According to traditional sources, English merchant Samuel Wilson (sometimes shown as Willson) emigrated to New York after the takeover in 1664 and established himself in business in New York. He also was a trader in Albany during the 1670s.
In 1679, his name appeared on a list of Albany householders. He owned a house and lot on Pearl Street and one on Market Street.
In 1682, he sold his house and lot to Pierre De Garmo.
After that, Samuel Wilson appears to have left Albany and returned to New York where he died in 1689. He left a widow and two sons.
Sources: The life of Samuel Wilson is CAP biography number 6907. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. See also Valentine's Manuel. Our search for Internet-based information on this character is clouded by the existence of the same-named historical character called "Uncle Sam."
first posted: 3/15/06