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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, Galvestonwas 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

 Galveston Hurricane of 1900

Galveston Horror Death List

Galveston 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
Village: Tiki Island

Census-designated places
Bacliff * Bolivar Peninsula * San Leon

Unincorporated Areas:
* Algoa * Bayview * Crystal Beach * Gilchrist * High Island * Port Bolivar

 The Rosenberg Library is the oldest public library in Texas and serves as the headquartersfor the Galveston County Library System. Its librarian also functions as the Galveston County librarian.

 

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Website Updates:
Sept 2015: 1895 Mortality Schedule - submitted by B Ziegenmeyer
May 2015: Bio: KIRKLAND, SHERMAN, WAUL, TALLEFSON, FLY - Transcribed by Susan Geist
Bios: KANKEL, MORLEY, SCHNEIDER, BOEHL, TILLEBACK, HOLMES, DREW, BUTLER, SCHMIDT, SOUTHWICK - Transcribed by Michele Jackson
Apr 2015:Marriage News: WARE, COLLIER, WOODALL, HUDSPETH, BAILEY, BARNHILL, WILLIAMSON
Aug 2014: World War I Casuality Lists; Texas Revolution 1882 Veteran's Death Roll
Jun 2014: Bios: BENTINCK, CAHILL, HAWKINS, VAN LIEW, WESTERLAGE
May 2014: Richardson-Irving Marriage, Bios: GENGLER
Mar 2014: World War II: Honor Roll; Necrology
Feb 2014: World War I: The Boys of Galveston; Galveston City History Chapter 1; Port Galveston History: Biographies: ADAMS, ADOUE, AIKEN, A. ALLEN, W. ALLEN, J. JOE ATKINS, JOSEPH ATKINS, D. AYERS, D. The. AYERS, H. BEISSNER, L. BEISSNER, BENN, BENNISON, BERGER, BERGSTROM, BIEHLER, BOLTON, BORDEN FAMILY, BOREN, BOTHMAN, BURROUGHS, BRAZZEL, BRISTOL, BROCK, BRYAN, BUTTELMANN, CLIFFORD, CLUFF, COLLINS, CROZIER, DAVIDSON, DAVIE, DEAN, DENSON, DERRICK, DIRKS FAMILY, DOLSON, A. DROURT, S. DROUET, EDGAR, ELLMERS, FALKENHAGEN, FIELDS, FINLAN, FLAKE, FOWLER, GALLAGHER, GIBBERT, GREGG, GREGORY, GWYN, HAKENJOS, HAMMER, HANSCOM, HANSEN, HEIMAN, HELMER, HERNDON, HEYEN, HITCHCOCK, HURD, JACKSON, JENNETT, A. JOHNSON, R. JOHNSON, C. JORDAN, M. M. JORDAN, C. JUNEMANN, F. JUNEMANN, KAHLA, KLEINECKE, KUHNEL, LANG, LASKER, LE CLERE, LOBENSTEIN, LUFKIN, LUTH, MALLY, MARCHAND, MEGSON, MEIER, MELLOR, J. MENARD, M. MENARD, MENTZEL, METZGER, MEYER, MOODY, MORWITZ, MULLER, MURRAY, NELSON, COL. E. B. NICHOLS, E.B. M. NICHOLS, F. NICHOLS, NUSE, PEETZ, PENDERGAST, PIERSON, RAY, RIETZ, RODEFELD, ROEMER, SCHADT, F. SCHMIDT, Q. SCHMIDT, SCHNEIDER, SEIXAS, SELKIRK, SHANNON, C. SHERWOOD, J. SHERWOOD, SMALLEY, STEELE, STEWART, STUART, TACQUARD, WEBER, WEYER, WIGFALL, WILSON, WOOD, WOOLLAM, WORTHAM, WREN, YARD; Obituaries: Bert William Beagle, Jr., E. W. ("Shorty") Parrish
Jan 2014: History: Texas City History, Galveston County History; Old La Porte Cemetery Listing, Galveston City Officials List; Military: Civil War Honor Roll; 1883 Pensioners List; Veteran's Death Roll; Marriage Announcements: WILKINS - MCMURRAY, TOTMAN - HOWE; Obituaries: Wm M. Carper, Jos. O Dyer, W. Grannis, Jenny Frosh, Charley Nelson, Mr. Officers; Biographies: ALBERT, AMSTEATT, ASHE, A. BALDINGER, W. BALDINGER, A. BALL, G. BALL, BAUMANN, BELO, BLEIKE, BOLLFRASS, BRANCH, CARVILLE, J. CHUBB, T.CHUBB, COYNE, DOLL, FINLAY, HAMILTON, HASSELMEYER, HEARD, HENCK, HUTCHINS, KEELY, JORDAN, KEELY, KIMLEY, KLEINECKE, LABADIE, LEASK, LEONARD, LORDAN, McALPINE, MENARD, MOSER, O’BRIEN, OLDENBURG, PATRICK, PICHARD, POOL, QUICK, REYBAUD, ROSENBERG, SEALY, STEWART, SWEENEY, TREACCAR, VORDENBAUMEN, VOWINKLE, WERNER, WILLIAMS, YOUNG
Dec 2013: 1890 Veterans Census
 
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