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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties L|Counties L]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Leon County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Leon County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
 
Guide to '''Leon County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
{{TXDC}} <br> <br> {{Adoption TXGenWeb}}  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Leon County
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1846
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| founded date = 17 March
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| seat = Centerville
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| building address =Leon County Courthouse<br>PO Box 98<br>Centerville, TX 75833-0098}}
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== County Information ==
  
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==== Description ==== 
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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The county was named for Martín De León, the founder of Victoria, Texas. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Leon, Texas" in "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_County,_Texas.'' accessed 10/08/2019</ref>
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==== County Courthouse  ====
  
 
[http://www.courtreference.com/Leon-County-Texas-Courts.htm Leon County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 98<br> Centerville, TX 75833-0098<br> Phone: 903.536.2352 <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1846, <br>court and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Leon County, Texas. Page 668 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>  
 
[http://www.courtreference.com/Leon-County-Texas-Courts.htm Leon County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 98<br> Centerville, TX 75833-0098<br> Phone: 903.536.2352 <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1846, <br>court and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Leon County, Texas. Page 668 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>  
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'''County Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 98<br>Centerville 75833<br>Phone: 903-536-2352
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'''District Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 39<br>Centerville 75833<br>Phone: 903-536-2227<br>
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
  
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====Leon County, Texas Record Dates====
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Leon County, Texas . Page 658-677 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Leon County, Texas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Leon County, Texas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Leon County, Texas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Leon County, Texas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Leon County, Texas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Leon County, Texas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Leon County, Texas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1846
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1836
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1846
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1829
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. <br>General compliance by the 1930s.</center>
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1846--'''Leon County was created 17 March 1846 from [[Robertson County, Texas Genealogy|Robertson]] County. '''County seat:''' Centerville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1846--'''Leon County was created 17 March 1846 from [[Robertson County, Texas Genealogy|Robertson]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Centerville <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== 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. <ref>GenDisasters.com - Centerville, TX Leon County Courthouse Fire, Nov 1885 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17828/centerville-tx-leon-county-courthouse-fire-nov-1885</ref>&nbsp;  
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'''1885--'''A fire on the night of November 9, 1885 destroyed the courthouse, resulting in the loss of many records. Though land and probate records dated prior to 1885 are available, nearly all of the court’s marriage records were lost.<ref>GenDisasters.com - Centerville, TX Leon County Courthouse Fire, Nov 1885 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17828/centerville-tx-leon-county-courthouse-fire-nov-1885</ref>&nbsp;
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Leon, Oakwood|place|disp=Oakwood}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Leon, Oakwood|place|disp=Oakwood}}
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Populated Places ====
  
*[http://leonco.org/communties/buffalo.htm Buffalo], located near the Freestone County line, is the largest community in Leon Co.  
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://Texas.hometownlocator.com/tx/Leon Hometown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Leon County, Texas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_County,_Texas,
*Centerville, the County Seat
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Last accessed 09 August 2019.</ref>
*[http://leonco.org/communities/hilltoplakes.htm Hilltop Lakes]  
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*Jewett  
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{{populated places
*[http://leonco.org/communities/malvern.htm Malvern]  
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*[http://leonco.org/communities/malvern.htm Marquez]  
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*[http://leonco.org/communities/middleton.htm Middleton]  
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo,_Texas Buffalo]
*[http://leonco.org/communities/normangee.htm Normangee]  
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centerville,_Texas Centerville] (county seat)</div>
*[http://leonco.org/communities/nineveh.htm Nineveh]  
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*[http://leonco.org/communities/oakwood.htm Oakwood]  
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewett,_Texas Jewett]
*[http://leonco.org/communities/redbranch.htm Red Branch]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leona,_Texas Leona]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquez,_Texas Marquez]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normangee,_Texas Normangee]‡</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakwood,_Texas Oakwood]‡</div>
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* Centerview
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concord,_Leon_County,_Texas Concord]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinth,_Leon_County,_Texas Corinth]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn,_Texas Flynn]
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* Guy's Store
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopewell,_Leon_County,_Texas Hopewell]
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* Newby</div>
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* Red Branch
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* Vanetia
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealthy,_Texas Wealthy]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilltop_Lakes,_Texas Hilltop Lakes]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt,_Leon_County,_Texas Egypt]</div>
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* Eunice</div>
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* Robbins</div>
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<p>‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties</p>
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Anderson County, Texas Genealogy|Anderson]] {{•}}
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[[Anderson County, Texas Genealogy|Anderson]] {{•}} [[Brazos County, Texas Genealogy|Brazos]] {{•}} [[Freestone County, Texas Genealogy|Freestone]] {{•}} [[Houston County, Texas Genealogy|Houston]] {{•}} [[Limestone County, Texas Genealogy|Limestone]] {{•}} [[Madison County, Texas Genealogy|Madison]] {{•}} [[Robertson County, Texas Genealogy|Robertson]]
[[Brazos County, Texas Genealogy|Brazos]] {{•}}
 
[[Freestone County, Texas Genealogy|Freestone]] {{•}}
 
[[Houston County, Texas Genealogy|Houston]] {{•}}
 
[[Limestone County, Texas Genealogy|Limestone]] {{•}}
 
[[Madison County, Texas Genealogy|Madison]] {{•}}
 
[[Robertson County, Texas Genealogy|Robertson]]
 
