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Charles Jacob "Jake" Wilkerson Family
Palacios, Texas



John & Martha Bentler Family             Michael Abel Pierce


J. C. Wilkerson

[Charles Jacob "Jake" Wilkerson]

J. C. (Jake) Wilkerson, died at his home in Palacios this morning at one-thirty.

Jake, as he was called by his many friends, has been employed by the Southern Pacific Railway Co. for over fifty years and would have soon retired on a pension. For many years he was on the Hawkinsville run and for the past twenty-five years has been on the Wharton run. Funeral services will be from his home in Palacios Wednesday morning.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 18, 1936

Mrs. Lena Wilkerson, Long-Time Resident, Buried Here Saturday

Death claimed one of Palacios’ oldest residents Thursday, July 3, when Mrs. Lena Augusta Wilkerson passed to her eternal rest in the Bay View General Hospital.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning, July 5, at 10 o’clock in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Brannon officiating. Interment followed in the Palacios Cemetery.

Lena Miller Wilkerson was born July 19, 1868, in Indianola, Texas, daughter of the late Augusta Weinrich Miller and James Miller. When a young girl she went to Victoria to work for the parents of Charles Jacob Wilkerson, the man she later married on December 30, 1889 in Louise, Texas. They moved to Palacios on August 3, 1903 and have made their home here since, except for the few years they lived in Wharton, after he was transferred there by the S. P. railroad.

She was preceded in death by her husband on June 16, 1936, her son, Frank, and two daughters, Lena and Ruby.

She is survived by two daughters, Alice Fields and Elizabeth Wilkerson of Palacios; four sons, Vernon of San Antonio, Roy of Needville, Van of San Diego, Calif. and Charles of Wharton; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, July 10, 1958




The funeral of Mrs. Mary Wilkerson whose death occurred Friday afternoon, April 22, 1921, was held yesterday afternoon from the First English Church, the cortege leaving her late residence at 501 East Constitution Street at 5:30 o’clock. Interment was made in the Evergreen Cemetery [Victoria, Texas] Rev. J. C. Felger, Pastor of the First English Lutheran Church, officiating.

The following named gentlemen acted as pall bearers: Active – Herman Fischer, Al. W. Raven, Louis Sigmund, William Harris, H.C. Gramann, Jules Meyer, H. Q. Hollan and Edwin Wagner; Honorary – L. N. Hofer, L. P. Deibold, J. D. Sneigr, Fred Holzheuser, Anton Bauer, and C. A. Wertheimer.

Many floral offerings, designs and cut flowers, sent by sorrowing friends of the decedent, were banked about the last resting place of this loved woman. The grave was a veritable mass of beautiful flowers, which tokened the esteem in which the decedent was held by her many friends.

Transcribed from The Victoria Daily Advocate (Victoria, Victoria County, Texas) Page Three, Volume 23, dated Monday afternoon, the 25th of April of 1921

Mary Ann Atzenhoffer Wilkerson

wife of
John W. Wilkerson
and mother of
Charles Jacob "Jake" Wilkerson


Mrs. Mary Wilkerson died suddenly at 1:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. B. Meguire after an attack of heart failure. Mrs. Wilkerson was apparently in good health yesterday morning and ate a hearty meal at the noon hour and was stricken after she had left the table, her death occurring a few minutes later. Mrs. Wilkerson was born in New York City December 25, 1834, and at the time of her death was 86 years, 3 months and 27 days of age.

Decedent was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Atzenhoffer, natives of New York State, however, she was a pioneer citizen of this section of Texas, as she came here with her parents at an early age. She traveled with her parents in various parts of Mexico and came with them to Indianola, where they made their home. In 1851, at the age of 17, she was married to John W. Wilkerson, of Biloxi, Miss., at Indianola [Calhoun County, Texas] and lived in that thriving port city until the 1875 storm. They then removed to Cuero and later to Meyersville. From Meyersville, they went to Louise for a number of years and then came to Victoria to make their home.

