1825 - Bef 1870 (45 years)
||James W. DARWIN |
||St. Landry Parish, LA
||St. Landry Parish, LA 
|James W. Darwin Jr. (age 5) presumed in household of father, James W. Darwin |
||Brazos County, TX 
|James W. Darwin Jr. (age 35), in household of brother-in-law, Jacob Robertson |
|Civil War: CSA Enlistment
||09 Apr 1862
||Galveston County, TX
|TX: Waul's Legion; Pvt. (Co. H). Medical discharge: 10 July 1862 |
||10 Jul 1862 
|James W. Darwin (age 37) medically discharged from CSA Service |
In Section 4.94, I stated that James W. Darwin, Jr., went with his father, James, and stepmother, Mary, to Texas as a six year old in 1831 and settled with them at their newly established home in Grimes Co., TX. The basis of this statement is that the 1850 TX census lists James as the only Darwin in Grimes County and I believe that the census shows him at his parent's former home, which he was sharing with the family of his sister Louisa and her husband, Charles Ray, who had two young children.
In 1856, James W. Darwin married Nancy E. Biggs in Harris Co., TX, but the marriage must have been a mismatch because the records show that at the end of 1859, Nancy had remarried, also in Harris County, to a Thomas Walker. We know that James Darwin was still alive because he is listed on the 1860 TX census residing, a single man, with the family of his eldest sister, Narcissa and her husband Jacob Robertson in Brazos Co., TX, where he must have been helping the family with the farming. It would seem that James had a problem with epilepsy, which is apparent from his army discharge papers from the CSA on 10 July 1862, when he sustained injuries falling from a horse giving him continual head pains. I failed to find him on the 1870 TX census so he probably died before 1870.
References:TX census records
3rd Louisiana Infantry
17 May 1861 - enlisted at New Orleans as pvt in Co. B, 3rd Louisiana Infantry (Capt. R.M.Hinson) for 1 year
10 August 1861 - listed missing following Battle of Wilsons Creek, Missouri)
7 October 1861 - discharged at Camp Jackson (surgeon's certificate of disability)
9th Texas Infantry
7 November 1861 - enlisted at Galveston in Co. K., 9th Texas (Nichols)
9 Nov 1861 - 31 Dec 1861: muster roll, present
Jan-Feb 1862: muster roll, present
24 April 1862: absent, furlough: "Enlisted"
Waul's Legion (Texas)
9 April 1862: enlisted Waul's Legion (Texas) for 3 years
10 July 1862: medical discharge (epilepsy, from injury falling from horse): 1862: Medical Discharge (CSA) - James Darwin
Also in 9th Texas: nephew Thomas Howard Darwin (5.339), son of Reuben Darwin
||DARUSA | Descendants of William Darwin
||12 Mar 2013 |
||James W. DARWIN, Sr., b. Abt 1787, York County, South Carolina , d. 1834, San Felipe, Austin County, TX (Age ~ 47 years) |
||Nancy SHORES, b. Abt 1790, d. 1827-1829 (Age ~ 39 years) |
||York County, South Carolina
- place of marriage conjectural
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- [S94] CEN: 1830 LA St Landry.
- [S282] CEN: 1860 TX Brazos.
- [S244] MIL-CIV: 1862 CSA Discharge - James W. Darwin, Jr., NARA, ref pending.
"A continual Fever and pain in the head, and having received an injury by the falling from a horse, which subjects him to fits continually, and which increase.... certify that I have carefully examined the said James Darwin of Capt. Izard's Company and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of epilepsy."