James Shackleford Gillett

Full Name: James Shackleford Gillett
Other surnames: Gillet
Date of birth: April 1, 1810
Date of death: May 19, 1874

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 3 Nov 5, 1849 - Nov 3, 1851 3rd (1)     Paris / Lamar   Lamar
H Red River Feb 17, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)     Unknown / Lamar   Red River, Titus

(1) James S. Gillet, Lamar County. Roster of members elect of the 3rd Legislature, Matthewson, R.C., Texas State Gazette (Austin, Texas), 9/29/1849, p. 6, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(2) Gillett "elected the first representative from Lamar County to the First Legislature." Handbook of Texas Online.
(3) Lamar county representatives were "Messrs Bourland and Gillett," p. 11. House Journal.
(4) Not present at organization of the House on 2/16/1846. James Gillett, James Willie, John N.O. Smith, and William Bourland sworn on 2/17/1846, p. 11, House Journal.
(5) James Gillett's district comprised of Red River County, p. 35. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(6) James Gillett, Lamar County, Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, The Texas Democrat (Austin, Texas), 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Captain, Col. John C. Hays's 2nd Regiment, Texas Rangers, promoted to Major. Adjutant General. Quartermaster, Texas Rangers. Confederate States Army, Capt. W.H.D. Carrington's company. Handbook of Texas Online.

Other Resources

  • J.S. Gillett, birth date 4/1/1810, death date 5/19/1874, burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lampasas, Lampasas County. Includes historical marker photo. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned in biographical sketch of son James B. Gillett, Volume V, pp. 2515-2516. Major James S. Gillett, born in Kentucky, elected to the state legislature from Lamar County, died 1874 in Lampasas. A History of Texas and Texans, 1914.
  • Historical marker, James S. Gillett, Lampasas Cemetery, Lampasas, Lampasas County. Texas Historic Sites Atlas (Texas Historical Commission).

Committee Information top

3rd R.S. - 1849
Military Affairs  
Santa Fe, Prepare Remonstrance and Protest Against the Further Continuance of a Military Government in  
1st R.S. - 1846
Enrolled Bills  

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