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Wilson, Adeline Poague (McClung)


Our community was again called upon to attend the funeral of an estimable lady, on Monday evening. Mrs. ___ Wilson, mother of N. Wilson, Esq.,died on Sunday night and was buried at the family and neighborhood cemetery, near the Squire’s residence. A great many persons from Alleyton and from Ramsey’s Point attended the funeral Mrs. Wilson was in her 75th year; would have been seventy-five years old on the fourth of July next. She had long been a consistent Christian Lady and a member of he M. E. Church. She was a Sabbath keeping Christian, discountenancing the fashion of paying and receiving visits on the Sabbath day. We commend her bereaved children and her interesting little grand-children to the keeping of Him who “does all things well.” We offer our sincere sympathy in their sad bereavement. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 4, 1885

Wilson, Beatrice Inez (Naumann)


Funeral services for Mrs. Beatrice Inez Wilson was held August ,28 at the Dulany Funeral Home with Rev. George Welsch officiating. Burial was at the' Lakeside Cemetery.

Beatrice Wilson was born September 25, 1906 In Glidden to Morris and Emma Naumann. She lived in Eagle Lake for the pest 30 years where she owned and operated Beatrice Beauty Shop.

Beatrice was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake.

Survivors Include: daughter, Scottie Reese, Eagle Lake; two brothers, Lee N. Naumann and Herman Naumann both of Glidden: one grandson, Dr. Warren D. Parker, Houston; two great grandsons, Brandon Parker and Bradley Parker both of Houston; has numerous of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Beatrice was proceeded in death by parents and husband, James H. Wilson.

Pallbearers were Terry Naumann, Charles Naumann, Henry Naumann, John Naumann, Otto Loessin and Marion Nickols.

Colorado County Citizen, September 6, 1984, page 2

Wilson, Bell

Weimar Local Matters

One Lee Blackman, a colored fellow about 23 years old, living on Mr. H. S. Townsend’s place near here, last Friday evening was trying to put a main spring into an old five shooter that was loaded, and in carelessly handling it, the pistol was discharged, the contents entering the pit of the stomach of a negro girl at work in the yard, named Bell Wilson, from the effects of which she died in less than ten minutes, after receiving the fatal shot. An inquest was held over the body, and the verdict in accordance with the above facts. The boy that did the killing was nearly frantic with grief, when the jury and officers arrived, and told the whole story in such a manner that the jury was convinced that it was purely accidental. There was no one that witnessed the killing, as Mr. Towsend’s[sic] family were all gone to Church at the time. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 26, 1883

Wilson, C. J. "Stonewall"

NEWS was received in this city Sunday morning of the death of Mr. Stonewall Wilson at Eagle Lake after a comparatively brief illness,of typhoid pneumonia. His remains were brought to Weimar Sunday at noon , and from here were carried to Osage cemetery, their final resting place. He was son of Mrs. Wilson of Osage. He leaves a wife and many relatives and friends to mourn his death. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved ones in their sad loss.

Weimar Mercury, 12 December 1891
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Wilson, Callie (York)

Dead at Dallas, Texas

Relatives here learned a few days ago of the death of Mrs. Dan Wilson of Dallas, which took place in that city Saturday, with interment there the following Monday. Mrs. Wilson, before marriage, was a Miss Callie York daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom J. York of the Osage community. She was married to Mr. Wilson while the family lived at Osage.

She and Mr. Wilson lived in the Osage community for awhile, afterward moving to Tyler. Texas. Mr. Wilson died while the family lived at Tyler. [He is buried at Osage Cemetery as well as an infant son and their daughter, Verna.] She is survived by three sons, Lellius, Tom and Dan.

She will still be remembered by many of the old time residents of the Osage and Weimar sections. She was about 80 years of age at time of death, we understand. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, March 8, 1935, page 1

Wilson, Colville E.

News reached this place Tuesday morning that Mr. C. Wilson, an old citizen of the Osage neighborhood, well and favorably known all over this section of the county, is dying of Bright's disease.

Colorado Citizen, 3 February 1887

Mr. C. Wilson, who was reported in last week's items as dying at his home near Osage, died the 3d of Bright's disease, after an illness of only forty-eight hours. Mr. Wilson was one of the first citizens of this section -- was one of the staunch pillars of the Methodist Church -- his aid and support to which will be sadly missed. He was buried in the Osage Cemetery, by the Masons, of which fraternity he was a member. He was in his seventy-fourth year at the time of his demise. He leaves a large family of children, all of whom are grown, to mourn his loss.

10 February 1887 Colorado Citizen
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Wilson, Christiana A. (Deal)

Mrs. C. A. Wilson of Houston, an estimable lady and mother of Mrs. Kate Oakes, died at Columbus Tuesday night. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 28, 1899, page 1

Wilson, Daniel H.

Mr. Dan Wilson, a former resident of this section, and son-in-law of Mr. Tom York, died Thursday at Tyler. We were unable to learn any of the particulars of his death. We understand the remains will be brought here today (Friday) for interment in the Osage cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, 28 December 1907
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Wilson, Dorothy Mae (Brisco)

Dorothy Mae Wilson

Sheridan—Dorothy Mae Brisco Wilson, 74, of Sheridan died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997.

She was born May 1, 1923, in Sheridan.

Survivors: mother, Sara Jane Varley Brisco of Sheridan; daughters, Joyce Hodde of Lissie and Delores Kobersky of Manvel; sons, Francis Wilson Jr. of Pasadena, Billy Ray Wilson of Sheridan and Sirca Joseph Wilson of Columbus; sister Lillian Allen of Hallettsville and Betty Layton of Sheridan; brothers, Raymond Brisco of Houston and Ervin Brisco of Victoria; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by husband, Francis Wilson Sr., daughter, Doris Jane Wilson; father, Joseph Sirca Brisco; and brothers Jesse Brisco and Emmett Briscoe.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Dulany Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Jim Tomlinson officiating.

Burial will be at Cheetham Cemetery.  Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake (409) 234-2011

Memorials: American Lung Association, 2425 W. Loop South, Houston, 77027 or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 5057 Westheimer, suite 682, Houston 77056 or donor’s choice.

