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Hardin County was
formed in 1858, from Jefferson and Liberty Counties, and was named
for William Hardin, a member of a pioneer Texas family, according to
the Almanac. Census Records are available for 1860-1880.
Its records go back to the 1850's.
Hardin County is located on the flat coastal
plains of Southeast Texas, roughly thirty miles north of the Gulf of
Mexico. The county is largely covered by the dense forest of the Big
Thicket. The seat of the county is Kountze.
healing powers of the mud and mineral waters of a two-acre pond
known to them as Medicine Lake, East Texas Indians began to visit
the Sour Lake area of Hardin County long before the region became a
part of the Atascosito District of Spanish and Mexican
Before the end of 1835 Stephen Jackson had
founded a settlement at Sour Lake; by 1850 it was recognized as a
health resort. Concord (now Loeb), a port town on Pine Island Bayou,
developed soon after the Sour Lake settlement began. Saratoga,
another health resort with medicinal springs, was also settled
before the Civil War.
After the revolution of 1836 the area was
split between the jurisdictions of Liberty and Jefferson counties.
By 1858 the region's population had increased sufficiently to
warrant establishment of its own county government. In response, the
state legislature established Hardin County. Legislators
specified that the county's name honor the Hardin family of
"Handbook of Texas Online" Published by the Texas State Historical
and Populated Places
Batson * Bragg * Honey Island
* Kountze * Lumberton * Pinewood Estates * Rose Hill Acres *
Silsbee * Sour Lake * Thicket * Votaw * Village Mills *
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Family Bibles and Records
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History: History of Hardin
County submitted by Mary Kifer; Post Offices and
Postmasters of Hardin County; News: Crime news re:
RAY/OLIVER/NELSON; JACKSON/TUCKER; SAPP/WATTS;
MORRIS/BYRD; COLLIER; HURLEY/DANIELS/ROBERTS.
Obituaries for RUTHERFORD, ROBINSON, VICKERS,
WOODWARD, McGEE, STONE, CHANCE, SHIVERS, HERRINGTON,
COOK, FISHER, WORK, JORDAN. News: Fires/Accidents re:
News: Political re:
Veterans Census; News: Marriage Announcements re:
COLLINS/RICHARDS; MASON/MOORE; WEST/FRUGIA;
LANGHAM/CHRISTIANSEN; ANDERSON/PLEDGER; PELT/CORMIER;
SHEPHERD/BABINEAU; News: Schools: Articles re: new
South Silsbee school; Silsbee High School commencement
exercises; Silsbee colored school; Military: Korean
War Casualties; Vietnam War Casualties.; Death
Records: Death records for 1910 through 1915.
news re: HANCOCK/SAPP; HODGES, DANIELS/GATES;
obits for DANIELS, BAKER, KENNEDY; Fire
news; Sicklist news re: NALL, BANKS, HANCOCK;
Gossip news re: DIES, HOOK, NALL, BRAUN,
WILLIAMS, ALEXANDER, HAWKINS, JONES, MCNEELY, GREER;
Community news about Silsbee
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