An American Family History

Robert Wilson

The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

Robert Wilson was born September 13, 1762 in Maryland. His parents were Robert Wilson and Mary Douglas.

He married Eleanor Shekell (Sheakels, Shechell, Shekels, Shekill) on October 30, 1798 in Montgomery County, Maryland. Eleanor may have been the daughter of Richard Shekell (1744) and Mary Tillard (1748). 

Eleanor and Robert's children included:

Sarah Ann Wilson Poole (1808, married Thomas P. Poole),
Mary Wilson Poole (1812, married Frederick Poole).

In 1810 in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Robert Wilson household included:

Males - 45 and over: 1
Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Females - Under 10: 1
Enslaved people: 10

Robert built a house about 1820 that was mentioned in 1821 tax records.

Robert died in 1833.

In 1835, his daughter, Mary, and son-in-law Frederick Poole, bought the house from his estate.

Children of Robert Wilson and Mary Douglas



Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.



from "The Houses of Frederick and Thomas Poole" by Susan Petro

The Frederick Poole House, a large home covered with a distinctive yellow pebble dash exterior and rows of dark green shutters, was built shortly before 1820 and is first mentioned in 1821 tax records as belonging to Robert Willson. Willson passed away in 1833. In 1835, his daughter, Mary Tillard Douglas Willson Poole, and son-in-law Frederick Sprigg Poole, bought the house from his estate.


from Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia by Helen West Ridgely

In the upper part of Montgomery county, at Beallsville, beneath the shadow of Sugar-Loaf Mountain, is a secluded and historic spot, known as the Monocacy cemetery. A chapel of ease of All Saints parish, Frederick county, called the Monocacy chapel, stood here as early as 1747, and the parish church of St. Peter's followed in 1770, when this section fell within the borders of a new parish. ...

Robert Wilson, Born Sept 13, 1762; Died March 4, 1835.

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