Victoria Advocate, December 26, 1997
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Wilson, Early


Deacon Early Wilson, 90, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

He was born to Laura Brown Wilson and Earlie Wilson on Aug. 18, 1917 in Borden. Wilson attended school in Borden and Glidden and actively participated in interscholastic speaking. On June 26, 1938 he married Irizola Smallwood. He was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad Company until his retirement. Following retirement, he worked a number of jobs in Col-umbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Verniece Wilson Roach and brother Floyd Wilson and nephews Earlie Roach and Floyd Roach.

He is survived by his wife Irizola; son, Roy B. Wilson and wife Mary of Hallettsville; daughter, Margie Wilson Whitehead of Glidden; nieces, Willie V. Wright and wife Charlie of Glidden, Helen Lowe of Altair, Murry Sephers of Houston and Thelma Axel and husband Thomas of Columbus; nine grandchildren, a number of great and great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Special mention of his riding companion Ernest M. Smallwood and his niece Gloria McClennon who attended to him for several years until he reached a point where he required special care.

Funeral services took place on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Glidden with the Rev. R. Hamilton officiating. Burial followed at Shepherd Memorial Cemetery in Glidden.

Pallbearers included Benjamin Wilson Sr., Roy Wilson Jr., Craig Wilson Sr., Roy L. Smallwood, Benjamin Wilson Jr., Brent Wilson, Brandon Wilson and Mark Wright Sr.

Honorary pallbearers included Andrew Lee Smallwood, Thomas J. Axel Sr., William Whitehead Sr., William Wright, Alfred Smallwood, Charlie Wright Jr., Ernest M. Smallwood, Thomas J. Axel Jr., Timothy Whitehead, Charlie Wright Sr., Norris Smallwood Jr. and Eddie Wright.

Colorado County Citizen, January 2, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Wilson, Edna (Bremby)

Funeral for Mrs. Wilson Held Jan. 10

Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Bremby Wilson, 76, of Weimar were held Sunday, January 10, from Mt. Arie Baptist church, with Rev. Isaach Hewitt officiating.

Burial was in Paradise Garden Cemetery here.

Mrs. Wilson died January 8 at Parkview, where she had been a resident for three years.

Born January 1, 1906, she was a daughter of Stewart and Bessie Bremby. She was married to Gillespie Wilson on December 22, 1927.

A lifelong resident of Weimar, she was a member of Mt. Arie Baptist Church, past president of Mt. Arie Missionary Society, organizer of the Community Mission and Community Cemetery Association, and president of the President's Conference of the La Grange Baptist District Association of Texas. She taught school in Tyler, Fayette and Colorado counties. She last taught at Karl Downs High School in Weimar.

Her husband survives her, along with one son, Gillespie Charles Wilson of Amarillo; five granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ernestine Bell of Houston and Mrs. Isabel Webb of Weimar; and one brother, Isreal Jackson of Houston. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Edward Steward, John Webb, Harvey Steward, Wilbert Glass, Gregory Connor and Raymond Glass.

Weimar Mercury, January 21, 1982, page 3

Wilson, Elmer “Jack”

Wilson Services Held in Weimar

Funeral services for Mr. Elmer “Jack” Wilson, age 77, were held on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar, with Rev. I. T. Hewitt officiating. Burial followed at the Paradise Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Wilson died on Jan. 12 after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Holman, and attended school in Fayette County. Mr. Wilson served in the Army during World War II, then moved to San Francisco where he was employed by the U. S. Postal Service until his retirement in 1990.

Survivors of Mr. Wilson are his wife, Mrs. Arvella Wilson of San Francisco, Ca.; one son, Dr. Askia Jackie Sonyika, of Trabuca Canyon, Ca.; two daughters, Mrs. Anita L. Charles of San Francisco, Ca., and Mrs. Sheila Wilson Blue of Los Angeles, Ca.; twelve grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one loving, all in one, devoted aunt, sister, mother and friend Mrs. Ofra L. Burley of Weimar; three nieces, Mrs. Deborah Ward of Wichita Falls, Ingrid Ward of Fort Worth, and Sibyl Ward of Missouri City; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his mother, Birdie Mae Wilson Maxie and one son, Bobby.

Pallbearers were Harvey Stewart, Moses Adams, Drexel Evans, Lawrence Wilson, Donnell Wilson and Ronell Wilson.

Weimar Mercury, January 23, 1997
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Wilson, Emeline (Reeves)

News was received here that Mrs. Wilson, wife of C. Wilson of Osage, died near La Grange Monday last, at the residence of John Trousdale.

Colorado Citizen, 25 December 1884

DIED, in this city, at the residence of Mr. John Trousdale, Monday, December 22, 1884, Mrs. Emeline Wilson, wife of Mr. C. Wilson of Osage, Colorado County.

Mrs. Wilson had been an invalid for some time. She came to La Grange last Spring that she might be with her daughter, Mrs. Trousdale, and receive a daughters care and affection. Her remains were taken to Osage for interment.

The afflicted husband and relatives have the sympathy of our entire community in their sad bereavement.

La Grange Journal, 25 December 1884
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Wilson, Estella (Goodson)


Estella “Tedda” Wilson, 88, of Columbus, passed away March 11 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born in Edna, Jan. 12, 1918 to John Goodson Jr. and Myrtle (Cox) Good-son. In 1920 her father died and in 1925 her mother married William Marshall Hill.

This new family, including a younger sister, Lois, moved to Columbus where Estella lived until graduation from high school in 1936. After graduation she moved to Waco, where she worked in a lingerie factory. Here she gained the skills, which would define her life-long career.

Estella married James Fort Wilson, of Dallas, on Jan. 1, 1941 in Waco. Their life together was interrupted by the war, but in 1946 they relocated to Dallas where their two daughters were born. In 1948 they moved to Arlington to start a children's clothing factory named “Tedda's Togs.”

In 1953 family and factory and assorted pets moved again to Winnsboro where they remained for almost four decades.

