Jerrod Wilson is son of Marshall Wilson and Martha Wilson, and brother of Jake Wilson. They came to Brooklyn with their parents when young. When his parents were killed in a buggy accident in 1839, he and his brother were raised by his father's best man, Mr. Quail.

When Jake left Brooklyn, Jerrod wanted to follow him, but Jake dissuaded him because of the dangerous travel. Jerrod remained in Brooklyn and became a newspaperman.

Eleven years after his brother had departed, Jerrod received Jake's letter who told him to come to California.