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In the early 1830s
colonists from the United States arrived in the area. Pleasant Gray
and his brother Ephraimestablished a trading post on the site that
eventually became Huntsville, named after Huntsville, Alabama,
Pleasant'sformer home. In the mid-1830s the brothers conducted a
lucrative trade with the neighboring Indians.
In the years prior
to Texas independence, the area wasgoverned by the Municipality of
Washington, which became Washington County during the Texas
Revolution. In 1837the First Congress of the Republic of Texas
included the area of present Walker County in Montgomery County
whenthat county was carved from Washington County. Steamboat
navigation of the Trinity River spurred the earliestburst of
commerce in the county. In 1838 James DeWitt established the port
town of Cincinnati, which soon becamethe leading regional commercial
center, partly because it was on the stage road connecting
In April 1846 the First Legislature ofthe new
state of Texas established Walker County and designated Huntsville
the seat of government. The county'sfirst officials included Milton
Estill as chief justice, Isaac McGary as county clerk, and William
Reeves as sheriff.James Mitchell, Benjamin W. Robinson, Elijah S.
Collard, and D. J. Tucker, the county commissioners, held theirfirst
session on July 27, 1846, in Huntsville.
[Excerpted from: John
Leffler, "WALKER COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online.
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]
Walker County was
created and organized in 1846 from Montgomery County, and was named
originally for Robert J. Walker, Secretary of the Treasury in
President Polk's Cabinet, but was renamed Walker in 1863 in honor of
Capt. Samuel H. Walker, Texas Ranger who was killed in action
in Mexico, according to the Texas Almanac. Huntsville,
Texas, is the County Seat.
Census Records are
available for 1850-1880. Marriage Records go back
to about 1850. Deed Records go back to about 1846.
[Texas State Genealogical Society. "Stirpes", Volume 2,
Number 2, June 1962, information from the county Clerks of each
county, as well as the Texas Almanac, 1961-62, Dallas, Tex.: A.H.
Belo corp. 1961]
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Bibles and Records
- Sep 2014:
History: 1914 County Description
- Aug 2014:
Cem: Partial listing for Pine Prairie Cemetery -
submitted by Lana Petty; Cem:
Partial listing for St. Joseph Elmira Cemetery;
Mil: 1882 Veterans Death Roll -
Transcribed by Dena Whitesell
- Jun 2014:
Brick Wall - LEA - Submitted by Cynthia Forde-Beatty
- Jan 2014:
military news re: confederate reunion;
crime news for MCDONALD, JONES, MCCOSKY, ASHLEY,
LEWIS, WILLIAMS, GREEN, RIGSBY, VICKERY, REID, HIGHER;
Poor Farm in 1912 (under "County Records"); death
notices for DUNBAR, HEATH;
for EASTHAM-HOWELL, bio for FOSTER; 1883 Pensioners;
bio for HOUSTON; WW2
Oct 2013: Gossip
news; obits for IRVIN, PATTEN, BAGWELL, PARISH,
FOLLETT, FULLER, ROBINSON, KEEP, MCKINNEY, MALLON;
marriage announcements for JACKSON-MILLS;
GOLDTHWAITE-STONE; LAMKIN-GLASGOW; BAKER-CRAWFORD;
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