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Shackelford County Texas

Shackelford is named for Jack Shackelford, a soldier of the Texas Revolution.

Fort Griffin lies within Shackelford County.

The combination of buffalo hunters, soldiers, and cowboys, mixed with Indians from the nearby Tonkawa camp, was volatile, and law enforcement was erratic. The long trip to the county court in Jack County to do jury duty or deal with legal matters was hazardous; so in 1874 residents of the area petitioned the county court of Jack County for permission to organize their own county.  

On November 8 of that year the founders of the county called an election to determine the permanent location, and thus Albany - named by William R. Cruger for his hometown, Albany, Georgia - was founded. In 1884 the county finished construction of a courthouse, built of limestone quarried a few miles southwest of Albany. The structure still functions in its original capacity, and in 1962 was recorded as a Texas Historical Landmark.
[Excerpted from: Frank Beesley, "SHACKELFORD COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical Association]

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Website Updates:
Sept 2017: Website updated and pages are mobile friendly
Jun 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice; Biographies: BRISTOW
Feb 2017: Sick List News: MOODY, WOODS; Visiting News: LIPSCOMBE, HALLMON, BULL, ROGERS, DODSON, CHEATHAM, WILLHELM, EDGAR
Sept 2016: Marriage News: GOEN, GREGG; Visiting News: MALONEY, BROWNING, GONZOLUS, WILLMAN, HUNNYCUT, FOOSHEE, GOODING; Community News: Albany Musical Society
Jun 2016: County Records: 1916 County Officers
Mar 2016: World War 1 Draft Registration Cards: ADAMS, ADAMSON, ALEXANDER, ADAIR, ALLEN, ALSTON, ALVETEZ
 
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