James Charles Wilson

Full Name: James Charles Wilson
Date of birth: August 24, 1816
Date of death: February 7, 1861

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 19 Nov 5, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (1) (2) (3) (4)     Unknown / Matagorda   Calhoun, Colorado, Jackson, Matagorda, Victoria, Wharton
H 32 Nov 5, 1849 - Oct 15, 1850 3rd (5) (6) (7)     Unknown / Matagorda   Calhoun, Jackson, Matagorda, Wharton

(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Senate District 19, represented Matagorda, Wharton, Colorado, Jackson, Calhoun, and Victoria counties. Act approved Jan. 16, 1850, 3rd Legislature, ch. 44, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(3) 4th Legislature, Regular Session - Presented credentials, qualified, and took his seat, 11/5/1851, p. 9. Senate Journal.
(4) Wilson was district clerk of Brazoria County in 1844, Senator from Matagorda County; Floresville, the county seat, Wilson County historical marker, Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission).
(5) Wilson escaped from [Perote] prison 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. Handbook of Texas Online.
(6) Clark Owen, in special election 10/28/1850, sworn 11/18/1850, succeeded James C. Wilson, resigned before 10/15/1850. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(7) Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Census of 1850 - JC Wilson, Matagorda County, age 31, estimated birth year 1819, birth place - England, home in 1850 - Matagorda, Texas.
    Census of 1860 - Jas C. Wilson, Belmont & Gonzales Post Office, Gonzales County, age 41, born in England. FamilySearch. 1850 1860
  • James Charles Wilson (1818-1860) — birth date 8/21/1818; death date 2/7/1860. Died of tuberculosis at his home in Gonzales, Gonzales County, TX. Original interment at Askey Cemetery; reinterment in 1936 at Texas State Cemetery, Austin, TX. Political Graveyard: a Database of Historic Cemeteries.
  • Wilson was in Capt. Fisher's company at Mier where he was captured. He returned to Brazoria, Texas and later represented Calhoun, Jackson, Matagorda and Wharton counties in the 3rd Texas legislature and served also in the 4th legislative session. Wilson made his final home in Gonzales County where he died 7 Feb 1853. "DeWitt Colony Biographies," Sons of Dewitt Colony Texas, 1997.

Committee Information top

4th R.S. - 1851
Education (Chair) 
Peters' Colony, Governor's Message, Select  
State Affairs  
3rd R.S. - 1849
Apportionment (Chair) 
Archives of Martin De Leon's Colony  
Digest of the Laws of the State of Texas by Mr. Oliver C. Hartley, Examine Work, Cost, etc.  
Division of the Supreme Court, Governor's Message  
Federal Relations  
Governor's Message, Select  
Military Affairs  
Privileges and Elections  
Quieting Land Titles of the State, Governor's Message  
Santa Fe, Prepare Remonstrance and Protest Against the Further Continuance of a Military Government in  

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