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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties D|Counties D]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Dickens County'' <br>  
  
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[http://www.co.dickens.tx.us/ips/cms Dickens County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 179<br>Dickens, TX 79229<br>Phone: 806.623.5531
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County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, divorce, probate and land records form 1891<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dickens County, Texas. Page 662 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
  
 
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[http://www.texascourthousetrail.com/dickens/Dickens-County-Courthouse-001.htm Dickens County Courthouse]<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531  
 
[http://www.texascourthousetrail.com/dickens/Dickens-County-Courthouse-001.htm Dickens County Courthouse]<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531  
 
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County Clerk<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531<br>  
 
County Clerk<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531<br>  
  
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District Clerk<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531
  
District Clerk<br>P.O. Box 120<br>Dickens, Texas 79229<br>Phone: 806-623-5531
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/jail.htm Dickens County Jail]
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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In 1890 the county had a population of 195 and most of the people lived in and around Dickens. Soon after 1900, Dickens had a population of 600, the most it has ever had. There was a decline before World War II but when the boys came back home the town took a new growth with the building of new homes and businesses. This lasted for a few years with another downward surge following. In 1964 the town was voted wet and a new upward surge began with a population of 430. Highway 82 runs through the center of Dickens and has helped the town's businesses do well. As of 1997 the town shows another decline with population around 325.  
 
In 1890 the county had a population of 195 and most of the people lived in and around Dickens. Soon after 1900, Dickens had a population of 600, the most it has ever had. There was a decline before World War II but when the boys came back home the town took a new growth with the building of new homes and businesses. This lasted for a few years with another downward surge following. In 1964 the town was voted wet and a new upward surge began with a population of 430. Highway 82 runs through the center of Dickens and has helped the town's businesses do well. As of 1997 the town shows another decline with population around 325.  
  
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==== Parent County  ====
  
DICKENS county was formed from Bexar, Young, Baylor and Crosby Territories<br>Created August 21, 1876 and organized February 9, 1891 from Crosby County.<br>Named in honor of J. Dickens, who died in the siege of the Alamo.  
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Dickens County was formed from [[Bexar County, Texas|Bexar]], [[Young County, Texas|Young]], [[Baylor County, Texas|Baylor]] and [[Crosby County, Texas|Crosby]] Territories. <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,''10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><br>Created August 21, 1876 and organized February 9, 1891 from Crosby County.<br>Named in honor of J. Dickens, who died in the siege of the Alamo.  
  
 
Espuela was the first County seat temporarily from April 2, 1891 to March 17, 1892.<br>Dickens became the County seat from March 17, 1892 to present.  
 
Espuela was the first County seat temporarily from April 2, 1891 to March 17, 1892.<br>Dickens became the County seat from March 17, 1892 to present.  
  
==== '''Boundary Changes''' ====
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== '''Record Loss''' ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
*Afton
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[http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGhostTowns/Afton-Texas.htm Afton]| Dickens | McAdoo | Spur
*Dickens
 
*McAdoo
 
*Spur&nbsp;
 
 
 
==== '''Neighboring Counties'''  ====
 
 
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Cottle_County,_Texas Cottle&nbsp;]
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Crosby_County,_Texas Crosby&nbsp;]
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Floyd_County,_Texas Floyd]
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Garza_County,_Texas Garza&nbsp;]
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Kent_County,_Texas Kent&nbsp;]
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/King_County,_Texas King&nbsp;]
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Motley_County,_Texas Motley&nbsp;]
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Stonewall_County,_Texas Stonewall]
 
  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
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*[[Cottle County, Texas|Cottle]]
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*[[Crosby County, Texas|Crosby]]
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*[[Floyd County, Texas|Floyd]]
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*[[Garza County, Texas|Garza]]
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*[[Kent County, Texas|Kent]]
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*[[King County, Texas|King]]
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*[[Motley County, Texas|Motley]]
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*[[Stonewall County, Texas|Stonewall]]
  
== '''Resources''' ==
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== Resources  ==
  
==== '''Cemeteries''' ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*Amity Cemetery  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/amity.htm Amity Cemetery]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/amity.htm Afton Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/afton/cemetery.htm Afton Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/dickens/burial.htm Dickens Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/dickens/burial.htm Dickens Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/espuela/cemetery.htm Espuela Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/espuela/cemetery.htm Espuela Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/woodward_durward_louise.html Woodward Ranch Burial]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/cemetery/woodward_durward_louise.html Woodward Ranch Burial]
  
==== '''Census''' ====
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==== Census  ====
  
==== <br> '''Churches''' ====
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==== Churches ====
  
 
*Bethel Baptist Church, 519 N. Williams, Spur  
 
*Bethel Baptist Church, 519 N. Williams, Spur  
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*St. Mary's Catholic Church, E. Sixth, Spur
 
*St. Mary's Catholic Church, E. Sixth, Spur
  
==== '''Court Land''' ====
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==== Court  ====
  
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==== Land  ====
  
==== '''Local Histories''' ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
  
 
[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth61098/m1/1/ A History of Dickens County] by Fred Arrington 1971  
 
[http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth61098/m1/1/ A History of Dickens County] by Fred Arrington 1971  
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/historybook/intro.html Dickens County, Its Land and People] by Dickens County Historical Commission 1986  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/historybook/intro.html Dickens County, Its Land and People] by Dickens County Historical Commission 1986  
  