After her husband's death in 1981, Estella continued to live and operate Wilson Manufacturing Company in Winnsboro until the early 1990s. She then returned to Columbus and lived there until her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father; husband; and sister, Lois Bahner.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Tess and Gary Swindle and Nancy and Irving Humphrey; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Buddy Seifert, Ruth and Bill Ferguson and Sonny Bahner; granddaughters, Carla and husband David Wiggs, Diana Swindle and Paula Swindle; and step-granddaughters, Laurel Humphrey and Heather Humphrey Rush.

A memorial service is scheduled for Estella Wilson on Sunday, March 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus beginning at 3 p.m. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Hospice Brazos Valley Hospice Brenham.

Colorado County Citizen, March 22, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Wilson, Eva (Brashear)

Mrs. Eva Wilson died at the La Grange Hospital yesterday. The funeral will be held today. The Rev. Don E. Dulany will officiate and interment will take place in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Miss Eva Brashear was born at Dayton, Texas, August 26, 1861. She was married to Mr. George Wilson in 1877 and came to Columbus to live in 1879. Mr. Wilson preceded her in death in 1907 and in 1908 the family moved to Bellville where they resided until 1917 removing to Houston. Mrs. Wilson returned to Columbus in 1934 and resided in her cottage near the Mayes Hotel with her daughter Miss Lucile until the present time.

Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Bessie Yarbrough, Mrs. George R. Martin, Mrs. C. R. Mitchell and Miss Lucile, two sons, John C. of Houston and Dan H. Wilson of San Antonio.

Colorado County Citizen, August 26, 1937, page 1, column 5
From a transcription by Miss Lee Nesbitt

Wilson, Fannie Lydia (Thatcher)

Mrs. F. T. Wilson is buried here on last Saturday. 

A short funeral service was held at Fogle-West Chapel, Houston at 1 PM, May 4,[1947] followed by a service at Christ Episcopal Church, Eagle Lake at 4 PM. Burial was in beautiful Lakeside Cemetery.

Mrs. Wilson is the last of her immediate family and nearly the last of that generation in the whole connection. Mrs. Mary Davis, a cousin, of Eagle Lake, and Mrs. Cora Thatcher of Weimar, a sister-in-law being the exceptions.

A descendant of one of the prominent South Texas families who settled this country when it was a prairie wilderness, Mrs. Wilson's mind ever alert was a store house of historical information.  Keeping pace with the trends of times from the pioneer days to the present era, she was keenly interested in all things that were wholesome and progressive.

These picturesque links of the past, like falling leaves, are gradually being relinquished and only treasured memories remain.  Slipping away from her pain that was at times past endurance, Mrs. Wilson closed her eyes into dreamless sleep just a few hours before her eighty-sixth birthday anniversary.

She was a true daughter of the old South, a native Texan, whose southern ancestry reached far back into the yesteryears.  She was brought home to rest in the shade of the trees, there to sleep surrounded by scenes of which she had been a living and vital part.

Her daughters dedicated their lives to her care, which will always prove an enduring comfort.  She has entered the Celestial City, leaving her loved ones to precious heritage of a devoted Christian mother and grandmother, whose long life of service will be an ever inspiring incentive to greater and better things.

"The pathway she trod has marked for us the starlit path of God."

Fannie Thatcher Wilson born on the Thatcher plantation near Eagle Lake, May 4, 1861, died May 3, 1947, Houston, Texas.  She was the daughter of John W. and Margaret Abell Thatcher.  One brother, Johnnie Thatcher and two sisters, Mrs. Summie Thatcher Williamson and Mrs. Josephine Thatcher Frazar, preceded her to the grave.

She was educated at Ursuline Academy, Galveston and Allis School, Old Moulton Institute.  When a young girl she was confirmed in the Episcopal Church at Columbus, Texas.  She married Thomas J. Wilson, October 10, 1889, at the home of her cousins, Mr. & Mrs. J. D. Suggs in Jones County.  In true pioneer fashion, they traveled to their new homestead near Emma, Crosby County, Texas by horse-drawn vehicle.  When Crosby County was established Mr. Wilson was elected its first tax assessor and collector, serving nine consecutive terms.  They paid 25 cents per acre for their section of land.

To this couple the following children were born and remain to mourn their mother; Mrs. Sophie Elkins, Mrs. Ruth Causey, Eagle Lake; Misses Summie and Johnnie Wilson, Thomas Wilson Jr., Houston.  To give them better educational advantages, the family moved to Eagle Lake in 1908.  Mrs. Wilson died December 21, 1919.

The following grandchildren survive: Mrs. Willie Maye Reading, Mrs. Frances Hutchings, Miss Ruth Elkins, Miss Marie Wilson and James Elkins, Houston; Mrs. Josephine Paul, Austin; Mrs. Dorothy Cox, Atlanta, Ga.  The great-grandchildren are: Billy Reading, Eagle Lake; Dickie Hutchings, Houston; Tommie Paul and Jo Ann Paul, Austin and Gary Cox, Atlanta Ga.

Pallbearers were John Chumney, J. N. Frazar, Sr., J. O. Walker, H. A. Dromgoole, S. O. Booth and A. F. Harbert.  Mrs. Harbert presided at the piano before the funeral services.

Among the out-of-town people attending the services were Mrs. Josephine Vollentine, T. J. McCabe, Mrs. Ethel Stubenvall, Mrs. J. W. Schacklette of Houston, Mr. & Mrs. Sturgess Earle, Raymond Earle, Wharton, Mrs. T. B. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Suggs of Missouri City.

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Mrs. Wilson in their sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 1947.
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Wilson, Rev. Fred F.

Rev. Fred F. Wilson, Pastor of the Methodist Church in this place, died last Sunday, after a protracted illness, of typhoid-malaria fever. Mr. Wilson was a young man of much promise. He was a devoted Christian, an earnest, faithful laborer in the vineyard, and his reward is assured. His remains were conveyed to Houston by Sunday night’s train for interment. To the bereaved consort of only a few months we offer our sincere sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, July 21, 1881

Wilson, George Shearard

Post Special: Columbus, Dec. 30.-- Robert Goldsmith, Sr., aged 69 years, died at his home in this city shortly after 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

Mrs. A. H. Carter died at the family residence, across the river from town, an hour later.

