Aurelia Wilson
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Aurelia Wilson (1836 - 1923)

Aurelia "Rilla" Wilson
Born in Charleston, South Carolinamap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at age 86 in San Antoniomap
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Profile last modified | Created 31 Jul 2008
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US Black Heritage Project
Aurelia Wilson is a part of US Black heritage.

Aurelia grew up in South Carolina where various censuses list both her parents as originating from (?). Because she was born in 1836, we speculate that she was most likely an enslaved person, although we know that there was a small percentage of individuals who were freed.

It is important to note that the census years 1900, 1910, and 1930 record entries for Aurelia Wilson and show her living with her daughter Ella E. and her son-in-law John O. Robinson first at 318 Nolan St. and at 501 N. Palmetto Ave in San Antonio, Texas. In 1900 (per census) she was 60 years old and listed as a widow, however the 1910 census lists her age as 76 (a discrepancy).

11/29/15 - We now have access to Aurelia Wilson's death certificate and while it lists her father as "J. Wilson" and her mother as "unknown", we prefer to have more information about her father in order to create his profile.[1]


  1. Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Aurelia Wilson, 29 Mar 1923; citing certificate number 7379, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,074,700.

Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Aurelia Wilson in entry for Katie Grace, 20 Jan 1952; citing certificate number 290, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,074,928.

Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Aurelia Wilson in entry for Rosa L Sales, 20 Jan 1958; citing certificate number 499, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,115,163.

Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Aurelia Wilson in entry for Minnie L Plummer, 24 Nov 1964; citing certificate number 77997, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,117,653.

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Until more research, this is what what we now know about Aurelia. With the union to Ludovic Calhoun, she had six children in the 1800s. The daughters have been mentioned. Henry, the sixth child may have been the boy lost in a Texas cattle drive to Kansas. She was affectionately known as Rilla we discovered in the 1920 census. Bella Holley Cameron, others, and immediate family members would have used this shortened name. Also, we think just based on history, she is West African and was transported to the Sea Islands (off the coast of South Carolina & Georgia) because she spoke Gullah. Again, all of this is subject to further research but when Ludovic died going back to Scotland (or Ireland) or on his way back to this country he died leaving Rilla and her family tragically dispossessed and poor. Ludovic, by all accounts, a circuit judge, was wealthy and owned vast properties including lands proximate to downtown San Antonio and the Alamo. Because Rilla was a slave woman and obviously marriage was illegal at that time, no monies, land or properties were transferable. In summary, this family was truly in the streets and without a home. It was only with the help of friends and relatives that they were able to survive. When I was very young, perhaps five, Bella showed me a small picture of a slave woman. I believe that to be a picture of Aurelia, now lost. Additional information about her and this immediate family is a work in progress and ongoing.

Out of this tragedy was born a great family who in subsequent decades made tremendous contributions to not only San Antonio society, e.g, Cameron School being named after Bella Holley Cameron. Robert Holley whom I am named after was a well known lawyer in Washington, D.C. at that time. Wesley Plummer was a trainer for the Tuskegee Airmen.

posted 27 Nov 2009 by Bobby Bailey
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