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William Jarvis Russell

Full Name: William Jarvis Russell
Birth date: January 3, 1802
Death date: November 5, 1881

Terms of Service

  • House, 3rd (1) Legislature
    11/5/1849 - 11/3/1851
(1) 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) .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Other Resources

  • Biographical sketch, pp. 165-166. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 1942.
  • Obituary, Galveston Weekly News, published 11/10/1881, reporting obituaries in San Antonio papers for William J. Russell. Donated Material .
  • Census of 1860, Rutersville, Fayette County, listing William J. Russell (age 58, born in NC) and William H. Russell (age 21). Donated Material .
  • Obituary, Galveston Weekly News, published 11/17/1881, p. 8. Donated Material .
  • William Jarvis Russell, birth date 1/3/1802, death date 11/5/1881, burial in City Cemetery #1, San Antonio, Bexar County. Death date of 11/5/1881 confirmed by donation, 6/4/2012. Find a Grave .
  • RUSSELL, WILLIAM JARVIS (1802-1881). Death date 11/17/1881. Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Texas Army, Texas Revolution. "On June 22, 1832, Russell was appointed lieutenant in command of the schooner Brazoria and ordered to bombard the Mexicans from the Brazos River. At the battle of Velasco Russell is said to have fired the first shot of the Texas Revolution, on June 26, 1832 . . . Russell joined Capt. James W. Fannin's company of Brazoria Guards in October 1835 and took part in the capture of Goliad on October 9, 1835 (see GOLIAD CAMPAIGN OF 1835), and the siege of Bexar. He was on detached duty at the time of the battle of San Jacinto and was discharged from the army in July 1836." Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Relatives: William Jarvis Russell (1802-1881) of La Grange - father; William H. Russell (1838-1882) of Brownsville - son. William H. Russell (1838-1882) of Brownsville - father; William Jarvis Russell (1865-1917) of Brownsville - son. William Jarvis Russell (1802-1881) of La Grange - grandfather; William Jarvis Russell (1865-1917) of Brownsville - grandson. Texas Historical Commission, Historic Marker Application: Russell-Cocke House, pp. 7, 9, crediting Texas Historical Commission. "William H. Russell, was born 1838 in Brazoria County, son of Captain William Jarvis Russell . . . William H. Russell's son, William Jarvis Russell, named after his grandfather, was born in Fayette County in 1864. At the age of five he moved to Brownsville with his parents and in 1877 resided in this house . . . W.J. Russell served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives for the Twenty-third and Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh, and Twenty-eight sessions." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Included on list of leaders of the Texas Constitutional Union Party in 1860. The party was formed in January of 1860. "The Constitutional Union Party in Texas," Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 238, 256-262. Southwestern Historical Quarterly .
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