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County Courthouse

Morris County Courthouse
500 Broadnax Street
Daingerfield, Texas 75638-1315
Phone: 903.645.3911

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage and probate records from 1875, land records
from 1849 and some delayed birth records; District
Clerk has divorce and court records[1]


The first courthouse was the first floor of the Odd Fellow Building locate at the corner of Broadnax and King Streets just North of the original "Town Square". The East Line and Red River Railroad crossed the Southern part of the College Plat Addition to Daingerfield in 1877.

In 1881, a group of citizens purchased the present site of the courthouse and presented the lot to Morris County. Within a few years all of the businesses moved from the "Old Town" to the Southeast corner of the College Plat and the adjoining Hinnant Addition. Daingerfield was authorized to incorporate by an Act of the State Legislature in 1871. An election for incorporation was held in 1913 with a vote of 75 for incorporation and 64 against.

Morris County Courthouse 500 Broadnax Daingerfield, Texas 75638

History

Morris County was probably named for William Wright Morris, a judge and planter from Henderson, Rusk County, Texas

Parent County

1875--Morris County was created 6 March 1875 from Titus County. County seat: Daingerfield [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

  • Cason
  • Daingerfield
  • Jenkins
  • Lone Star
  • Naples
  • Omaha
  • Rocky Branch
  • Snow Hill
  • Wheatville

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American Resources

Area Attractions

Places of interest in and around Morris County:

Caddo Lake State Park 245 Park Road 2, Karnack, Texas 75661 903-679-3351
Caldwell Zoo 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75702 903-593-0121
Ferrells Bridge Dam Lake O' The Pines Jefferson, Texas 75657 903-665-2336
Gardens of the American Rose Center 8877 Jefferson Paige Road, Shreveport, Louisiana 71119 318-938-5402
Farmstead Museum Pittsburg, Texas 75686 903-856-6614
Northeast Texas Children's Museum Hwy. 50 & Culver Street, Commerce, Texas 75429 903-886-6055
Sam Bell Maxey House 812 S. Church Street, Paris, Texas 75460 903-785-5716
Grand Saline Salt Museum 100 W. Garland Avenue, Grand Saline, Texas 75104 903-962-5631

Chamber of Commerce

  • Daingerfield Chamber of Commerce - 305 Scurry - Daingerfield, Texas 75638
  • Naples Chamber of Commerce - 101 W L Doc Dodson E - Naples, Texas 75568

Census

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

(Transcriptions of the cemeteries are available online at the Morris County TXGenWeb site.)

  • Barfield
  • Barnard
  • Barrier
  • Bellheaven
  • Black Mountain
  • Blevins-Cason
  • Bradfield Chapel
  • Brown (Sheppard Place)
  • Center Vine
  • Cherry Family (Cherry Tree)
  • Chisum-Holloman
  • Clark
  • Clark-Ingram
  • Cockrell
  • Concord
  • County Line
  • Crossland Family
  • Curry Family
  • Daingerfield City
  • Dalby Homestead
  • Day (Hargiss/Day)
  • Gallaway
  • Griffis Family
  • Hall (Huff Hill)
  • Hall or Huff Family
  • Hargiss/Day
  • Hart Family
  • Hayes
  • Heard Family
  • Hervey
  • Huff Hill (Hall)
  • Iron Bluff
  • James 
  • Jim Jacobs
  • Jones Family
  • Leeves Chapel-Milner
  • Lewis Family
  • Liberty
  • Loving
  • Meadowview
  • Mitchell-Green-White
  • Richard Moore
  • Montgomery
  • Morning Star
  • Morris/Heard Family
  • Motley
  • Mt. Moriah
  • Naples
  • Old South Union
  • Omaha City
  • Our Lady of the Pines
  • Paradise
  • Peacock
  • Ragland
  • Reynolds
  • Rhodes, Old Daingerfield
  • Rice
  • Rivers
  • Robison
  • Rogers
  • Sheppard Place (Brown)
  • Slayton
  • Snow Hill
  • Spring Hill
  • Taylor Family
  • Vissering
  • Wheatville
  • White Oak
  • Whitecotton
  • Whitmore Memorial
  • Wilder

Churches

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.

