Bowie County, Texas Genealogy

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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*Bowie County TXGenWeb [http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/cemeteries/index.html Cemetery Index]  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/cemeteries/index.html Cemetery Index] from the Bowie County TXGenWeb site
*USGenWeb Bowie County [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/bowie.html Tombstone Transcription Project]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/bowie.html Bowie County Cemeteries] from the Tombstone Transcription Project
*Bowie County TXGenWeb [http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/funeral_homes/index.html Funeral Home Records]  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/funeral_homes/index.html Bowie County Funeral Home Records] from the Bowie County TXGenWeb site
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/bowie/cemeteries.htm Bowie County Index of Cemetery Transcriptions]  from the USGenWeb Project
 
*''Red Bayou Cemetery and History Bowie County Texas'', 1998, available from the [http://www.txgenes.com/TxBowie/GS_Lib_Mus/nbgs.htm New Boston Genealogical Society].  
 
*''Red Bayou Cemetery and History Bowie County Texas'', 1998, available from the [http://www.txgenes.com/TxBowie/GS_Lib_Mus/nbgs.htm New Boston Genealogical Society].  
 
*''Hubbell Chapel Cemetery, 2001'', available by the [http://www.txgenes.com/TxBowie/GS_Lib_Mus/nbgs.htm New Boston Genealogical Society].  
 
*''Hubbell Chapel Cemetery, 2001'', available by the [http://www.txgenes.com/TxBowie/GS_Lib_Mus/nbgs.htm New Boston Genealogical Society].  
 
*Cemetery Books, available from the [http://www.txgenes.com/TxBowie/GS_Lib_Mus/nbgs.htm New Boston Genealogical Society], include: Ringwood Cemetery & Associated Cemeteries; Wards Creek Cemetery, Church & School Records; Woodman Cemetery (DeKalb); Sand Hill Cemetery; Old Union Cemetery; Read Hill Cemetery and Associated Cemeteries (Brooks, Glass Hill, Godley, Prairie & Shipp); Red Bayou Cemetery; College Hill Cemetery; New Boston Cemetery, Hughes-Kinght, Magnolia and Pulaski Cemeteries; Old Salem, Old Liberty Hill, New Liberty Hill, Malta, Woodstock and Old Wimberly Cemeteries.  
 
*Cemetery Books, available from the [http://www.txgenes.com/TxBowie/GS_Lib_Mus/nbgs.htm New Boston Genealogical Society], include: Ringwood Cemetery & Associated Cemeteries; Wards Creek Cemetery, Church & School Records; Woodman Cemetery (DeKalb); Sand Hill Cemetery; Old Union Cemetery; Read Hill Cemetery and Associated Cemeteries (Brooks, Glass Hill, Godley, Prairie & Shipp); Red Bayou Cemetery; College Hill Cemetery; New Boston Cemetery, Hughes-Kinght, Magnolia and Pulaski Cemeteries; Old Salem, Old Liberty Hill, New Liberty Hill, Malta, Woodstock and Old Wimberly Cemeteries.  
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Bowie County Tombstone Transcriptions] -  Texas Tombstone Transcription Project USGenWeb
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/bowie/cemeteries.htm Index of Cemetery Transcriptions]  ~  USGenWeb Project
 
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/EastTexasTowns/Dalby-Springs-Texas.htm Dalby Springs Cemetery (including photos)]  ~  Texas Escapes  
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/EastTexasTowns/Dalby-Springs-Texas.htm Dalby Springs Cemetery (including photos)]  ~  Texas Escapes  
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/EastTexasTowns/TexarkanaTexas/Otis-Henry-Memorial.htm Texarkana-Rose Hill Cemetery]  ~  Texas Escapes
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*[http://www.texasescapes.com/EastTexasTowns/TexarkanaTexas/Otis-Henry-Memorial.htm Texarkana-Rose Hill Cemetery]  ~  Texas Escapes  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=160373 Redwater Cemetery, Maud] BillionGraves. Over 1,000 headstone photographs and transcriptions of those.
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=160373 Redwater Cemetery, Maud] BillionGraves. Over 1,000 headstone photographs and transcriptions of those.
  
