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Taylor County Texas

In 1858 the Texas legislature established Taylor County, named for Alamo defenders Edward, James, and George Taylor, from lands formerly assigned to Bexar and Travis counties. Taylor County was attached to Travis and Bexar counties for judicial and administrative purposes until 1873, when these responsibilities were assigned to Eastland County. Its county seat is Abilene, Texas

Taylor County Courthouse - 1914
Source: A History of Texas and Texans, Volume 2  By Francis White Johnson 1914

Though the climate and land of Taylor County were hostile to agriculture, hopeful farmers experimented with different crops in the 1870s and 1880s, cultivating peaches, corn, wheat, and cotton. The spread of crop cultivation led to disputes between the cattlemen who favored the open range and the new farmers who sought to fence in their crops. This fence-cuttingqv war was on the brink of an armed exchange until the late 1880s, when the legislature passed new laws to regulate the sale, ownership, and fencing of land.
[Excerpted from  John Leffler, "TAYLOR COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]

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Mar 2015: Death News; CRANFIELD, GRAY, LARKE, GEORGE; Sick List News: STINCHCOMB, SMITH, CURRIE; Married News: OLIVER, WOOD, RIDENS, HURT, MCELROY, HIATT, MERCHANT, HOLLIS, DOUGLASS, WALKER, NORRIS, MCDANIEL, SPURLOCK, WALTON, CUNNINGHAM, POWELL, WATOSON, WEAKLEY; Birth News; HEARNE, ANDERSON; Birthday Celebration News; CURRIE; Crime News; PEARCE; Visiting News: WEAVER, MINGUS, MARCUS,  DARNELL, BELL, ANDERSON, YOUNG, TAYLOR, KEMP,
Dec 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties; Korean War Casualties
Nov 2014: Obit: CYRIER - Submitted by Maurene Richard Miller
Sept 2014: Mil: WW2 Honor Roll; 1914 County Description and Overview
Aug 2014: Mil: October 1918 Army Casualties - Submitted by Rose Stout
Jul 2014: Calamity News: 1958 Plane Wreck - Transcribed by Camellia; Obit: RAILLARD - Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title; Obit: OLDHAM - Transcribed by Camellia
June 2014: Cemeteries
Jan 2014: Bio: SCARBOROUGH; List of WW1 Soldiers from Taylor County; Sick List news re: BAYLE; 1883 Pensions
 
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