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ELLISON, WILLIAM WESLEY (1828–1884). William Wesley Ellison, farmer and Texas legislator, was born in Alabama in 1828, son of William and Rebecca (Powers) Ellison. At nineteen years old William W. Ellison married Emily Rather near Jackson, Mississippi; they had six children. The young couple ran a farm in Mississippi until 1849 when they moved to Texas.

Ellison settled originally on the Colorado River in Bastrop County, but within a year he bought land three miles south of Lockhart in Caldwell County. Ellison served in the Texas legislature for Hays and Caldwell counties from 1855 to 1857. He appears to have served in the Thirty-sixth Texas Cavalry during the Civil War. Ellison's first wife died in 1865, and William W. Ellison married her sister, Catharine A. Rather, in 1866; this couple produced five children. Catherine died before 1880, and William remarried Queentina Lane Martin. William Ellison was recorded as a resident of several central Texas counties but died in Hays County in 1884.


History of Texas, Together With a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee, and Burleson Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893).

Jennifer Eckel


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

Jennifer Eckel, "ELLISON, WILLIAM WESLEY," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed July 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on November 26, 2014. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.