Jack County, North Texas
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Fort Richardson Cavalry Hospital Building 1867-1878

Located in central north Texas, Jack County has a rich frontier and ranching history.
 
  Jack County was created from Cooke County in 1856. The first court met on 22 July 1857 in the front yard of T.S. Nettles at Mesquiteville in the Salt Creek community, two miles south of the present courthouse square. The Butterfield Stage Route or Upper California Road and Southern Overland Mail route ran through Jack County until the beginning of the Civil War. The location of the mail route is easily found in the county. The county seat was moved to the present location and the name changed in 1870 to Jacksborough. In 1867, Fort Richardson was established as one of the second line of defense forts against the Indians. From 1875-1876, the Mooar Brothers' buffalo trail led thorugh Fort Richardson and the Old Emigrant Trail passed through Jack County, traveling from Gainesville to Fort Griffin. The county seat became known as Jacksboro in 1874.

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Links to Jack County Information
(pages last updated Apr 15, 2014)
Births
Link # of Records Provided By Description
1903-1904   Transcribed by Dorman Holub These old records only have the name and sex. Some do not have the child's first name.
1926-1949 3,744 Gathered together into one alphabetical table by Douglas Harris These have child's name, dates, mother's maiden name & father's name.
Newer
Click to request
  Only births older than 75 years are now public record. We have some of these and will try to do look-ups. These only have the child's name and date. No parents are listed.
Family Search   Family Search is Free Newer than 75 years, and may give parent's names.
2011-Present   Jacksboro Newspapers Online Birth announcements. You have to have subscription to view the old papers.
Marriages
1966-2002 2,648 Gathered together into alphabetical tables by Douglas Harris These are alphabetical by Groom's name and Bride's name and give their ages and date of marriage.
Divorce Records
1968-2010 1,502 Gathered together into alphabetical tables by Douglas Harris These are alphabetical by Husband's name and give the Wife's first name, ages and dates.

Old Lists

1858-1859 Tax Rolls

Transcribed by Dorman Holub

Names from the Jack County Courthouse, Jacksboro

1860

20 slave owners

Transcribed by Dorman Holub

Names of slave owners and number of slaves

1867-1869 Voter's Registration Transcribed by Mary Speakman Name, length of residency, and native of
1911 Phone Book Transcribed by Dorman Holub Jacksboro County Phone Directory
Census
1860 24 pages Images of census pages Original images of census pages
1870 19 pages
694 people
Images of census pages
Transcribed by Travis McClure
Original images of census pages
Transcription and index
1880 139 pages
7,435 people
Images of census pages
Transcribed by Travis McClure
Original images of census pages
Transcription and index
1900 10,660 people Transcribed by Travis McClure Transcription and index
1910 12,505 people Transcribed by Travis McClure Transcription and index
1920 10,631 people Transcribed by Travis McClure Transcription and index
1930 194 pages
EDs 1&2
2,979 people
Images of census pages + Maps
Transcribed by Doug Harris
  with added information
Original images of census pages + Maps
Transcription and linking index 
  with added information
1940 268 pages Maps & Images of pages Great maps -Needs index with links to pages
Military
1860s Many War Records Dorman Holub, Shari Shanafelt, John R. Petterson & Elnora Frances Cook-Wyrick Civil War Records and Confederate pension applications- give claimant and husband's name
1867-1878 Fort Richardson Information about Indian Wars, Calvary Hospital, and Officers' Quarters Historical Markers and pictures
Lists and Records WWI & WWII Dorman Holub & Shari Shanafelt List of WWI Registrants and some WWI & WWI records
1941-1944 Lost Battalion Pictures sent in by Dee Farris Historical Marker and memorial at Fort Richardson
Military Memorial Gibtown Cemetery Memorial to all service members buried at the cemetery Picture of memorial and list of names
Schools
1910-1954 only 2 schools Old school pictures Please send some in
1938-1979 35 Years
2,844 Pages
10,132 Names
Bryson Yearbook scans provided by the Gladys Johnson Richey Library in Jacksboro Bryson Yearbooks. Images of pages & Index of Names with links to those pages.
1922-1979 34 Years
4,399 Pages
15,246 Names
Jacksboro High School Yearbook scans provided by the Gladys Johnson Richey Library in Jacksboro Jacksboro Yearbooks. Images of pages & Index of Names with links to those pages.
1918-1979 37 Years
4,050 Pages
14,293 Names
Perrin-Whitt Yearbook scans provided by the Gladys Johnson Richey Library in Jacksboro Perrin-Whitt Yearbooks. Images of pages & Index of Names with links to those pages.
Towns
1856-1930   Jim Wheat's List List by dates and towns in Jack County
  none Old Pictures of towns or ranches Please send. - Would love to post them
Families
Book Index 885 pages 'The History of Jack County Texas' Many family histories and pictures. Will do look-ups
Links Histories   List of names Links to biographies and family histories
Family Pictures   Local old family pictures & histories Please send in old family pictures to post
       
Cemeteries
All Names for Jack County about 13,000
10,151 have new photos
Alphabetical list together of All names from ALL cemeteries Names, dates, information & LINKS to Headstone Pictures
Cemetery Information 14 Updated Individual cemeteries Pictures, directions, layout order, headstone information & headstone pictures
Find-a-Grave Jack County We have over 10,000 headstone pictures on the links above. Feel free to use them on Find-a-Grave.
Funeral Home Records
1940-2004 4,921 Transcribed by Paul Smith Dates and places of birth and death, name of spouse and date of marriage, father and mother's names, siblings and children's names.
Obituaries
1880--   The Public Library in Jacksboro Microfilm of the local newspapers.
1960s-2013 4,486 Collection of Hazel Dixson Wilton & Lenora Shelton Alphabetical list of obituaries with links to images of the newspaper clippings
Recent   Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro Obituaries online
Recent   Jacksboro Gazette News & Jack County Herald Recent local obituaries
Recent   Times Record News, Wichita Falls May have some from Jack County
Other Miscellaneous Links
North Texas Genealogy Association Also their Facebook page This includes Jack County
Jack County Archives Dorman Holub and Many Others Some family histories, old pictures, etc.
Historical Markers & Indian Battles From Fort Tour Systems Good map, text of Historical Markers & stories about Indian raids and battles
Local Links
Library Jacksboro Gladys Johnson Richie Library 626 W College St, 940-567-2240, Mon-Friday
Link to list of some local books 
Museum Jacksboro Jack County Museum 241 W Belknap, 940-567-5410
Fort Richardson Just S of Jacksboro Fort Richardson State Park 228 State Park Rd 61, 940-567-3506
Court House Jacksboro Jack County Court House Offices Also history and links to old pictures
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