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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
== History  ==
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[http://www.bellcountytx.com/ Bell County Courthouse ]<br>550 E 2nd Street PO Box 480<br> Belton, TX 76513<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1346863510730_445" /><br> Phone: 254.933.5174&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage, probate and land records from 1850, <br>military records and school census; Clerk District Court<br> has divorce records from 1850, court and naturalization<br>records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bell County, Texas. Page 659 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
Settled, abandoned and resettled several times due to Indian troubles.  
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== Quick History  ==
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Settled, abandoned and resettled several times due to Indian troubles. {{Wikipedia|Bell_County,_Texas}}
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1850--'''Bell County was created 22 January 1850 from [[Milam County, Texas|Milam]] County. '''County seat:''' Belton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''22 January 1850:''' Bell County was created from [[Milam County, Texas|Milam]] County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
  
The county was named for Peter H. Bell, (1812-1898). Peter Hansborough Bell, governor of Texas, was born on May 12, 1812, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. He engaged in business in Petersburg until he left Virginia to fight for the independence of Texas.
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The county was named for Peter H. Bell, (1812-1898). Peter Hansborough Bell, governor of Texas, was born on May 12, 1812, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. He engaged in business in Petersburg until he left Virginia to fight for the independence of Texas.  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
COURTHOUSE FIRE.  
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'''1891--'''The treasurer's office of the Bell County Courthouse caught fire, March 15, 1891.&nbsp; Probably arson. No record loss.&nbsp;<ref>GenDisasters.com Belton, TX Courthouse Fire, Mar 1891 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7346/belton-tx-courthouse-fire-mar-1891</ref> <br>
  
Narrow Escape of Bell County's Capitol.
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== Places/Localities  ==
  
BELTON, Tex., March 15. - About 6 o'clock this morning fire was discovered in the county treasurer's office, which is in the north side of the courthouse. Prompt work by the fire department saved the building. The floor, walls, and furniture in the treasurer'soffice are badly damaged. Loss about $350. There is pretty strong evidence that oil was poured on the floor and the fire was started by incendiaries. No attempt seems to have been made to break open the treasurer's safe, hence it is believed to be the work of parties who wished to destroy the courthouse.
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==== Populated Places  ====
  
The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 16 Mar 1891
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===== Cities  =====
  
COURTHOUSE FIRE.
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[[Bartlett, Texas|Bartlett]] | [[Belton, Texas|Belton]] | [[Copperas Cove, Texas|Copperas Cove]] | [[Harker Heights, Texas|Harker Heights]] | [[Killeen, Texas|Killeen]] | [[Little River-Academy, Texas|Little River-Academy]] | [[Morgan's Point Resort, Texas|Morgan's Point Resort]] | [[Nolanville, Texas|Nolanville]] | [[Temple, Texas|Temple]] | [[Troy, Texas|Troy]]
  
Save of the County Treasurer Intact -
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===== Towns  =====
  
BELTON, Tex., March 16. -
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[[Holland, Texas|Holland]] | [[Rogers, Texas|Rogers]]
  
The damage to the courthouse by the fire yesterday morning was covered by insurance in the following companies: North British and Mercantile, Western Assurance association of Toronto, Commercial of California, Germania of New York and Hamburg and Bremen of Germany. The loss will not exceed $400. The adjuster for the companies is having contractors make estimates for repairs to-day and will have the work done in a short time.
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===== Village  =====
  
County Treasurer W. J. Blair opened his fire and burglar proof safe this morning and found everthing in it intact. Not a cent of money was gone and his books and papers were not injured. The safe is smoked up considerably, but there are no indications whatsoever that any attempt to blow it open had been made.
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[[Salado, Texas|Salado]]
  
Between the cages in the jail there is a hall, into which the prisoners are let once a day to take exercise and for other necessary purposes. When they were let into this hall last Saturday they declined to go back to their cells when ordered to do so by the deputy sheriff. They claimed to be afraid of small-pox. An extra guard watched them all night. However, when this conduct of the prisoners became known in town yesterday morning after the fire there was considerable excitement. Many persons believed that it was a preconceived arrangement between the prisoners and their friends on the outside to start a fire in town and that during the excitement the prisoners would escape. After a close examination no evidence was found that the prisoners had made any effort to escape. The action of the prisoners and the fire may have been a mere coincidence, though many persons think otherwise.
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===== Military  =====
  
