Irion County, Texas Genealogy

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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
Irion County has had two county seats (Sherwood 1889-1936 and Mertzon 1936-present) and three courthouses.&nbsp; When Irion County was organized in 1889, Sherwood was chosen as the county seat.&nbsp; Sherwood, however, was bypassed by the railroad and its population declined. In 1927 the town of Mertzon made an unsuccessful bid for the county seat.&nbsp; In 1936 Mertzon was successful and became the county seat.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Irion County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hci01</ref><br>  
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Irion County has had two county seats (Sherwood 1889-1936 and Mertzon 1936-present) and three courthouses.&nbsp; When Irion County was organized in 1889, Sherwood was chosen as the county seat.&nbsp; Sherwood, however, was bypassed by the railroad and its population declined. In 1927 the town of Mertzon made an unsuccessful bid for the county seat.&nbsp; In 1936 Mertzon was successful and became the county seat.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Irion County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hci01</ref><br>
  
In 1889, the first courthouse was built in Sherwood.&nbsp; By 1900 construction started on a new two-story stone courthouse.&nbsp; This new courthouse, completed in 1901 served the county until the county seat until Mertzon became the county seat in 1936.<ref>Google Books: Ghost Towns of Texas by T. Lindsay Baker - Sherwood http://books.google.com/books?id=-OxnaXdxjgkC&amp;amp;pg=PA142&amp;amp;sig=j23w2YkkDhnbXNqGTIVhnUd_HMM&amp;amp;hl=en#v=onepage&amp;amp;q&amp;amp;f=false</ref>&nbsp; The building is currently in use as a Community Center. <ref>Texas Escapes http://www.texasescapes.com/WestTexasTowns/Mertzon-Texas-Irion-County-Courthouse.htm</ref><br>  
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In 1889, the first courthouse was built in Sherwood.&nbsp; By 1900 construction started on a new two-story stone courthouse.&nbsp; This new courthouse, completed in 1901 served the county until the county seat until Mertzon became the county seat in 1936.<ref>Google Books: Ghost Towns of Texas by T. Lindsay Baker - Sherwood http://books.google.com/books?id=-OxnaXdxjgkC&amp;amp;amp;pg=PA142&amp;amp;amp;sig=j23w2YkkDhnbXNqGTIVhnUd_HMM&amp;amp;amp;hl=en#v=onepage&amp;amp;amp;q&amp;amp;amp;f=false</ref>&nbsp; The building is currently in use as a Community Center. <ref>Texas Escapes http://www.texasescapes.com/WestTexasTowns/Mertzon-Texas-Irion-County-Courthouse.htm</ref><br>
  
In 1937 the Irion County Courthouse, a two-story brick contemporary style design building, in Mertzon was completed. <br>  
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In 1937 the Irion County Courthouse, a two-story brick contemporary style design building, in Mertzon was completed. <br>
  
Irion County Courthouse <br>County Clerk<br>P.O. Box 736 <br> Mertzon, TX 76941-0736 <br> [http://www.co.irion.tx.us/ County Government Website]  
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Irion County Courthouse <br>County Clerk<br>P.O. Box 736 <br>Mertzon, TX 76941-0736 <br>[http://www.co.irion.tx.us/ County Government Website]  
  
The county clerk's office has court records from 1889, land records from 1889, probate records from 1889, marriage records from 1889 and nirth and death records from 1903.&nbsp;<ref>Family History 101: Irion County http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/tx-county-irion.html</ref>
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The county clerk's office has court records from 1889, land records from 1889, probate records from 1889, marriage records from 1889 and nirth and death records from 1903.&nbsp;<ref>Family History 101: Irion County http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/tx-county-irion.html</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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==== Record Loss ====
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy  
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy  
 
*[http://www.freedmensbureau.com/texas/index.htm Texas Freedman's Bureau Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;Freedman's Bureau Online
 
*[http://www.freedmensbureau.com/texas/index.htm Texas Freedman's Bureau Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;Freedman's Bureau Online
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries.htm Arden Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries.htm Arden Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries/resthavencemetery.htm Rest Haven Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries/resthavencemetery.htm Rest Haven Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries/mertzoncemetery.htm Mertzon Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries/mertzoncemetery.htm Mertzon Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries/sherwoodcemetery.htm Sherwood Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries/sherwoodcemetery.htm Sherwood Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
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==== Census ====
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==== Census ====
  
[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/census/1900/1900index.htm 1900 Census Index]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/census/1900/1900index.htm 1900 Census Index]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
  
 
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/pension.htm Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/pension.htm Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Irion County Library<br>111 W Fayette Ave<br>Mertzon, TX 76941<br>Phone: (325) 835-2704
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Irion County Library<br>111 W Fayette Ave<br>Mertzon, TX 76941<br>Phone: (325) 835-2704  
 
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[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
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[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies  
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Irion|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Irion|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  

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Founded March 7, 1889
County Seat Mertzon
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County Courthouse

Irion County has had two county seats (Sherwood 1889-1936 and Mertzon 1936-present) and three courthouses.  When Irion County was organized in 1889, Sherwood was chosen as the county seat.  Sherwood, however, was bypassed by the railroad and its population declined. In 1927 the town of Mertzon made an unsuccessful bid for the county seat.  In 1936 Mertzon was successful and became the county seat.[1]

In 1889, the first courthouse was built in Sherwood.  By 1900 construction started on a new two-story stone courthouse.  This new courthouse, completed in 1901 served the county until the county seat until Mertzon became the county seat in 1936.[2]  The building is currently in use as a Community Center. [3]

In 1937 the Irion County Courthouse, a two-story brick contemporary style design building, in Mertzon was completed.

Irion County Courthouse
County Clerk
P.O. Box 736
Mertzon, TX 76941-0736
County Government Website

The county clerk's office has court records from 1889, land records from 1889, probate records from 1889, marriage records from 1889 and nirth and death records from 1903. [4]

History

Early settlements began in the early 1870's.

Parent County

1889--Irion County was created 7 March 1889 from Tom Green County. County seat: Mertzon [5]

Irion County was named for Robert Anderson Irion (1804-1861), physician, surveyor, and Republic of Texas secretary of state.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Barnhart | Mertzon | Sherwood

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Cemeteries


Census

1900 Census Index  ~   TXGenWeb

Church

Court

Land

Original Land Owners of Texas ~  Irion County   ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

  • A History of Irion County, Texas, 1966 by Leta Crawford.
  • A History of Irion County, Texas, 1978 by Irion County Historical Society.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate


Taxation

Vital Records


Societies and Libraries

Irion County Library
111 W Fayette Ave
Mertzon, TX 76941
Phone: (325) 835-2704


Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Web Sites

References


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