|Welcome to Montague County, Texas|
|Texas Genealogy Trails|
This Montague 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 . . .
Montague County Texas
Organization of the area occurred twenty years after the Texas Revolution 1836. The state legislature established the county on Christmas Eve in 1857. The following year, on August 2, 1858, the county was formally organized with its present boundaries carved from Cooke County. The new county was named for Daniel Montague, surveyor of the Fannin Land District and veteran of the Mexican War.
At the time the area of Montague County had less than 1,000 residents. A slight majority of these inhabitants had immigrated from the upper South, primarily Tennessee but also from Kentucky and Arkansas. A substantial number arrived from north of the Mason-Dixon line, mostly farmers from Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. As a result of this immigration pattern, the county did not reproduce the slaveholding plantation society that characterized the state. This in part explains the position Montague County took when voters rejected secession 86 to 50 in 1861.
The end of the Civil War did not resolve the problem. Bands of Comanche and Wichita Indians continued to harass the county until the mid-1870s. As a result of these raids, in 1870 only 890 residents had settled in the county. During the first few years of the 1870s, however, an organized effort successfully drove the Indians from the county, allowing the governor in 1878 to pronounce that Montague County was no longer a frontier county. As the number of Indian raids decreased, the number of settlers increased. By the early 1880s the population was 11,000.
The emergence of large cattle ranches and the continued increase in population attracted railroads to the county in the early 1880s. In 1882 the Fort Worth and Denver Railway reached southwestern Montague County. The railroad enabled the growth of Bowie, Sunset, and Fruitland. An election was held in 1884 and, although Bowie received more votes than Montague, it did not collect the required two-thirds majority needed to move the county seat. Since the mid 1880s, however, Bowie has remained both the largest and most important town in the county, while Montague's population has never exceeded 500.Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY SA 3.0MONTAGUE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
* Bowie * Nocona * St. Jo * Montague (county seat) * Nocona Hills * Sunset * Belcherville * Bonita ** Capps Corner * Corinth * Forestburg * Illinois Bend * Ringgold * Spanish Fort * Stoneburg **Red River Station (Ghost Town) *
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 CourtRecords MiscellaneousRecords SchoolRecords Wills andProbate Records Website Updates:
May 2018: Family Records: CALLAHAM / CALLAHAN - Submitted by Janelle FosterApr 2018: Marriage News: HARDWICK, LANEY, LEE, CALLAHAN; Visiting News: DRINKARD, STANFORD, MCCONNELL, POTTER, VOWELL, DENNEYJan 2018: Website redecorated and pages are mobile friendlyMay 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.
* Jefferson County, Oklahoma (north)
* Love County, Oklahoma (northeast)
* Cooke County (east)
* Wise County (south)
* Jack County (southwest)
* Clay 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.