One Hundred Sixty Five
Years in Brooklyn
Well, not me but my ancestors were
here that long. My Brooklyn experience was only as a child and started
at my birth on 19th November 1952.
By that time, most of the family
was gone to other parts of the State.
My Great-Great Grandfather jumped
ship while in Brooklyn. I guess you could say, we were the original "illegal
immigrants". His name was Charles Olson but he changed the last name to
Wilson and that's how the Wilson's in Brooklyn began.
He was a long shoreman and hailed from Norway.
He was born about 1835 and died on the 6th of September 1902.
He arrived her about 1861 and stayed in the Red
Hook section until 1865 when he moved to the Wallabout area. Like most
of my early ancestors, Charles moved often but always stayed in the same
area. It was about that time that he married Catherine Rheinhardt daughter
of John and Catharine (Lower)