|Welcome to Wheeler County, Texas|
|Texas Genealogy Trails|
This Wheeler County Texas Website
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 . . .
Wheeler County Texas
Officially formed in 1876, the county is named for Royal Tyler Wheeler, a chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court. In 1879, Mobeetie (then known as Sweetwater) was named the county seat.
The town of Wheeler was designated as the county seat in 190
In the spring of 1874 an outpost, called Hidetown or Sweetwater, was established on Sweetwater Creek, in the northwestern part of what is now Wheeler County. To curb Indian escapes from Indian Territory, in June 1875 the United States Army established a post near Hidetown. It was named Fort Elliott in 1876 and remained operative until 1890, providing both protection and economic benefits for newly arrived residents. In 1878 the first post office in the Panhandle was established there. As the Indian threat diminished in 1875 and 1876, settlers began to congregate around Fort Elliott and Hidetown, and in 1876 the Texas state legislature established Wheeler County from lands formerly assigned to the Bexar and Young districts. As the buffalo were hunted out of existence, cattle ranching began to develop in the area, and former buffalo hunters, discharged soldiers, and newly arriving ranchers settled into the county. In 1879 the local residents petitioned for county organization. On April 12, 1879, Wheeler County became the first organized county in the Panhandle, with fourteen other unorganized counties attached to it. The small camp of Sweetwater was chosen to be the county seat; the settlement was renamed Mobeetie in 1880, when a post office was established there.
[Excerpted from Donald R. Abbe and John Leffler, "WHEELER COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
* Shamrock * Wheeler * Mobeetie * Allison * Briscoe * Kelton * Twitty *
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 Histories / 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:
May 2016: County Records: 1916 County OfficersMar 2016: Marriage News: CLARK, MARCUMFeb 2016: World War 1 Draft Registration Cards: ABBOTT, ADAMS, AGANNov 2015: 1888 County OfficersAug 2015: 1906 - 1910 BirthsMay 2015: News: Newspapers of Wheeler CountyFeb 2015: Death News: WILLIAMS; Visiting News: BRADBURY, DAVIS; Birth News: SLOSS; Birthday Celebrations: LASATER; Sick List News; TROSTLE, HILL, ABBOTT, HILBURN, PENDLETON
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.