Calhoun County, Texas

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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
Calhoun County has had two county seats and five courthouses.&nbsp; The first county seat and courthouse was in Lavaca, 1846-1852.&nbsp; The county seat was moved to Indianola in 1852, where the second courthouse was built in 1857. The county seat was moved back to Lavaca (now renamed Port Lavaca) after the hurricane of 1886 destroyed the Indianola Courthouse.&nbsp; A courthouse was built in Port Lavaca in 1887.&nbsp; A new courthouse was built in 1912 and later demolished in 1959, when the current courthouse was opened. <ref>Texas Escapes: Calhoun County Courthouses http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGulfCoastTowns/Port-Lavaca-Texas-Calhoun-County-Courthouse.htm#1911</ref> <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Calhoun County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcc02</ref>
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Calhoun County has had two county seats and five courthouses.&nbsp; The first county seat and courthouse was in Lavaca, 1846-1852.&nbsp; The county seat was moved to Indianola in 1852, where the second courthouse was built in 1857. The county seat was moved back to Lavaca (now renamed Port Lavaca) after the hurricane of 1886 destroyed the Indianola Courthouse.&nbsp; A courthouse was built in Port Lavaca in 1887.&nbsp; A new courthouse was built in 1912 and later demolished in 1959, when the current courthouse was opened. <ref>Texas Escapes: Calhoun County Courthouses http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGulfCoastTowns/Port-Lavaca-Texas-Calhoun-County-Courthouse.htm#1911</ref> <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Calhoun County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcc02</ref>  
  
Calhoun County Courthouse<br>Calhoun County Clerk - Anita Fricke<br>211 S. Ann St<br>Port Lavaca, TX. 77979 <br>[http://www.calhouncotx.org/ Calhoun County Government Website]<br>  
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Calhoun County Courthouse<br>Calhoun County Clerk - Anita Fricke<br>211 S. Ann St<br>Port Lavaca, TX. 77979 <br>[http://www.calhouncotx.org/ Calhoun County Government Website]<br>
  
 
''Inventory of the county archives of Texas&nbsp;: Calhoun County'', 1941. Inventory of records housed in the Calhoun County Courthouse as of 1936. Describes the records of the County Commissioners Court, County Clerk as Recorder, District Court, County Court, Justices of the Peace, District Attorney, County Attorney, Sheriff, Constables, Tax Assessor-Collector, Board of Equalization, County Treasurer, County Board of School Trustees, County School Superintendent, County Health Officer, County Surveyor, Board of Land Commissioners (Defunct), Inspector of Hides and Animals (Defunct), and Coroner (Defunct). [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25253/m1 Read the book online] from The Portal to Texas History.<br>
 
''Inventory of the county archives of Texas&nbsp;: Calhoun County'', 1941. Inventory of records housed in the Calhoun County Courthouse as of 1936. Describes the records of the County Commissioners Court, County Clerk as Recorder, District Court, County Court, Justices of the Peace, District Attorney, County Attorney, Sheriff, Constables, Tax Assessor-Collector, Board of Equalization, County Treasurer, County Board of School Trustees, County School Superintendent, County Health Officer, County Surveyor, Board of Land Commissioners (Defunct), Inspector of Hides and Animals (Defunct), and Coroner (Defunct). [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25253/m1 Read the book online] from The Portal to Texas History.<br>
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'''1846--'''Calhoun County was created April 4, 1846 from [[Jackson County, Texas|Jackson]], [[Victoria County, Texas|Victoria]], and [[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Port Lavaca <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1846--'''Calhoun County was created April 4, 1846 from [[Jackson County, Texas|Jackson]], [[Victoria County, Texas|Victoria]], and [[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Port Lavaca <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
The county was named for&nbsp;John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850), 7th Vice President of the United States.
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The county was named for&nbsp;John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850), 7th Vice President of the United States.  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1886''' -- Calhoun County Courthouse at Indianola destroyed by hurricane, August 1886.
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'''1886''' -- Calhoun County Courthouse at Indianola destroyed by hurricane, August 1886.  
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
'''Cities and Towns:''' | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Indianola|subject|disp=Indianola}} | Long Mott | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Matagorda+Island|subject|disp=Matagorda Island}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Port+O%27Connor|subject|disp=Port Comfort}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Port+Lavaca|subject|disp=Port Lavaca}} | Port O'Connor | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Seadrift|subject|disp=Seadriff}} |
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'''Cities and Towns:''' | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Indianola|subject|disp=Indianola}} | Long Mott | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Matagorda+Island|subject|disp=Matagorda Island}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Port+O%27Connor|subject|disp=Port Comfort}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Port+Lavaca|subject|disp=Port Lavaca}} | Port O'Connor | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Seadrift|subject|disp=Seadriff}} |  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Land Records] available on microfilm - Deed Records 1846-1890, Survey Records 1838-1934<br>
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Land Records] available on microfilm - Deed Records 1846-1890, Survey Records 1838-1934<br>
  
==== Local Histories<br> ====
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==== Local Histories<br> ====
  
 
*''Shifting Sands of Calhoun County, Texas,'' 1980 by the Calhoun County Historical Commission.  
 
