Bee County, Texas Genealogy

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Bee County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Bee County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded December 8, 1857
County Seat Beeville

County Courthouse

Bee County's first county seat was at Beeville (also known as Beeville-on-the-Medio), a small town on Medio Creek, about seven miles from current-day Beeville. In 1860, the county seat moved to Maryville.  Within several months, town's name changed to Beeville.  In 1860s records the town is often referred to as Beeville-on-the-Poesta to distinguish it from the first county seat. [1]

Bee County has had four courthouses and one temporary courthouse.  The first courthouse, built at Beeville-on-the-Medio, in 1858, had a dirt floor and a clapboard roof. [2]  The second Bee County Courthouse (the first one at Beeville) was built in 1860; it housed the county offices and a Masonic Lodge on the second floor.  In 1878, a new courthouse was erected.  It burned in January 1911. While a new courthouse was being built the auditorium of the Grand Opera House served as a temporary courthouse.  The county's fourth and current courthouse opened in 1912, and has been remodelled several times since its construction.[3] [4] With the aid of $3.8 million in state funding, the 1912 Courthouse was restored and rededicated in 2006.[5]

County Clerk
Mirella Escamilla Davis
105 W. Corpus Christi St., Rm. #108
Beeville, TX 78102
(361) 362-3245
FAX: (361) 362-3247


Parent County

1857--Bee County was created 8 December 1857 from Goliad, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, and San Patricio Counties.
County seat: Beeville  [6]

The county was named for Barnard E. Bee Sr., (1787-1854). Barnard E. Bee, attorney, soldier, and statesman, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1787, the son of Thomas B. Bee, member of the Royal Privy Council in colonial South Carolina and of the Continental Congress, lieutenant governor of South Carolina, and justice of the United States Circuit Court of South Carolina during the administration of George Washington.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Towns and Cities: | Beeville | Normanna | Papalote

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories







Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

  • Joe Barnhart Bee County Library
    110 W Corpus Christi St
    Beeville, TX 78102
    Phone: (361) 362-4901
  • Family History Center
    Beeville Texas
    1100 E Crockett St
    Beeville, Texas
    Phone: 361-358-7313
    Hours: W 7pm-8:30pm
  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Web Sites


  1. Handbook of Texas Online: Beeville
  2. The Historical Story of Bee County Texas, Chapter 5, online at
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Bee County
  4. Third Courthouse for Bee County, photograph from The Portal to Texas History
  5. Texas Historical Commission: Restored County Courthouses
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).