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Denton County Texas

Before the arrival of white settlers, various Native American peoples, including the Kichai and the Lenape, infrequently populated the area. The area was settled by Peters Colony landowners in the early 1840s. Until the annexation of Texas, the area was considered part of Fannin County. On April 11, 1846, the First Texas Legislature established Denton County. The county was named for John B. Denton, who was killed while raiding a Native American village in Tarrant County in 1841. Originally, the county seat was set at Pickneyville. This was later changed to Alton, where the Old Alton Bridge currently stands, and then moved finally to Denton.

By 1860, the population of the county had increased to 5,031. On March 4, 1861, residents of the county narrowly voted for secession from the Union, with 331 votes cast for and 264 against. The Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad reached Lewisville, located in the southern portion of the county, by the early 1880s. The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square was built in 1896, and today the building currently houses various government offices as well as a museum.

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DENTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE

CITIES, TOWNS,  AND POPULATED PLACES

* Carrollton * Frisco * Lewisville * Argyle * Aubrey * Corinth * Denton (county seat) * Highland Village *
* Justin * Krugerville * Krum * Lake Dallas * Lakewood Village * Little Elm * Oak Point * Pilot Point *
* Roanoke * Sanger * The Colony * Flower Mound * Hebron * Trophy Club * Bartonville *
* Copper Canyon * Corral City * Cross Roads * Double Oak * Hackberry * Hickory Creek *
* Lincoln Park * Northlake * Ponder * Providence Village * Shady Shores * Lantana * Paloma Creek
 * Savannah * Alliance * Bolivar * Navo * Elizabethtown (Ghost Town) *

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Website Updates:
May 2018: Family: CALLAHAN - Submitted by Janelle Foster
Apr 2018: Crime News: LANE, STUMP, MARS, KARNER, MOORE
Jan 2018: Website redecorated and pages are mobile friendly; Marriage News: JENKINS, EADS; Death News: MARTIN, BATES, FIELD; Visiting News: 1892 Bartonville locals; SIMMONS, SAVAGE; Court News: CAMPBELL, KING, HOWARD, SNEED, MCMAHON, BOWLING, BENSON, BROCKMAN, GRISSOM, STEVENSON
May 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
Feb 2017: News: ROBERTSON, TRUITT, BOWERS, LACY, WILLIAMS, HOBBS, ROBINSON, BUCK, ABNEY, PICKETT, MAYES, PARKER, WITHERS
 
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