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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
Bee County's first county seat was at Beeville (also known as Beeville-on-the-Medio), a small town on Medio Creek, about seven miles from current-day Beeville. In 1860, the county seat moved to Maryville.&nbsp; Within several months, town's name changed to Beeville.&nbsp; In 1860s records the town is often referred to as Beeville-on-the-Poesta to distinguish it from the first county seat.&nbsp;<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Beeville http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/heb04</ref> <br>
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Bee County's first county seat was at Beeville (also known as Beeville-on-the-Medio), a small town on Medio Creek, about seven miles from current-day Beeville. In 1860, the county seat moved to Maryville.&nbsp; Within several months, town's name changed to Beeville.&nbsp; In 1860s records the town is often referred to as Beeville-on-the-Poesta to distinguish it from the first county seat.&nbsp;<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Beeville http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/heb04</ref> <br>  
  
Bee County has had four courthouses and one temporary courthouse.&nbsp; The first courthouse, built at Beeville-on-the-Medio, in 1858, had a dirt floor and a clapboard roof. <ref>The Historical Story of Bee County Texas, Chapter 5, online at beeville.net http://www.beeville.net/TheHistoricalStoryofBeeCountyTexas/Chapter05.htm</ref>&nbsp; The second Bee County Courthouse (the first one at Beeville) was built in 1860; it housed the county offices and a Masonic Lodge on the second floor.&nbsp; In 1878, a new courthouse was erected.&nbsp; It burned in January 1911. While a new courthouse was being built the auditorium of the Grand Opera House served as a temporary courthouse.&nbsp; The county's fourth and current courthouse opened in 1912, and has been remodelled several times since its construction.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Bee County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcb05</ref> <ref>Third Courthouse for Bee County, photograph from The Portal to Texas History http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth78864/</ref> With the aid of $3.8 million in state funding, the 1912 Courthouse was restored and rededicated in 2006.<ref>Texas Historical Commission: Restored County Courthouses http://www.thc.state.tx.us/courthouses/chreded/beered.shtml</ref><br>
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Bee County has had four courthouses and one temporary courthouse.&nbsp; The first courthouse, built at Beeville-on-the-Medio, in 1858, had a dirt floor and a clapboard roof. <ref>The Historical Story of Bee County Texas, Chapter 5, online at beeville.net http://www.beeville.net/TheHistoricalStoryofBeeCountyTexas/Chapter05.htm</ref>&nbsp; The second Bee County Courthouse (the first one at Beeville) was built in 1860; it housed the county offices and a Masonic Lodge on the second floor.&nbsp; In 1878, a new courthouse was erected.&nbsp; It burned in January 1911. While a new courthouse was being built the auditorium of the Grand Opera House served as a temporary courthouse.&nbsp; The county's fourth and current courthouse opened in 1912, and has been remodelled several times since its construction.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Bee County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcb05</ref> <ref>Third Courthouse for Bee County, photograph from The Portal to Texas History http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth78864/</ref> With the aid of $3.8 million in state funding, the 1912 Courthouse was restored and rededicated in 2006.<ref>Texas Historical Commission: Restored County Courthouses http://www.thc.state.tx.us/courthouses/chreded/beered.shtml</ref><br>  
  
County Clerk<br>Mirella Escamilla Davis<br>105 W. Corpus Christi St., Rm. #108 <br>Beeville, TX 78102<br>(361) 362-3245<br>FAX: (361) 362-3247<br>
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County Clerk<br>Mirella Escamilla Davis<br>105 W. Corpus Christi St., Rm. #108 <br>Beeville, TX 78102<br>(361) 362-3245<br>FAX: (361) 362-3247<br>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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'''1857--'''Bee County was created 8 December 1857 from [[Goliad County, Texas|Goliad]], [[Karnes County, Texas|Karnes]], [[Live Oak County, Texas|Live Oak]], [[Refugio County, Texas|Refugio]], and [[San Patricio County, Texas|San Patricio]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Beeville&nbsp; <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1857--'''Bee County was created 8 December 1857 from [[Goliad County, Texas|Goliad]], [[Karnes County, Texas|Karnes]], [[Live Oak County, Texas|Live Oak]], [[Refugio County, Texas|Refugio]], and [[San Patricio County, Texas|San Patricio]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Beeville&nbsp; <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
The county was named for Barnard E. Bee Sr., (1787-1854). Barnard E. Bee, attorney, soldier, and statesman, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1787, the son of Thomas B. Bee, member of the Royal Privy Council in colonial South Carolina and of the Continental Congress, lieutenant governor of South Carolina, and justice of the United States Circuit Court of South Carolina during the administration of George Washington.<br>
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The county was named for Barnard E. Bee Sr., (1787-1854). Barnard E. Bee, attorney, soldier, and statesman, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1787, the son of Thomas B. Bee, member of the Royal Privy Council in colonial South Carolina and of the Continental Congress, lieutenant governor of South Carolina, and justice of the United States Circuit Court of South Carolina during the administration of George Washington.<br>  
  
 
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*''Bee County Centennial, 1858–1958,'' by Grace Bauer.  
 
