James William Hulon was born in 1840 in Texas, the son of William Henry Hulon and Phoebe Reese Spillers . He was living with his parents in Montgomery County in 1850 and was age ten. He was also living with his parents in 1860, and was twenty years old. His sister Lucy married E. A. Anderson.
James William was usually called by his middle name, as we find him listed that way even in some of the muster rolls and in later census years.
In May of 1861, he joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen, 17th Brigade, Texas State Troops; he was counted present at the muster of September 13th, 1861.
In November of 1861, he joined a company of men from Montgomery County who went to Galveston at the request of General Hébert. This company became Company I, Ninth Infantry Regiment, (Nichols’).
Upon being mustered out of the Ninth (Nichols’) in April of 1862, he joined Captain Wooldridge's company of the Second Texas Lancers, which became Company B, 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry. He was enrolled at Galveston by Lieutenant Steele as a private.
William was twenty-one at the time he enrolled. His home was fifty miles from the place of rendezvous, Camp Carter at Hempstead.
He and the other men rode together to rendezvous. His brother, John, wrote the following in 1915: We were living together with my father when he left with Capt. Sam Wooldridge from Danville, Texas, where the company was organized. I went with them ten or twelve miles. This statement was made on the pension application of James William's widow.
This statement was made on J. W.'s widow's pension application. Click the above image to see a full-sized copy of this document.
After cavalry training at Camp Carter, he rode with the rest of the men to Arkansas, where they were dismounted and attached to the Confederate States Army as Dismounted Cavalry. They were sent to Camp Holmes near Pine Bluff for infantry training and served the rest of the war as infantry.
From Camp Holmes, the men were sent to Ft. Hindman at Arkansas Post and were involved in building fortifications and winter cabins.
William was captured by Union forces in the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863. He was sent to Camp Butler, Illinois, and was imprisoned there. His name appears on a Roll of Prisoners Captured at Arkansas Post, and a Roster of Confederate Troops Captured at Ft. Hindman.
In 1915, William’s brother John wrote, We received several letters from him while he was in the army. He was captured at Arkansas Post and we received letters from him while he was a prisoner.
He apparently was one of the men who were very sick upon leaving the prison, and he went directly into the hospital when the Confederates were sent to City Point, Virginia, to be paroled. The first muster after the exchange of prisoners, on April 30, 1863, has a notation that he was absent--in hospital, Petersburg, Virginia.
The muster rolls of August and October of 1863 indicate that J. W. received his back pay. He is marked present on each muster roll until the last roll in existence for the Twenty-fourth, in April of 1864.
A final roll shows him to be a private in Company I, in 1865. He was present for the final surrender in North Carolina, one of only nine of the original members of Company B to make it.
As William traveled home from the war, he signed the amnesty oath in Houston. His name was copied into the Montgomery County list by the clerk and bound into a book in the County Clerk's office.
William came back to Montgomery County after the war. He married Mrs. F. Chambers on the 1st of January, 1868. She was the Sarah F. McCaleb, daughter of Zill McCaleb, who was married to William H. Chambers in Montgomery County in 1853. In 1870, her name is recorded as Frances, and they had no children at that time. On the 1880 census of Montgomery County, William’s wife’s name is Sarah F. and he is called William. A daughter, age six, is in the household.
Sarah Frances McCaleb's sister Amanda Eliza was married to Company B soldier Charles Henry Thomas. Her sister Sophia H. McCaleb was married to soldier Jabez Smyth Thomason.
Sarah F. Hulon died on September 5, 1889, and was buried in the Willis Cemtery.
After Sarah’s death, William married as his second wife, Jennie, on 20 March 1892 in Coryell County. Jennie was born October 2, 1862 in Harris County. Her maiden name is not recorded in the pension records. The couple lived in Willis, Montgomery County.
William died 16 April 1907 in Montgomery County.
In 1915, Jennie Hulon of Montgomery County filed for pension as the widow of J. W. Hulon. James M. McCan and John S. Hulon, brother of William, filed depositions in her behalf. (You may see one page of her application by clicking the image above.) Her application was rejected.
She died on February 19, 1920, and was buried in the Hulon plot in Willis Cemetery.
The foregoing biographical information was compiled from Compiled Service Records, and from county records and census records; also from Jennie Hulon's rejected pension application, found in the Texas State Archives
For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at [email protected]
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