Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
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Claiborne Parish History

John Murrell moved his family from Arkansas to the Flat Lick Bayou area about 6 miles west of present-day Homer in 1818, and they became the first known non-natives to permanently settle in Claiborne Parish. As more settlers moved into the area, the Murrell house served as a church, school and post office.

Claiborne Parish was formed from the County of Natchitoches in 1828.  When the state legislature created Claiborne Parish out of Natchitoches Parish in 1828, all governmental business, including court, began being held in the Murrell house. This continued until the new parish's police jury selected Russellville as the parish seat.  Due to decrease in population, the parish was moved to Overton until 1846. The new Parish seat was next located in Athens until the courthouse was destroyed by fire.
The residents determined to find a place that would be centrally located for all of the parishioners, and in the year 1849, Homer was officially selected as the county seat. The new courthouse was constructed in 1850.

(Russellville is now a ghost town, located northeast of Athens)


Towns
 Haynesville * Homer

Villages
 Athens * Lisbon * Junction City

Unincorporated Communities
 Arizona * Lake Claiborne * Russellville * Summerfield


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Miscellaneous Data

Native American Data

School Records

Slavery Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Feb 2017:  bios for HUNDLEY, NICHOLSON, MORELAND, SIMONTON, JAMESON, CLEGG.  Obits for MALONE, DREW, BRIDGEMAN, CARPENTER, VOLENTINE.  Sick list news for WALKER

 

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Surrounding Parishes and Counties
Columbia County, Arkansas (northwest)
Union County, Arkansas (northeast)
Union Parish (east)
Lincoln Parish (southeast)
Bienville Parish (south)
Webster Parish (west)
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