*''Shifting Sands of Calhoun County, Texas,'' 1980 by the Calhoun County Historical Commission.  
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==== Maps  ====
 
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/calhoun/maps/calhoun1845.htm Calhoun County 1845], map showing the area before Calhoun County was formed in 1846.<br>  
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/calhoun/maps/calhoun1845.htm Calhoun County 1845], map showing the area before Calhoun County was formed in 1846.<br>
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/calhoun/maps/calhoun1862.htm Calhoun County 1862]  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/calhoun/maps/calhoun1862.htm Calhoun County 1862]  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/calhoun/maps/calhoun1872.htm Calhoun County 1872]  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/calhoun/maps/calhoun1872.htm Calhoun County 1872]  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalhou/confpen.htm Confederate Pension Applications] from the Calhoun County TXGenWeb site
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalhou/confpen.htm Confederate Pension Applications] from the Calhoun County TXGenWeb site  
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/supsites/military/rep_cont.htm Index to the Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas] 1835-1845
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/supsites/military/rep_cont.htm Index to the Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas] 1835-1845
  
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalcgs/ccgs.html Vital Records] - Obituaries, Marriage Records and Birth Records from the Calhoun County Genealogical Society<br>  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalcgs/ccgs.html Vital Records] - Obituaries, Marriage Records and Birth Records from the Calhoun County Genealogical Society<br>
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Vital Records] available on microfilm - Marriage Records 1846-1919, Probate Records 1846-1916, County Clerk and other records.  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Vital Records] available on microfilm - Marriage Records 1846-1919, Probate Records 1846-1916, County Clerk and other records.  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalhou/newobitindex.html Port Lavaca Wave Newspaper Obituary] Index 2002-2003
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalhou/newobitindex.html Port Lavaca Wave Newspaper Obituary] Index 2002-2003  
 
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
 
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
 
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903
 
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalcgs/ccgs.html Calhoun County Genealogical Society], founded to preserve the genealogy and history of Calhoun County.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalcgs/ccgs.html Calhoun County Genealogical Society], founded to preserve the genealogy and history of Calhoun County.  
*Calhoun County Museum <br>301 S. Ann Street <br> Port Lavaca, TX 77979&nbsp; [http://calhouncountymuseum.org/ website]  
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*Calhoun County Museum <br>301 S. Ann Street <br>Port Lavaca, TX 77979&nbsp; [http://calhouncountymuseum.org/ website]  
 
*Calhoun County Public Library<br>200 West Mahan St.<br>Port Lavaca, TX 77979&nbsp; [http://www.cclibrary.org/ website<br>]
 
*Calhoun County Public Library<br>200 West Mahan St.<br>Port Lavaca, TX 77979&nbsp; [http://www.cclibrary.org/ website<br>]
  
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/calhoun Calhoun County Texas TXGenWeb site] family histories, cemeteries, maps and more.  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/calhoun Calhoun County Texas TXGenWeb site] family histories, cemeteries, maps and more.  
*[http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/category/united-states/texas/calhoun-co-tx Calhoun County, TX Old Photos]
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*[http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/category/united-states/texas/calhoun-co-tx Calhoun County, TX Old Photos]  
 
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  

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County Courthouse

Calhoun County has had two county seats and five courthouses.  The first county seat and courthouse was in Lavaca, 1846-1852.  The county seat was moved to Indianola in 1852, where the second courthouse was built in 1857. The county seat was moved back to Lavaca (now renamed Port Lavaca) after the hurricane of 1886 destroyed the Indianola Courthouse.  A courthouse was built in Port Lavaca in 1887.  A new courthouse was built in 1912 and later demolished in 1959, when the current courthouse was opened. [1] [2]

Calhoun County Courthouse
Calhoun County Clerk - Anita Fricke
211 S. Ann St
Port Lavaca, TX. 77979
Calhoun County Government Website

Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Calhoun County, 1941. Inventory of records housed in the Calhoun County Courthouse as of 1936. Describes the records of the County Commissioners Court, County Clerk as Recorder, District Court, County Court, Justices of the Peace, District Attorney, County Attorney, Sheriff, Constables, Tax Assessor-Collector, Board of Equalization, County Treasurer, County Board of School Trustees, County School Superintendent, County Health Officer, County Surveyor, Board of Land Commissioners (Defunct), Inspector of Hides and Animals (Defunct), and Coroner (Defunct). Read the book online from The Portal to Texas History.

History

Parent County

1846--Calhoun County was created April 4, 1846 from Jackson, Victoria, and Matagorda Counties.
County seat: Port Lavaca [3]

The county was named for John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850), 7th Vice President of the United States.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1886 -- Calhoun County Courthouse at Indianola destroyed by hurricane, August 1886.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities and Towns: | Indianola | Long Mott | Matagorda Island | Port Comfort | Port Lavaca | Port O'Connor | Seadriff |

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 1,110
1860 2,642 138.0%
1870 3,443 30.3%
1880 1,739 −49.5%
1890 815 −53.1%
1900 2,395 193.9%
1910 3,635 51.8%
1920 4,700 29.3%
1930 5,385 14.6%
1940 5,911 9.8%
1950 9,222 56.0%
1960 16,592 79.9%
1970 17,831 7.5%
1980 19,574 9.8%
1990 19,053 −2.7%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.







Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

  • Shifting Sands of Calhoun County, Texas, 1980 by the Calhoun County Historical Commission.
  • "Looking Back" Scrapbook for Calhoun County and Matagorda Bay, Texas
  • A History of Indianola, by Lelia Seelingson. Brief history of Indianola, beginning with the arrival of La Salle. Read the book online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Indianola: The Mother of Western Texas, 1988, by Brownson Malsch.
  • Calhoun County History from The Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Indianola, Texas Hurricane, Sept 1875

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

  • Calhoun County Genealogical Society, founded to preserve the genealogy and history of Calhoun County.
  • Calhoun County Museum
    301 S. Ann Street
    Port Lavaca, TX 77979  website
  • Calhoun County Public Library
    200 West Mahan St.
    Port Lavaca, TX 77979  website

Web Sites

References

  1. Texas Escapes: Calhoun County Courthouses http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGulfCoastTowns/Port-Lavaca-Texas-Calhoun-County-Courthouse.htm#1911
  2. Handbook of Texas Online: Calhoun County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcc02
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).