Mr. George S. Wilson died at his home in town after 8 o'clock this morning. [Place of interment unknown]

This makes eight of the old, representative citizens of Columbus who have died since September.
. . .
Mr. Wilson was a native of Kentucky, but a resident of Colorado county the past thirty years. He lately sold a valuable farm north of town and contemplated moving to Houston. Besides his wife he leaves four daughters and two sons.

Weimar Mercury, January 4, 1908, page 1

Wilson, Hallie Pearl

Some time during last Fall a Mr. Wilson moved with his family from Osage, Colorado county, to Bell county. Not long after their arrival there Mr. Wilson took sick and died. Mrs. Wilson then moved to this place with her children and located. She had not been here long before she and two of her children took their beds with pneumonia, and for many weeks their recovery was extremely doubtful, but they finally got well. They, however, had not more than fairly recovered before one of her daughters, aged seven years, took the flux which caused her death last Friday. Her remains were taken to Osage for interment by the side of her father and other relatives. The mother feeling her afflictions so keenly and considering that all had befallen her since she left her old home, resolved to move back again to the place where she had experienced some happiness. She and her children left Monday. The JOURNAL hopes their future may be an unclouded one.

La Grange Journal, May 20, 1886.
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Wilson, Hattie Lee

Hattie Lee Wilson, 71, a Colorado County native, died Sunday, June 12, 1994.

Born June 20, 1923, she was the daughter of Nathaniel and Sophia Wilson. She was a long-time member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Columbus where she served as youth leader, youth choir coordinator and member of the senior choir as well as being active in many other church functions. She was a member and officer of the Progressive Order of Pilgrims, a volunteer at River Oaks Convalescent Home and a 4-H leader.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 16 at St. Paul United Methodist church with Rev. Billy Young officiating. Interment followed in Willing Workers Cemetery, Columbus, Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus, was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were William Wright, Clarence Bratcher, Lemmie Evans, John L. Johnson, John Mosley and Ervin Alley. Honorary pallbearers were Lemon Wilson, Sammie Wilson, Lucious Wilson, Thomas Wilson, Willis Wilson, Arthur Pearson and Cleo F. Edmonson.

Ms. Wilson is survived by her sister, Ethel Lee Wilson of Columbus; two nieces, Joyce f. Edmonson of San Antonio and Rosemary Young Tyler of California; seven nephews, Cleo F. Edmonson of San Antonio, Lemon Wilson, Sammie Wilson and Lucious Wilson, all of California, Thomas Wilson and Willis Wilson of Columbus and Arthur Pearson of Abilene, Texas and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

Colorado County Citizen, June 22, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Wilson, Hugh

Hugh Wilson, Son of County Pioneers Buried Here Sunday

Last rites for Hugh Wilson, 81-year-old retired rancher, were held Sunday afternoon at Columbus Funeral home, with the Rev. George Ricker of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Wilson, who had been active, although in frail health until about a week ago, died Friday evening in Columbus Hospital.

Descendant of pioneer residents of Colorado County, he was born on the Wilson farm near Alleyton June 28, 1876. His parents were N. C. and Mary E. Sanford Wilson. HIs grandfather, Dr. Hugh Wilson, came to Texas in 1846, acquiring the 1350-acre piece of land which is still in the family.

Mr. Wilson’s wife, the former Christa Leysaht, died in 1950. He is survived by a son, Hugh R. Wilson, a daughter, Mrs. Alvin Raetzsch of Lake Charles, La., a sister, Mrs. Bessie Wright of Alleyton, and several grandchildren.

Pallbearers were T. W. Glithero, Leslie King, W. A. Struss, E. G. Miller, R. C. Tolbirt, O. P. Moore Jr., G. P. Wilburn and James D. Seymour Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, August 29, 1957, page 14

Wilson, Idella Blanche (Farmer)

Houston Woman, Columbus Native, Buried Here Monday

Funeral services were held at Houston Monday morning at 11 o'clock for Mrs. G. H. Wilson who died at Houston Saturday. The body was brought overland to Columbus where burial was at 3:30 p.m. in Odd Fellows Rest, the Rev. J. K. Ridgway of the Columbus Baptist church officiating.

Mrs. Wilson ws born Idella Farmer on March 9, 1874, a daughter of Pharoah and Mahala Daniel Farmer, at Columbus. She had resided in Houston for 40 years.

She was married on October 5, 1894, to George H. Wilson of Baltimore, Md., who died in 1914.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Catherine Wilkins, Houston; two sons, George Vernon Wilson, Dallas, and Warrie F. Wilson, South Orange, N. J., and one sister, Mrs. Lula Coleman of Columbus.

Among out-of-town people here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Wilkins, Mrs. J. F. Watson, Mrs. Clair Wilkins, Mrs. Justin Underwood, Mrs. J. C. Ballew, Mr. and Mrs. H. Newton and childlren, Mrs. Fay Oakes and Henry Farmer, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. H. L.B. Cousins, La Grange; Mr. and Mrs. A. C. McGowan, Yoakum, Mr. and Mrs. G. V. Wilson, Dallas, and Warrie F. Wilson, South Orange, N. J. Mrs. Henry Bolen of Houston was also here.

Colorado County Citizen, Marach 22, 1945

Wilson, Infant Boy

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilson of the Osage community died at their home Tuesday night and was buried Wednesday at the Osage cemetery. It was just one month old. The grieved parents have our sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, 24 January 1891
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Wilson, John Sr.


John Wilson, Sr., one of the oldest negro citizens of this section, died Monday and the funeral took place Wednesday. “Uncle John, or “Laughing John,” as he was known to many, was a quaint old character, an old-time southern darkey, known and liked by al, and his death is regretted. He was totally blind the later years of his life, but this never seemed to affect his good humor. Peace to his memory. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 30, 1917, page 1

Wilson, John Calhoun

Masonic burial services for John Calhoun Wilson, 56, who died of pneumonia in Methodist Hospital in Houston Saturday were held at Odd Fellows Cemetery. Funeral services were held in the Wilson home in Houston with Rev. Harry E. Doll and Rev. Paul E. Quitham officiated.