==== '''Maps''' ====
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The Spurs, W.J. "Scotch Bill" Elliott published by The Spur Newspaper, 1939. &nbsp;Stories of the ranch land of the Spur Headquarters Ranch and Espuela Land and Cattle Company.
<pre>''' ''''''Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site 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'''</pre>
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==== '''Military''' ====
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/familytrees.htm Surnames] of Dickens County
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==== Maps  ====
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*Maps of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/map.htm Dickens County]
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*[http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Afton&state=TX Afton, Texas]
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*[http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Dickens,+Texas&bav=on.1,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Dickens,+TX&gl=us&ei=yq9mTdX9EoaKlwetqpz_AQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CB0Q8gEwAA Dickens, Texas]
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*[http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=McAdoo,+Texas&bav=on.1,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=McAdoo,+TX&gl=us&ei=ELRmTbLeKMLFgAf0npXLCg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQ8gEwAA McAdoo, Texas]
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*[http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Spur,+Texas&bav=on.1,or.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Spur,+TX&gl=us&ei=3LNmTd_kGYXagAf2q8jLCg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBMQ8gEwAA Spur, Texas]
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==== Military  ====
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/confederate.htm Civil War Veterans]  
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/conf_history.htm Biographies of Civil War Veterans]
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/veterans.htm Veterans of Dickens County]
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/goldstar.htm Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice]
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==== Newspapers ====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/military/veterans.htm Veterans of Dickens County]
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/newspaper/history.htmClippings from old Newspapers]  
  
==== '''Newspaper'''  ====
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[http://www.thetexasspur.com/index.htmlThe Texas Spur]
  
==== <br> '''Obituaries''' ====
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==== Obituaries  ====
  
==== <br> '''Probate'''  ====
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txdicken/alpha.htm Burial&nbsp;list with Obituaries]
  
==== <br> '''Taxation''' ====
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==== Probate ====
  
[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36&cj=1&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 Taxes Will and probate]&nbsp;&nbsp;(subscription)
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==== Taxation  ====
  
==== '''Vital Records'''  ====
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[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Taxes Will and probate]&nbsp;&nbsp;(subscription)
  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/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  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Dickens County Public Library, &nbsp;401 Burlington,&nbsp;Spur, Texas  
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Dickens County Public Library, 401 Burlington, Spur, Texas  
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Dickens County Historical Commission
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[http://www.spurchamber.com/dialup/dialup.html Spur Chamber of Commerce]
  
Dickens County Historical Commission
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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County Courthouse

Dickens County Courthouse
PO Box 179
Dickens, TX 79229
Phone: 806.623.5531

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, divorce, probate and land records form 1891[1]


History of Courthouse

Dickens County Courthouse
P.O. Box 120
Dickens, Texas 79229
Phone: 806-623-5531

County Clerk
P.O. Box 120
Dickens, Texas 79229
Phone: 806-623-5531

District Clerk
P.O. Box 120
Dickens, Texas 79229
Phone: 806-623-5531

Dickens County Jail

History

DICKENS is centrally located in DICKENS COUNTY, eight miles below the escarpment of the Llano Estacado (below the Caprock). It was a ranch supply point for an area where the first settlements were dugouts used as cowboy line camps for the Spur, Pitchfork, and Matador Ranches. In 1886 there was a camp near the present townsite and by 1889 Dickens was settled. The town became the county seat shortly after the county was organized and by 1893 had a post office, wagon yard, hotel, courthouse, saloon, blacksmith shop and a barber shop. The school was in a dugout on the courthouse square. Preaching was also held in the dugout.

In 1890 the county had a population of 195 and most of the people lived in and around Dickens. Soon after 1900, Dickens had a population of 600, the most it has ever had. There was a decline before World War II but when the boys came back home the town took a new growth with the building of new homes and businesses. This lasted for a few years with another downward surge following. In 1964 the town was voted wet and a new upward surge began with a population of 430. Highway 82 runs through the center of Dickens and has helped the town's businesses do well. As of 1997 the town shows another decline with population around 325.

Parent County

Dickens County was formed from Bexar, Young, Baylor and Crosby Territories. [2]
Created August 21, 1876 and organized February 9, 1891 from Crosby County.
Named in honor of J. Dickens, who died in the siege of the Alamo.

Espuela was the first County seat temporarily from April 2, 1891 to March 17, 1892.
Dickens became the County seat from March 17, 1892 to present.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Afton| Dickens | McAdoo | Spur

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

Churches

  • Bethel Baptist Church, 519 N. Williams, Spur
  • Church of Christ W. Hwy 70, Spur
  • Church of Christ E. Hwy 70, Spur
  • Community Bible Chapel  209 E. Third, Spur
  • Dickens Baptist Church, 1022 Fourth, Dickens
  • Dickens Bible Church of the Nazarene, Afton
  • First Assembly of God Church, third and Cowan, Spur
  • First Baptist Church 120 W. Second, Spur
  • First Christian Church, 610 N. Burlington, Spur
  • First United Methodist Church, 528 N. Burlington, Spur
  • Independent Christian Churches, 507 N. Willard, Spur
  • Lakeside Baptist Church, S. Parker, Spur
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church, E. Sixth, Spur

Court

Land

Local Histories

A History of Dickens County by Fred Arrington 1971

Dickens County, Its Land and People by Dickens County Historical Commission 1986

The Spurs, W.J. "Scotch Bill" Elliott published by The Spur Newspaper, 1939.  Stories of the ranch land of the Spur Headquarters Ranch and Espuela Land and Cattle Company.

Surnames of Dickens County

Maps

Military

Civil War Veterans

Biographies of Civil War Veterans

Veterans of Dickens County

Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Newspapers

from old Newspapers

Texas Spur

Obituaries

Burial list with Obituaries

Probate

Taxation

Taxes Will and probate  (subscription)

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

Dickens County Public Library, 401 Burlington, Spur, Texas

Dickens County Historical Commission

Spur Chamber of Commerce

Family History Centers

Web Sites

USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dickens County, Texas. Page 662 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).