Thomas may have been a brother or a nephew or just a neighbor with the same surname. Since this is no proof, itâ€™s just speculation.
The following was posted to the Sussex County Mailing list Tue, 15 Jun 1999 and names some of the other Wilsonâ€™s in Wantage at about the same time frame.
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In Charles Stickney's book, "Old Sussex County Families" there is this on the Wilson family, pages 77-80, abstracted:
John Wilson was the first of this name in Wantage about 1751. It appears that an Andrew Wilson coming a few years after was a brother to this John.
Both are of Scottish descent, Andrew having first settled around Wallkill.
Andrew was married in 1750 and served during the campaign against Ticonderoga and Crown Point in 1759.
John received a deed for 100 acres from William Alexander, Earl of Stirling on 14 Jun 1751 for fifty pounds witnessed by neighbor John Havens and Richard Gardner [Deputy Surveyor, East Jersey Proprietors]. Lands situate on the North Branch of Beaver Run called Hubb's cabin containing 100 acres are deeded to Samuel Wilson for 38 pounds and change.
A memorandum on a deed dated 10 March 1804 is signed by John Wilson Sr. establishing that he was alive then. A deed he gave Samuel in 1759 was not signed by John Wilson's wife indicating he was a widower at this time. Another deed dated 15 Dec 1796 deeds lands containing 100 acres of
drowned lands along the Wallkill to the first John's sons John and Samuel Wilson - another mentions the first John's son James as well. There is an Andrew mentioned later which may or may not be a fourth son of John Wilson, the first settler. John Wilson Jr. married but left no sons. James married and went West. Samuel married Susan Estel having eight children:
John Wilson, Esq married a sister of Nathaniel Martin having only daus. Peter Wilson left no heirs
William Wilson had no sons - dau Sarah m. Peter DeWitt, dau Eliz.
m. Jacob Rorick (son of Michael), dau. Mary m. William Chadwick.
Samuel Jr. left sons: Thomas L. (who m. a Beardsley having Edward, Samuel,
Leeport & Thomas), Asa (m. Temperance Decker having son Asa Jr.
father of Evi A. Wilson of Deckertown), Samuel & Peter
Of Andrew, supposed brother of first John Wilson but according to Richard J. Wilson was a son of John Sr., no positive proof of first Settlement exists.