Mr. Wilkerson died at Germantown on November 11, 1896, while on a visit in that section. His remains were brought to this city and interred in the local cemetery [Evergreen Cemetery, Victoria, Texas]. Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilkerson, seven of whom survive: four sons, F. A. Wilkerson of Lott, Texas, John Wilkerson of Houston, Jake Wilkerson of Palacios, and Henry Wilkerson of this city; three daughters: Mrs. Margaret Urban, Mrs. C. B. Meguire of Victoria and Mrs. Gus Holzheuser of Yoakum. One brother, Charles Atzenhoffer of Arneckeville, also survives.

During the later years of her life, decedent has been living with her daughter, Mrs. C. B. Meguire at her home in this city. The funeral will be held from her late residence, 501 East Constitution Street, at 5:30 o’clock tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, April 24, 1921, Rev. J. C. Felger, of the English Lutheran Church to officiate. Interment will be made in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Transcribed from The Victoria Daily Advocate (a newspaper published in Victoria, Victoria County, Texas) Page Three, Volume 23, dated Saturday afternoon, the 23rd of April of 1921


One child who predeceased her was:
Louis George “L.G.” Wilkerson

Surviving children:
Frederick Antone or Anton Wilkerson
Margaret Wilkerson (Mrs. Frederick Urban)
John Franklin Wilkerson
Charles Jacob “Jake” Wilkerson
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wilkerson (Mrs. Charles B. Meguire)
Henry Wilkerson
Caroline Julia Wilkerson (Mrs. Gus Holzheuser) (she was first married to Henry Atzenhoffer)


Jake Wilkerson, March 1, 1885


Lena Augusta Miller Wilkerson (wife of Jake)


Home of Charles Jacob "Jake" Wilkerson
Eighth Street, Palacios, Texas c 1904

A turkey dinner with all the trimmin’s was served at the home of Mrs. J. C Wilkerson at noon Sunday in celebration of Mrs. Wilkerson’s 73rd birthday. In honor of the occasion all of her children, but one son, Van, in California, were here to make the event a most happy one. Enjoying the celebration, besides Mrs. Wilkerson, were her three daughters, Mrs. Alice Fields, and Misses Elizabeth and Ruby Wilkerson, of Palacios. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Wilkerson, Charles Wilkerson and Berman Jones, of Wharton, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wilkerson and two children, of Needville, and Mrs. John Bentler of Palacios.

Palacios Beacon, July 24, 1941

Children of Charles Jacob "Jake" and Lena Augusta Miller Wilkerson

Ruby E. Wilkerson

Ruby Elliott Wilkerson


Palacios citizens were shocked and grieved last Friday evening when the news came that Ruby Wilkerson had passed away. All knew of her illness yet none realized the end was so near.

Ruby Elliott Wilkerson, youngest daughter of the late J.C. and Mrs. Wilkerson, was born Nov. 1, 1905 and died Oct. 24, 1947. She was the first white child to be born in Palacios, and spent all her life here except the few years her parents made their home in Wharton.

She attended the Palacios schools and was a member of the class to graduate in 1924. In early girlhood she joined the Presbyterian Church of which she was a loyal member and always accompanied her mother to services.

As an employee she was faithful to her duties, and gave of her services unstintingly. For some time she had been at the ticket window of the Capitol Theatre and her warm greetings to one and all made her a legion of friends by whom she will be sadly missed.

Besides the aged mother, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Alice Fields and Miss Elizabeth Wilkerson, of Palacios; four brothers, Vernon, of Alice; Roy, Needville; Van, San Diego, California.; and Charles of Wharton.

Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. Daniel A. Baker, pastor of the Presbyterian Church and burial made in the Palacios Cemetery.

Out-of-town relatives and friends here for the service included: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Wilkerson, Alice, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wilkerson, Needville, Texas; Charles Wilkerson, Wharton, Texas; Mrs. Carolina Holzheuser, Victoria; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Atzenhoffer and daughter Elizabeth, Victoria, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schrimer, Ganado; Mr. and Mrs. Victor Frnka, El Campo; Charles Fields, El Campo; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Chaddock, Victoria; Maynard Early, Wharton, Texas; Miss Lois Pickle, Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Claybourn, El Campo; Mrs. Joe Mechalcik and daughter, El Campo.