Mr. Wilson was a native of Columbus, and had lived there the past twenty-five years. He was employed for many years with Hutchinson-Miller Co, which he had bought after the death of Mr. Mitchell.

In 1926, Mr. Wilson was married to Miss Jewel Cristy of Houston, who survives him. Also surviving are a brother, Dan H. Wilson of San Antonio and four sisters, Mrs. Bennie Yarbrough, Weimar, Mrs. Clifton Mitchell, Waco, Mrs. Geo. Martin, Floresville and Miss Lucille Wilson of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, December 1, 1941, page 1, column 4
From a transcription by Miss Lee Nesbitt

Wilson, John P.

Funeral Rites For John Wilson 73, Held Sunday

Funeral services for John P. Wilson, 73, were held at 11 a. m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Mt. Arie Baptist Church, with Rev. A. Hubbard officiating.
Burial was in Paradise Garden Cemetery, with Robinson Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Wilson died at his home Thursday night, Sept. 6, after several months’ illness. A lifelong resident of this area, he had been employed at Youens Hospital for several years before failing health forced his retirement.

He was a member of Mt. Arie Baptist Church, where he was chairman of the Deacon Board, and a member of Pride of Weimar Masonic Lodge 443.

Surviving are his widow, the former Alice Price whom he married in 1910, one daughter, Mrs. Wilma Frances Hinton, and one son, Edward, all of Weimar; three sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Harrison, Yoakum; Mrs. Mary Nelson, Weimar; Mrs. Esther Glass, Schulenburg; and two brothers, Gillespie Wilson of Weimar and Elmer G. Wilson of Yoakum.

Active pallbearers were members of the Masonic Lodge, Honorary pallbearers were Benzie Burley, Leslie Bishop, Dave Fisher, John Susberry, Harvey Steward, George Braziel, T. V. Pleasant and Maurice Powell.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1962, page 1

Wilson, Johnnie Naomi


     Miss Johnnie Wilson closed her eyes to a peaceful sleep at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 3rd in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital, following a serious illness of two weeks that confined her to a hospital bed.  She had been in failing health for the past year with a respiratory ailment.
    A service was held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 5 from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.  The Rev. George Welsch, rector of the Christ Episcopal Church, of which she was a member, officiated at the service.
    Miss Wilson was born November 11, 1897, in Emma, Crosby County, Texas.  Her parents were Fannie Thatcher Wilson and Thomas J. Wilson. After completing school here she went to Houston for employment where she did clerical work up until 1956 when she came back home to reside.
     Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Sophie Elkins of Eagle Lake; one brother, Thomas J. Wilson of Houston; and five nieces, Mrs. Frances Hutchings of Houston, Mrs. Willie Maye Tate of El Campo, Mrs. Ruth Orr of Bellaire, Mrs. Josephine Paul of San Antonio, Mrs. Dorothy Cox of Houston;[Marie Wilson Huffines of Houston was also a niece] and a number of other relatives.
     Preceding Miss Wilson in death were her parents; two sisters, Miss Summie Wilson on March on 1967 and Mrs. Ruth Causey on December 18, 1975. [Also, one nephew, James Wilson Elkins on April 22, 1962]
    Sincere sympathy is extended to those left to mourn her passing. [Buried in Lakeside Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Wilson, Joshua James Earl Charles

Joshua Wilson Funeral Services Held Oct. 1

Joshua James Earl Charles Wilson, 3, passed away at Texas Children's Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Funeral services were held on Oct. 1 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. D.A. Shelton officiating.

Interment followed at Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers were Eric Davis, Deadrick Johnson, Aaron Guerrero, Christopher Folmar, Leonard Brown Jr. and Travis Brown.

Honorary pallbearers were Matthew David, Johnny Lleverino, Charlie Lieverino Sr., John Wilson, James Wilson, Curtis Wilson, Camilo Guerrero, Andrew Guerrero and Jose Espitia.

Joshua "Buddy" Wilson was born Aug. 15, 2002 in Columbus to Kevin Wilson and Monica Guerrero.

On Aug. 17, 2005, two days after Joshua's Birthday, he fell very ill all of a sudden. Joshua had to be rushed to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, where his heart stopped four times. Doctors said he would not make it through the night, much less the next day.

Joshua pulled through for 33 days. He was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH.)

He also had to. go through chemo-therapy for this disease. But due to his heart stopping for that period of time, his brain lacked oxygen and he had severe brain damage and respiratory problems.

Joshua's little body got tired and he went to be in a better place.

Joshua loved basketball, swimming, SpongeBob, Spiderman and playing with his trucks and trailers.

He also enjoyed feeding the dogs and fish with Daddy and feeding the cat with Mommy.

He loved jumping on his Aunt Jac and Uncle Jose early in the mornings while they slept. He was a very, very happy little boy.

He is survived by his parents, Monica Guerrero and Kevin Wilson; Big Sister Alexis Ann; grandparents, Carolyn Solis and Johnny Lleverino, Edward and Alma Wilson; aunts, Jacquie Solis, Ashley Solis, Teresa Edison and Britany Wilson; uncles, Curtis Wilson, Matthew David and Jose Espitia; and a host of great uncles and cousins.

Joshua was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Marcelino and Delores Guerrero, and Mike Wilson, and great-grandmother Lillie Thompson; and great uncles Marcelino Guerrero Jr. and Carlos Guerrero.

Weimar Mercury, October 6, 2005, page 2A

Wilson, Lawrence “Lawdy”


Lawrence “Lawdy: Wilson, 77, of La Grange died Thursday, March 16 at Heart Hospital of Austin.

Funeral services are set for Tuesday. March 21 at the La Grange Church of Christ at 11 a.m. with burial in Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Weimar. Leonard Driskell will officiate.

