Morris County, Texas Genealogy

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Morris County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded 6 March, 1875
County Seat Daingerfield
Address Morris County Courthouse
500 Broadnax St
Daingerfield, TX 75638
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for William Wright Morris. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Morris County Courthouse
500 Broadnax Street
Daingerfield, Texas 75638-1315
Phone: 903.645.3911

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage and probate records from 1875, land records
from 1849 and some delayed birth records; District
Clerk has divorce and court records[2]

County Clerk

500 Broadnax St.
Daingerfield 75638
Phone: 903-645-3911

District Clerk

500 Broadnax St.
Daingerfield 75638
Phone: 903-645-2321

The first courthouse was the first floor of the Odd Fellow Building located at the corner of Broadnax and King Streets just North of the original "Town Square". The East Line and Red River Railroad crossed the Southern part of the College Plat Addition to Daingerfield in 1877.

In 1881, a group of citizens purchased the present site of the courthouse and presented the lot to Morris County. Within a few years, all of the businesses moved from the "Old Town" to the Southeast corner of the College Plat and the adjoining Hinnant Addition. Daingerfield was authorized to incorporate by an Act of the State Legislature in 1871. An election for incorporation was held in 1913 with a vote of 75 for incorporation and 64 against.

Morris County Courthouse 500 Broadnax Daingerfield, Texas 75638

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1875 1903 1875 1849 1875 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

Morris County was probably named for William Wright Morris, a judge and planter from Henderson, Rusk County, Texas

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1875--Morris County was created 6 March 1875 from Titus County.

  • County seat: Daingerfield [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Rocky Branch

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Red River • Bowie • Titus • Camp • Cass • Marion • Harrison • Upshur

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American Resources[edit | edit source]

Chamber of Commerce[edit | edit source]

  • Daingerfield Chamber of Commerce - 305 Scurry - Daingerfield, Texas 75638
  • Naples Chamber of Commerce - 101 W L Doc Dodson E - Naples, Texas 75568

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 5,032
1890 6,580 30.8%
1900 8,220 24.9%
1910 10,439 27.0%
1920 10,289 −1.4%
1930 10,028 −2.5%
1940 9,810 −2.2%
1950 9,433 −3.8%
1960 12,576 33.3%
1970 12,310 −2.1%
1980 14,629 18.8%
1990 13,200 −9.8%
2000 13,048 −1.2%
2010 12,934 −0.9%
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 FamilySearch Places
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Churches[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.

  • Antioch Baptist Church - Naples
  • Belle-Haven Addition Church of Christ - Omaha
  • Bethel Full Gospel Church - Naples
  • Church of Christ - Daingerfield
  • Church of Christ - Naples
  • Church On The Rock The Station - Daingerfield
  • Church-Christ Minister's Res - Daingerfield
  • Concord Missionary Baptist Church - Omaha
  • Dalton Missionary Baptist Church - Naples
  • Daniel's Chapel Community Church - Naples
  • Faith Temple Church of God - Daingerfield
  • Fellowship Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • First Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • First Baptist Church - Lone Star
  • First Baptist Church - Naples
  • First Baptist Church - Omaha
  • First United Methodist Church - Daingerfield
  • First United Methodist Church - Lone Star
  • First United Methodist Church - Naples
  • First United Pentecostal Church - Daingerfield
  • Gethsemane Baptist Church - Naples
  • Jehovah's Witnesses - Daingerfield
  • Jenkins First United Methodist - Daingerfield
  • Liberty Baptist Church - Naples
  • Lilley's Chapel Church of Christ - Lone Star
  • Lone Star Baptist Church - Lone Star
  • Methodist Church - Omaha
  • Mount Mitchell Church of Christ - Daingerfield
  • Mount Moriah Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • Mount Moriah Baptist Church - Omaha
  • Mount Zion Cme Church - Daingerfield
  • New Hope Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • Omaha First Baptist Church - Omaha
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church - Daingerfield
  • Our Lady of Fatima Fuqua - Daingerfield
  • Pleasant Hill Baptist Church - Naples
  • Restoration Family Worship Center - Naples
  • Robertson Temple Church of God in Christ - Omaha
  • Rock Street Church of Christ - Daingerfield
  • Rocky Branch Missionary Baptist Church - Naples
  • Shady Grove Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • Shiloh Temple of Faith - Daingerfield - Naples
  • Southern Union Baptist Church - Daingerfield
  • Trinity Bethel of Daingerfield - Daingerfield
  • Union Chapel Baptist Church - Omaha
  • Veal Switch Missionary Baptist - Daingerfield
  • Victory Temple Pentecostal Church - Daingerfield
  • Wallick Chapel Christian Church - Daingerfield
  • Worship Center - Lone Star

