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Travis County Texas
Travis County is in Central Texas, 150 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Austin, is the state capital and county seat. Congress established Travis County, naming it in honor of William Barret Travis.
An election for county officials was held in February 1840, at which time the population was reported to be 856. The initial boundaries of Travis County included roughly 40,000 square miles. Counties that were later carved from Travis County include Callahan, Coleman, Comal, Gillespie, Hays, Burnet, Brown, Lampasas, Eastland, Runnels, and Taylor.
Sam Houston moved the government of the Republic of Texas from Austin to Houston when Mexican troops invaded San Antonio in March 1842. When he tried to have the government archives removed as well, Austin citizens resisted with the Archives War. The Texas Congress held sessions at Washington-on-the-Brazos from 1842 to 1845, but the convention that drafted the Constitution of 1845qv met in Austin in July 1845, and by October the rest of the government had returned to the capital city. The first legislature of the new state convened in Austin in February 1846.
[Excerpted from Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "TRAVIS COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
West Lake Hills
(a portion of southern Round Rock extends into Travis county)
(a portion of Elgin extends into Travis County)
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- Website Updates:Nov 2015: 1888 County Officers; Bios: WILKSSept 2015: Death News: SILVERSTINE, EANES, RAMEY, BEAL, GRATMAN, MARTINJun 2015: News: Newspapers of Travis CountyMay 2015: Obit: GERMAN - Submitted by Jacque McDonnellMar 2015: Obit: HORTON - Submitted by Candi Horton
Feb 2015: Married News: HURT, IRELAND, JUHRIN, STAPLES, CULBERSON, TOWNSEND, ANDERSON, GOODRICH; Death News: ROBINSON, HAMILTON, PRIDGEON, GRAVES, HINTON, WASHINGTON, SHEEKS, MCFARLAND, MOORE, HONEY, HANCKE, HORTON, STERN, Sick List: KRON; Crime News: Barber Shop robbery; CRAWFORD, RUST; Court News: OWENS, HOLMAN, WALKER, STACY
Nov 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties
Sep 2014: Bio: COCK - Transcribed by Kim Mohler; History: 1914 County Description
Aug 2014 - Mil: Korean War Casualties; Obit: TRAYNHAM - Transcribed by Dena Whitesell; Church: History of 1st Baptist Church - Transcribed by Susan Geist; Marriage News: ODOM, BELL- Transcribed by Barbara Ziegenmeyer; Mil: Oct 1918 Army Casualties - Submitted by Rose Stout; Mil: 1882 Veterans Death Roll - Transcribed by Dena Whitesell
Jul 2014 - Obit: CURL - Transcribed by AFoFGtr
Obit: GREENROYD - Transcribed by AFoFGmz
Jun 2014 - Bio: ATEN, DIEBEL - Transcribed by Susan Geist
Mar 2014: - Obit: BURNS - Transcribed by Kim Mohler; Family Bibles of: MODRALL, POLYGLOTT, TAYLOE - Transcribed by Tammy Clark
Feb 2014: Bio: KENNEY - Transcribed by Elaine Goodwin
Jan 2014: World War 2 Honor List; 1890 Veterans Schedule; Wills - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan; History of Travis County TX - Transcribed by Gladys Lavender; Obit: AMSTEATT, MARKLEY - Transcribed by FoFGmz; Bio: PEELER - Transcribed by Elaine Goodwin; Bio: ROWE - Transcribed by Judy Ziesmer; GAINES - EVANS Marriage Announcement; Community News - CUZNEAU - Transcribed by Jim Dezotell; Obit: MOORE - Transcribed by Jim Dezotell; Misc Marriage Records - Transcribed by Mary Saggio; M. E. Church South - Webberville Church Records - Transcribed by Mary Saggio; Bio: WHITE, WAGGENER, PHELPS, JONES, HARDEMAN - Transcribed by Bobbie Dobbins Title
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