Bowie County, Texas GenealogyEdit This Page

From FamilySearch Wiki

Revision as of 18:56, 17 September 2012 by Ashtontownleysmith (Talk | contribs)

United States go to Texasgo to Counties B go to Bowie County

Bowie County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Bowie County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded December 17, 1840
County Seat New Boston
Adopt-a-wiki page
Hiddenancestorslogo.JPG This page adopted by:
Hidden Ancestors
who welcome you to contribute.
Adopt a page today


County Courthouse

Bowie County Courthouse
PO Box 248
New Boston, TX 75570
Phone: 903.628.2571 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate, land and miltiary
records, school census; Clerk District Court has divorce and court records[1]

Quick Dates

Bowie County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903  1889    1850  1889  1889 

== 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. [2][3]

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. [4]



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




  • 1850 Census for Bowie County census images from; index from USGenWeb archives.
  • 1860 Census for Bowie County census images from; index from USGenWeb archives. Another index
  • 1870 Census for Bowie County census images from; index from USGenWeb archives.
  • 1880 Census for Bowie County census images from; index from USGenWeb archives.
  • 1900 Census for Bowie County census images from
  • 1910 Census for Bowie County census images from  Bowie county split on two microfilm reels: reel 1, reel 2
  • 1920 Census for Bowie County census images from
  • 1930 Census for Bowie County census images from
Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200993,9645.2%
U.S. Census Bureau[5] Texas Almanac[6]




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 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




Index to Probate Cases 1883 to 1940  -  Bowie County TXGenWeb


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


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bowie County, Texas. Page 659 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. - Texarkana, TX Bowie County Courthouse Fire, Jan 1889
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Bowie County
  4. Texas Escapes: Old Boston


Need wiki, indexing, or website help? Contact our product teams.

Did you find this article helpful?

You're invited to explain your rating on the discussion page (you must be signed in).