Texas Genealogy Trails

Genealogy Trails History Group

 

Welcome to Loving County Texas Genealogy Trails!

*Volunteers dedicated to putting free data online*

line

This Loving County Website
is available for adoption. 


Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.  If you have a love for history, a desire to help others, and basic web-authoring skills, consider joining us!  Get the details on our Volunteer Page.If hosting isn't for you, we can use your help in other ways.
[A desire to transcribe data and knowledge of how to make a basic webpage is required.]

line

We regret that we are unable to
perform personal research for anybody.

line

Loving County

Prehistorically, the area had many springs with drinkable water that supported wildlife and nomadic hunters. Antonio de Espejo visited the area in 1583 and crossed the Pecos River. John Pope surveyed the area in 1854 for a railroad company, and returned in 1855 to start a camp in northwestern Loving County and establish artesian wells in the area, however the venture was unsuccessful and was abandoned in 1861.

From 1837 to 1874 the area of Loving County was part of the Bexar land district. In 1874 it was separated from Bexar County as a part of Tom Green County.  Loving County is named for Oliver Loving, a cattle rancher and pioneer of the cattle drive who together with Charles Goodnight developed the Goodnight-Loving Trail. He was mortally wounded by Comanches while on a cattle drive in 1867 in the vicinity of the county.

Loving is the only county in Texas to be incorporated twice, first in 1893 and then once more in 1931. Its initial organization was effected by a canal company founded in Denver, Colorado, and appears to have been based upon fraud and willful misrepresentations made by the founders to state officials.  After a local landowner hired a New York firm to investigate alleged improprieties in county government, the company's organizers fled, taking with them all the county records. The state legislature subsequently disorganized Loving in 1897, attaching it to Reeves County.

Oil was discovered in 1921, leading to a population increase in Loving County. By 1930 there were 195 residents, mostly living in what would become the town of Mentone, which became the county seat when Loving was reconstituted in 1931. By 1933, the population had peaked at 600, only to enter a steady decline to the present day.

Loving in 1931- Organization forces were led by J. J. Wheat and B. F. Ramsey, pioneers of the county. Another group headed by Lige Hall, ranchman, opposed organization and forced the petitioners to prove that seventy-five of the citizens signing the petition were qualified voters.

Populated Areas

 * Mentone * 
 

 


Check your attics!
Dust off your family scrapbooks!
We're looking for DATA for this site!!!


If you are interested in adding your families' information to this website, Email Us.
We'll be happy to help your families' obituaries, news items and other historical data find a home here
at Texas Genealogy Trails, where it will remain free for all to view.

Loving County Online Data


Biographies

Birth Records

Church Histories / Records

County Records

Family Bibles and Records

Marriage Records

Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
 


line

SEARCH OUR SITES


Submit an Obituary to Us

for any of our county sites.

line

Join our Genealogy Trails Southwestern States Mailing List
to get email notices when our county sites are updated.

For the Southwestern States of :
Texas -- New Mexico -- Oklahoma -- Nevada -- Arizona


 line

Texas Genealogy Trails
TEXAS GENEALOGY TRAILS
State Site

Surrounding Counties

Click here to select another county

Genealogy Trails History Group
Visit the national site of
GENEALOGY TRAILS

All data on this website is  Copyright by Genealogy Trails with full rights reserved for original submitters.