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Jones County, Texas
The Beginning of the Frontier

Hi, my name is Faye Elder, I would like to welcome you to the Jones County TXGenWeb Project. I'm very glad you stopped by and hope that you find this website useful for your genealogical research. I'm always in the need of help in getting data on-line. If you'd be interested in helping, please let me know. I may not be able to help with specific research questions, but should you have any questions or comments regarding the Jones County Genealogy Project, please e-mail me. 

photo by Ted Texas County Courthouse Photographs

Jones County was named for Anson Jones, statesman of the Republic
of Texas. Nomadic Indians inhabited the area in the 1850s including Kiowa,
and Comanche. In 1851, the second line of frontier forts produced Fort
Phantom Hill. Randolph Marcy detailed his visit to Jones county while
surveying for a short cut to the gold fields of California. Fort Phantom Hill
enjoyed a short time in defense of the area, it was abandoned in 1854. The
Butterfield Stage coach used one of the buildings until the Civil War came
and disrupted all transportation.

Jones County was organized on February 1, 1858, from land in Bexar and
Bosque counties. During the Civil War, Indian depredations and the War
kept the county from being settled. It was 1872 before the settlement
made a better stand at encouraging settlers to the area. The Indian threat
was removed by 1875 which brought the influx of buffalo hunters.
Stock farmers brought the Longhorns into the area to take advantage of
the grass covered range. Ranches were established including the
Swenson Land and Cattle Company in 1882. By this time, the
population of Jones county was 546 and the county was officially
organized in 1881 with Jones City as the county seat.

and Post Offices

by Jim Wheat


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Cemeteries of Jones County
Gloria B. Mayfield

Jones County, Texas Cemeteries

 Find-a-Grave Cemeteries
Jones County


1840 Census of
Pensioners - Military

1870-1920 Jones County
Federal Census
Census Project


The McArdle Notebooks
Henry McArdle's battle paintings, Dawn at the Alamo and The Battle of San Jacinto, have become Texas icons. The painstaking detail of the paintings was reflected in exhaustive research. McArdle's notebooks are packed with letters, notes, and photographs documenting the paintings and the events they depict.

Texas State Library
and Archives

Texas Treasures
Online Early Texas Documents


Jones County 1895 Map

Texas General Land
Office Map Collection

 Texas Land Grant Database



The Indians of Texas

 Battlesites and Massacres
in Texas



Early Businesses

Unknown Photos


Remember When...

1952 Anson High School Annual
"The Tiger"

Our Neighbors

Recommended Research Links

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