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Wilson County was established by an act of the legislature on February 13, 1860. It was cut from Bexar and Karnes counties, and named for Somervell expedition member and legislator, James C. Wilson. Sutherland Springs was designated the county seat, and Dr. G. J. Houston, one of the first residents of La Vernia, was appointed as commissioner to organize the new county.
At the Constitutional Convention in 1868-69qv legislators voted to alter the boundary between Wilson and Guadalupe counties. The legislature also approved a measure to change the name of the county from Wilson to Cibolo County, but the name was never applied. Another boundary adjustment in 1874 increased the area of the county, and the name was changed back to Wilson County.

By 1867 Wilson County had three schools, five churches (two Protestant and three Catholic), and two mills. Crops included cotton, corn, sugar cane, tobacco, and potatoes. But the mainstay of the economy, as before the war, remained livestock, principally horses, cattle, and sheep. The greatest spur to the county's growth came from completion of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway, which reached Floresville in 1886. The railroad not only brought new settlers, but also increased access to markets, which in turn helped to bolster the growth of the economy and encourage more diversified farming.

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Floresville
La Vernia 

Lodi
Nixon (mostly in Gonzales County)
Poth 

Saspamco

Stockdale

Sutherland Springs


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Census:  1860 
Biographies:  Dickey, Houston, Hughes, Polley, Tom
News: Gossip/Visiting - Tipton; Military - Franklin
Obits:  Ludecke, Staudt, Svoboda, Wiseman

Misc.:  Voters list 1867-1869
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