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County Courthouse

Leon County Courthouse
PO Box 98
Centerville, TX 75833-0098
Phone: 903.536.2352

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1846,
court and land records[1]

The original Courthouse and County Seat was at Leona. It was organized July 13, 1846. The first court was held at the home of Moses Campbell and then a log courthouse was built. After a heated battle, which included the killing of one man and the wounding of another, the County Seat was moved to Centerville in October 1850.


Named for: This county was named for Martin de Leon, a native of Tamaulipas, Mexico who was born in 1765. 

Parent County

1846--Leon County was created 17 March 1846 from Robertson County. County seat: Centerville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1885--A fire on the night of November 9, 1885 destroyed the courthouse. After the ashes and debris were cleared away, it was found that the brick remained in good condition and that the brick and two large safes left standing could be refurbished. Many records were lost and I do not know what the contents of the safes were. Most of the records for the county were destroyed. [3] 

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories

  • A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, 1883. Digital book on line from the Portal to Texas History.


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





Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Leon Co. Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 400
Centerville, TX 75833
Hours of operation: 1PM to 4PM Monday through Friday

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Leon County, Texas. Page 668 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 - Centerville, TX Leon County Courthouse Fire, Nov 1885 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17828/centerville-tx-leon-county-courthouse-fire-nov-1885


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