He was born Aug. 10. 1929 in Fayette County, the son of Nathaniel and Alberta (Estrada) Wilson. He married Irene Wilson Aug 11, 1995 in La Grange. He was a member of the La Grange Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife; seven daughters, Almarie Steward of Halfmoon Bay, Calif., Joyce Bowe and husband Charlie of Weimar, Sharon Wilson of San Francisco, Calif, Tabitha Wilson of Ft. Worth, Verlia Mosley and husband David and Jackie Owens, all of La Grange, and Ellen Mosley of Houston. four sons; Henry Kirby and wife Patty of Houston, Ronell Wilson and wife Janice and Donell Wilson and wife Rochelle, all of Weimar, and Otis Demerson and wife Carolyn of Austin; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, March 21, 2006

Wilson, Leamon

Leamon Wilson, Lifetime Local Negro, Is Buried Here Sunday

Funeral services for Leamon Wilson, lifetime Negro resident of Columbus, were held April 5 in St. Paul Methodist church, Rev. LaValle Lowe officiating. Burial was in the Willing Worker cemetery with Robinson Funeral home in charge.

Wilson died in Columbus hospital April 1 after an illness of 4 days. He spent his childhood on the R. E. Tait ranch. Married twice, his first wife was the former Vera T. Jones and the couple had 3 sons and a daughter. By a later marriage to Alvera Hewitt he had 3 sons.

He was employed at Horton & Horton Gravel co

His widow, Alvera Wilson, survives, along with 7 children, his mother Sophila, 2 sisters, Ethel Lee and Hattie and a niece Joyce, all of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, April 9, 1959, page 4

Wilson, Leo

Columbus Negro Lad Dies Riding with Grandparents

Death from natural causes was ruled in the death of Leo Wilson, 4-year-old grandson of Mike and Annie Wilson, Columbus Negro couple. Illness of the boy interrupted a trip of the Wilsons to Houston Sunday and he died in their car as they were returning to Columbus.

The couple told Justice of the Peace E. J. Frnka that Leo became ill near East Bernard about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, and it appearing that he was seriously ill, they turned around and drove back.

Near the Altair river bridge, Mike Wilson stated, he stopped the car to feel the little boy’s pulse but could detect none. The body was brought to the Robinson Funeral home and Dr. C. I. Shult was called by Judge Frnka.

The little boy had a stomach disorder about a month ago, the Wilsons said, but he apparently had recovered from that. Cause of death was not known. [Interment in Good Hope Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, September 23, 1954

Wilson, Lillian Irene (Jenkins)

Wilson, Lillian Irene

Lillian Irene Wilson, 77, passed away Sunday, May 10.

She was born to Frank Jenkins Sr. and wife Sarah on May 7, 1932 in Colorado County.

She received her education in Columbus. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father; son, Tommie Wilson; brothers Frank Jenkins Jr. and Robert Jenkins; and sisters, Patricia and Bobbie Jenkins.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Wilson; mother; daughter, Rosie Wilson; brothers, Thomas and Carldale Jenkins; sister, Helen Alley; grandchildren, Felicia Thomas (Henry), Brandon Wilson (Brenda) and Haley Wilson; six great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Services took place Saturday, May 16 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Pastor Debra Molton Brown officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers included Larry Alley, Charles Jenkins, James E. Jenkins, Terry Glover, Don Jenkins, Aaron Taylor Jr. and Jackie Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby J. Gover, Carldale Jenkins, and James and Frank Wilson, Thomas Jenkins, and Brandon, John and Franklin Wilson.

Colorado County Citizen, May 20, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Wilson, Mary Jane

Weimar Local Matters

Mrs. W. W. Wilson, an English lady, loved by every body for her kindness to the suffering of this city, is now very low. We do hope the good Lord may still spare her for usefulness.


Mrs. W. W. Wilson, reported quite sick, passed quietly away Tuesday evening, and was buried Wednesday by quite a host of friends. Few better women were ever born. [interred in Weimar Oddfellows Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 7, 1882

Weimar Local Matters

Mrs. W. Wilson’s death was mentioned in our last issue. She died on the morning of the 6th inst, of erysipelas and her last remains were followed to the grave by many friends next day. She was a native of England, and had been a resident of our town about 4 years. Gentleness of nature, sweetness of disposition, and kindness to friends, especially those suffering, were her characteristics. In her stay in our town she has won a host of warm friends, who sincerely mourn her demise.

Weimar Mercury, September 14, 1882

Wilson, Mary Elizabeth (Sanford)

Mrs. N. C. Wilson

The death of Mrs. N. C. Wilson, one of the oldest residents of this section, occurred at the home of her son, Hugh Wilson, about two miles east of Alleyton, yesterday, following an extended illness . Funeral services were held at the house at ten o’clock this (Thursday) morning and interment took place in the Alleyton Cemetery.

Mrs. Wilson was born in Columbus, Miss. on September 21st, 1846. She married Mr. Wilson in 1965 and came to this community, where she has lived since that time.

She was a sweet Christian character, loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by three children, Mr. Hugh Wilson, Mrs. W. J. Wright of Alleyton and Mrs. B. F. Moore of Seguin, and four grand children, to whom The Citizen extends sincere sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, November 3, 1927


Wilson, Mary Frances (Dehmer)

Mary Frances Dehmer Wilson, 62, of San Antonio, died Tuesday April 4, 1995 in San Antonio.

Born Jan. 19, 1933 in Alleyton, she was the daughter of Louis Victor and Frances Lillie (Kessler) Dehmer. On Sept. 25, 1964, she married Burton Robert Wilson. Mrs. Wilson, who had resided in San Antonio for six years, was a retired dog breeder and member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz.

Funeral services were held April 7, at St. Roch's Catholic Church with Father Dan Morales officiating. Interment followed in St. Roch's Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Mark S. Pasqua, Paul A. Marsalia, J. Neal Marsalia, Lawrence P. Pasqua, Tim A. Mrazek and Robert J. Marsalia.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Theresa and Lawrence Sotoodeh of San Antonio and Cynthia Knopp of Angleton; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Rose Wilson of San Antonio; sisters Rebecca Marsalia of Eagle Lake, Adell Pasqua of Sugar Land and JoAnne Mrazek of Boling; brothers Phillip Dehmer of Sugar Land and Michael Dehmer of San Marcos; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on June 28, 1982.

