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Francis Wilson Papers

Identifier: A-0049

Scope and Contents

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


  • Creation: 1839-1935


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

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).


1.00 Cubic Feet


This collection consists of 190 items described in 23 folders and was originally housed in two clamshell boxes. These boxes were consolidated into a single banker's box. The original folder number for boxes 1-2 remains in place. There are four other collections in the banker's box. The Francis Wilson papers are organized at both the folder and item levels.

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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository