University of North Texas Archives

Guide to the Cooke County Records



Overview of the Collection

Collection Title Cooke County Records
Dates 1849-1942
Abstract A collection of historical county ledgers from Cooke County, Texas.
Identification 01/AR077
Physical Description 306.00
Language of Materials English
Repository Manuscripts

Administrative History:

Cooke County is located in north central Texas on the border with Oklahoma. Gainesville, the county seat and largest population center, is located seven miles south of the Red River and seventy-one miles north of Dallas. The county was established in 1848 by an act of the Texas legislature and was named for William G. Cooke, a hero of the Texas Revolution. The boundaries of the original county encompassed its present area, along with land that later became Montague, Wise, Clay, and Jack counties. Cooke County assumed its present boundaries in 1857. It is crossed by several early historic trails, including the Chisholm Trail and the Butterfield Overland Mail route. The southern and eastern parts of the county were settled by people primarily from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri. The western part had only scattered settlements prior to the late nineteenth century, when German land speculators founded the towns of Muenster in 1889 and Lindsay in 1891.

The earliest settlers brought slaves with them, but not in the numbers that accompanied migrants from the Deep South to East Texas. The slave population of Cooke County in 1860 was 369, which was almost 11% of the total population. Although in 1861 the county's citizens voted more than 61% against secession, there was much sentiment for the Confederacy. In October of 1862, forty-two men were executed in Cooke County because they were believed to have participated in a pro-Union conspiracy (The Great Hanging.) Throughout its history, Cooke County has been heavily agricultural. Cattle, corn, oats, wheat, and cotton all were produced on the farms of Cooke County. Almost 15 years after the end of the Civil War, farmers were able to export their goods on the train. The Denison and Pacific Railway (later the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad) reached Gainesville in 1879 and the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe connected Gainesville to Denton on January 2, 1887, on its way to meet the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe at Purcell, Indian Territory.

The population of Cooke County has grown very slowly. The 1880 census counted 20,391 inhabitants. By 1980, there were 27,656 people living in the county. [Most of this information is from the Handbook of Texas Online.] The county records in this collection were generated by the Cooke County Courts, the offices of the Justice of the Peace and the Sheriff, and the Civil Courts.


Scope and Contents

Contains county and city ledgers related to financial matters, board minutes, registrations, convict labour, the criminal and civil dockets, property records, tax rolls, and mortgage records.

Part of the Cooke County Ledgers are comprised of Convict Labor Records from 1879 to 1891; Criminal Docket Records from 1857 to 1908; Minute Books from the District and Criminal Courts, 1880 to1904; the Sherriff's Fee Book from 1873 to 1874; Records from the Justice of the Peace inquests, 1888 to 1919; Fugitive Records from the District Court, 1865 to 1908; the Jail Register from 1897 to 1910; and Pauper Records from 1895 to 1905.


Arrangement of Materials:

Materials are arranged by series.

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Cooke County Records, University of North Texas Special Collections


