J.C. Ralston

Joseph Courtenay Ralston

Full Name: Joseph Courtenay Ralston, Sr.
Date of birth: October 29, 1840
Date of death: April 27, 1924

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 25 Jan 12, 1909 - Jan 10, 1911 31st (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Hempstead / Waller   Fort Bend, Waller
H 25 Jan 8, 1907 - Jan 12, 1909 30th   Democrat Waller / Waller   Fort Bend, Waller

(1) Democrat; roster of members of the 31st Legislature with biographical and party information. "Year Book 1909," Number 13, May-June 1910, pp. 408-415. Bulletin (Texas Department of Agriculture), 1910.
(2) Hempstead. House Journal.
(3) Hempstead, Waller County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Waller. Texas Legislative Manual.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 39th Legislature, R.S., 2/5/1925, p. 420, Hon. Capt. Joseph Courtenay Ralston, member of 30th and 31st Legislatures from Waller County. Resolutions - Memorial.

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch of Capt. Joseph Courtenay Ralston included in article on his son, William Wallace Ralston, Texas Under Many Flags, 1930, Volume V, pp. 112-113. Joseph Courtenay Ralston, born 10/19/1840 in Cole County, Missouri; died 4/27/1927. (Created 3/12/2010.) HeritageQuest Online.
  • Portraits and biographical sketches, "Our friends in the Legislature," Volume V, No. 1, May 1909, pp. 14-17. " . . . settled in Waller County, near Hempstead . . . " Texas State Journal of Medicine, 1905.

Military Service Notes

  • Missouri State Guard; Confederate States Army, Captain. "He joined the Missouri State Guards in July, 1861, and served as captain in the Confederate army, on General Walker's staff, participating in a number of battles in Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. After the war he came to Texas . . ." Texas Under Many Flags, 1930, Volume V, pp. 112-113. (Created 3/12/2010.) HeritageQuest Online.

Other Resources

  • Joseph Courtenay Ralston, birth date 10/29/1840 in Jefferson City, Missouri; death date 4/27/1924 in Houston, Harris County, Texas; retired stockman; burial in Austin. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Capt. Joseph Courtenay Ralston, Sr., birth date 10/29/1840, death date 4/27/1924, portrait, burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis County. Find a Grave.
  • Obituary, Joseph Courtenay Ralston, 4/27/1924, p. 4; "Civil War Veteran Dies in Houston," 4/28/1924, p. 18. Houston Chronicle.
  • James C. Ralston. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • James C. Ralston. Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846-1992, 1992.
  • "Negro Farmers' Congress and tuberculosis," Volume V, No. 5, September 1909, p. 200. Account from Houston Post of Captain J.C. Ralston's speech, 8/11/1909, at Negro Farmers' Congress meeting in Prairie View. Texas State Journal of Medicine, 1905.


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Committee Information top

31st 1st C.S. - 1909
Public Health (Chair) 
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
31st R.S. - 1909
Public Health (Chair) 
Revenue and Taxation  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
30th R.S. - 1907
Public Grounds and Buildings  
Public Health (Chair) 
Revenue and Taxation  
Stock and Stock Raising  

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