Welcome to Panola County Texas Genealogy
dedicated to putting free data online*
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.
This Panola County Website
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
We regret that we are
perform personal research for
On June 30, 1841, the Fifth Congress of the
Republic of Texas created the Panola District for judicial purposes.
The First Legislature of State of Texas created the county of Panola
on March 30, 1846, and the county had its organization election July
Panola comes from an Indian word meaning
cotton. Judge John Allison was a Mississippi cotton-grower from a
county called Panola in Mississippi. In 1846 when he became a leader
in the creation of this new county in Texas, which also had soil
conducive to growing cotton, he asked that the county be called
Panola. Cotton immediately became Panola County's main cash
In an election held in August 1848 the voters
of the county chose Carthage. New county officers were also elected,
and Chief Justice Thomas G. Davenport met with his first court
session at Carthage on September 12. At that time, Carthage was
little more than a location in a virgin forest of short-leaf pine,
oak, hickory, and dogwood.
Logging intensified in the area after 1885,
when a narrow-gauge log railroad out of Longview built into the
county. In 1888 it was upgraded to standard gauge, and its tracks
were extended into Carthage. The line eventually became part of the
Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. Tying the area to national
markets, the railroad also encouraged the development of the area's
[Excerpted from: Leila B. LaGrone, "PANOLA COUNTY,"
Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical
and Populated Areas
Beckville * Gary City *
Carthage * Mineral Springs * Clayton
Murvaul * DeBerry * Tatum
(mostly in Rusk County)
Check your attics!
Dust off your family scrapbooks!
We're looking for
DATA for this site!!!
you are interested in adding your families' information to this
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.
Panola County Online Data
Church Histories / Records
Family Bibles and Records
Sept 2014: Mil: WW2
Honor Roll; 1914 County History
- Jul 2014: Obit:
TOOMBS - Transcribed by Camellia
- Jan. 2014: 1850
Mortality Schedule, 1870 Mortality Schedule, 1880
Mortality Schedule, 1883 Pensioners, 1890 Veteran
Schedules, bios: BAKER, COOPER, HILL, deaths:
- Nov. 2013: obits : WALL,
HUBBARD, JERNIGAN, MATTHEWS, WALKER, WILLIAMSON,
BLACK, CARSWELL, HULL, SMITH;
Gossip: WILLIAMS, JONES, STEVENSON, WOODS;
Birth: WILCOT, BOYKIN; Sicklist:
WOOLWORTH; Marriage: HATCHER; bios: BOOTY,
Submit an Obituary to Us
for any of our county sites.
Genealogy Trails Southwestern States Mailing List
email notices when our county sites are updated.
Southwestern States of :
Texas -- New
Mexico -- Oklahoma -- Nevada -- Arizona