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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 Ephraim established a trading post on the site that eventually became Huntsville, named after Huntsville, Alabama, Pleasant's former home. In the mid-1830s the brothers conducted a lucrative trade with the neighboring Indians. In the years prior to Texas independence, the area was governed by the Municipality of Washington, which became Washington County during the Texas Revolution. In 1837 the First Congress of the Republic of Texas included the area of present Walker County in Montgomery County when that 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's first 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 their first 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. "Stripes", 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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