Detailed List of Contents

General Cooke County

Box
1 Volumes 1-4 1880-1892
Scope and Contents
Volume 1: School Account Register, 1880-1882 Volume 2: School Account Register, 1884-1886 Volume 3: School Account Register, 1889-1891 Volume 4: School Account Register, 1891-1892
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2 Volumes 5-6, 16-18 1861-1895
Scope and Contents
Volume 5: School Account Register, 1892-1893 Volume 6: School Account Register, 1893-1895 Volume 16: Inventory of Property, 1861 Volume 17: Inventory of Property, 1862 Volume 18: Inventory of Proerty, 1863
Bond Register 1884-1892
Bond Register 1909-1929
Bond Register 1909-1929
Bond Register 1915-1926
Bond Register 1915-1929
Bond Register 1920-1928
Bond Register 1925-1932
Bond Register 1929-1936
Inventory of Property (Assessor's Register) 1869
Box
3 Volumes 19-29 1862-1873
Scope and Contents
Volume 19: Inventory of Property, Livestock, 1863 Volume 20: Inventory of Property, 1870 Volume 21: Inventory of Property, 1870 Volume 22: Inventory of Property, Prec. 2, 1871 Volume 23: Inventofy of Property, Prec. 2, Vol. II, 1871 Volume 24: Inventory of Property, Prec. 3, 1871 Volume 25: Inventory of Property, Prec. 5, 1871 Volume 26: Inventory of Property, Prec. 3, 1872 Volume 27: Inventory of Property, 1872 Volume 28: Inventory of Property, 1873 Volume 29: Tax Rolls, 1862
Sheriff's Fugitive Records n.d., early 1800s
Jail Register 1897-1910
Jail Register 1925-1932
Stolen Property File 1903-1909
Sheriff Execution Docket 1931-1935
Chattel Mortgage Record 1879-1886
Chattel Mortgage Record 1886-1888
Chattel Mortgage Record 1888-1889
Chattel Mortgage Record 1889
Chattel Mortgage Record 1889-1891
Chattel Mortgage Record 1891-1892
Chattel Mortgage Record 1892
Chattel Mortgage Record 1892-1893
Chattel Mortgage Record 1893-1894
Chattel Mortgage Record 1894
Chattel Mortgage Record 1894-1895
Chattel Mortgage Record 1895-1896
Chattel Mortgage Record 1896
Chattel Mortgage Record 1896-1897
Chattel Mortgage Record 1897-1898
Chattel Mortgage Record 1898
Chattel Mortgage Record 1898-1899
Chattel Mortgage Record 1899
Chattel Mortgage Record 1899-1900
Chattel Mortgage Record 1900-1901
Chattel Mortgage Record 1901
Chattel Mortgage Record 1901-1902
Chattel Mortgage Record 1902
Chattel Mortgage Record 1902-1903
Chattel Mortgage Record 1903
Chattel Mortgage Record 1903-1904
Chattel Mortgage Record 1904
Chattel Mortgage Record 1904-1905
Chattel Mortgage Record 1905
Chattel Mortgage Record 1905-1906
Chattel Mortgage Record 1906
Chattel Mortgage Record 1906
Chattel Mortgage Record 1906-1907
Chattel Mortgage Record 1907
Chattel Mortgage Record 1907-1938
Chattel Mortgage Record 1908
Chattel Mortgage Record 1908-1909
Chattel Mortgage Record 1909
Chattel Mortgage Record 1909-1910
Chattel Mortgage Record 1918
Chattel Mortgage Record 1910
Chattel Mortgage Record 1911
Chattel Mortgage Record 1911
Chattel Mortgage Record 1911-1912
Chattel Mortgage Record 1912
Chattel Mortgage Record 1912-1913
Automobile Record 1912-1917
Index to Estray Record 1894-1940
Index to Estray Record 1882-1893
Estray Record 1920
Estray Record 1911
Estray Record 1894-1940
Estray Record 1882-1893
Estray Record 1877-1882
Estray Record 1872-1877
Estray Record 1857-1872
Official Bond Record 1908-1927
Official Bond Record 1896-1906
Official Bond Record 1890-1918
Official Bond Record 1884-1891
Official Bond Record 1857-1884
Occupational Tax Register 1906-1933
Drummers Licenses Record 1882
Notice of Intention to Marry 1929-1933
Box
4 Volumes 99-107 1855-1875
Scope and Contents
Volume 99: Sheriff's Fee Book, 1873-1874 Volume 100: Appearance Docket, Civil and Criminal, District Court, 1871-1873 ["Bar Docket"] Volume 101: Bar Docket, Criminal, District Court, 1873-1883 Volume 102: District Clerk's Fee Book, 1855-1857 Volume 103: Election Returns Record, 1854-1867 Volume 104: Voter Registration List, Prec. 1, 1875 Volume 105: Voter Registration List, Prec. 3, 1875 Volume 106: Voter Registration List, Prec. 4, 1875 Volume 107: Voter Registration List, Prec. 5, 1875
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5 Volumes 108-110, 153-156 1849-1916
Scope and Contents
Volume 108: MInutes of County Court, 1876 (includes Voter Registration List, Prec. 3, 1875) Volume 109: Estray Record, 1850-1857 (includes Oaths of Office, 1849) Volume 110: Bill of Sale Record, 1870-1875 Volume 153: Teacher's Certificate Record, 1901-1916 Volume 154: Teacher's Certificate Record, 1893-1900 Volume 155: Record of Teacher's Attendance at Institutes, 1906-1907 Volume 156: County Judge's School Record, 1885-1886
Liquor License Docket, County Court 1907-1910
Tubercular Record, County Court 1925-1938
Probate Docket, County Court 1908-1911
Judge's Probate Docket, County Court 1903-1908
Judge's Probate Docket, County Court 1897-1902
Probate Docket, County Court (includes typed 1906 deeds) 1896
Judge's Probate Docket, County Court 1892-1896
Judge's Probate Docket, County Court 1885-1891
Probate Docket, County Court 1879-1884
Probate Docket, County Court (pages say District Court) 1871-1879
Probate File Docket, County Court 1904-1942
Probate Claim Docket, County Court 1870-1906
Probate Bonds Docket 1880-1896
Scire Facias Minutes, County Court 1903-1926
Scire Facias Minutes, County Court 1896-1897
Scire Facias Minutes, County Court 1896-1897
Trial Docket - Criminal County Court 1904-1906
Judge's Docket, Criminal County Court 1876-1881
Judge's Docket - Civil County Court 1910-1911
Judge's Docket - Civil County Court 1894-1900
Judge's Docket - Civil County Court 1890-1894
