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Francis Wilson Papers

Identifier: A-0049
Original letters; autobiographical, religious and creative writing manuscripts; business and legal documents of Francis Wilson and other Wilson family members.


  • 1839-1935


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


1.00 Cubic Feet


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.

Biographical or Historical Information

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
Guide to the Francis Wilson Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository