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WILLSON, CHARLES (?–1839). Charles Willson, pioneer settler and legislator, was a farmer in North Carolina prior to May 1831, when he came to Matagorda, Texas. He represented Matagorda in the Convention of 1833 and in the Consultation of 1835 and served for two weeks as a member of the General Council. The Council appointed him first judge of the municipality of Matagorda. According to land office records, Willson served in the Texas army from May 1837 until his honorable discharge in April 1838. He was popularly known as "Uncle Charlie." Probably he was the Charles Wilson [sic] who was waylaid and murdered by Comanche Indians on Barton's Creek on January 1, 1839.


Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"WILLSON, CHARLES," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.