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Upshur County, which was created from territory originally in Harrisonand Nacogdoches counties and was organized in 1846, is situated in the heart of the piney woods of northeast Texas,and the manufacture  of the hard woods and the pine still constitutes one of the leading industries. As of2000, the population was 35,291. The county seat is Gilmer. Upshur County is part of the Longview MetropolitanStatistical Area as well as the Longview Marshall Combined Statistical Area. The county is named for Abel P. Upshurwho was U.S. Secretary of State during President John Tyler's administration. Upshur was killed in the explosionon the USS Princeton along with new United States Secretary of the Navy Thomas Walker Gilmer.

The first railroad in the
county was the main line of the Texas & Pacific, which was extended west from Longview beginningabout 1871, and passes through the southwestern portion of the county,its first station being Big Sandy. About the same time the old TylerTap Railway, a narrow gauge line, was built north from Tyler across the Sabine River into Upshur County to a connection with the Texas& Pacific, and a few years later was extended north to Mount Pleasant, reaching the latter place in 1878. Thisis now a part ofthe St. Louis Southwestern System. During the decade of the '90s the old Texas Southern, now the Marshall &East Texas, a portion of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas System, was constructed centrally through the county, giving Gilmera station at the junction of two roads. The original railways did much to stimulate the lumber industry in thecounty, andlater have promoted development along other lines. Thirty years ago, when the lumber business was at its height,the manufacturing interests of the county comprised about eighteen sawmills and a number of shingle mills, and some grist mills forthe local trade. Some of the old centers of settlement in the county,before Gregg and Camp counties were detached, are indicated by the post offices in 1856, the names of which were Galloway, Coffeeville, Earpville, Gilmer, Omega, Pine Tree, PointPleasant and Red Rock. Besides the two railroads townsof Gilmer and Big Sandy, the two largest centers in 1882 were Coffeevilleand Simpsonville. Other towns at the present time are Ewell, Glenwood, Ashland, Bettie, Latch and Smith.

Cities and Towns
Bettie * Big Sandy * Center Point (Ghost Town) * Diana (unincorporated) * East Mountain *
Enoch (unincorporated) * Gilmer * Gladewater (mostly in Gregg County) * Harmony * Latch (unincorporated)
* Ore City *  Pritchett (unincorporated) * Simpsonville * Union Grove * Warren City (mostly in Gregg County)

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Website Updates:

September 2014:
History: 1914 County Description and Overview
July - August 2014:
Obit: DARDEN - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan
Obit: DRAKE - Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title
Obit: LAWRENCE - Transcribed by FoFGmz
Cemetery: East Mountain Cemetery - Transcribed by R. Ramos

BIOS : DANIELS, Dr. John Gilbert; GASKINS, T. B.; HART, Sterling Carroll; HILL, Judge James Benjamin; McDONALD, John Clarence; MARSHALL, James Monroe; STEPHENS, John Jeptha; WILLIS, Nolan Richard-all transcribed by Michele Jackson
DEATHS : Additional 200 Deaths. (1904)
OBITS : Robert Walton Simpson; Charles Bush; G. C. Bruner

BIOS : John La Fayette Camp; Oliver C. Roberts; Elias Oden; Dick Gilliam, O. F. Crone Murder Victim; Thretcher Morris had a bale of cotton stolen from him.; W. H. McNair; Trial of Walter Davis for Murder of Walter Harris;
CRIME : Will Cooner; George Knight; Turner Vs. St. Louis Southwestern Railway; Gilmer Prisoners Escape; Gilmer Lynching Cases Postponed
DEATHS : Added 150 Death Records
HISTORY : Upshur
NEWS : POLITICAL - Upshur Primary Nominations, 1892; Upshur County School Imbroglio; Upshur County Populists 1898; Jester at Big Sandy, 1898; Upshur County Republicans, 1898; Upshur County Democrats, 1900; Prohibitionists Carry Every Precinct Except Grice; Majority vote for Prohibition
NEWS : FIRES - Depot at Rhonesboro Burns, Mrs. Jim Bratton burned
MARRIAGE & ANNIVERSARY NEWS : Presley-Shepperd; Davis-Buie; Buie-Cosby
OBITS : Joe Bishop
TOWNS : Kelsey News

BUSINESSES : William Parker; W. J. Moore; Mudge Company Moves Headquarters to Gilmer; Gilmer needs hotel;
BIRTHS : 50+ Births Added
NEWS : Community - Coal in Upshur County; Oil Doubles Population of Gilmer; New courthouse with jail atop
MARRIAGE & ANNIVERSARY NEWS : Collins-Flowers; Geddis-Adams; Hart-Johnson; Ortan-Pate; Smith-Galloway
OBITS : Mrs. J. B. Anderson; Mrs. B. F. Bledsoe; J. D. Bowie, Jr.; Frank Couch; Horace Douphrate; Mrs. Genie Gano; J. R. Hinson; Lucy Johnson; Walter Loyd; H. Dee Magrill; Mrs. Ollie Kate Marshall; O. C. Roberts; William Sanders; Joe Satterwhice; J. M. Todd
WILLS & PROBATE : Maggie Godfrey; D. R. Snider; Jas. Phillips

BIRTHS : 50+ Births
CHURCHES : Baptist minister leaving; Methodist Church News
GAZETTEER : 1904 Upshur Gazetteer
MILITARY : 1883 Pensioners Listing, transcribed by Mary Saggio
MARRIAGE & ANNIVERSARY NEWS : Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Barton Anniversary; Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Carter Anniversary; Taylor-Buie
OBITS : Nellie Mae Beckworth; Mrs. T. H. Briggs; C. C. Coppedge, T. A. Culberson; Mrs. Dethridge; John Dulley; W. M. Dunn; L. F. Fouts; Katie Jones; J. H. Landers; Mrs. S. S. Lyons; R. D. Moon; S. B. Penry; Dr. W. Ragland; J. W. Willeford; James Coleman Winn
SCHOOLS : School Exercises, Gilmer building new high school.
TOWNS : Gilmer History

NOVEMBER 2013:  WW2 Casualties; obits for STANSEL, LOVING, SPENCER, THOMAS, DENTON, ROGERS, EDGAR;  Marriage Announcement for FLORENCE;  Gossip news, fire news re:  WRIGHT;  Crime news:  MCGUFFIN, DAVIS, LOVING, SPENCER;  court news



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