Colorado County Citizen, April 12, 1995
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Wilson, Mike Jr.

Mike Wilson Jr. Funeral Services Held Nov. 26

Mike Wilson Jr., 70, of Weimar, died Friday, Nov. 22 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 26 at St. James AME Church in Weimar with Rev. Joyce Mitchell officiating.

Interment followed at Paradise Garden Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Wilson was born Nov. 19, 1932 in Borden to Annie Noble Wilson and Mike Wilson

He was a farmer and affiliated with the St. James AME Church.

Mr. Wilson is survived by two daughters, Rosie Clarkson of Weimar and Gladys Chandler of San Antonio, three sons John Wilson of Weimar, James Wilson and wife Rosie of Victoria and Edward Wilson and wife Alma of Weimar; one sister, Rosemary Nelkson of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters and his wife.

Weimar Mercury, Nov. 28, 2002

Wilson, Mollie F. C. (Wirtz)


Mrs. Mollie F. C. Wilson, wife of J. D. Wilson, died at the residence of her father, Mr. A. S. Wirtz, on the morning of Nov. 4th, 1882, at 1 o’clock. She had suffered for some time with Chronic Pneumonia. Her sudden death was caused from the bursting of an artery of inward hemorrhage, the most skillful medical aid proving of no avail. With all her sufferings she never complained, was always cheerful and hopeful of her recovery. She was born in Columbus, September 6th, 1858. Here she was united with her husband, and passed the most of her married life here, in the same house in which she was born, she passed from earth to the bosom of her Savior. Mrs. Wilson was quiet and retiring in her disposition, and only those that knew her well, could appreciate her many virtues. She was a devout member of the Methodist Church, and used in every effort in her power, to comfort those around her who were in distress or trouble. It can truly be said of her, that she was a devoted mother, a true wife and good Christian. The day before died, she sat up, and conversed with friends visiting her, was cheerful and seemed better than she had for some time. That night her father seeing a great change in her, called together the family and hastily summoned her attending physician but alas! the angel of death had already gathered her home. Her remains, followed by a large circle of sorrowing friends, were conveyed to the Methodist Church, and in the presence of a large congregation, the Rev. C. W. Thomas, in his impressive and earnest style, delivered the funeral sermon. The casket containing the loved form was then taken to the City Cemetery, and there by the grave of her mother she was laid to rest. She leaves a husband and two little boys, a father, two brothers and one sister to mourn her early death. May they feel that there is comfort in the promise of our Savior, that we by living a Christian life may meet our loved ones again. May it prove another link added to that golden chain which bears them onward to that blessed land where she has already entered. A FRIEND.

Colorado Citizen, November 9, 1882, page 2

Wilson, Napoleon

Gunshot Death of N. Wilson Ruled Suicide

Justice of the Peace Henry Hasse returned a verdict of suicide in the gunshot death of Napoleon Wilson, 64, of the Sand Hill community just southeast of the city limits, Monday morning.

He set the time of death at 10:30 a.m.

Wilson’s body fully clothed, was on the floor of his bedroom, and a .22 rifle was on the bed. The bullet had gone through his skull, from above the left ear to above the right ear.

No officer was called to the scene. A call was made for Judge Hasse, who was ut of town at the time. He investigated about noon, as soon as he got the word. [Interment in Paradise Garden]

Weimar Mercury, January 8, 1970, page 1

Wilson, Preston Jr.


Preston Wilson, Jr., 75, formerly of Columbus, passed away Oct. 27, 2004, in San Francisco.

He was born October 12, 1929, in Columbus to Preston Wilson Sr. and Frances (Wilson) King.

Wilson, known to many family and friends as "Sonny," attended Columbus Elementary and high school where he excelled as a student. After graduating from high school Preston joined the U.S. Army where he served from 1951-53, then in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1956.

While working at the Columbus Ice House, he decided to take a vacation to San Francisco. He loved the City by the Bay so much, he soon made it his home.

Preston was employed by Laguna Honda Convalescent Home, the San Francisco Unified School District, and later by San Francisco City and County Municipal Railway where he retired from the Woods Division in January 2001.

He married Helen Weaver in San Francisco on April 25, 1971.

He was preceded in death by his parents Preston Wilson Sr., Francis (Wilson) King; stepfather Clemon King Sr.; brother Charles Wilson, and Clemon King, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Wilson; two daughters Prestina Frances and Talita; son Willie Weaver Jr.; grandchildren Kevin Kersey, Cameron and Brianna Weaver; two brothers Linznia King and wife Flossie of Columbus; James King of Giddings; uncle Lonnie Coleman, aunt Willie Mae Denley of Columbus; mother in-law Ruby Brisbane; sister-in-law Margaret Gray and brother-in-law Aaron Brisbane, all of Stockton, Calif.; all his nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held Nov. 4 in San Franciso and Nov. 9 in Columbus. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, November 17, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Wilson, Shirlie (DeWaal)


Shirlie DeWaal Wilson, 60, of Houston, died Monday, July 24,1995 at Rosewood Hospital in Houston.

Born Nov. 28, 1934 in San Antonio, she was the daughter of Stanley and Wee Winnie DeWaaI of Columbus. She had been an administrative assistant for Tenneco, Inc. for 3l years, where she was instrumental in forming the Tenneco retiree club.

Graveside services and interment were held July 26 at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with Rev. Sammy Carr officiating.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by her son and daughter-In-law, Gene and Debra Wilson of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis G. Wilson, and her parents.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Colorado County Citizen, August 2, 1995, page 16

Wilson, Si

An aged negro man of the river section, north of this place, Si Wilson by name, died last week and the remains were laid to rest Friday. Si was one of the old time darkys, liked by the white people, and his death is sincerely regretted. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 13, 1932, page 1

Wilson, Summie Thatcher

Miss Summie Wilson Passes Away Last Wed.

One of the community's most beloved citizens, Miss Summie Thatcher Wilson, passed to her final reward at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, August 2nd, 1967, in the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo following an illness of several months.