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

  • Alexander Funeral Home - Highway 67W - Naples
  • Johnson Funeral Home - 216Fred Street - Pittsburg
  • Nail-Haggard Funeral Home, Inc. - 400 Webb Street - Daingerfield
  • Reeder-Davis Funeral Home - 1213 Hanes Blvd. - Hugh Springs
  • Reeder-Davis-Schlinder Funeral Home, Inc. - 202 N. Main - Linden

Historical Markers[edit | edit source]

  • Caddo Trace
  • Site of Chapel Hill College
  • Concord Meeting House
  • W. T. and T. C. Connor Buildings
  • County Line Baptist Church and Cemetery
  • Cumberland Presbyterian Church
  • Daingerfield, C. S. A.
  • Iron Bluff Cemetery
  • Rev. Nathan S. Johnson
  • Richard Moore Cemetery
  • Morris County
  • Naples
  • Omaha
  • Site of Omaha School
  • Rocky Branch
  • Rogers Cemetery
  • Home of U. S. Senator Morris Sheppard
  • Snow Hill Baptist Church
  • Site of Old Spearman's Ferry
  • Spring Hill Primitive Baptist Church of Christ
  • James Thompson
  • Site of Valley View School
  • Ned Walker Home
  • Wheatville and Wheatville Cemetery

Hospitals[edit | edit source]

  • East Texas Medical Center Pittsburg - Pittsburg, Texas
  • Linden Municipal Hospital - Linden, Texas
  • Titus County Memorial Hospital - Mount Pleasant, Texas

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.

Landmarks[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Morris 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.

  • Concord Chronicles - History of Concord Baptist Church - 1857-2007 written by Janette Tigert Cook, Vicki Tigert Davis and Reggie Talley
  • List of Fugitives from Justice:  1891.--Part VII - Texas Adjutant General's Office "Compiled from reports of sheriffs received by the Adjutant General's Office."  from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Morris County Texas Cemeteries - Northern & Southern Sections - Published by Cass County Genealogical Society.  For information, write the Society at P. O. Box 880, Atlanta, Texas 75551-0880

Maps[edit | edit source]

Red River CountyBowie CountyCass CountyMarion CountyUpshur CountyCamp CountyTitus CountyTX MORRIS.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]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Texas Digital Newspaper Program at The Portal to Texas History
  • Cass County Sun - Linden
  • East Texas Journal - Mount Pleasant
  • Gilmer Mirror - Gilmer
  • La Tribuna - Mount Pleasant
  • Monitor - Naples
  • Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune - Mount Pleasant
  • Pittsburg Gazette - Pittsburg
  • The Bee - Daingerfield

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records of Texas, United States Genealogy 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 Indexes and 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.

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.

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]

Morris County Historical Society
507 E. Whiskey Still Road
Daingerfield, Texas 75638

Daingerfield Public Library
207 Jefferson Street
Daingerfield, Texas 75638
Telephone Number: 903-645-2823

Naples Public Library
101 Walnut Street
Naples, Texas 75568

Pittsburg Camp County Public Library
Pittsburg, Texas - 903-856-3302

Upshur County Library
Gilmer, Texas 75644
Telephone Number: 903-843-5001

Family History Center[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Morris, Texas" in ",_Texas. accessed 11/22/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Morris County, Texas. Page 670 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Morris 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Morris County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Texas, Last accessed 18 August 2019.