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, WALKER -- Born in Richmond, Virginia, November 17, 1801. On March 12, 1835 he received title to one league of land in Milam's Colony situated in what is now Travis County. In Headright Certificate, issued to him February 6, for one labor of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Bastrop County it is stated that he came to Texas in 1835.

Mr. Wilson was a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company of MINA (Bastrop) VOLUNTEERS at San Jacinto and on May 18, 1838 was issued Donation Certificate No. 97 for having participated in the battle. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 1655 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from Feb. 28 to June 1, 1836.

Mr. Wilson was married at Bastrop to Mrs. Mina Eggleston Turner, who was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, January 1, 1825. Mr. Wilson died September 8, 1876 while a member of the Texas Veterans Association. He is buried in a marked grave in the City Cemetery at San Marcos, Hays County. Mrs. Wilson died in Austin in 1897 and was buried at Paige, Bastrop County, Texas.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were (1) James Walker Wilson, born May 16, 1864 at Bastrop, and married Alice Black; they had no children; and (2) Stephen Eggleston Van Rennselaer Wilson was born July 17, 1866, at Bastrop. He married Effie Araminta Davis and lived in Austin, Texas.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Wilson were (a) Stephen Ed, (b) Preston George, who married Myrtis Blackstock and lived in Austin, Texas (c) Bert W. married Nobie Springs and lived in San Antonio (d) Effie, married W.F. Waldron and lived in Austin, Texas and (e) Miss Jimmie Wilson, married Woodson B. Matthew and lived in Austin.

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. Jesse Billingsley

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1801 Nov 17
  • Birthplace: Virginia, Richmond
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Date of Death: 1876 Sep 8
  • Burial Place: City Cemetery, San Marcos, Hays County, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 1655
  • Donation Certificate: 97
  • Wife: Mima Eggleston Turner
  • Children: James Walker Wilson; Stephen Eggleston Van Rannselaer Wilson