Welcome to Irion County, Texas

Texas Genealogy Trails
Volunteers Dedicated to Free Genealogy

This Site 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!  If hosting isn't for you, we can use your help in other ways.  Get the details on our Volunteer Page.
[A desire to transcribe data and knowledge of how to make a basic webpage is required.]
We regret that we are unable to perform personal research for folks.
All data we come across will be added to this site. We thank you for visiting and hope you'll come back again to view the updates we make to this site.

. . . CHECK BACK OFTEN . . . 


Irion County Texas

The Tonkawa Indians once occupied the area of Irion County. Spanish explorers Hernn Martn and Diego del Castillo traversed it in 1650; Juan Domnguez de Mendoza and Nicols Lpez followed in 1684 and reported on local Indians.

From 1858 to 1861 coaches of the San Antonio-San Diego Mail and the Butterfield Overland Mail crossed the region. On January 8, 1865, the battle of Dove Creek was fought at the junction of Spring and Dove creeks between 1,400 Kickapoo Indians and 370 state border guards under Capt. Henry Fossett. The Kickapoos were eastern Indians who had been uprooted by the American government and removed to reservations in Indian Territory; they were attempting to move to Mexico when intercepted by Fossett's troops.   

Thirty-six whites were killed and sixty wounded in the battle; Indian casualties totaled eleven dead and thirty-one wounded. The area had been part of the Fisher-Miller Land Grant of 1843, but no settlements were established in what is now Irion County until the late 1870s, after the Indian threat had been eliminated. In 1874 the area became part of Tom Green County, which was formed that year from 12,500 square miles taken from Bexar County. G. W. Wood, Richard F. Tankersley, Bruce McCain, and others established cattle ranches in the area.  

In 1889 the Texas legislature formed Irion County from Tom Green County, and that same year the county was organized with Sherwood county seat. By 1890, 118 farms and ranches, encompassing 193,000 acres, had been established in the county. Though fourteen of these were larger than 1,000 acres, many were relatively small holdings; the average size was 1,627 acres. Nevertheless, ranching dominated the local economy.
[Excerpted from Leta Crawford, "A History of Irion County, Texas" (Waco: Texian, 1966). Irion County Historical Society, "A History of Irion County, Texas" (San Angelo: Anchor, 1978)]

Outlaw Tom Ketchum once maintained a hideout in the county, at the mountain now named for him.


 Irion county is one of the most lightly populated areas in the state

Mertzon (1990 population, 778) is the county seat and farm center.
Other communities are Barnhart and Sherwood.


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.
Online Data
Biographies Birth Records Cemeteries Census
Church Records County Records Death Records Family Records
County History Marriage Records Military Records Miscellaneous Data
Newspaper Gleanings Obituaries and Death Notices School Records Wills/Probate Records
Website Updates:
June 2017: Biographies: TANKERSLEY
Jan 2017: Court News; Weather News; Death News: SEIS; Crime News
Aug 2016: Gossip News: BROOKS
May 2016: County Records: 1916 County Officers
Feb 2016: World War 1 Honor Roll

Submit an Obituary to Us
for any of our county sites.


If you would like to be kept informed of our state and county website updates, subscribe to any or all of our mailing lists

Texas is covered under our "Southwestern States" mailing list.

The Southwestern States List covers :
Texas -- New Mexico -- Oklahoma -- Nevada -- Arizona

Surrounding Counties

Tom Green County (north and east)

Schleicher County (southeast)

Crockett County (southwest)

Reagan County (west) 

Click here to select another county






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