Welcome to Hopkins County, Texas

Texas Genealogy Trails
 
Volunteers Dedicated to Free Genealogy

This Hopkins County Website

is available for adoption.

Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers. 

If you have a love for history, a desire to help others, and basic web-authoring skills, consider joining us!  If hosting isn't for you, we can use your help in other ways.  Get the details on our Volunteer Page.
[A desire to transcribe data and knowledge of how to make a basic webpage is required.]

 We regret that we are unable to perform personal research for folks.
All data we come across will be added to this site. We thank you for visiting and hope you'll come back again to view the updates we make to this site.

 
* * * NEW DATA ADDED CONSTANTLY * * *
. . . CHECK BACK OFTEN . . . 

Hopkins County Texas

The first legislature of the State of Texas on March 25, 1846, created the County of Hopkins from land formerly in Lamar and Nacogdoches counties. The local commissioners were William Barker, Robert Hargraves, James E. Hopkins, James Ward and Williams Wilkins. Among other duties, they were commissioned to find the geographical center of the country and there place the county seat, to be named "Tarrant," in honor of General Edward H. Tarrant (1796-1858), a hero of some of the wars of the United States and the Republic of Texas and a resident of the nearby area.

It was stipulated in the act to establish the county that after choosing the site for the courthouse, "…the Commissioners shall proceed to lay off a town and sell the lots therein at public auction, on a credit of 21 months; and all or other donation, shall be applied to the erection of public buildings for the use of the county."  Eldridge Hopkins, whose family had been honored in the naming of the county, gave land for the town site of Tarrant. The earliest public business was conducted in the open air because there was no building for official use. A log cabin was soon erected for temporary courthouse, which had to be used for the ensuing five years, as financial arrangements could not be made for a permanent building. It appears likely that the credit extended for town improvements was slow to bring in revenue. 

Photo by Michael Barera CC BY SA 4.0
HOPKINS COUNTY COURTHOUSE

CITIES, TOWNS,  AND POPULATED PLACES

* Cumby * Sulphur Springs (county seat) * Como * Tira * Addran * Birthright * Brashear * Dike *
* Gafford * Miller Grove * Pickton * Saltillo * Sulphur Bluff *
 
Ghost Towns

* Center Point * Dillon * Who'd Thought It *

Check your attics!
Dust off your family scrapbooks!
We're looking for DATA for this site!!!


If you are interested in adding your families' information to this website, Email Us.
We'll be happy to help your families' obituaries, news items and other historical data find a home here at Texas Genealogy Trails, where it will remain free for all to view.
 
Online Data
Cemeteries
Court
Records
Miscellaneous
Records
School
Records
Wills and
Probate Records
Website Updates:
May 2018: Family: BROWN Bible Record
Apr 2018: Anniversary News: URY; Crime News: SPRADLING; Community News
Jan 2018: Website redecorated and pages are mobile friendly
May 2017: County records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
 
SEARCH OUR SITES

Submit an Obituary to Us

for any of our county sites.

If you would like to be kept informed of our state and county website updates, subscribe to any or all of our mailing lists

Texas is covered under our "Southwestern States" mailing list.

The Southwestern States List covers :
Texas -- New Mexico -- Oklahoma -- Nevada -- Arizona

Surrounding Counties

* Delta County (north)

* Franklin County (east)

* Wood County (south)

* Rains County (southwest)

* Hunt County (west)

Click here to select another county 

  VISIT OUR PRAIRIES AND LAKES REGION INDEX

 OR VISIT OUR TEXAS STATE PAGE

OR VISIT OUR NATIONAL SITE

Copyright ©Genealogy Trails
All data on this website is Copyright by Genealogy Trails with full rights reserved for original submitters.