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The first Kaufman County settlement was started in 1840 by William P. King and a group of forty pioneers from Holly Springs, Mississippi, who had purchased certificates for head rights from the Republic of Texas. The group built a fort and named it King's Fort in honor of their leader.  Because of readily available land grants and because the land had been praised in eastern towns, the area around King's Fort, or Kingsboro, or Fort de Kingsboro, attracted settlers rapidly.

On July 27, 1846, after the annexation of Texas by the United States, King patented the survey that included King's Fort with the new state government. The territory was at that time part of the recently organized Henderson County. Kaufman County was drawn from Henderson County, established in February 1848, and named for David Spangler Kaufman, a diplomat and member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas, the legislature of the state of Texas, and the Congress of the United States. King's Fort was renamed Kaufman and became the county seat in March 1851, after four elections.


 Cities and towns

Combine **       Forney       Mesquite***       Scurry       Cottonwood 

Grays Prairie       Oak Grove       Seagoville****       Crandall †       Kaufman 

Oak Ridge       Seven Points       Dallas *       Kemp       Post Oak Bend City 

Talty       Elmo (u)       Mabank**       Rosser       Terrell 

† - a part of Crandall extends into Dallas County.
* - only a small portion of Dallas extends into Kaufman County.
** - a portion of Mabank extends into Henderson County.
*** - only a small portion of Mesquite extends into Kaufman County.
**** - only a small portion of Seagoville extends into Kaufman County.
(u) - unincorporated.

On-line Data


May 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice

Surrounding Counties:

Hunt County (north)



Van Zandt County (east)




Henderson County (south)



Ellis County (southwest)



Dallas County (west)  



Rockwall County (northwest)







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