Miss Summie was an accountant and served for the past few years as librarian for the Library in the Community Center and also was librarian at the school for some time a number of years ago.

Her parents and great-grandparents, the John W. Thatchers and the George W. Thatchers, were among the pioneer families in the community.  Miss Wilson was born on March 11th, 1893 in Plainview, Texas the daughter of Thomas J. Wilson and Fannie Thatcher Wilson.  The family moved to the Eagle Lake Community in 1908.

She graduated from Eagle Lake High School and attended Sam Houston State College.  She later moved to Houston and worked as an accountant for a number of years. She returned to Eagle Lake in 1956 and did bookkeeping work and later became librarian for the Eagle Lake Library.

Her life was full of love for her fellow man and her kind and pleasant personality shall be remembered in the hearts of loved ones and friends throughout the area.

She was a faithful member of the Christ Episcopal Church; and was affiliated with he Delta Tau Delphian Society, the Business Women's Club of Christ Cathedral Episcopal Church, all of Houston; and with the Eagle Lake Study Club.

Funeral services were held from Christ Episcopal Church at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 4, 1967, with the rector, the Rev. Irvin F. A. Kracke, officiating.  Mrs. Clara Mae Nash rendered favorite hymns at the organ.

She was placed to final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were: David R. Wintermann, F. W. Terrell, Fulton M. Dromgoole, Leonard L. Walker, R. L. Baird and Clyde Phillips.  Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Sophie Elkins, Mrs. Ruth Causey, and Miss Johnny Wilson, all of Eagle Lake; one brother, Thomas J. Wilson of Houston; six nieces, Mrs.  Frances Hutchings, Mrs. Ruth Orr, Mrs. Dorothy Cox and Mrs. Marie Huffines, of Houston, Mrs. Willie Maye Tate of El Campo, Mrs. Josephine Paul of San Antonio; [a nephew, James W. Elkins of Houston] and a number of great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Among those from out-of-town attending the funeral services were: Mrs. Josephine Thatcher Vollentine of San Antonio; Miss Sadie Abell and A. C. Abell of Garwood; Mrs. Margie Young, Miss Myrtle Phillips, and Miss Julie Countryman of Houston; and others.

Eagle Lake Headlight
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Wilson, Thomas Jefferson

17 Jul 1845 TN  -  21 Dec 1919 TX

Mr. T. J. Wilson died at his home in this city Sunday night.

After illness of more than a year, Mr. T. J. Wilson passed away late Sunday evening.

Mr. T. J. Wilson died at his home in this city Sunday evening at seven o'clock.  He had been in ill health for a long time, and has not been able to come to town for more than a year, and his death was not unexpected but still came as a great shock to his family.

Mr. Wilson was seventy-five years old on the seventeenth of last July.  He was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi but grew to manhood in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was married in October 1889 in Jones County to Miss Fannie Thatcher, who, with her four daughters and one son, survives him.  The children are Mrs. W. C. Elkins of Houston, Mrs. J. H. Walker of this city, Misses Summie and Johnnie Wilson of Houston and Thomas Wilson who is with the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company at Dublin, all being here for the funeral.

Mr. Wilson and family moved to Eagle Lake in August 1908 from Crosby County and have made this city their home since that time.

Mr. Wilson was a good man, and although in feeble health for many years, he was always bright and sunny, had a pleasant word for everyone and always pleasant and agreeable.  For a number of years he was public weigher here, having given up the position some time ago on account of failing health.

Funeral services were conducted at the family residence at half past two o'clock Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Arnold of the Methodist church, interment being made at the Thatcher burying grounds [Montgomery-Thatcher Cemetery] on the Thatcher plantation below Matthews.

The Headlight joins the people of the community in extending sympathy to the family in their hour of sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight
Submitted by Dorothy Cox


Wilson, Thomas Jefferson

Eagle Lake Items

We regret to have to chronicle the death of another of our best citizens. Mr. T. J. Gilson[sic], after a painful illness of about two weeks, died last Friday, and was buried with Masonic honors in the Eagle Lake [Masonic] cemetery last Saturday evening. Mr. Wilson had long resided in this community, and by his honest and upright walk had endeared himself to the prople[sic]. He was a good citizen and a consistent Christian gentleman, whose place in the community will be hard to fill. The bereaved family have the sympathies and best wishes of the people

Colorado Citizen, December 3, 1891

Wilson, Thomas Strahan

Died, June 11th 1882,

“Ere sin could blight, or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care
The opening bud to Heaven conveyed,
And bade it blossom there.”

Little Thomas Strahan Wilson, aged four years, son of Thos. J. Wilson.

“The lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom,
Just come to show how sweet a flower
In Paradise would bloom.” J.B.A
[Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, June 15, 1882, page 2

Wilson, Verna

Miss Verna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilson, former residents of Osage, but later of Tyler, died in the last named city of a complication of measles and pneumonia and was brought to this city, thence to Osage [Cemetery], for burial Wednesday morning. She was about 12 years of age, and a most lovable young lady. Rev. Bracewell performed the burial ceremony. Our sincere condolence is tendered the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, 12 March 1904
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Wilson, William Stone

Mr. W. S. Wilson died of pneumonia in Bell County a few days ago, and was buried at Osage [Cemetery] last Sunday with the ceremonies of the Knights of Honor, to which lodge he belonged at this place. A few weeks ago he moved with his family from Osage to Bell county. His remains arrived here on last Saturday's train. He had many friends, and was highly esteemed for his many good qualities. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. The GIMLET editor felt a keen pang of sorrow when he heard of the death of Billy Wilson, his esteemed friend, and deeply sympathizes with the afflicted family.

Gimlet, 31 December 1885
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Wilson, William W.

Mr. W. W. Wilson, an Englishman by birth, but for years a resident of the Osage community, died at his residence last Friday, and was buried in the cemetery there Saturday. He was a prominent member of the people's party, a pleasant, agreeable gentleman, by occupation a farmer, and possessed of a large circle of friends. He leaves a wife and several children, to whom our sympathy is extended in their deep grief. [Buried in Osage Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 24 December 1892
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson
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