie Green Driver (1846-1912), daughter of Joshua Driver, who was the mayor of Wilmington in 1852, and Mary Merritt. The couple settled in Wilmington at 1119 Market Street.
The Wilsons had six children: Rodgers Wilson, (1874-1923), Esther Driver Wilson (1875-1891), Natalie Driver Wilson (1877-1918), Andrew Wilson Jr., (1880-1897), Reynolds Driver Wilson, (1884-1948) and Paul Edmondstone Wilson (1886-1916). Esther and Andrew Jr. both died in their youth. Rodgers worked for the DuPont company in a variety of positions including mill office clerk, superintendent of plant at Schaghticoke, New York, and superintendent of the Nemours West Virginia plant. Natalie Driver Wilson married Lammot du Pont (1880-1952) who was president of the DuPont Company from 1926 to 1940. The couple had eight children. Reynolds Driver Wilson married Deborah Brewster Halsey (1886-1970). Paul Edmondstone married Alice Hounsfield du Pont (later Buck) (1891-1967) on October 29, 1912 and had two children before his death in 1916.
Natalie Green Wilson continued to live in Wilmington until her death in 1912. The couple is buried at Old Swedes Church in New Castle, Delaware.
Scope and Contents
This collection includes items pertaining primarily to Andrew Gray Wilson, Sr. (1844-1905), and his family. Included are genealogical records for the Wilson’s tracing back to the Revolutionary War, as well as a few items of relevance to the family of Wilson's wife, Natalie (Driver) Wilson, the Driver family as well as the Merritt family of New York. Also are included are baptism, confirmation, and marriage documents relating Wilson’s immediate family. Finally included is a bible gifted to Reynolds Wilson from his mother, Natalie. A small clippings file containing the obituaries of both Andrew and Natalie Driver Wilson are included.
No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.
Language of Materials
Wilson family photographs (accession 2014.247), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.
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