|Welcome to Deaf Smith County, Texas|
|Texas Genealogy Trails|
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.
* * * NEW DATA ADDED CONSTANTLY * * *
. . . CHECK BACK OFTEN . . .
Deaf Smith County Texas
In 1876 the state legislature identified and named the county, but it was not organized until 1890, with the town of LaPlata as the original county seat.
The county was named for Erastus "Deaf" Smith (1787-1837), a partially-deaf scout and soldier who served in the Texas Revolution. He was the first to reach the Alamo after its fall.
Erastus "Deaf" Smith
The earliest prehistoric inhabitants of these prairies gave way to Plains Apaches, who in turn were forced out by the warlike Comanches and Kiowas. In 1787, and again in 1788, Jos Mares followed Tierra Blanca Creek in his search for a route from Santa Fe to San Antonio.
The Indian wars of the 1870s, culminating in the Red River War of 1874-75, led to the nomadic red man's removal to the Indian Territory. Shortly thereafter ranchers began to appear in the area, and in 1876 the Texas legislature formed Deaf Smith County from the Bexar District. The census counted thirty-eight people in the county in 1880. By 1890 the county's population had increased to 179, and the census found seventeen farms or ranches in the area, seven of which were smaller than 500 acres.
Between 1900 and 1910 the large ranchers began to sell their lands, and land-company promotions brought a rush of settlers to the area. With them came significant changes in the local agricultural economy during the first half of the twentieth century. The number of farms and ranches in the county increased steadily during most of this period
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
* Hereford * Dawn * Glenrio *
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 Bibles and Records County History Marriage Records Military Records Miscellaneous Data Newspaper Gleanings Obituaries and Death Notices School Records Wills/Probate Records
- Website Updates:
Aug 2016: Sick List News: CLARY, EATON, FAIN, RUSSELL; Birth News: BRATTON; Obit: LUTTERLOH; Gossip News: GASS, DYER, BIGGER, BURNHAM, WOMBLE, TINSLEYMay 2016: County Records: 1916 County OfficersFeb 2016: World War I Draft Registration Cards: ALLRED, ANDREW, ANGELEY, ANGELO, ANGLEY, ANTHONY, ARGONov 2015: World War I Draft Registration Cards: ABBOTT, ACKER, ADKISSON, ALBERTUS, ALLEN, ALLISON, ALLREDAug 2015: Death Certificates: DICKSON, HENSON, RICHARDS, THOMPSONMay 2015: News: Newspapers of Deaf Smith CountyFeb 2015: Death News: GILLILAND, Birth News: RUTHERFORD; Marriage News: BELL, ANGEL, PATTERSON, PURCELL; School News: HARVEY, LONDON, WEAVER, KELLEY, TURRENTINE, WESSON, Advertisers: SLATON, DODSON, PRESLEY, WITHERSPOON, GOUGH, ROBERTSON, GRAVES, ELLISTON, DAVIS, CASH, MILLER; Gossip News: ENGLISH BASSETT, SACHASE, COOK, DESPAIN, MCDOWELL, DUNLAVEY
SEARCH OUR SITES
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.
VISIT OUR PANHANDLE REGION PAGE
OR VISIT OUR TEXAS STATE PAGE
OR VISIT OUR NATIONAL SITE
Copyright ©Genealogy Trails
All data on this website is Copyright by Genealogy Trails with full rights reserved for original submitters.