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Marion County

Marion County was demarked from the southern portion of Cass County by an act of the state legislature on February 8, 1860. Territorial additions in 1863 and 1874 extended its southern boundary to include both banks of Big Cypress Bayou. The county was named for American Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox." Due to a large natural log-jam and collection of snags on the Red River, known as the Red River Raft, which formed a series of navigable lakes and bayous in the river valleys of Marion County, Jefferson, founded in the early 1840s, rapidly developed a booming river trade with New Orleans. Jefferson quickly became the favored inland Texas port for the deposit and transport of North Texas agricultural produce. Thus, Marion County became the commercial conduit for frontier Texas and did not relinquish this position until the establishment of transcontinental rail links that bypassed its wharves in the mid-1870s. Jefferson is the county seat.
[Excerpted from: Mark Howard Atkins, "MARION COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical Association]

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Jefferson (county seat) * Ore City
Lodi *Smithland * Jackson


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Website Updates:
Mar 2014: JONES obit
Jan 2014: 1890 Veterans Census; Bios for ARMISTEAD, CULBERSON, DUNCAN, MABRY, MUNN, RODGERS; Obits for BARNES, CHAMBERS, CHAPPIN, HARDIN, JONES, KEENE, PATTISON, MERCER, ROWELL, SABINE; SCHLUTER, STEINLINE, THOMAS, TULLIS, VEAL, WARD; Accident news (deaths) for BEAL, BENNETT, COOK, CROMER, HARPER, HENDERSON, LEE, SCOTT, SHELTON. Crime news for BENNETT shot by SAUNDERS, RUCKER shot by BROWN;

Dec 2013:  Sick List news for PEAVEY;  obit for MOSELEY, fire news; sicklist news re: MEYER




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