History of Gillespie County


The History of Gillespie County

Gillespie County was organized in the year 1848 and was named in honor of 
Captain Robert A. Gillespie.  

Captain Gillespie was killed in Action in the Battle of Monterey

in the War with Mexico.                      

It was a time  filled with hardship and perils.   There were the perils of

Indians and sickness and only the hardest survived. 

John M. Hunter was County Clerk in 1850 and kept all records in his home. 

On July 1, 1850 a fire broke out and destroyed all court records and documents in his home. 

Gillespie County now has  960 Sq. Miles. 

At the time Gillespie County was organized, it included a large

 portion of  Blanco, Mason , and Llano Counties

Other surrounding Counties are: Kendall , Kerr , Kimble.  The trail to

Gillespie County started in  Indianola.    

The colonists went through  Victoria County , Dewitt County

Gonzales County , Guadalupe County , Comal County

and what is now Kendall County to reach Gillespie County. 

 Signers of Petition to Create Gillespie County

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