James Charles Wilson
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).