A TRIBUTE TO THE CHARACTER OF WILLIAM BUCKNER HOUSTON, Page #0692
James A. Houston was born in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, and in the early
settling of Mississippi his father, Robert B. Houston, immigrated to that state
James and four other children. There he became an extensive planter
and slave owner. James A. Houston was educated in Oxford University,
Mississippi, and just after completing his course became impressed with the idea
and determination to seek his fortune in the southwest, at that time considered
the land of promise, of adventure and romance, and so he came to Texas. In his
new home he turned his attention to farming and stockraising, and in 1848
married Miss Julia A. Harris, daughter of Hon. Buckner and Nina Steel Harris.
Judge Harris was prominent in the early days of Mississippi in law and
statecraft, and was' closely related to that eminent lawyer and judge, Hon.
Wiley P. Harris, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of that state. James A.
Houston bought a home in Gonzales county in 1863, but died before he came into
possession. Of Southern blood, of Southern thought, sentiment and feeling, he
had enlisted in the armies of the Confederacy, but was prevented by ill health
from participating in active service. Shortly thereafter he died, leaving a wife
and six children. William Buckner Houston was the third child and is the subject
of this sketch.
On January 20, 1884, the subject of this tribute was married to Miss Ada Lewis,
daughter of Judge Everett and Alice J. Lewis of Gonzales, Texas. One child, Ada
Lewis Houston, was born to this union. Mrs. Houston died January 5, 1889. Mr.
Houston was again married