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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.]Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0TRAVIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
* Anderson Mill * Austin (county seat) * Barton Creek * Bee Cave * Bluff Springs * Briarcliff * Cele * Creedmoor *
* Del Valle * Elroy * Garfield * Hornsby Bend * Hudson Bend * Jollyville * Jonestown * Lago Vista * Lakeway *
* Littig * Lost Creek * Lund * Manchaca * Manor * McNeil * Mustang Ridge * New Sweden * Onion Creek *
* Pflugerville * Point Venture * Rollingwood * San Leanna * Shady Hollow * Sunset Valley * Webberville *
* Wells Branch * West Lake Hills * Windemere * Volente *
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Online Data BirthRecords MiscellaneousRecords SchoolRecords Website Updates:Nov 2017: Servant Girl Murders of 1885 - Submitted by Kim Thorpe and Lori DeWinklerAug 2017: Website updated and pages are mobile friendlyJun 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice; Various Marriages; Cemetery updates: JONES, MT. CALVARY, MANOR, PUCKETT, OAKWOOD; Death Notices: CHAMBERLAIN, GLASSCOCK, LAMBERT, MOORE, PUCKETTMar 2017: Marriages: Misc Travis County marriages; Cemeteries: burials in various cemeteries; Death News: MARTINJan 2017: Visiting News: FYKE, GOERDEL, MERCER, SLEVINSKY, EDWARDS, HAYNIE, HALE, WALKER, MABRYSept 2016: Cemeteries: STATE CEMETERY - Transcribed by Nancy OverlanderAug 2016: County Records: 1891 Fugitives from JusticeMay 2016: County Records: 1916 County OfficersFeb 2016: World War 1 Honor Roll
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