Wade, Nathan (1810–1896)

By: Linda S. Hudson

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: August 1, 1995

Nathan Wade, soldier in the Texas Revolution and Nacogdoches County Militia officer, was born in New Jersey on May 10, 1810. He arrived in Texas on July 4, 1835, and joined Thomas J. Rusk's militia company in September 1835. He took part in the Grass Fight and the siege of Bexar and was discharged from the Texas army about January 1, 1836. Wade lived for most of his life in Nacogdoches, where he was a county commissioner, a surveyor, and, in 1844, a lieutenant colonel of the Nacogdoches County Militia. He married Lucetta Wilburn (Willbourne) on March 13, 1841, and they had one son. Wade was a tailor by occupation and was reported to have made the buckskin suit that Sam Houston wore as United States senator. Wade traveled to California in 1849 and in 1853. He was a member of Milam Masonic Lodge No. 2 from 1852 until his death on February 16, 1896. He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches.

James David Carter, Masonry in Texas: Background, History and Influence to 1846 (Waco: Grand Lodge of Texas, 1955). Carolyn Reeves Ericson, Nacogdoches, Gateway to Texas: A Biographical Directory (2 vols., Fort Worth: Arrow-Curtis Printing, 1974, 1987). Galveston Daily News, February 18, 1896. Louis Wiltz Kemp Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Harriett Smither, ed., "The Diary of Adolphus Sterne," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 30 (October 1926, January, April 1927).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Linda S. Hudson, “Wade, Nathan,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 25, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/wade-nathan.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

August 1, 1995