  • Antioch Baptist Church - Naples
  • Belle-Haven Addition Church of Christ - Omaha
  • Bethel Full Gospel Church - Naples
  • Church of Christ - Daingerfield
  • Church of Christ - Naples
  • Church On The Rock The Station - Daingerfield
  • Church-Christ Minister's Res - Daingerfield
  • Concord Missionary Baptist Church - Omaha
  • Dalton Missionary Baptist Church - Naples
  • Daniel's Chapel Community Church - Naples
  • Faith Temple Church of God - Daingerfield
  • Fellowship Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • First Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • First Baptist Church - Lone Star
  • First Baptist Church - Naples
  • First Baptist Church - Omaha
  • First United Methodist Church - Daingerfield
  • First United Methodist Church - Lone Star
  • First United Methodist Church - Naples
  • First United Pentecostal Church - Daingerfield
  • Gethsemane Baptist Church - Naples
  • Jehovah's Witnesses - Daingerfield
  • Jenkins First United Methodist - Daingerfield
  • Liberty Baptist Church - Naples
  • Lilley's Chapel Church of Christ - Lone Star
  • Lone Star Baptist Church - Lone Star
  • Methodist Church - Omaha
  • Mount Mitchell Church of Christ - Daingerfield
  • Mount Moriah Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • Mount Moriah Baptist Church - Omaha
  • Mount Zion Cme Church - Daingerfield
  • New Hope Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • Omaha First Baptist Church - Omaha
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church - Daingerfield
  • Our Lady of Fatima Fuqua - Daingerfield
  • Pleasant Hill Baptist Church - Naples
  • Restoration Family Worship Center - Naples
  • Robertson Temple Church of God in Christ - Omaha
  • Rock Street Church of Christ - Daingerfield
  • Rocky Branch Missionary Baptist Church - Naples
  • Shady Grove Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • Shiloh Temple of Faith - Daingerfield - Naples
  • Southern Union Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • Trinity Bethel of Daingerfield - Daingerfield
  • Union Chapel Baptist Church - Omaha
  • Veal Switch Missionary Baptist - Daingerfield
  • Victory Temple Pentecostal Church - Daingerfield
  • Wallick Chapel Christian Church - Daingerfield
  • Worship Center - Lone Star

Court

Funeral Homes

  • Alexander Funeral Home - Highway 67W - Naples
  • Johnson Funeral Home - 216Fred Street - Pittsburg
  • Nail-Haggard Funeral Home, Inc. - 400 Webb Street - Daingerfield
  • Reeder-Davis Funeral Home - 1213 Hanes Blvd. - Hugh Springs
  • Reeder-Davis-Schlinder Funeral Home, Inc. - 202 N. Main - Linden

Historical Markers

  • Caddo Trace
  • Site of Chapel Hill College
  • Concord Meeting House
  • W. T. and T. C. Connor Buildings
  • County Line Baptist Church and Cemetery
  • Cumberland Presbyterian Church
  • Daingerfield, C. S. A.
  • Iron Bluff Cemetery
  • Rev. Nathan S. Johnson
  • Richard Moore Cemetery
  • Morris County
  • Naples
  • Omaha
  • Site of Omaha School
  • Rocky Branch
  • Rogers Cemetery
  • Home of U. S. Senator Morris Sheppard
  • Snow Hill Baptist Church
  • Site of Old Spearman's Ferry
  • Spring Hill Primitive Baptist Church of Christ
  • James Thompson
  • Site of Valley View School
  • Ned Walker Home
  • Wheatville and Wheatville Cemetery

Hospitals

  • East Texas Medical Center Pittsburg - Pittsburg, Texas
  • Linden Municipal Hospital - Linden, Texas
  • Titus County Memorial Hospital - Mount Pleasant, Texas

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Landmarks

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Morris County, Texas. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

  • Concord Chronicles - History of Concord Baptist Church - 1857-2007 written by Janette Tigert Cook, Vicki Tigert Davis and Reggie Talley
  • List of Fugitives from Justice:  1891.--Part VII - Texas Adjutant General's Office "Compiled from reports of sheriffs received by the Adjutant General's Office."  from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Morris County Texas Cemeteries - Northern & Southern Sections - Published by Cass County Genealogical Society.  For information, write the Society at P. O. Box 880, Atlanta, Texas 75551-0880

Maps

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Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Morris County, Texas newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • Cass County Sun - Linden
  • East Texas Journal - Mount Pleasant
  • Gilmer Mirror - Gilmer
  • La Tribuna - Mount Pleasant
  • Monitor - Naples
  • Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune - Mount Pleasant
  • Pittsburg Gazette - Pittsburg
  • The Bee - Daingerfield

Probate

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas or How to order Texas Vital Records


A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred, ordered electronically online or download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

  • Morris County Historical Society - 507 E. Whiskey Still Road - Daingerfield, Texas 75638
  • Daingerfield Public Library - 207 Jefferson Street, Daingerfield, Texas 75638 - 903-645-2823
  • Naples Public Library - 101 Walnut Street, Naples, Texas 75568
  • Pittsburg Camp County Public Library - Pittsburg, Texas - 903-856-3302
  • Upshur County Library - Gilmer, Texas 75644 - 903-843-5001

Family History Center

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Morris County, Texas. Page 670 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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