*''Bee County Centennial, 1858–1958,'' by Grace Bauer.  
*''Historical Story of Bee County, Texas,'' 1973, by Camp Ezell.&nbsp; [http://www.beeville.net/TheHistoricalStoryofBeeCountyTexas/index.htm Read text version of this book online] at beeville.net.<br>
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*''Historical Story of Bee County, Texas,'' 1973, by Camp Ezell.&nbsp; [http://www.beeville.net/TheHistoricalStoryofBeeCountyTexas/index.htm Read text version of this book online] at beeville.net.<br>  
 
*''A History of Bee County,'' 1939, by Mrs. I. C. Madray.  
 
*''A History of Bee County,'' 1939, by Mrs. I. C. Madray.  
 
*''History of Bee County, Texas,'' 1960, by Joseph Gustav Rountree.  
 
*''History of Bee County, Texas,'' 1960, by Joseph Gustav Rountree.  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txbee/Historic.Places.htm Historic Places of Bee County, Texas] ~ Bee County, TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txbee/Historic.Places.htm Historic Places of Bee County, Texas] ~ Bee County, TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txbee/History.htm History of Bee County, Texas] ~ Bee County, TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txbee/History.htm History of Bee County, Texas] ~ Bee County, TXGenWeb  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html|Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html%7CTexas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txbee/Vitals.htm Vital Records of Bee County, Texas]~Partial Listing of Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce Records~ Bee County, TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txbee/Vitals.htm Vital Records of Bee County, Texas]~Partial Listing of Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce Records~ Bee County, TXGenWeb  
*[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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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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.  
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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.  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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Bee County, Texas
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Map of Texas highlighting Bee County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 8, 1857
County Seat Beeville
Courthouse




County Courthouse

Bee County's first county seat was at Beeville (also known as Beeville-on-the-Medio), a small town on Medio Creek, about seven miles from current-day Beeville. In 1860, the county seat moved to Maryville.  Within several months, town's name changed to Beeville.  In 1860s records the town is often referred to as Beeville-on-the-Poesta to distinguish it from the first county seat. [1]

Bee County has had four courthouses and one temporary courthouse.  The first courthouse, built at Beeville-on-the-Medio, in 1858, had a dirt floor and a clapboard roof. [2]  The second Bee County Courthouse (the first one at Beeville) was built in 1860; it housed the county offices and a Masonic Lodge on the second floor.  In 1878, a new courthouse was erected.  It burned in January 1911. While a new courthouse was being built the auditorium of the Grand Opera House served as a temporary courthouse.  The county's fourth and current courthouse opened in 1912, and has been remodelled several times since its construction.[3] [4] With the aid of $3.8 million in state funding, the 1912 Courthouse was restored and rededicated in 2006.[5]

County Clerk
Mirella Escamilla Davis
105 W. Corpus Christi St., Rm. #108
Beeville, TX 78102
(361) 362-3245
FAX: (361) 362-3247

History

Parent County

1857--Bee County was created 8 December 1857 from Goliad, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, and San Patricio Counties.
County seat: Beeville  [6]

The county was named for Barnard E. Bee Sr., (1787-1854). Barnard E. Bee, attorney, soldier, and statesman, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1787, the son of Thomas B. Bee, member of the Royal Privy Council in colonial South Carolina and of the Continental Congress, lieutenant governor of South Carolina, and justice of the United States Circuit Court of South Carolina during the administration of George Washington.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: | Beeville | Normanna | Papalote

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

  • Joe Barnhart Bee County Library
    110 W Corpus Christi St
    Beeville, TX 78102
    Phone: (361) 362-4901
    Website

Family History Centers


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

Web Sites

References

  1. Handbook of Texas Online: Beeville http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/heb04
  2. The Historical Story of Bee County Texas, Chapter 5, online at beeville.net http://www.beeville.net/TheHistoricalStoryofBeeCountyTexas/Chapter05.htm
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Bee County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcb05
  4. Third Courthouse for Bee County, photograph from The Portal to Texas History http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth78864/
  5. Texas Historical Commission: Restored County Courthouses http://www.thc.state.tx.us/courthouses/chreded/beered.shtml
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).