Francis Wilson Papers, 1839-1935 | East Texas Research Center

By Pam Palmer, 1979

Collection Overview

Title: Francis Wilson Papers, 1839-1935Add to your cart.

ID: A/49

Primary Creator: Wilson, Francis (1790-1867)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Business records -- Texas, East, Clergy -- Texas, East, Manuscripts, Wilson, Francis, 1790-1867 -- Correspondence

Languages: English


Methodist circuit-rider and merchant of San Augustine and Newton counties, Texas. Correspondence, chiefly with relatives and other ministers, will, legal documents, autobiography, and religious writings.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Original letters; autobiographical, religious and creative writing manuscripts; business and legal documents of Francis Wilson and other Wilson family members.

Collection Historical Note

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).

Subject/Index Terms

Business records -- Texas, East
Clergy -- Texas, East
Wilson, Francis, 1790-1867 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Related Materials: Emily Hughes Davis Sexton Diary. East Texas Research Center, Personal & Family Archives, A61

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],

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Writings of Francis Wilson continued.
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Drafts of Autobiography. 5 items. [May be drafts of other works mixed in.]
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Drafts of Autobiography. 5 items.
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Drafts of Francis and Margaret. 6 items.
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Guardsman drafts. 6 items.
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Miscellaneous Writings:

F. Wilson's Journal, San Augustine 1841-1843. 16 p. Midnight Cry. 16 p. Verses - quatrains and couplets. 2 p. Texas Marriages. 2 p. Wilson on Human Economy. 2 p. Writings about Wesleyan College [Crocket's penciled notes]. 42 p. Unidentified fragments. 15 p.

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Philosophy of Creation [Crocket's title?]. 3 items.
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Religious Writings. Drafts of sermons, letters to Annual Conferences. 37 items.
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Speech on the Republic of Texas. 3 items. [For transcript see George L. Crocket Folder 2W.]
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Writings on Religion and Government, 1839-1845, (9 items):

Untitled. 10 p. original and 10 p. photocopied. Fore [sic] the Western Christian Advocate. March 10, 1845. 10 p. hardbound with 2 p. fragments; two 4-page manuscripts. Fragments. 8 p. Handbound notebook. Autobiographical notes, list of subscribers [?] to Western Christian Advocate - 1839, class lists, Crocket notes in pencil.

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On Government. Speech [?] by H. F. Wilson with Crocket's penciled notes speculating an 1845 date of delivery at the examinations of Wesleyan College.

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