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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties K|Counties K]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Kent County'' <br>  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Kent County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
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'''1876--'''Kent County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District. '''County seat:''' Jayton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
  
==== Record Loss ====
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== County Courthouse ==
  
'''Fire May End Feud Over Kent County's Seat'''
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[http://www.co.kent.tx.us/ips/cms Kent County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 9<br> Jayton, TX 79528<br> Phone: 806.237.3881&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land, <br>probate, military and court records from 1876<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kent County, Texas. Page 667 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
CLAIREMONT, Tex., (AP)---An old West Texas landmark, the vacant Clairemont courthouse, was almost a total loss today, after a fire of undetermined origin broke out in it Tuesday night.  
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Kent County's first courthouse was built in Clairemont in 1893. It burned in 1955, a year after the county seat was moved to Jayton. The second (and present) courthouse opened in 1957.&nbsp; <br>
  
The fire probably settled a feud between this town and nearby Jayton.  
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Kent County Courthouse<br>County Clerk - Richard Craig Harrison<br>Deputy County Clerk - Stacy Burchett<br>P. O. Box 9<br>Jayton, TX 79528<br>Phone: 806-237-3881<br>Fax: 806-237-2632&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.co.kent.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyClerk.html fee schedule]<br>[http://www.co.kent.tx.us/ips/cms/ Kent County Government Website]
  
The start of the fire found Clairemont's only piece of fire-fighting equipment, a pumper, out of order. And the volunteer fire department made no effort to quell the blaze without equipment,
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== History  ==
  
Ethel Harrison, former Kent County judge, said the only records in the building were a few old books of little value. But estimates of the loss ran as high as $35,000.
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==== Parent County ====
  
The old courthouse, built 1893 had been the center of a 3-year--old feud between this town and Jayton. County offices were moved to Jayton in 1952 after a countywide election established it as the county seat.  
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Kent County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar and Young Land Districts and organized in 1892. County seat: Clairemont (1892-1954); Jayton (1954-present). <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
In 1952, county residents voted to transfer the county government headquarters to Jayton.
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
The vote, which fell a couple of ballots short of the required two-thirds, precipitated a two-year squabble between pro-Jayton and pro-Clairemont factions that saw litigation carried all the way to the State Supreme Court in Austin.
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==== Record Loss  ====
  
It was following the high court's decision last summer that county records were transferred under highway patrol and Texas Ranger escort and placed in the vault of the First National Bank at Jayton.  
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'''1955'''--The Old Kent County Courthouse in Clairemont, built in 1893, was burned in April 1955.&nbsp; The building was vacant because the county seat moved to Jayton in 1954.&nbsp; No record loss. <ref>GenDisasters.com - Claremont, TX Kent County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1955 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7493/clairemont-tx-kent-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1955</ref>
  
Even the Supreme Court ruling failed to halt legal by-play. Since the moving of the records of Jayton, it has been ruled in 32nd District Court at Sweetwater that the records should be moved back to Clairemont. That decision was overruled Feb. 11 in the Court of Civil Appeal at Eastland.
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== Places / Localities  ==
  
Thus the records remain at Jayton. But the matter has not been dropped. Further court action has been planned by the pro-Clairemont element.
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==== Populated Places  ====
  
Big Spring Daily Herald, Big Spring, TX 14 Apr 1955 <br>
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Clairemont | Clipper | Girard | Harmony | Jayton | Luzon | Polar
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'''Fuse Box Believed Cause Of Kent Courthouse Fire'''
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[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/cities.htm Populated Places] from the Kent County TXGenweb site.
  
CLAIREMONT, April 13---Investigators tentatively believe that the fire which Tuesday night destroyed the old Kent County courthouse here started from an electric fuse box.
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
 
 
That report was given Wednesday morning by County Judge John Montgomery of Jayton.
 
 
 
"The insurance company has been notified of the fire, and we are waiting for its man to arrive", the judge said.
 
 
 
Montgomery reported that the county carried $15,000 insurance on the old structure.
 
 
 
The building was nearly vacant of furniture, but the utilities---electricity, telephone, and butane---were still in service.
 
 
 
Kent County Commissioners' Court holds part of its meetings in the old courthouse, although residents of the county voted in March, 1952, to move the county seat from Clairemont to Jayton, the judge said.
 
 
 
Tuesday night's fire destroyed all of the old Clairemont courthouse building except the sheriff's office in the northwest corner, Montgomery reported.
 
 
 
The fire started about 9:20 or 9:30 p.m., another informant said. It took less than half an hour to gut the building, leaving the stone walls standing, blackened by smoke.
 
 
 
High winds fanned the flames, which quickly ate through the wooden flooring, ceilings and roof.
 
 
 
A large crowd gathered to watch the fire.
 
 
 
Judge Montgomery said the building is a complete loss to all practical purposes.
 
 
 
Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 13 Apr 1955 <br>
 
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County commissioners halted the argument between Jayton and Clairemont yesterday when they declared Jayton to be the official county seat and announced they had leased two buildings to house the county government.
 
 
 
The former First National Bank building will hold the court house and a theater will serve as a courtroom.
 
 
 
The announcement came at a meeting held outside the burned-out shell of the old courthouse in Clairemont.
 
 
 
Big Spring Daily Herald, Big Spring, TX 14 Jun 1955<br>(source:[http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7493/clairemont-tx-kent-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1955 ''GenDisasters''])
 
 
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
 
 
==== Populated Places ====
 
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Crosby County, Texas|Crosby]]
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*[[Dickens County, Texas|Dickens]]
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*[[Fisher County, Texas|Fisher]]
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*[[Garza County, Texas|Garza]]
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*[[King County, Texas|King]]
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*[[Scurry County, Texas|Scurry]]
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*[[Stonewall County, Texas|Stonewall]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/cemeteries.html Kent County Cemeteries] from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*''Kent County and Its People,'' 1983, by Jewell G. Pritchett and Erma B. Black.
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hck05 Kent County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.<br>
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/military.html Kent County Military Records] from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
  
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/births.html Kent County Births 1926-1945] from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/marriages.html Kent County Marriages 1968-2002] from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
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*[http://txgenweb4.org/txkent/deaths.html Kent County Deaths 1964-1999] from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
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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] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 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  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193670&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Kent&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Kent|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
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County Courthouse

Kent County Courthouse
PO Box 9
Jayton, TX 79528
Phone: 806.237.3881 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land,
probate, military and court records from 1876[1]

Kent County's first courthouse was built in Clairemont in 1893. It burned in 1955, a year after the county seat was moved to Jayton. The second (and present) courthouse opened in 1957. 

Kent County Courthouse
County Clerk - Richard Craig Harrison
Deputy County Clerk - Stacy Burchett
P. O. Box 9
Jayton, TX 79528
Phone: 806-237-3881
Fax: 806-237-2632   fee schedule
Kent County Government Website

History

Parent County

Kent County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar and Young Land Districts and organized in 1892. County seat: Clairemont (1892-1954); Jayton (1954-present). [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1955--The Old Kent County Courthouse in Clairemont, built in 1893, was burned in April 1955.  The building was vacant because the county seat moved to Jayton in 1954.  No record loss. [3]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Clairemont | Clipper | Girard | Harmony | Jayton | Luzon | Polar

Populated Places from the Kent County TXGenweb site.

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Kent County Cemeteries from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

  • Kent County and Its People, 1983, by Jewell G. Pritchett and Erma B. Black.
  • Kent County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.

Military

Kent County Military Records from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kent County, Texas. Page 667 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).
  3. GenDisasters.com - Claremont, TX Kent County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1955 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7493/clairemont-tx-kent-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1955
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