TEXAS COUNTY, MO

 

Last Updated: 16 December 2009
Previously updated:
1 March 2009

On February 17, 1843, Missouri legislators, taking land from both Shannon and Wright counties, defined and named Ashley County. On February 14, 1845, after nearly two years and on the third set of commissioners appointed by the governor, Ashley County was finally organized and renamed to become Texas County - so named for the Republic of Texas. In time, Houston was chosen as the name for the county seat. 

Records indicate that the first courthouse, built in 1847 for less than $500, was apparently destroyed in 1850. Texas County's second courthouse was built in 1851 for just $550. This courthouse was sold when the third courthouse was built just 10 years later in the center of the public square for the princely sum of $4,650. 

Destroyed twice during the Civil War, Houston was abandoned by the time peace reigned. With resettlement, a temporary courthouse was built on the northeast corner of the public square for just under $362. By the end of 1871, a beautiful new 2-story courthouse had been erected on the foundation of the courthouse destroyed in the war. Unfortunately, this courthouse, like all of those before it, was destined for a short life. After just 10 years, in February of 1881, fire severely damaged this courthouse. By March of 1882 a similar courthouse had been built on the remaining foundation, this time using brick.

The 1882 courthouse survived nearly 50 years, with extensive alterations and additions in 1902. On December 14, 1930, fire also destroyed this courthouse. Between the $23,000 insurance settlement and $25,000 in voter-approved bonds, a new brick and stone courthouse was built on the remaining fire-damaged foundation. This final courthouse was completed April 7, 1932 and remains in use today.

 


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BIOGRAPHIES: 
List of Texas County related biographies we have on our site.

PICTURES:
Past citizens of Texas County

CEMETERIES: 
List of cemeteries in Texas County with links to what we have online and some offsite links

CENSUS:  
1850
partial,  1870 partial,  1880 partial,  1900 partial

ARTICLES
A Killing in Success 

LETTERS
11 Oct 1884 - Mr. T.J. Traughber to Mr. Wash Pitt 

MARRIAGES
James L. Hodges to Elzenie Halbert 

MILITARY
Civil War By Two of Woods Cavalry 
Co. L. 73rd Regiment 
Co. H 6th Missouri Infantry History 
Co. H 6th Missouri Infantry Roster 

GOODSPEED'S HISTORY, 1889:  
Circuit Court Transactions, 
Conclusion,  Ecclesiastical,  Establishment of Texas County,  
Marriages,
  Military AffairsNatural FeaturesNewspapersPioneer History,  
Politics
Statistics
TaxpayersTownship Organization

OBITUARIES:  
Index and links to those we have online.  We welcome your contributions.

WILLS:
Dr. John Hardy Hubbard, Sr. of Houston, MO 

SURNAMES:
We would like to start a page of surnames being researched in Texas County.
If you are interested in having your name(s) included, please send them to TCGenWeb@gmail.com.
The listing will include the surname(s) you are researching, your name (or nom de plume) and your email address.
Our first surnames have been listed!

VITAL STATISTICS:
Births, Marriages, Deaths

POST OFFICES & POSTMASTERS:  
Index with links.

COUNTY SITES ON NATIONAL REGISTRY

TOWNS:  
Cabool
HoustonLickingPlatoSummerville,  small villages

NEIGHBORING COUNTIES
Pulaski, Phelps, Dent, Shannon, Howell, Douglas, Wright, Laclede

GENEALOGY SOCIETIES
Ozarks Genealogical Society
534 W. Catalpa
PO Box 3945
Springfield, MO 65808
417-831-2773

Texas County Genealogical Society
(no known web presence or email address)
300 S Grand Ave
PO Box 12
Houston MO 65483
417-967-3126


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