Transcribed from the Palacios Beacon (Matagorda County, Texas), Page 5, dated Thursday, the 30th of October of 1947

Alice Lena & Elizabeth Ester "Lizzie" Wilkerson


Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ester Wilkerson

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ester Wilkerson

Funeral services for Miss Elizabeth Ester Wilkerson will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dick Stone officiating. Interment will be in the Palacios Cemetery.

Daughter of the late Charles Jake and Lena Augusta Miller Wilkerson, she was born January 27, 1894, in Cuero. A retired salesclerk, she had been a resident of Palacios for 75 years and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She died Monday morning, April 30, in Wagner General Hospital.

She is survived by two brothers, Charles T. Wilkerson of Palacios and Vernon Wilkerson of San Antonio and a number of nieces and nephews.

The Palacios Beacon (Matagorda County, Texas), Page 2, dated Thursday, the 3rd of May of 1979

Charles Thomas Wilkerson




Funeral services for Charles Thomas Wilkerson, 75, were held Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Elroy Weikel officiating. Interment followed at Palacios Cemetery.

Wilkerson, a lifelong resident of Palacios, was born Oct. 25, 1908 in Palacios and died Nov. 15, 1983 at Wagner General Hospital. He was the son of Jacob and Lena Augusta Miller Wilkerson. He was a veteran of World War II and managed the Early Shoe Store in Wharton for 30 years. Prior to retirement he had been associated with The Shoe House in Bay City for 10 years.

Survivors include one niece, Lucille Wilkerson Coulter of Angleton; two nephews, Roy Charles Wilkerson of Norway and Charles Fields of San Antonio; and one brother, Vernon Leslie Wilkerson of Tomball.

Pallbearers were Scottie House, Bill Newton, Harvey Burger, Raymond Hernandez, John Toellner and Norman Brotemarkle

Transcribed from the Palacios Beacon (Matagorda County, Texas) Page 6, dated Wednesday, the 23rd of November of 1983


A memorial Mass for Van V. (Tex) Wilkerson, 75, of 6460 Convoy Court will be said at 10 a.m. at Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church in University City.

Cremation is planned. The Telophase Society is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wilkerson, who died Thursday in a hospital, was a native of Texas and a veteran of World War I. He had lived here 50 years and was formerly employed as a security guard at Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical Corp.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, Charles and Michael; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Brannon of Poway; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Transcribed from the San Diego Union (San Diego County, California), Page D-3, dated Monday, the 14th of March of 1977

Southern Pacific Crew, Victoria Division, Charles Jacob Wilkerson at right



Funeral services for Roy Charles Wilkerson, 63 of Needville were held from St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Palacios, with Rev. John P. Dany and Rev. Richard Stone officiating. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.
Mr. Wilkerson died at his home suddenly Friday afternoon, from an apparent heart attack. He was a native of Victoria, but moved to Palacios as a boy. He had lived in Needville since 1941. He had worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for 39 years. He was a station agent for Southern Pacific in Needville at the time of his death. He was a member of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church and was an Elder in the Church.
He was treasurer of Needville Lions Club; a charter member of the Needville American Legion Post 350; and a member of the Quarter-Back Club.
Included among his survivors are his wife, Mrs. Beatrice Wilkerson of Needville; one daughter, Mrs. A. H. Pierce Jr. of Palacios; one son, R. C. Wilkerson, Jr. of Lake Charles, La; three brothers, Van Wilkerson of San Diego, California; Vernon Wilkerson of San Antonio; Charles Wilkerson of Wharton; two sisters, Miss Elizabeth Wilkerson of Palacios and Mrs. Alice Fields of Palacios; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Hugo Ley Jr. Herbert Nowotny, Lad Stavinoha, Dr. Joe Yelderman, Melvin Kettler, Jimmie Dorr. Honorary pallbearers were Elders of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Garmany and Company of Needville.

