|Welcome to Wilbarger County, Texas|
|Texas Genealogy Trails|
This Wilbarger 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 . . .
Wilbarger County Texas
Wilbarger County is in northern Texas, along the Oklahoma border. The county was organized in 1881, and the town of Vernon was designated the county seat; there were only fifty-six voters in the county at that time. The county grew quickly during the 1880s, despite droughts in 1886 and 1887, the prevalence of prairie dogs, and occasional rampages of stampeding cattle from the seasonal cattle drives that traveled through the area
Vernon, the county's seat of government and largest city, is thirty-five miles northwest of Wichita Falls. The area that is now Wilbarger County was part of the buffalo hunting ground of the Wanderers Band of Comanches until the 1870s, when great buffalo hunts by whites destroyed the herds and United States Army campaigns removed the Indians. Wilbarger County was established in 1858 from lands formerly assigned to the Bexar District. It was named for settlers Josiah P. and Mathias Wilbarger. Though the area was within the boundary of the Peters colony, because of Indian hostilities it attracted no settlers until 1878, when the first settlement was made and the county was attached to Clay County for judicial purposes. C. F. and J. Doan, the first settlers in the area, established Doan's Crossing and Store where the Western Trail crossed the Red River; C. F. Doan became the county's first postmaster in 1880 after buffalo hunters, cattlemen, and Indians settled near the store, and mail lines to Wichita Falls, Mobeetie, and Seymour were soon opened. Mrs. A. T. Boger held classes for schoolchildren in a dugout east of Vernon in 1879, and by the next year a school had been built; L. N. Perkins taught the first classes there. W. B. Worsham established the R2 Ranch with headquarters at Big Spring in 1879. Settlers who lacked livestock made a living poisoning coyotes for their hides; gathering buffalo bones for eastern fertilizer plants was another source of income. Bone gatherers hauled their take to Gainesville, where bones sold for twenty to twenty-two dollars per ton.
[Excerpted from Source: John Leffler, "WILBARGER COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
* Vernon * Lockett *
Other Communities Include:
* Doans * Elliott * Farmers Valley * Fargo * Grayback * Harrold * Odell * Parsley Hill * Tolbert * White City *
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 History Marriage Records Military Records Miscellaneous Data Newspaper Gleanings Obituaries and Death Notices Queries School Records Wills/Probate Records
- Website Updates:
Dec 2015: 1888 County OfficersSept 2015: 1910 Births; Queries - STAFFORD - submitted by Deandra RobbinsJun 2015: News: Newspapers of Wilbarger CountyMar 2015: Death News: WALDEN, KENZIE, HAUSSELS, ALEXANDER, BOUNGEL, BRIDGES, BURNS, KESLER, NORMAN; Weather News; Accident News: DUFF, Train Wreck in 1907; Married News; BACKUS, WEBB, BARRADALL, DRAKE, BRISCOE, MILLER, DARLING, CHATTERTON, KELLY, HENDRICKS, MAGNESS, DANIELS, PARKER, COLEMAN, PIERCE, ELINGTON, PORTERFIELD, DAVIS, SIMONDS, PARKER, SMITH, MCCLARREN, STINSTON, BOYD
Dec 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties; Korean War Casualties
Sep 2014: Mil: WW2 Honor roll; History: 1914 County Description
Aug 2014: Obit: KITCHENS - Transcribed by MKK
Jul 2014: Obit: MALIN - Transcribed by Susan Geist; Obit: CARTHEL - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan; Obit: JACKSON - Transcribed by Sandra Stutzman; Obit: ROWLAND - Transcribed by Kristine Metoyer; Obit: CARTHEL, JACKSON - Transcribed by Camellia; Obit: MITCHELL - Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title;
Jun 2014: Bio: HIGGINS - Transcribed by Linda McDonald
Jan 2014: World War 1 Soldiers; Hundreds of new biographies!
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.