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Semmes Wilder Parish

S.W. Parish
Full Name: Semmes Wilder Parish
Birth date: December 26, 1872
Death date: September 29, 1943

Terms of Service

  • House, 27th (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Legislature
    1/8/1901 - 1/13/1903
  • House, 26th Legislature
    1/10/1899 - 1/8/1901
(1) Redistricting bill shows Robertson County in district 63. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(2) District 63 comprised of Roberston county; District 83 comprised of Bee, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria counties, pp. 29-30, Acts of 1892, 22nd Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 21, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950 1950.
(3) District 63 represented by S.W. Parish, p. 2. House Journal .
(4) District 63. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(5) District 83 represented by S.W. Parish, p. 62. Texas Legislative Manual .
(6) Roster of House members shows Parish representing District 83. Year Book for Texas, 1901 1902.

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • Marriage announcement, Captain S.M. "Sim" Parish and Miss Katharine Hamilton of Austin, "A Su[r]prise Wedding," 5/14/1901, p. 2. "The groom is a member of the Twenty-seventh legislature . . . " Austin Daily Statesman .
  • U.S. Volunteer Infantry, Captain, Company L, 4th Texas Regiment. "Our captain is S.W. Parish of Calvert, a very nice gentleman and on of the best captains in the regiment. He is also the nominee of the democratic party for representative in Robertson county, and if Co. L had the power to cast the vote for the county, his election would be unanimous." "A Brazos Soldier Boy: Writes an Interesting Letter from Camp Tom Ball," from R.B. Deason, 7/26/1898, p. 2. Bryan Eagle .
  • Semmes Wilder Parish, birth date 10/26/1872 in Calvert, Texas; death date 9/30/1943 in Asheville, North Carolina; residence in Miami Beach, Florida; retired oil operator; Spanish-American War veteran; spouse Katherine Hamilton Parish, father Lee Henderson Parish. FamilySearch . North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994
  • Census of 1900 - S.W. Parish, Calvert, Robertson County, Texas, age 28, born December 1872 in Texas, merch. lumber, son of Lee H. and Martha J. Parish.
    S.W. Parish, marriage to Katherine Hamilton 5/13/1901 in Travis County, Texas.
    Census of 1910 - Semms Parish, Tulsa, Oklahoma, age 38, born circa 1872 in Texas, oil producer/oil co., spouse Catherine, son Lee H.
    Census of 1920 - S.W. Parish, Tulsa, Oklahoma, age 47, born circa 1873 in Texas, oil producer/oil, spouse Katherine H., son Lee H.
    Census of 1940 - Sammes [Semmes] W. Parish, Miami Beach, Florida, age 68, born circa 1872 in Texas, investments, spouse Katherine H. FamilySearch . 1910 1940
  • 1900 1920 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977
  • Semmes Wilder Parish (1871-1943) and Katherine Hamilton Parish, Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum in Miami, Florida. Find a Grave .
  • Obituary, Semmes Wilder Parish, Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, North Carolina), 10/1/1943, p. 8. Native of Calvert, Texas, oil drilling operator, Captain in Spanish-American War. "Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Katherine H. Parish, granddaughter of the late Governor Andrew Jackson Hamilton, of Texas." Newspapers.com .
  • Obituaries, Semmes W. Parish, The Miami News (Miami, Florida), 10/2/1943, p. 8, and 10/5/1943, p. 18. Newspapers.com .
  • Parish, Semmes Wilder, Texas Volunteer Guard, Call Number: 401-208. Born in Marshall, Harrison County. Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836-1935 .
  • Parish, Semmes Wilder, United States Volunteers, Spanish-American War, Call Number: 401-245. Captain, Company L, 4th Texas Volunteer Infantry. Residence in Calvert, Texas, 28 years old. Discusses resignation to quality for election to the Legislature and to take seat in the 26th Texas Legislature. Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836-1935 .
  • 27th Legislature (1901) - S.W. Parish, postoffice Calvert, nativity Texas, age 29 (born circa 1872), merchant, stockman, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual .
  • Biographical sketch, Semmes Wilder Parish, pp. 150-151. Born 12/26/1872 in Harrison County. The Twenty-Seventh Legislature and State Administration of Texas 1901.
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