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Sylvester Wilburn

S. Wilburn
Full Name: Sylvester Wilburn
Birth date: March 7, 1882
Death date: November 5, 1966

Terms of Service

  • House, 31st (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (8) Legislature
    7/27/1910 - 1/10/1911
(1) Tunis city profile: Tunis is located in east central Burleson County, near the Brazos River, p. 80. Astride the Old San Antonio Road: A History of Burleson County, Texas 1980.
(2) "Forecast of 32d Legislature: List of Democratic Nominees for Senate and House of Representatives: Elected for the Vacancies: Fifteen New Members of the Thirty-first are Chosen, Three of Them Senators," 8/6/1910, p. 11. "Sylvester Wilburn, Tunis." Galveston Daily News .
(3) TUNIS, TEXAS. "Tunis is on the west bank of the Brazos River four miles northwest of Snook in eastern Burleson County . . . A post office operated there from 1878 to 1910." Handbook of Texas Online .
(4) Oath of Office Administered to Hon. S. Wilburn, 31st 3rd C.S., Fourth Day, 7/27/1910, p. 32. "Hon S. Wilburn of Burleson County"; no city mentioned. House Journal .
(5) Sylvester Wilburn, in special election 7/25/1910, succeeded Stephen M. Meeks, resigned after 2nd C.S. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(6) Somerville, Burleson County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(7) "Wilburn is a Pro," Palestine Daily Herald, 7/29/1910, p. 5, dateline July 28. Sylvester Wilburn of Burleson sworn yesterday (7/27/1910), "is counted pro on the submission proposition." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
(8) Tunis, population 150, Burleson County, associated names: Dogtown. Texas Towns Database (Texas Almanac) .

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • Sylvester Wilburn, birth date 3/7/1882, residence in Cleveland, Liberty County; self employed (carpenter); draft registration 4/27/1942 in Cleveland, Texas. Contact: Mrs. T.E. Peebles, Cleveland, Texas. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. Ancestry.com .
  • Census of 1900 - Sylvester Wilburn, Liberty County, age 19, born March 1881 in Texas, father and mother born in Louisiana, farmer, father Joseph Wilburn, sister Sarah J. Wilburn.
    Census of 1910 - Sylvestor Wilborn, Burleson County, age 28, born circa 1882 in Texas, clerk/retail store, father born in Louisiana, mother born in Texas, hired man in household of Robert B. and Ida A. Little.
    Census of 1940 - Sylvester Wilburn, Liberty County, age 58, born circa 1882 in Texas, house painter, roomer in household of Joel Hubert. FamilySearch . 1940 1910
  • 1900
  • Sylvestor Wilburn, birth date 3/7/1882 in Texas; death date 11/5/1966 in Cleveland, Liberty County; house painting; father J.S. Wilburn, mother Nenerva Bazzoon, informant Mrs. Sallie Peebles. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 .
  • Sylvester Wilburn, birth date 3/7/1882; permanent home address in Del Rio, Val Verde County; carpenter; draft registration 9/11/1918 in Val Verde County. Nearest relative Mrs. J.E. Peebles, sister, Cleveland, Texas. FamilySearch United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 .
  • Sylvester Wilburn, "Cleveland's First Scoutmaster," burial in Montague Cemetery, San Jacinto County. Includes photo of Scout Troop 95 and draft cards. Find a Grave .
  • "S. Wilburn returned Saturday from visiting his sister, Mrs. Peebles in Cleveland." Burleson County Ledger and News-Chronicle (Caldwell, Texas), 7/3/1914, p. 7.
    "S. Wilburn returned Friday from visiting relatives in Cleveland." Burleson County Ledger and News-Chronicle (Caldwell, Texas), 10/30/1914, p. 8.
    "Sylvesta Wilburn, formerly of this city, but now of Del Rio . . . " Burleson County Ledger and News-Chronicle (Caldwell, Texas), 7/28/1916, p. 8.
    "Silvester Wilburn of Cleveland, Texas visited old friends here last week. He was state representative from this district while a resident here. He also had charge of building Providence Church about 45 years ago. He is now connected with the Boy Scouts." The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger (Caldwell, Texas), 4/29/1955, p. 8. All crediting Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) . 7/3/1914 10/30/1914
  • 7/28/1916 4/29/1955
  • Possibly Sylvester Wilburn, Burleson County, member of Dove Baptist Church, Deacon recognized 1/14/1912, Letter 12/6/1914. TXGenWeb Project .

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