Details for James Charles Wilson (Atlas Number 5493002717)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5493002717


Marker Number 2717
Atlas Number 5493002717
Marker Title James Charles Wilson
Index Entry Wilson, James Charles
Address 1420 Third Street
City Floresville
County Wilson
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 581971
UTM Northing 3223001
Subject Codes journalists; county official; law, lawyers; Texas Revolution, Republic of Texas; state official; ports; religious leaders; English immigrants/immigration
Marker Year 1985
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location Courthouse Square, 1420 Third Street, Floresville.
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text When this county was created in 1860 by the Eighth Texas Legislature, it was named for Texas patriot James Charles Wilson. A native of England, Wilson (1818-1861) left his homeland in 1836 and by 1839 had settled in Brazoria County, Texas. He studied law there under Judge John W. Harris and future Governor Elisha M. Pease, and boarded with former Provisional Governor Henry Smith. Wilson had a multifaceted career while a resident of the state. As part of the ill-fated Mier Expedition in 1842, he was held in a Mexican prison until escaping in 1843. He returned to Brazoria County, where he served as editor of the "Brazos Planter" and a district clerk. After obtaining his law license in 1844, Wilson had a successful law practice, was elected to the Texas Senate, and became Commissioner of Claims to settle problems arising from land grants given under the colonization laws of Spain and Mexico. During the last years of his life, James C. Wilson moved his family to a homestead near Gonzales, where he continued to practice law and was licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Upon his death in 1861, Wilson was buried in the family cemetery near Gonzales but was later reinterred in the State Cemetery in Austin. (1985)