Francis Wilson Papers, 1839-1935 | East Texas Research Center
By Pam Palmer, 1979
Primary Creator: Wilson, Francis (1790-1867)
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Francis Wilson (1790-1867) was a circuit-riding Methodist minister based primarily in San Augustine and Newton Counties from 1839 to 1867. He and his wife, Elizabeth Kountz, had ten children and for a few years he and his sons engaged in mercantile business in Belgrade and Sabine Pass, but their business dissolved in bankruptcy in 1856. Wilson estimated he traveled 150,000 miles throughout his career, and delivered over 7,000 sermons, preaching in circuits in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio as well as Texas. His autobiographical materials trace a journey from Texas to Petersburg, Virginia for a Southern Methodist Church conference. Though poorly educated and afflicted with a nervous disorder resembling palsy, Wilson still managed to record a wealth of personal experiences and religious philosophy.
(Smith, William E. "Wilson, Francis A." The New Handbook of Texas. Dallas: Texas State Historical Association,1996. pp. 1005-06; "Francis Wilson Papers." East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).
Related Materials: Emily Hughes Davis Sexton Diary. East Texas Research Center, Personal & Family Archives, A61
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- Box 1
- Correspondence, Legal and Business Papers, Genealogy, Writings
- Folder 1
Letters to Francis Wilson, 1841-1849. (22 items):
1841, June 19, Isaac Hayes, Thomas Hartley, Jackson Co., Ohio. 2 p. 1842, Oct. 26, Geo. Lane, Treas., New York, to the Bishop and Members of the Texas Conference. 3 p. 1843, Jan. 9, R. B. Wells, Noland's Bluff. 1 p. 1843, Nov. 13-28, Wesley Browning, St. Louis, to Francis Wilson; letter of recommendation by Browning for Alexander Hulin to Bishop and Members of Texas Conference; Hulin to Brother Clark; H. Linn [?] to Brother Summers; Hulin to Wilson. 4 p. 1844, Jan. 12, Nat Shook, Shelbyville, Texas. 1 p. 1844, Feb. 7, John Clarke, Galveston. 1 p. 1845, Apr. 29, John Clarke, West Poultney [?], Rutland [?] Co., Vermont. 1 p. 1846, Feb. 3, Henderson D. Palmer, at home. 2 p. 1846, May 15, Robert Wilson, Williams Port, Washington Co., M[arylan]d. 2 p. 1846, July 23, Concerning suit of A. I. Fowler, former math professor at Wesleyan College for back wages. Signed Ardury [?] & Payne, San Angelo. 2 p. 1846, Sept. 22-30, P[eter] L[ight] Wilson, [nephew], Williamsport; Robt. Wilson to Bro. Francis. 3 p. 1846, Nov. 30, W. G. Booker, Bro. Griffen's, Liberty. 1 p. 1847, Feb. 16, Robt. Wilson, Williamsport, Md. 2 p. 1847, May 22, Eliza Wanless [?], [niece], Pocahontas Co., Va. 3 p. 1847, Oct. 29, Preston Moore, [nephew], Pocahontas Co., Va. 3 p. 1848, Feb. 14, George W. West, Petersburg, [Va.] 3 p. 1848, May 18, F. Carter Baker for Eppinger & Baker, Austin. 2 p. 1848, July 6, N. Vaught, Columbia, [Tenn.?] 2 p 1848, Aug. 22, C. C. Arnete, Tyler Co. 1 p. 1848, Oct. 5, P. W. Hobbs, Newton Co. 1 p. 1849, Jan. 1, Robt. Wilson, Williamsport, Md. 2 p. 1849, May 2, P. L. Wilson, Philadelphia. 6 p.
- Folder 2
Letters to Francis Wilson, 1850-1859 (14 items):
1850, Apr. 3, Adam Poe [?], Ohio City, Ohio. 2 p. re:about Weslyan College failure. [image] 1851, July 3, Friend [?] McMahon Jr. [?], Newton Co. 1 p. 1851, July 11, H. F. Wilson, [son], Newton Co. 2 p. 1851, Nov. 12, M[organ] Wilson, [son], Newholland. 1 p. 1853, Nov. 22, N. B. Stewart, La Grange. 1 p. 1854, May 7, Y. G. Box [?], Crocket. 1 p. 1854, May 16, R. W. Kennan, Houston. 1 p. 1854, Sept. 2, M. Belgrade [?], Bowen Prairie. 3 p. 1856, June 26, N. B. Stewart, Holly Springs. 2 p. 1857, Aug. 16, N. M. Geoffrey [?], Georgetown. 1 p. 1857, Sept. 29, N. B. Stewart, Holly Springs. 2 p. 1858, Mar. 17, Z. T. Mattingly [?], Oak Grove. 1 p. 1859, Sept. 13, S. Calhoun, White Rock, Houston Co. 2 p. 1859, Dec. 27, I. C. Brooke. 2 p.