 
 
<center>{{TX Leon County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
  
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''  
| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial FindAGrave]
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2664 Findagrave.com]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|413675|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}  
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Texas/Leon-County?id=county_2664 FindAGrave]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | {{FHL|413675|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/leon-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2664 Findagrave.com ]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Leon+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/leon.html Tombstone Project]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves (name)]  
[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Leon/ListLeon.html Cemeteries of TX]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Leon+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/leon/cemeteries.htm GenWeb Archives]  
[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/leon/leon-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" |  
 
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=145 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://txgenwebcounties.org/leon/cemeteries/cemeterymain.htm TXGenWeb]
[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Leon/ListLeon.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22720&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=60&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |  
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/leon.htm Interment]
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| colspan="3" | See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.  
 
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==== Census ====
 
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=104519 Brushy Cemetery, Marques] BillionGraves
 
*[http://leonco.org/cemeteries/cemeterymain.htm Leon Co. Cemetery Index]
 
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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{{TX Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{TX Leon County}}}}
  
[[Image:Txleon.jpg|450px|Txleon.jpg]] <br> <br>
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/v2/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.  
 
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.  
 
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1838 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1845 - 1848''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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=====Civil War=====
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}  
 
{{TX Probate Intro}}  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Birth Indexes and Records''  
  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1840-1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997] (index) - FamilySearch
 
 
''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''
 
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
  
*[http://leonco.org/brides/bridelist1.htm Marriage Records Brides]&nbsp; 1895 - 1910 and various years indexed by brides -&nbsp; Leon County<br>
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*'''1802-2010''' [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=texas%2ctx Texas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
*[http://leonco.org/grooms/groomslist.htm Marriage Records Grooms] 1895 - 1910 and various years indexed by grooms - Leon County<br>
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*'''1814-1909 and 1966-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ]&nbsp;~ &nbsp;FamilySearch records collection''<br>''
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*'''1895-1910''' [http://leonco.org/brides/bridelist1.htm Marriage Records Brides] 1895-1910 and various years indexed by brides - Leon County.
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973&nbsp;]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1895-1910''' [http://leonco.org/grooms/groomslist.htm Marriage Records Grooms] 1895-1910 and various years indexed by grooms - Leon County.
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1965''' {{RecordSearch|1803985|Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*1814 - 1909 and 1966 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681052|Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*1837 - 1977 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837-1977''' {{RecordSearch|1803987|Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
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*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
<br> ''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] - FamilySearch record collection
  
 
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
  
*[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.  
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*'''1890-1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 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.  
*[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.  
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*'''1903-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
*1977 - 1986 {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*1903 - 1973 {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1964-1998''' [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.  
*1903 - 1982 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
 
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== Divorce  =====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968 - 2005]&nbsp; (index)&nbsp; -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records1968-2005] (index) - Hidden Ancestors  
*1968-2010 {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
*1968 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1968-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Leon Co. Genealogical Society <br>P.O. Box 400 <br>Centerville, TX 75833 <br>903-536-2710 <br>Hours of operation: 1PM to 4PM Monday through Friday  
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'''Leon Co. Genealogical Society''' <br>PO Box 400 <br>Centerville, TX 75833 <br>Telephone Number: 903-536-2710 <br>Hours of operation: 1PM to 4PM Monday through Friday  
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
  
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== Websites  ==
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*[http://txgenwebcounties.org/leon/ Leon County TXGenWeb]
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Leon|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas Leon|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
  
 
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Revision as of 13:20, 8 November 2019

Guide to Leon County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Leon County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Founded 17 March, 1846
County Seat Centerville
Courthouse
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Address Leon County Courthouse
PO Box 98
Centerville, TX 75833-0098
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Martín De León, the founder of Victoria, Texas. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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[2]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 98
Centerville 75833
Phone: 903-536-2352

District Clerk

P.O. Box 39
Centerville 75833
Phone: 903-536-2227

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.

Leon County, Texas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1885 1903 1846 1836 1846 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.


History[edit | edit source]

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

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1846--Leon County was created 17 March 1846 from Robertson County.

  • County seat: Centerville [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1885--A fire on the night of November 9, 1885 destroyed the courthouse, resulting in the loss of many records. Though land and probate records dated prior to 1885 are available, nearly all of the court’s marriage records were lost.[5] 

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Eunice
  • Robbins

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Anderson  • Brazos  • Freestone  • Houston  • Limestone  • Madison  • Robertson

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Leon County, Texas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Limestone CountyFreestone CountyAnderson CountyHouston CountyMadison CountyRobertson CountyTX LEON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Mexican-American War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Leon County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Leon Co. Genealogical Society
PO Box 400
Centerville, TX 75833
Telephone Number: 903-536-2710
Hours of operation: 1PM to 4PM Monday through Friday

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Leon County TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county
  • FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Leon, Texas" in "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_County,_Texas. accessed 10/08/2019
  2. 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.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Leon County, Texas . Page 658-677 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. GenDisasters.com - Centerville, TX Leon County Courthouse Fire, Nov 1885 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17828/centerville-tx-leon-county-courthouse-fire-nov-1885
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Leon County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_County,_Texas, Last accessed 09 August 2019.