James Charles Wilson

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Rev. James Charles Wilson

A Methodist Minister and a Texas Patriot
Born in Yorkshire, England, Aug. 24, 1818
Died at Gonzales, Texas, Feb. 7, 1861

In Memory of Amelia Weakley
wife of Rev. James C. Wilson
Born in Alabama Aug. 23, 1828
Died Oct. 5, 1906
Buried at Alice, Texas

Erected by the State of Texas

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Captured at Mier, Mexico December 26, 1842
and imprisoned in Castle Perote.
Refused to claim British protection
Even to secure his release
Said he owed allegiance only to the
Republic of Texas
Was a Senator in the Legislature of the State of Texas
Full Name: James Charles Wilson
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:T  Number:10
Reason for Eligibility: Republic of Texas Veteran; Member, Texas House of Representatives for the Republic of Texas; Member, Texas Senate 
Birth Date: August 24, 1816 
Died: February 7, 1861 
Burial Date: Reintered in 1936 
WILSON, JAMES CHARLES (1816-1861). James Charles Wilson, senator, was born in Yorkshire, England, on August 24, 1816. He attended Oxford University before he moved to Texas in 1837. He joined Charles K. Reese's company for the Somervell expedition in 1842 and became a private in Company E on the Mier expedition under William S. Fisher. Captured with that expedition, he refused the proffered help of the British government on the grounds that he was an English citizen and remained in prison until he managed to escape on July 30, 1843. Back in Texas he lived in Brazoria, where he became district clerk on March 1, 1845. He represented Calhoun, Jackson, Matagorda, and Wharton counties in the House of the Third Legislature. From November 1851 to February 1852 he was a member of the Fourth Legislature and served again in the special session of the Fourth Legislature to February 7, 1853. In 1856 Wilson was elected commissioner of the court of claims. In addition to his legal career he was an itinerant minister in the Methodist Church. Wilson County, established in 1860, was named for him. Wilson died at Gonzales on February 7, 1861, and was buried in the Askey Cemetery. In 1936 he was reinterred in the State Cemetery in Austin.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Zachary T. Fulmore, History and Geography of Texas As Told in County Names (Austin: Steck, 1915; facsimile, 1935). Hobart Huson, District Judges of Refugio County (Refugio, Texas: Refugio Timely Remarks, 1941). Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939).

"WILSON, JAMES CHARLES." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Mon Feb 17 12:32:17 US/Central 2003].
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