HOUSTON, William James [1828 – 21 Jan 1865] – DUPLIN COUNTY – DECISION MAKER at the Seven Hour Session on 20 May 1861 SECESSION CONVENTION. Resigned the Convention to become Captain, 1st NC Regiment Cavalry, Killed in a fight at Loudon County, VA. Did not Survive the War; in 1860, his Real Estate was valued at $2350 and his Personal Estate was valued at $10,000; Occupation – he is listed as a 32 year old lawyer living in the Southern Division in Duplin County served by the post office in Hallsville.
VOTES [20 May 1861]: SECESSION: Yes; CONV. PRESIDENT: Edwards; JOIN CONFEDERACY: Yes; CONVENTION ORDINANCE JOINING THE CONFEDERACY BE SUBMITTED TO ALL NORTH CAROLINA VOTERS : No
Men from Nash and Wilson Counties who were sent off to war by William HOUSTON of Duplin County and his fellow Affluent, Politically Connected, Secessionist Delegates from the North Carolina counties on 20 May 1861