Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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WILSON, JAMES -- Arrived in Texas in August 1834 as is shown in the Headright Certificate issued to him January 20, 1838 for one third of a league of land by the Montgomery County Board. This he sold on the same date to Job S. Collard. In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 5335 it is stated that Mr. Wilson served in the army from March 12, to June 12, 1836 and was in Captain William Ware's Company at San Jacinto. He was discharged at Camp Guadalupe. He next enlisted in Captain Washington H. Secrest's Company in June, 1836, and was discharged October 23, 1836.

Mr. Wilson was issued Bounty Certificate No. 489 for 640 acres of land July 31, 1838 for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. He received Bounty Certificate No. 9313 for 320 acres of land, November 26, 1839 for having served in the army from March 15 to June 15, 1836. This he had previously assigned to Samuel Rains.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. William Ware

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1802 Jan 21
  • Birthplace: Georgia, Wilkes County
  • Origin: Alabama
  • Came to Texas: 1834 Aug
  • Date of Death: 1892 Feb 3
  • Bounty Certificate: 9313
  • Donation Certificate: 489
  • Wife: Catherine Obedience Hill
  • Children: Minerva Wilson Shannon; Abner Stoudt; John Dedrick; Samuel Crawford; Caroline Venecia Wilson Farris Scott; Nancy Wilson McIver; Francis Marion; Catherine Obedience Wilson Thompson; Silas P. H.; Portervine Columbus; Napoleon Bonaparte