Transcribed from the Herald Coaster (Fort Bend County, Texas) dated the 19th of April of 1962

Roy C. Wilkerson Receives Medal After Many Years

Seventeen years and more have passed since many of our boys went overseas for duty, and one of those to go was Roy C. Wilkerson, who went with Battery B, of the New York Division. A few days ago Roy was reminded of the fact by receiving a medal from Verdun and is the only Texas boy to be so honored, as he and a boy from outside of the state of New York to be members of this Division.
Accompany the Medal was a letter in French and translated reads as follows:
"To the Grand Chiefs, Officers, Soldiers and to All:
Roy C. Wilkerson, Private 105th Field Artillery, U.S. Army, his name is inscribed on the Book of Gold of the soldiers of Verdun, Meuse Argonne, St. Mihiel, 1918.
"Heroes known and unknown, living and dead, who have triumphed from the avalanche of the barbarians and immortalized their names throughout the world and throughout future centuries, the City of Verdun unconquered and standing upon its ruins, dedicates this medal as a mark of its recogition.
Signed by the President of Verdun, the President Book of Gold and the Mayor and Chief Deputy"

Transcribed from the Palacios Beacon (Matagorda County, Texas), dated circa January 1935

Final Rites held Here Sunday Afternoon for Roy C. Wilkerson, 63

Roy Charles Wilkerson, who died of a heart attack at his home in Needville, Friday, April 13, was buried in the Palacios Cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Needville Presbyterian Church and at 4 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Palacios with the Rev. Richard Stone officiating at the local services.

A former resident of Palacios, Mr. Wilkerson was born on February 15, 1899 in Victoria, Texas, a son of Jake and Lena Wilkerson. In 1903 they moved to Palacios where he lived for many years. He was an employee of the Southern Pacific railroad for many years and at the time of his death was depot agent in Needville.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bea Bentler Wilkerson of Needville, a son, Roy Wilkerson of Lake Charles, La. and a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Pierce of Palacios, two sisters, Mrs. Alice Fields and Miss Lizzie Wilkerson of Palacios; three brothers, Van of San Diego, California, Vernon of San Antonio and Charles Wilkerson of Wharton, and six grandchildren.

Transcribed from the Palacios Beacon (Matagorda County, Texas) dated the 19th of April of 1962



Beatrice Wilkerson

Funeral services for Mrs. Beatrice Wilkerson, 76 of Needville will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday [the 24th of April] at St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Needville with the Rev. Richard Avery officiating. Burial will be in the Palacios Cemetery with 3:30 p.m. rites.

Mrs. Wilkerson died Friday [actual date was Saturday, the 21st of April of 1979] at Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Lucille Pierce of Needville, a son Roy C. Wilkerson, Jr. of Norfolk, England, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren.

Friends may call after 11 a.m. today at the Garmany and Garden Funeral Home Chapel in Needville.

Transcribed from the Herald Coaster (Fort Bend County, Texas) dated the 23rd of April of 1979

Photos courtesy of Martha Pierce and Charles Henry Fields          Obituaries courtesy of MaryFrances Flournoy



Death of Mrs. Augusta Wilkins

Mrs. Augusta Wilkins died at seven o’clock last Saturday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Wilkerson on west Main street, at the advanced age of 83 years and five days. The immediate cause of her death was heart failure. Funeral services were held at the Wilkerson home Monday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J. W. Israel, pastor of the Baptist church, assisted by W. L. Shepherd of the Presbyterian church, followed by interment at the city cemetery. A quartet sang, and the floral offerings from friends and neighbors were most beautiful and profuse.

Deceased was born in Germany on the 29th of Sept., 1830, but removed to this country with her parents in 1845, who settled at the then promising town of Indianola in Calhoun county, where they made their home until after the storm of 1886, which destroyed the town—having therefore been a resident of that place during the storms of both 1875 and 1886. After the 1886 storm the family located at Louise in Jackson county. For a long time Mrs. Wilkins made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Wilkerson, and came to Palacios with the family in 1903, and was one of the first and oldest residents of this city.

Mrs. Wilkins was the mother of ten children, but four of whom survived her. They are Mrs. John Wilkerson, of Yoakum; Mrs. H. Warrach, of Port Lavaca; Mr. Ben Miller, of Magnolia Beach, and Mrs. J. C. Wilkerson, of this city. Mr. Miller and family and Mrs. Warrach were here to attend the funeral. The deceased is also survived by a brother who resides in Karnes County, this state.

The Wilkerson family is one of the oldest and most highly esteemed in our city, and the sympathy of the entire community is extended to them in this hour of bereavement.

Palacios Beacon, October 10, 1913

Wife of James H. Miller



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