The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, 17 Mar 1891<br>
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[[Fort Hood|Fort Hood]]
  
source:[http://www3.gendisasters.com ''gendisasters.com'']
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===== Unincorporated Communties  =====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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[[Cyclone, Texas|Cyclone]] | [[Ding Dong, Texas|Ding Dong]] | [[Heidenheimer, Texas|Heidenheimer]] | [[Pendleton, Texas|Pendleton]] | [[White Hall, Texas|White Hall]]  
 
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
 
 
'''Towns and Cities: '''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193170&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bell%2C+Bartlett&columns=*,0,0 Bartlett],[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193171&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bell%2C+Belton&columns=*,0,0 Belton,] [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193172&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bell%2C+Fort+Hood&columns=*,0,0 Fort Hood], Harker Heights, [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193173&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bell%2C+Holland&columns=*,0,0 Holland], [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193174&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bell%2C+Killeen&columns=*,0,0 Killeen], [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=1013324&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bell%2C+Little+River&columns=*,0,0 Little River], Morgans Point Resourt, Nolanville, Rogers, [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193175&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bell%2C+Salado&columns=*,0,0 Salado], [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193176&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bell%2C+Temple&columns=*,0,0 Temple], and Troy.
 
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Burnet County, Texas|Burnet]]
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[[Burnet County, Texas|Burnet]] | [[Coryell County, Texas|Coryell]] | [[Falls County, Texas|Falls]] | [[Lampasas County, Texas|Lampasas]] | [[McLennan County, Texas|McLennan]] | [[Milam County, Texas|Milam]] | [[Williamson County, Texas|Williamson]]  
*[[Coryell County, Texas|Coryell]]
 
*[[Falls County, Texas|Falls]]
 
*[[Lampasas_County,_Texas|Lampasas]]
 
*[[McLennan County, Texas|McLennan]]
 
*[[Milam County, Texas|Milam]]
 
*[[Williamson County, Texas|Williamson]]
 
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=105683 Moffat Cemetery, Temple] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=106259 St. Joseph Cemetery, Burlington] BillionGraves
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Belton&year=1881&extra_info= Belton 1881 Panoramic Map] from the Amon Carter Museum.
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*[http://texas.hometownlocator.com/maps/countymap,cfips,027,c,bell.cfm Hometown Locator map]
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903
  
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/ TEXAS GenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.  
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*[http://www.txbell.net/ The Bell County TXGenWeb Project], a member of [[TXGenWeb|The TXGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193169&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bell&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/bell/belltoc.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Bell County.  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/tx/bell/belltoc.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Bell County. (Backup site)
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Bell|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library Catalog for Bell County.
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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[[Category:Bell_County,_Texas]]
 
[[Category:Bell_County,_Texas]]

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County Courthouse

Bell County Courthouse
550 E 2nd Street PO Box 480
Belton, TX 76513
Phone: 254.933.5174 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate and land records from 1850,
military records and school census; Clerk District Court
has divorce records from 1850, court and naturalization
records[1]

Quick History

Settled, abandoned and resettled several times due to Indian troubles.
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Bell_County,_Texas


Parent County

22 January 1850: Bell County was created from Milam County. [1]

The county was named for Peter H. Bell, (1812-1898). Peter Hansborough Bell, governor of Texas, was born on May 12, 1812, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. He engaged in business in Petersburg until he left Virginia to fight for the independence of Texas.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1891--The treasurer's office of the Bell County Courthouse caught fire, March 15, 1891.  Probably arson. No record loss. [2]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Cities

Bartlett | Belton | Copperas Cove | Harker Heights | Killeen | Little River-Academy | Morgan's Point Resort | Nolanville | Temple | Troy

Towns

Holland | Rogers

Village

Salado

Military

Fort Hood

Unincorporated Communties

Cyclone | Ding Dong | Heidenheimer | Pendleton | White Hall

Neighboring Counties

Burnet | Coryell | Falls | Lampasas | McLennan | Milam | Williamson

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bell County, Texas. Page 659 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content
  2. GenDisasters.com Belton, TX Courthouse Fire, Mar 1891 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7346/belton-tx-courthouse-fire-mar-1891