Kilgore: The Town & The Name
Compiled by Lawson Keener Lace ( Mrs Rogers Lacy )
The C B Kilgore family moved from "Old Danville" to "New Danville" and the name of the new town was changed to Kilgore in his honor, in 1873.
Deed Records of Rusk County, Book T, page 718, show that on March 19, 1872, J T Estill sold to C B Kilgore 731 acres of land in Mary Van Winkle Survey, 14 miles north of Henderson.
You attention is called to the following original grant of land because it lies in the City of Kilgore: Abstract No. 208, Patent 776, Vol 6, Original Grantee, Mary Van Winkle; Patentee, Mary Van Winkle, 4428 acres, Jan 5, 1849.
Gregg County deed records, Book C, pages 583 - 585, reveal that
C B Kilgore deeded for $100 right-of-way to International Railroad
Co., a strip 200 feet wide in Kilgore, over which the railroad
built its new rail line. Dated Oct 28, 1871, the instrument
was signed by Galusha A Grow, President of the
On July 15, 1874, Gregg County records, Book A pages 510-513, was recorded the dedication by the International Railroad Co of the streets and alleys of the town of Kilgore for public use.
In 1877, Mr Kilgore removed from Kilgore to Wills Point, Van
Zandt County, where he lived when he was elected a member of the
U S Congress. I often heard my mother speak of Mr. Kilgore.
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