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This article is about a county in the state of Texas. For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation).


County Courthouse

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


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). [1]

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. [2]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

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

Populated Places from the Kent County TXGenweb site.

Neighboring Counties



Kent County Cemeteries from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.




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.


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


Kent County Military Records from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.




Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

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


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. - Claremont, TX Kent County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1955


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