Here is a newspaper article about Robert Samuel Wilson:
Tribute to Robert S. Wilson, Rockdale Reporter, Thurs., 12 Feb 1914Thurs., 12 Feb 1914, p. 8, c. 3 & 4 , Rockdale, Texas
Rockdale Reporter, Thurs., 12 Feb 1914, p. 8, c. 3 & 4
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This is taken from a family tree at ancestry.com. It says that he and Nannie had two children who died as infants.
Robert S. Wilson (photograph)
(Editors Note: The sketch last week completed the series on hand, and we this week present a sketch of the life of R. S. Wilson, who died at his home in Rockdale about one year ago and than whom the local Camp of Confederates claimed no truer member. This sketch is taken from the Confederate Veteran of October 1913 and was written by J. O. Bradfield, a war-time comrade of decedent. The Reporter considers it fitting that we are enabled to use this sketch in closing our Confederate Corner feature.)
Robert S. Wilson, of Rockdale, Texas who nourished democracy and generous manhood, was the central figure of an incident such as perhaps has never before occurred in a political campaign. He was known as a stanch Jeffersonian Democrat of the old school, and was admired and respected by all who knew him for his sterling qualities of heart and mind. When the last presidential election came off, Mr. Wilson was considered at the point of death, and of course was unable to get to the polls; but his one expressed desire was to vote for Woodrow Wilson before he died, and the managers of the election adjourned long enough to gratify his wish. They went to his home in a body, reorganized the board, received and registered the vote of the dying man.
Robert W. Wilson was born in Lafayette County, Arkansas in 1844. When the war of the States came on, young Wilson was a Texan and joined Company B 14th Texas Regiment. In the battle of Mansfield, La., he was shot in the right cheek, the ball passing downward, tearing off a part of the left jaw and coming out through his neck. His life was saved by his faithful Negro servant, Ike, who got to him and by keeping the blood cleansed from this throat prevented strangulation. Roland Jennings found him alive, and was met with a smile on what was left of Wilson’s face. Wilson said: “Hello Rolly; what’s the matter with your mouth?” A ball had struck Jennings sidewise in the mouth, knocking out all his front teeth. Robert laughing said “I always told you that you would get it in the mouth.” Jennings said: “I expected to find you dead.” The reply was: “The Yak will have to shoot better than that to get me.” Such were the boys of the Old South.
Forty-eight years and three months after that day cancer set up in Wilson’s old wound and he died December 30th, 1912. The last official act of his life was to witness an application for a pension for his old friend, Robert Scott who was first sergeant of the company to which Wilson belonged, he (Wilson) being second sergeant and R. L. Jennings third sergeant.
R. S. Wilson was Adjutant of Camp Sam Davis, United Confederate Veterans for a number of years, and the success of this Camp in maintaining it’s prominent position was largely due to his influence. His ideas of business were clear and forceful, his devotion to duty exceptional, and he considered no higher honor than to serve. His interest in all things bearing on the cause was steadfast. He subscribed for and read every number of the CONFEDERATE VETERAN from its first issue to his death December 30, 1912.
I wish space would allow me to tell the tale of this man’s life, the little things that sweeten memory and make it rhythmic with joy and happiness for ourselves and others.
Dr. Jason H. Wilson, dearly beloved friend of the writer, is now an inmate of the Confederate Home at Austin. He is bowed down with the infirmities caused by war wounds and advanced age, but his heart is as true and as loving as in his boyhood days.
These two brothers in their young, virile manhood stood by the banner of the bars to the end. They hesitated at no sacrifice nor wavered in their duty to the cause they so loved.
The three men, Robert Scott, R. S. Wilson and Roland Jennings, were all sergeants, as stated, of Company B, 14th Texas Infantry, General Randall Gibson’s brigade, Walker’s division known as Walker’s Greyhounds.
We must say a special thank you to Vanessa Burzynski of Katy, Texas, for typing the above for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.
clayton_1added this on 29 Feb 2012Rockdale Reporter: Confederate Corner
Here is a record of his death:
U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958
about Robert Samuel Wilson Name: Robert Samuel Wilson
Application Date: 13 Mar 1917
Application Place: Milam
Spouse: Mrs Nannie Wilson
Marriage Date: 5 Oct 1892
Marriage Place: Brazos, Texas
Death Date: 30 Dec 1912
Death Place: Milam, Texas
Pension File Number: 33899
Application Type: Widow