Grayson County, Texas Genealogy
The Grayson County Courthouse & Official Flag
- 1 History
- 2 Record Loss
- 3 Populated Places
- 4 Small Communities and Archaic Place Names
- 5 Neighboring Counties
- 6 Resources
- 7 Cemeteries
- 8 Churches
- 9 Schools
- 10 Historical Markers
- 11 Railroads
- 12 Court
- 13 Land
- 14 Maps of Grayson County
- 15 Military
- 16 Newspapers
- 17 Probate
- 18 Taxation
- 19 Vital Records
- 20 Societies and Libraries
- 21 Web Sites
- 22 References
The first courthouse was constructed in 1847 and torn down in 1858, the story passed down is that some men were drunk and made a bet on how many eggs were in a goose's nest under the building; so they tore it down to find out!
Grayson County is located at the top of Texas and is home to the famed Preston Road. This road was a major pioneer road, crossing the Red River into Texas. Just to the east of the Preston Road was the Shawnee Trail, the first cattle drive road in Texas. It crossed the Red River in a natural rock formed cattle shute and herds passed through the Indian Nations in Oklahoma to reach the railheads in Kansas.
Above is an Old Bois d' Arc Tree in a field of Indian Blanket Flowers. This area of Texas is a rich, beautiful with rolling hills, prairie grasses; native pecan, oak, hackberry, elms, black walnut, chinaberry, blackjack, and more, and of course our famous Bois d'Arc trees forrest the land.
Bois d'Arc trees were a cash crop in the 1800's, used as a windbreak and a living livestock fence, this tree originated in Grayson County and its neighbor to the east, Fannin County, Texas and is one of the few trees left int he world that is prehistoric. It was ironic for the American Soldiers from Texas to have to break through the Bois d'Arch hedges of France and Germany in WWI & WWII. Every one of the trees that impeded our tanks and troups, came from 'back home'. This tree is called by many names, hedgeapple, horseapple, Texas orange, Osage Orange and other names. It was of course named for its main historical use, 'Wood of the Bow'. Bows made of Bois d'Arc wood were found deep in South America. The Natives traded the bows and the wood far and wide.
Grayson County is home to the two Americans' to receive France's highest honor, the French Legion of Honor. Dwight D. Eisenhour, who was born in Denison, Grayson County and Thomas V. Munson, who saved Europe's grape & wine industy by his research and development of using grafts of our Texas native grapevine stock to save them from extinction.
Lake Texoma, one of largest reservoirs in the United States was a project envolving placing a large dam just North of Denison,Texas in the 1940's and is a very popular vacation spot today. It is the home of two wildlife habitats. This lake ended most of the flooding from the Red River.
Grayson County is a beautiful place to live.
Parent County was Fannin County.
County seat: Sherman 
1930--The courthouse was burned by a mob on May 9, 1930. ( All of the vital records, land records, and most court records were saved from this fire.)
Sherman is the county seat, other towns and communities alphabetically; Bells (formerly called Bailey Junction, Gospel Ridge, Bellsplain and Belvue); Collinsville (previously called Springville and Toadsuck); Denison; Dorchester; Gordonville; Gunter; Howe (first called Summit); Luella; Pottsboro; Sadler, Southmayd; Tioga; Tom Bean; Van Alstyne; Whitesboro (previous names-City of Divide, The Wolfe Path; White Settlement; White Colony); and Whitewright. Visit My Grayson County Town Page
Small Communities and Archaic Place Names
Ambrose, Basin Springs, Bethel, Blackmon Chapel; Blanks Community; Bliss; Cannon; Carpenters Bluff; Cedar Mills; Center; Choctaw; Desert; Devoignes; Dixie; Dripping Springs; Elmont; Ellsworth; Enterprise; Farmington; Fink; Friendship; Gage; Georgetown; Hackberry; Hagerman; Hayhurst; Highway; Ida; Jamison (Jameson); Kentuckytown; Knollwood; Locust;Macomb; Mantua; Marilee; Nance Prairie; Needle Ridge (Christian Chapel Community); Norton; Oak Grove; Oxford Community; Pilot Grove; Pink Hill; Plainview; Preston; Quillen; Red Branch; Red River City; Rock Creek; Rose Hill; Sanborn; Sandusky; Sedalia (also called Yakima); Smith Oaks; South Gale; Sperry; Warner Junction; Washita Bend; Waterloo; Whitemound; Whiterock; ; and Woodlake (also called Tanyard Springs). I'm sure I'll find more!
- Grayson County,Texas ~ TXGenWeb- maps, biographical and historical data, cemeteries, obituaries, articles and all kinds of useful information.
- Grayson County, Texas - Official County Website
- Online books about Grayson County, Texas
- The Handbook of Texas Online - Searchable
- Biographical Souvenir of Texas - 1889
- There are more than 200 cemeteries in Grayson County,Texas. I have been working for more than 13 years on collecting - cemetery data, tombstone photographs and new info being added every week.
- I have made a Google Map of Grayson County Cemeteries.
- Grayson County Churches, Photographs, Historical Markers, Links Books ~ onlne!
- Many Grayson County Books are online and complete!
- Land Records are kept in the Grayson County Clerk's Office.
- Very early records made during the Republic of Texas are found in Fannin County's Courthouse and in the Texas State Archives.
== Local Histories ==
- A history of Grayson County, Texas / Mattie Davis Lucas (Mrs. W. H. Lucas) and Mita Holsapple Hall (Mrs. H. E. Hall) 1936
- An Illustated History of Grayson County, Texas , by Graham Landrum, 1960- Included in this book is a pioneer index that covers people from the 1830's to 1870.
- History of Grayson County, Texas ( 2 Vols 1979 & 1981) by Grayson County Frontier Village
- Ancestors and Decendants of Grayson County, Texas - by the Grayson County Genealogical Society 1980
- Black Friday ~ May 15, 1896 ~ The Sherman Cyclone
- Online Books about Grayson County and Grayson County people.
Maps of Grayson County
- Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
- Maps of Grayson County & Texas
- Grayson County Military history is a pround one. I have a collection of useful links and information about military records as well as local information in the Grayson County TXGenWeb site.
- Perrin Air Force Base was located in Grayson County. View various webpages about it, in the link listed for military history above.
- All Probate records, insanity hearings and guardianship records are found in theCounty Clerk's Office. Email the clerk's office for details about the record you are requesting.
- Tax Rolls are available through interlibrary loan and also through any FHC near you 1846-1910.
- Tax records are kept in the County Clerks Office with more recent records in the Tax Assessors Office.
- City of Denison (Land) Tax records are being placed online. this is an ongoing project by the Denison, Texas Genealogical Society's Online Document Project
- Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
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.
- Tips and advice on Grayson County, Texas Records
- County Clerks Office
Societies and Libraries
- Denison, Texas Genealogical Society
- Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter NSDAR
- Grayson County Genealogical Society information can be found through the Sherman Public LIbrary.
- Grayson County,Texas ~ TXGenWeb web site. Has maps, biographical and historical data, online books, cemeteries, obituaries, articles and all kinds of useful information.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).