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Robertson County Texas

Robertson County is named for Sterling C. Robertson, who received a colonization grant from Mexico.  On December 14, 1837, the First Texas Congress passed a measure establishing Robertson County from portions of Milam, Bexar, and Nacogdoches counties and naming it in honor of Sterling Robertson. When the county was organized the following year, the settlement of Franklin (usually referred to as Old Franklin today to differentiate it from the present county seat also named Franklin), which served as headquarters for surveyors of a land district including present Leon, Freestone, Limestone, Navarro, and other counties, became the county seat. Over the next nine years sixteen counties were carved from its original jurisdiction, and the county only assumed its present limits in 1846. In 1850 the county residents voted to move the county seat from Old Franklin to Wheelock because the town was closer to the most heavily populated areas of the area. Six years later the county seat was once again moved, this time to a new town, Owensville, near the geographical center of the county, where it remained until after the Civil War. During the mid-1830s Robertson County was the scene of numerous battles between Anglo-American settlers and Indians. Among the most famous was the May 19, 1836, attack on Fort Parker during which Cynthia Ann Parker, mother of Chief Quanah Parker, was taken captive. The Indian raids, however, began to abate after 1838, when a company of Texas Rangers commanded by Eli Chandler was stationed at Old Franklin. By the time Texas joined the United States in 1846, the frontier had pushed farther west, and Indian raids in Robertson County had become infrequent.

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ROBERTSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE

CITIES, TOWNS,  AND POPULATED PLACES

* Bremond * Calvert * Franklin (county seat) * Hearne * Bald Prairie * Benchley * Easterly * Hammond * Mumford * New Baden * Ridge * Tidwell Prairie * Valley Junction * Wheelock * Owensville (Ghost Town)  *

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Dec 2017: Website redecorated and pages are mobile friendly
June 2017: County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
 
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