- Folder 3
Letters to Francis Wilson, 1862 and n. d. (3 items):
1862, May 3, S. A. Williams, San Augustine. 2 p. n. d. George W. West. 3 p. n. d. R. S. Van Wey, McArthurstown, Athens Co., Ohio. 2 p.
- Folder 4
Letters from Francis Wilson, 1842-1862 (10 items):
1842, July 8, San Augustine. To E. [?] L. Martine. Signed "A true copy - George West." 1 p. 1846, May 23, Peatersburgh [sic],Va. To Elizabeth Wilson, [wife] and children, San Augustine. 2 p. 1847, July 24, San Augustine. To Rev. Robert Wilson, Williams porte [sic], Md. 3 p. re:obtained 15,000 acres of land for the college. 1849, Feb. 9, Burkesvill [sic], Newton Co., Tx. To Brother Robert Wilson. 3 p. 1849, Oct. 1, San Augustine. To George M. Mathews, Montgomery, Ala. 2 p. 1850, June 30, Bellgrade, Newton Co. To P. L. Wilson, [nephew]. 3 p. 1852, Oct. 18, Caldwell, Collarado [sic]. To Henry F. Wilson, [son], Newton Co., 2 p. 1854, July 4, Bellgrade, Newton Co. To Peater [sic] Light Wilson, [nephew]. 3 p. 1859, May 29, Bellgrade, Newton Co. To Major Wm. Wilson. Aug. 10, Declaration of bankruptcy in mercantile business. 2 p. 1862 Hayze [?] Co., at John D. Pitts. To Elizabeth Wilson, [wife] and children. 1 p.
- Folder 5
Letters to and from other Wilson family members, 1845-49, (9 items):
1845, Jan. 11, From Morgan Wilson, San Augustine Co., to "Mother." Pencil notes on back. 3 p. 1847, Sept. 14, From William Kouns, New Holland, Ohio, to nephew Henry F. Wilson, San Augustine. 4 p. 1848, Oct. 2, From Wm. P. Sansom, Liberty, to Frank Wilson, Sabine. Handwritten copy of a letter Sansom received from A. B. Harden [?]. 1 p. 1852, Dec. 21, from John Koons, St. Louis, to his nephew Morgan Wilson, San Augustine. 2 p. 1853, Feb. 17, N. B. Stewart, Buzzard's Roost, Ala., to [? - addressee torn off]. 1 p. 1853, July 17, N. B. Stewart, La Grange, to Henry F. Wilson, Midway, Newton Co. 2 p. 1855, Aug. 15, Tomas Richardson & Co. [?] to "Sir" concerning a subscription to Galveston News. 1 p. 1855, Oct. 5, Lib Koons, Forest Home, to "Cousin." 2 p. 1908, Dec. 10, R. H. Windham, Newton, to F. A. Wilson, San Augustine.
- Folder 6
- Draft of Francis Wilson's will. 3 consecutive pages and 3 torn fragments. n. d. 4 items.
- Folder 7
Legal Documents, 1845-1867, (7 items):
1845, Nov. 7, Transfer of land by Francis Wilson for Wesleyan College to H. F. Wilson. Notes [for sermon?] on verve. 2 p. 1850, Wilson's receipts for state and county tax. Signed by Friend [?] Mahan Jr., Newton Co. 1852, Dec. 12[?] Sale of land to Leonard T. Friend by Francis Wilson as agent for Board of Trustees, Wesleyan College. 1 p. 1857, Printed fragment from REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF THE COURT OF CLAIMS about headrights. Title page and pp. 15-22 1859, Aug. 12, Binding for debt of Asberry and Henry F. Wilson to A. B. James of New Orleans. 2 p. 1867, Oct. 8, Sale of land to P. M. Meggs of Polk Co. by J. P. Bruce of Newton Co. Test. by C. C. Bruce. Copy - all signatures in same hand. 2 p. n. d., Draft of articles of agreement between Francis and his sons for the mercantile business. 4 p
- Folder 8
- List of Official Members [Officers] of the Methodist Church in Newton Circuit. n. d. 1 p. attached to several blank pages.
- Folder 9
- Fragments, shopping lists, literary and religious notes, computations, 1850-1853 (most n. d.). 16 items.
- Folder 10
- Genealogy and Biography. Crocket's 2-item bibliography and carbon typescript of newspaper article. Two newspaper clippings. Photocopy of letter (1935) to Thomas A. Wilson, unsigned, and several pages of genealogy listings, portrait of Francis Wilson. 1909-1935. 14 items.
- Folder 11
- Manuscript of Francis Wilson's Autobiography. 168 p. (a few missing)
- Folder 12
- Carbon of George L. Crocket's typescript of the Autobiography, rearranged as Wilson arranged his manuscript.
- Folder 13
- Drafts of Autobiography. 6 items.
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