Semmes Wilder Parish

Full Name: Semmes Wilder Parish
Date of birth: December 26, 1872
Date of death: September 29, 1943

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 63 Jan 8, 1901 - Jan 13, 1903 27th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)   Democrat Calvert / Robertson   Robertson
H 63 Jan 10, 1899 - Jan 8, 1901 26th   Democrat Calvert / Robertson   Robertson

(1) District 63 comprised of Roberston county; District 83 comprised of Bee, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria counties, pp. 29-30, Acts of 1892, 22nd Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 21, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Redistricting bill shows Robertson County in district 63. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(3) District 63 represented by S.W. Parish, p. 2. House Journal.
(4) District 63. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(5) District 83 represented by S.W. Parish, p. 62. Texas Legislative Manual.
(6) Roster of House members shows Parish representing District 83. Year Book for Texas, 1901, 1902.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Obituaries, Semmes W. Parish, The Miami News (Miami, Florida), 10/2/1943, p. 8, and 10/5/1943, p. 18.
  • Obituary, Semmes Wilder Parish, Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, North Carolina), 10/1/1943, p. 8. Native of Calvert, Texas, oil drilling operator, Captain in Spanish-American War. "Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Katherine H. Parish, granddaughter of the late Governor Andrew Jackson Hamilton, of Texas."
  • Biographical sketch, Semmes Wilder Parish, pp. 150-151. Born 12/26/1872 in Harrison County. The Twenty-Seventh Legislature and State Administration of Texas, 1901.

Military Service Notes

  • U.S. Volunteer Infantry, Captain, Company L, 4th Texas Regiment. "Our captain is S.W. Parish of Calvert, a very nice gentleman and on of the best captains in the regiment. He is also the nominee of the democratic party for representative in Robertson county, and if Co. L had the power to cast the vote for the county, his election would be unanimous." "A Brazos Soldier Boy: Writes an Interesting Letter from Camp Tom Ball," from R.B. Deason, 7/26/1898, p. 2. Bryan Eagle.
  • Parish, Semmes Wilder, Texas Volunteer Guard, Call Number: 401-208. Born in Marshall, Harrison County. Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836-1935.
  • Parish, Semmes Wilder, United States Volunteers, Spanish-American War, Call Number: 401-245. Captain, Company L, 4th Texas Volunteer Infantry. Residence in Calvert, Texas, 28 years old. Discusses resignation to quality for election to the Legislature and to take seat in the 26th Texas Legislature. Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836-1935.

Other Resources

  • Marriage announcement, Captain S.M. "Sim" Parish and Miss Katharine Hamilton of Austin, "A Su[r]prise Wedding," 5/14/1901, p. 2. "The groom is a member of the Twenty-seventh legislature . . . " Austin Daily Statesman.
  • Census of 1900 - S.W. Parish, Calvert, Robertson County, Texas, age 28, born December 1872 in Texas, merch. lumber, son of Lee H. and Martha J. Parish.
    S.W. Parish, marriage to Katherine Hamilton 5/13/1901 in Travis County, Texas.
    Census of 1910 - Semms Parish, Tulsa, Oklahoma, age 38, born circa 1872 in Texas, oil producer/oil co., spouse Catherine, son Lee H.
    Census of 1920 - S.W. Parish, Tulsa, Oklahoma, age 47, born circa 1873 in Texas, oil producer/oil, spouse Katherine H., son Lee H.
    Census of 1940 - Sammes [Semmes] W. Parish, Miami Beach, Florida, age 68, born circa 1872 in Texas, investments, spouse Katherine H. FamilySearch. 1900 1910 1920 1940 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977
  • Semmes Wilder Parish, birth date 10/26/1872 in Calvert, Texas; death date 9/30/1943 in Asheville, North Carolina; residence in Miami Beach, Florida; retired oil operator; Spanish-American War veteran; spouse Katherine Hamilton Parish, father Lee Henderson Parish. FamilySearch. North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994
  • Semmes Wilder Parish (1871-1943) and Katherine Hamilton Parish, Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum in Miami, Florida. Find a Grave.
  • 27th Legislature (1901) - S.W. Parish, postoffice Calvert, nativity Texas, age 29 (born circa 1872), merchant, stockman, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.


  • Photograph. S.W. Parish, 27th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. S.W. Parish, 26th Legislature, State Preservation Board

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Committee Information top

27th R.S. - 1901
Counties and County Boundaries  
Examination of Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
Internal Improvements  
Judicial Districts  
Military Affairs (Chair) 
Mining and Minerals  
26th R.S. - 1899
Agricultural Affairs  
Federal Relations  
Military Affairs  
Mining and Minerals  
Private Land Claims  

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