Kent County, Texas

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:''This article is about a county in the state of Texas. For other uses, see [[Kent (disambiguation)]].''
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Guide to '''Kent County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.co.kent.tx.us/ips/cms Kent County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 9<br> Jayton, TX 79528<br> Phone: 806.237.3881&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land, <br>probate, military and court records from 1876<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kent County, Texas. Page 667 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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Kent County's first courthouse was built in Clairemont in 1893. It burned in 1955, a year after the county seat was moved to Jayton. The second (and present) courthouse opened in 1957.&nbsp; <br>
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Kent County Courthouse<br>County Clerk - Richard Craig Harrison<br>Deputy County Clerk - Stacy Burchett<br>P. O. Box 9<br>Jayton, TX 79528<br>Phone: 806-237-3881<br>Fax: 806-237-2632&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.co.kent.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyClerk.html fee schedule]<br>[http://www.co.kent.tx.us/ips/cms/ Kent County Government Website]
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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Kent County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar and Young Land Districts and organized in 1892. County seat: Clairemont (1892-1954); Jayton (1954-present). <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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Kent County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar and Young Land Districts and organized in 1892. County seat: Clairemont (1892-1954); Jayton (1954-present). <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
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'''1955'''--The Old Kent County Courthouse in Clairemont, built in 1893, was burned in April 1955.&nbsp; The building was vacant because the county seat moved to Jayton in 1954.&nbsp; No record loss. <ref>GenDisasters.com - Claremont, TX Kent County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1955 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7493/clairemont-tx-kent-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1955</ref>
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'''1955'''--The Old Kent County Courthouse in Clairemont, built in 1893, was burned in April 1955.&nbsp; The building was vacant because the county seat moved to Jayton in 1954.&nbsp; No record loss. <ref>GenDisasters.com - Claremont, TX Kent County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1955 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7493/clairemont-tx-kent-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1955</ref>  
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
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Clairemont | Clipper | Girard | Harmony | Jayton | Luzon | Polar
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[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/cities.htm Populated Places] from the Kent County TXGenweb site.
  
 
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== Resources  ==
 
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==== [http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/cemeteries.html Cemeteries] ====
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==== Cemeteries ====
  
==== Church ====
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[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/cemeteries.html Kent County Cemeteries] from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land ====
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==== Land ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
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*''Kent County and Its People,'' 1983, by Jewell G. Pritchett and Erma B. Black.
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hck05 Kent County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.<br>
  
 
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[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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==== Military  ====
 
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[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/military.html Kent County Military Records] from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
  
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Kent}}
  
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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*[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.  
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/births.html Kent County Births 1926-1945] from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
*[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://txgenweb4.org/txkent/marriages.html Kent County Marriages 1968-2002] from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/deaths.html Kent County Deaths 1964-1999] from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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Contents

County Courthouse

Kent County Courthouse
PO Box 9
Jayton, TX 79528
Phone: 806.237.3881 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land,
probate, military and court records from 1876[1]

Kent County's first courthouse was built in Clairemont in 1893. It burned in 1955, a year after the county seat was moved to Jayton. The second (and present) courthouse opened in 1957. 

Kent County Courthouse
County Clerk - Richard Craig Harrison
Deputy County Clerk - Stacy Burchett
P. O. Box 9
Jayton, TX 79528
Phone: 806-237-3881
Fax: 806-237-2632   fee schedule
Kent County Government Website

History

Parent County

Kent County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar and Young Land Districts and organized in 1892. County seat: Clairemont (1892-1954); Jayton (1954-present). [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1955--The Old Kent County Courthouse in Clairemont, built in 1893, was burned in April 1955.  The building was vacant because the county seat moved to Jayton in 1954.  No record loss. [3]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Clairemont | Clipper | Girard | Harmony | Jayton | Luzon | Polar

Populated Places from the Kent County TXGenweb site.

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Kent County Cemeteries from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.

Church

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.

Court

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 Family History Library Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Kent 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.

  • Kent County and Its People, 1983, by Jewell G. Pritchett and Erma B. Black.
  • Kent County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.

Military

Kent County Military Records from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.

Newspapers

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

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 or ordered electronically online

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kent County, Texas. Page 667 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).
  3. GenDisasters.com - Claremont, TX Kent County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1955 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7493/clairemont-tx-kent-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1955