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Anderson County

In 1846, Texas, newly admitted to the Union, granted permission to thirty-one communities within her domain to become separate counties. New settlers arriving in large numbers necessitated the change. Anderson County was one of these. On July 13, 1846, an area comprising 1,088 square miles, was separated from Houston County.  Its exact boundaries are described as follows: "Beginning at a place in the county of Houston, known as Houston's mound, about one mile north of Murchison's prairie; thence westwardly, by a direct line running through old Ioni village on the North Elkhart Creek, to the east boundary line of Samuel C. Box's headright league; thence south with said line to the southeast corner of said league; thence west-wardly with the south boundary line of said league to the Trinity river. Thence, beginning again at Houston's Mound, continuing said line eastwardly to the Neches River; thence up said river, with the meanderings thereof, to the northeast corner of John Ferguson's league of land; thence by a direct line parallel to the first above-named line to the Trinity River; thence down said river, with the meanderings thereof, to the intersection of said first named line with the Trinity River." 

Kenneth Lewis Anderson, the Vice President of Texas, while on a journey home from congress at Washington died suddenly on July 3, 1845. He was buried at Fanthrop, now Anderson, in Grimes County. It was he for whom the new county was finally named.

The county seat was also changed from the original destination. Fort Houston lacked two miles of being at the center of the county, so the site was selected and the name, Palestine, chosen for the county seat. The Parkers so prominent amongst the settlers, had come from Palestine, Crawford county, Ill. It was by their suggestion that the name Palestine was chosen.
[Excerpted from "
A centennial history of Anderson County, Texas" by Pauline Buck Hohes; pub. by The Naylor Company, San Antonio, TX; 1946]

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Cayuga * Elkhart *  Frankston * Montalba  * Neches * Palestine * Slocum * Tennessee Colony *  

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Website Updates:
Dec 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties; Korean War Casualties
Sept 2014: History: 1914 County Description and Overview
Aug 2014: Mil: 1882 Veterans Death Roll - Transcribed by Dena Whitesell
July 2014: Obit: HOLCOMB - Transcribed by AFOFGtr
June 2014: Bio: HOHES;  Obit: PITTMAN - Transcribed by Camellia
Mar 2014:  marriage announcement for SMITH-BAILEY; death notice for HOTCHKISS; 1846 Tax List
Jan. 2014- County History, 1910-1915 Births, 1846 to 1860 Marriages, Churches, Schools, Deaths 1910 to 1915
Dec 2013- Bios for Grigsby, Gooch, Miller, Hinzie



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