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Walker County Texas
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 Washington-on-the-Brazosand Nacogdoches.
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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Jul 2015: Cemeteries: Oakwood CemeteryJun 2015: News: Newspapers of Walker CountyMar 2015: Death News: SCOTT, KORUPKINSKI; Sick List News: MOORE, BENRICK, GAFFNEY, KIPKOWSKI; Crime News: Shoot-out, DENSON, CALVIN, Attempted Incendiary, BURKOWSKI, Shooting at Everyone, SELBURN, Community News: MCKIBBIN, Calamity News: BAKER residence burned
Dec 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties; Korean War Casualties
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; marriage announcement for EASTHAM-HOWELL, bio for FOSTER; 1883 Pensioners; bio for HOUSTON; WW2 Casualties
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