 
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==== Family Histories/Surnames  ====
 
==== Family Histories/Surnames  ====
  
*[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/family_histories/index.html New Boston Genealogy Society Family History Index]  ~  Bowie County TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/family_histories/index.html New Boston Genealogy Society Family History Index]  ~  Bowie County TXGenWeb  
*[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/fgs/index.html Family Group Sheets]  ~  Bowie County TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/fgs/index.html Family Group Sheets]  ~  Bowie County TXGenWeb  
*[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/surnames/index.html Surnames]   ~  Bowie County TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/surnames/index.html Surnames]   ~  Bowie County TXGenWeb  
*[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/biographies/index.html Biographies]   ~  Bowie County TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/biographies/index.html Biographies]   ~  Bowie County TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
First Settlers of Bowie and Cass Counties Texas<br>By: Gifford White<br>Published June 1, 1983 by Ericson Books  
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*First Settlers of Bowie and Cass Counties Texas, By: Gifford White, Published June 1, 1983 by Ericson Books  
 
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*Daughter of Destiny: Memoirs of a Bowie County, Texas Farm Girl, By: Carlene M. Howell, Published April 1995 by Tab Books  
Daughter of Destiny: Memoirs of a Bowie County, Texas Farm Girl <br>By: Carlene M. Howell<br>Published April 1995 by Tab Books  
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*Bowie County, Tx Index to Probate Records; 1883-1940, 97 Pages,Compiled by WPA Workers  
 
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*Texarkana Pioneer Families, By: Nancy Jennings  
Bowie County, Tx Index to Probate Records; 1883 - 1940<br>97 Pages<br>Compiled by WPA Workers  
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*The Texarkana Story 1873-1948, By: Lucille Holland  
 
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*Texarkana a Pictorial History, By: William D Leet, Published 1982  
Texarkana Pioneer Families<br>By: Nancy Jennings  
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*Bowie County Texas Historical Handbook, By: Bowie County Historical Commission, Published 1976  
 
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*Texarkana Centennial, Historical Program - 1873-1973, By: Nancy Jennings Watts &amp; Mary Lou Stuart Phillips, Published 1973  
The Texarkana Story 1873-1948<br>By: Lucille Holland  
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*History of Texarkana and Bowie and Miller Counties, By: Chandler, Barbara O., 1939.  
 
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Texarkana a Pictorial History<br>By: William D Leet<br>Published - 1982  
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Bowie County Texas Historical Handbook<br>By: Bowie County Historical Commission<br>Published - 1976  
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Texarkana Centennial, Historical Program - 1873-1973<br>By: Nancy Jennings Watts &amp; Mary Lou Stuart Phillips<br>Published - 1973  
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History of Texarkana and Bowie and Miller Counties.<br>By: Chandler, Barbara O. - 1939.  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*Bowie County TXGenWeb [http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/maps/index.html Maps of Bowie County]  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/maps/index.html Maps of Bowie County] from the Bowie County TXGenWeb site
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site  
 
*Bowie County is the most northeastern county in the State of Texas
 
*Bowie County is the most northeastern county in the State of Texas
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/military/VietnamWall.htm Vietnam Wall List for Bowie County] - Bowie County TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/military/VietnamWall.htm Vietnam Wall List for Bowie County] - Bowie County TXGenWeb  
*[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/military/ConfedIndigentFamilies.htm Confederate Indigent Families List] - Bowie County TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/military/ConfedIndigentFamilies.htm Confederate Indigent Families List] - Bowie County TXGenWeb  
*[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/military/ConfederatePenApps.htm Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp; ]-&nbsp; Bowie County TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/military/ConfederatePenApps.htm Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp; ]-&nbsp; Bowie County TXGenWeb  
*[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/military/DependentsSupportAct.htm Dependents Support Act List of Dependents]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Bowie County TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/military/DependentsSupportAct.htm Dependents Support Act List of Dependents]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Bowie County TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
*[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/newspapers/index.html Newspapers of Bowie County Old and New]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Bowie County TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx//newspapers/index.html Newspapers of Bowie County Old and New]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Bowie County TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.texarkanagazette.com/ Texarkana Gazette]  
 
*[http://www.texarkanagazette.com/ Texarkana Gazette]  
*[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/newspapers/articles/index.html Articles from Bowie County Newspapers&nbsp;]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Bowie County TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/newspapers/articles/index.html Articles from Bowie County Newspapers&nbsp;]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Bowie County TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb4.org/txbowie/probate/probate_index.html Index to Probate Cases 1883 to 1940]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Bowie County TXGenWeb  
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[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Bowietx/probate/probate_index.html Index to Probate Cases 1883 to 1940]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Bowie County TXGenWeb  
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====

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Bowie County, Texas
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Founded December 17, 1840
County Seat New Boston
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Quick Dates

Bowie County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903  1889    1850  1889  1889 

County Courthouse

Bowie County has had five county seats:  DeKalb, a temporary county seat 1840-1841; Boston 1841-1887, Texarkana 1887-1889; Old Boston, 1889-1985; and New Boston, 1895-present [1][2]

Bowie County Courthouse - Vital Records
P.O. Box 248
New Boston, TX 75570-0248
(903) 628-2571

Bowie County Clerk
P.O. Box 248
New Boston, TX 75570
(903) 628-6700

Bowie County Government Website
Includes addresses for each individual county department.

