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Anderson County, Texas United States of America

This is a (sub) project of the State of Texas and Counties Project and the Anderson County, Texas sub-project is for those who were born, lived, and died in Anderson County, Texas.

Anderson County, Texas on Wikipedia

Namesake: Kenneth Lewis Anderson, congressman and (4th and last) vice president of the Republic of Texas (1844-45)

Abbreviations: Anderson Co., TX - Anderson County, Texas

Parent County: Houston County, Texas

Created and organized:'24 March 1846 and organized on July 13, 1846

County Seat: Palestine, Texas (Location: 31° 45' 43.614" N, 95° 37' 50.8404" W)

Adjacent Counties

Cherokee (NE) • Freestone (W) • Henderson (N) • Houston (S, SE) • Leon (S, SW)

Land Grants

Anderson County, Texas - History and Historical Timeline

Anderson County, Texas TXGenWeb website

  • May 19, 1836 - Parker's Fort was attacked by Indians, and most of the families there were killed
  • October 1838 - General Thomas J. Rusk ended American Indian attacks for the rest of 1838 with a force of 200 men.
  • August 1846 - a county tax was levied, and Thomas Hanks was appointed county treasurer.

Anderson County Places

  • Alderbranch |
  • Bethel |
  • Bois d'Arc |
  • Bradford |
  • Broom City |
  • Cayuga |
  • Denson Springs |
  • Elkhart |
  • Fields Chapel |
  • Fitzgerald |
  • Fort Houston |
  • Frankston |
  • Harmony |
  • Kickapoo |
  • Long Lake |
  • Magnolia |
  • Montalba |
  • Mound Prairie |
  • Neches |
  • Palestine |
  • Pert | Plentitude |
  • Salmon |
  • Sandflat |
  • Slocum |
  • Tennessee Colony |
  • Tucker |
  • Wild Cat Bluff

Anderson County Notables

  • M. S. Avant (1834 - 1906)
  • Willison Ewing
  • Joseph Jordan
  • F. S. Jackson, a settler from Virginia
  • John H. Reagan (linked to tsha website) - a Judge and served in the cabinet of the Confederate government as postmaster general
  • A. T. Rainey,
  • S. G. Stewart and
  • T. J. Word
  • Grant Kersky, teacher in 1851 in Tennessee Colony, Texas
  • Cable
  • Wyrick
  • Seymour, a man who opened an African American school in 1869 who was forced to leave
  • Mr. Hooker, a school teacher
  • Professor Sidney Newsome, a school teacher
  • Addison Clark, co-founder of a college that became Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Randolph Clark, co-founder of a college that became Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Elbert S. Jemison, believed to have come from Alabama Circa 1850, established a plantation in this vicinity. He served as a soldier during the Civil War and profited from cotton production on his plantation. There, he housed his slaves, as well as many from other states, renting their labor to area farms and operations like the nearby Confederate salt works.
  • Dan Lumpkin
  • William Turner Sadler (tsha online)
  • John Parker, appointed to lay out the site for and name a new county seat. John Parker and his family came from Palestine, Crawford County, Illinois so the county seat was named after the Parker Family's origin.
  • Thomas Hanks - first county treasurer
  • Judge William B. Ochiltree, of the sixth judicial district of Texas
  • Judge Reuben A. Reeves

Social Clubs

Tyre Masonic Lodge Members: Will H. and Annie Calcote, Pete Oldham, Tom Wyley, H.H. Auld, Marcus E. and Tennie Avant, Albert Dupuy, T.F. Wylie and John l. Carroll. Officers elected for the first year were: Bula Graham, W.N. Montgomery, Mamie Dupuy, Fannie Holt, Jesse Graham, Missie Swayze, Maud Montgomery, Emma Swayze, Eva Woolverton, Addie Carroll, D. Welborn Gore, Carrie Carroll, Annie Calcote, Alice Swayze, Vera Vannoy, Mattie Woolverton, E.A. Swayze and Will H. Calcote.


  • Sheltons,
  • Avants,
  • Hanks,
  • Seaglers

Natural and or Other Disasters

Anderson County, Texas Genealogy External websites

Anderson County, Texas Texas Genealogy on

Genealogical Societies

  • East Texas Genealogical Society, PO Box 6967, Tyler, Texas 75711-6967
  • Anderson County Genealogical Society, PO Box 2045, Palestine 75801
  • Palestine Public Library, 2000 S. Loop 256, Palestine, TX 75801, Telephone Number: 903-729-4121
  • Frankston Depot Library, Town Square S, Frankston, TX 75763, Telephone Number: 903-876-4463