|Welcome to Runnels County, Texas|
|Texas Genealogy Trails|
This Runnels County 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 . . .
Runnels County Texas
Although the area was still sparsely populated, the demands of the advancing frontier were such that on February 1, 1858, the Texas legislature established twenty-three new counties. One of these was Runnels County, named in honor of Hiram G. Runnels, an ex-governor of Mississippi and a Texas state legislator.
During the 1870s the rich grasslands of Runnels County attracted more and more stockmen who were willing to risk Indian attacks. By 1876, after the Texas Rangers and United States troops such as those led by Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie had broken Indian resistance and driven them into Oklahoma, settlement began in earnest.
In the late 1870s and early 1880s cattlemen, mostly from the southern United States, took possession of Runnels County, establishing camps along the Colorado River and its tributaries. Runnels County was organized in February 1880 and had a population of 980. It had no towns, only scattered settlements.
[Excerpted from: Kathryn Pinkney, "RUNNELS COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical Association]
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
Miles * Rowena * Winters * Ballinger
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 County History Marriage Records Military Records Miscellaneous Records Newspaper Gleanings Obituaries and Death Notices School Records Wills/Probate Records
- Website Updates:
Jun 2015: News: Newspapers of Runnels CountyMar 2015: Married News: MOODY, WEST, PASSUR, ROSENWASSER; Death News: WILKERSON, TWYMAN, RANSOM, HOBBS, MCADAMS, MURPHY, PIERCE, FOREMAN; School News: 1907 Teachers, 1915 Graduates of Ballinger School; Crime News: MCKNIGHT, Forged Check passed, WORDEN, HILDEBRAND; Calamity News: NICHOLS, CORDELL; Visiting News: MILLER; Sick List News; JAMES; Community News; Locket Adair Revival, Faithful Service - STOKES, Miscellaneous News; 1915 Mysterious Airship seen by more than 50 people
Dec 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties; Korean War Casualties; Bio: WYLIE
Sept 2014: Mil: WW2 Honor Roll; History: 1914 County History
Aug 2014: Obit: THOMASON - Transcribed by Dena Whitesell
Jun 2014: Cemeteries
Feb 2014: death notices for COTTON, DUNLAP
Jan 2014: 1883 Pensioners
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 PLAINS 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.