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Galveston County Texas
GALVESTON COUNTY is a county located within the Houston Sugar Land Baytown metropolitan area, on the plains of the Texas Gulf Coast in the southeasternpart of the state. Its county seat is Galveston.
American presence in Galveston County began in 1815 when Henry Perry and Warren D.C. Hall, former members of the Gutirrez-Magee expedition, landed at Bolivar Point in September with threeships and 200 men. Perry named the point for Simvar, the "Liberator," who commissioned him to attack Spanish commerce on the Gulf and direct expeditions against the Spanish in Mexico. The period from 1815 to 1821, however, was dominated by freebooters, filibusters,and pirates, notably the Frenchmen Louis Michel Aury and Jean Laffite. Aury arrived with thirteen ships on September16, 1816, and established a base on Galveston Island. Galveston County was formed in 1838 under the republicfrom Harrisburg, Liberty, and Brazoria counties and organized in 1839. When Texas joined the Union, Galveston was the largest city in Texas, with a population of 3,500. By the eve of the Civil War, however, the county had only nine manufacturing establishments, and Houston had begun to overshadow Galveston as the state's largest port.
In 1900, a great hurricane devastated Galveston.
County Seat: Galveston
Photo by Nick Saum - Licensed under Creative Commons 2.5GALVESTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
Bayou Vista * Clear Lake Shores * Dickinson * Friendswood * Galveston * Hitchcock * Jamaica Beach * Kemah
* La Marque* League City * Santa Fe * Texas City * Tiki Island * Bacliff * Bolivar Peninsula * San Leon * Algoa * Bayview * Crystal Beach * Gilchrist * High Island * Port Bolivar
The Rosenberg Library is the oldest public library in Texas and serves as the headquarters for the Galveston County Library System. Its librarian also functions as the Galveston County librarian.
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Online Data ChurchRecords FrontierStories MiscellaneousData SchoolRecords WEBSITE UPDATES:Feb 2018: Court News: POWELL, SMITH, SINGLETON, JUDSON, BROWN, SWEENEY, TAYLOR, SKINNER, MCCLELLAN, HUTSIN, IRVIN; Visiting News: CURTIS, GILLESPIE, CUNNINGHAM, ADRIANCE, BANTON, CAVE; Ads: LANDA and moreOct 2017: Death News: FOX - Transcribed by Robin LineSept 2017: Death News: CLAWSON, POND, BUTTEROUX - Transcribed by Robin Line
May 2017: History: 1914 County History; 1914 City of Galveston History; County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
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