History

Parent County

1840--Bowie County was created 17 December 1840 from Red River County. County seat: New Boston [3]

The county was named for James Bowie, who died at the Alamo, (1796-1836). James Bowie was born near Terrapin Creek (now Spring Creek) where it crosses Bowie's Mill Road (Turnertown Road), nine miles northwest of Franklin, Logan County (now Simpson County), Kentucky, probably on April 10, 1796. He was the son of Reason (or Rezin) and Elve Ap-Catesby Jones (or Johns) Bowie.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1889--The Bowie County Courthouse at Texarkana burned on 21 Jan 1889.  Almost all the records were destroyed. [4][5]

1989--The Old Bowie County Courthouse at Old Boston, built in 1891, burned on 12 Aug 1989.  The courthouse was abandoned, as a new courthouse had opened at New Boston in 1985.  No records were lost. [6]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: De Kalb | Hooks | Leary | Maud | Nash | New Boston | Red Lick | Red Water | Spring Hill | Texarkana | Wake Village | Wards Village.

The City of Texarkana is located in two states.  In the middle of the city is a street called State Line Road which separates the city between Bowie County, Texas and Miller County, Arkansas. Texarkana is the county seat for Miller County, Arkansas, and a marriage license purchased in Miller County, Arkansas is not valid in the State of Texas.

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

  • 1850 Census for Bowie County census images from archive.org; index from USGenWeb archives.
  • 1860 Census for Bowie County census images from archive.org; index from USGenWeb archives. Another index
  • 1870 Census for Bowie County census images from archive.org; index from USGenWeb archives.
  • 1880 Census for Bowie County census images from archive.org; index from USGenWeb archives.
  • 1900 Census for Bowie County census images from archive.org.
  • 1910 Census for Bowie County census images from archive.org.  Bowie county split on two microfilm reels: reel 1, reel 2
  • 1920 Census for Bowie County census images from archive.org.
  • 1930 Census for Bowie County census images from archive.org.
Historical populations
Census Pop.
18502,912
18605,05273.5%
18704,684−7.3%
188010,965134.1%
189020,26784.8%
190026,67631.6%
191034,82730.6%
192039,47213.3%
193048,56323.0%
194050,2083.4%
195061,96623.4%
196059,971−3.2%
197067,81313.1%
198075,30111.0%
199081,6658.5%
200089,3069.4%
Est. 200993,9645.2%
U.S. Census Bureau[7] Texas Almanac[8]









Church

Court

Land

Family Histories/Surnames

Local Histories

  • First Settlers of Bowie and Cass Counties Texas, By: Gifford White, Published June 1, 1983 by Ericson Books
  • Daughter of Destiny: Memoirs of a Bowie County, Texas Farm Girl, By: Carlene M. Howell, Published April 1995 by Tab Books
  • Bowie County, Tx Index to Probate Records; 1883-1940, 97 Pages,Compiled by WPA Workers
  • Texarkana Pioneer Families, By: Nancy Jennings
  • The Texarkana Story 1873-1948, By: Lucille Holland
  • Texarkana a Pictorial History, By: William D Leet, Published 1982
  • Bowie County Texas Historical Handbook, By: Bowie County Historical Commission, Published 1976
  • Texarkana Centennial, Historical Program - 1873-1973, By: Nancy Jennings Watts & Mary Lou Stuart Phillips, Published 1973
  • History of Texarkana and Bowie and Miller Counties, By: Chandler, Barbara O., 1939.

Maps

  • Maps of Bowie County from the Bowie County TXGenWeb site
  • Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site
  • Bowie County is the most northeastern county in the State of Texas

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Index to Probate Cases 1883 to 1940  -  Bowie County TXGenWeb

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Research Libraries for Bowie County TX   -  Bowie County TXGenWeb

Family History Centers


  • Texarkana USA Genealogy Society

P.O. Box 2323
Texarkana, TX 75504-2323

  • The New Boston Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 104
    New Boston, Texas, 75570. 
    The NBGS is located at the New Boston Public Library.
  • Red River County Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 516
    Clarksville, TX 75426

Web Sites

References

  1. Handbook of Texas Online: Bowie County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcb11
  2. Texas Escapes: Bowie County Courthouse http://www.texasescapes.com/EastTexasTowns/New-Boston-Texas-Bowie-County-Courthouse.htm
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Gendisasters.com - Texarkana, TX Bowie County Courthouse Fire, Jan 1889 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17956/texarkana-tx-bowie-county-courthouse-fire-jan-1889
  5. Handbook of Texas Online: Bowie County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcb11
  6. Texas Escapes: Old Boston http://www.texasescapes.com/EastTexasTowns/Boston-Texas.htm
  7. http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=Search&_name=bowie+county&_state=04000US48&_county=bowie+county&_cityTown=bowie+county&_zip=&_sse=on&_lang=en&pctxt=fph
  8. http://www.texasalmanac.com/population/population-counties-history.pdf