Judge's Docket - Civil County Court 1887-1890
Bar Docket - Criminal County Court 1893-1897
Bar Docket - Criminal County Court 1889-1893
Bar Docket - Criminal County Court 1885-1889
Bar Docket, Criminal County Court 1876-1885
Minutes - Pleas of Guilty, County Court 1904-1917
Minutes - Pleas of Guilty, County Court 1899-1904
Minutes - Pleas of Guilty, County Court 1892-1899
Minutes - Criminal County Court 1893-1916
Minutes - Criminal County Court 1886-1893
Minutes - Criminal County Court 1880-1885
Criminal Docket County Court 1920-1924
Criminal Docket, County Court 1909-1910
Criminal Docket, County Court 1906-1911
Criminal Docket, County Court 1903-1904
Criminal Docket, County Court 1899-1902
Criminal Docket, County Court 1897-1899
Execution Docket, County Court 1877-1928
Civil Docket, County Court 1909-1910
Civil Docket, County Court 1900-1906
Civil Docket, County Court 1876-1886
Box
6 Volumes 157-161 1883-1897
Scope and Contents
Volume 157: County Judge's School Record, 1884-1885 Volume 158: County Judge's School Record, 1883-1884 Volume 159: County Superintendent's School Record, 1896-1897 Volume 160: County Superintendent's School Record, 1895-1896 Volume 161: County Superintendent's School Record, 1894-1895
Box
7 Volumes 162-166 1888-1894
Scope and Contents
Volume 162: County Superintendent's School Record, 1893-1894 Volume 163: County Superintendent's School Record, 1893-1894 Volume 164: County Superintendent's School Record, 1890-1891 Volume 165: County Superintendent's School Record, 1889-1890 Volume 166: County Superintendent's School Record, 1888-1889
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8 Volumes 167-172 1856-1930
Scope and Contents
Volume 167: J.P. Civil Docket, no prec., 1856-1868 Volume 168: Volume 169: J.P. Civil and Criminal Docket, no prec., 1858-1861 Volume 170: J.P. Civil and Criminal Docket, no prec., 1866-1867 Volume 171: J.P. Inquest Record, prec. 1, 1908-1930 Volume 172: J.P. Inquest Record, prec. 7, 1888-1919
J.P. Civil Docket, Prec. 7 1886-1925
J.P. Civil and Criminal Docket, Prec. 3 1885-1893
J.P. Criminal Docket, Prec. 3 1908-1921
J.P. Civil Docket, Prec. 3 1891-1898
Examining Trial Docket 1926-1928
Examining Trial Docket 1923-1926
Examining Trial Docket 1921-1923
Examing Trial Docket 1918-1921
Examining Trial Docket 1916-1918
Examining Trial Docket 1912-1916
J.P. Precinct, Criminal Docket 1918-1920
Criminal Docket 1895-1904
Criminal Docket 1891-1895
Criminal Docket 1885-1891
Criminal Docket 1889-1901
Civil Docket 1901-1904
Civil Docket 1896-1899
Civil Docket 1894-1897
Civil Docket 1893-1894
Civil Docket 1891-1893
Civil Docket 1889-1891
Civil Docket 1888-1889
Civil Docket 1887-1888
Civil Docket 1885-1887
Civil Docket 1884-1885
Civil Docket 1879-1884
Civil Docket 1876-1879
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1932-1934
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1930-1932
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1930-1932
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1923-1926
Minutes of Accounts Allwed 1919-1923
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1917-1919
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1914-1917
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1910-1914
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1907-1910
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1903-1907
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1899-1903
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1895-1899
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1888-1895
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1880-1888
Minutes of Accounts Allowed 1879-1887
Pauper Record 1903-1919
Pauper Record 1895-1905
Minutes of Scalp Accounts 1915-1929
Finance Ledger 1920-1930
Finance Ledger 1910-1920
Finance Ledger 1900-1910
Finance Ledger 1893-1900
Finance Ledger 1885-1894
Finance Ledger 1879-1884
Election Minutes 1904-1926
Warrant Register 1937-1938
Warrant Register 1935-1937
Warrant Register 1932-1934
Index to Road Minutes, Commissioners Court 1889-1919
Road Minutes, Commissioners Court 1918-1931
Road Minutes, Commissioners Court 1891-1919
Road Minutes, Commissioners Court 1886-1891
Road Minutes, Commissioners Court 1879-1886
Equalization Board Minutes 1933-1936
Equalization Board Minutes 1931-1932
Equalization Board Minutes 1923-1931
Equalization Board Minutes 1913-1922
Equalization Board Minutes 1908-1912
Equalization Board Minutes 1902-1912
Convict Labour Records 1911-1914
Convict Labour Records 1900-1912
Convict Labour Records 1901-1907
Convict Labour Records 1879-1891
Commissioner Court Minutes 1928-1934
Commissioner Court Minutes 1924-1928
Commissioner Court Minutes 1911-1924
Record of Fugitives, District Court 1865-1908
Register for Practicing Attorneys, District Court 1880-1923
Medical Register 1909-1940
Medical Register 1894-1908
Acknowledgement Record, District Court 1876-1928
Scire Facias Minutes 1897-1914
Motion Docket, District Court 1859-1890
Minutes - Sentences, Criminal District Court 1919-1950
Criminal Minutes, District Court 1899-1904
Criminal Minutes, District Court 1893-1899
Criminal Minutes, District Court 1886-1893
Criminal Docket, District Court 1897-1908
Criminal Docket, District Court 1887-1897
Criminal Docket, District Court 1878-1887
Criminal Docket, District Court 1874-1877
Criminal Docket, District Court 1871-1874
Criminal Docket (Judge Slate Docket), District Court 1857-1871
Civil Docket, District Court 1906-1908
Civil Docket, District Court 1902-1906
Civil Docket, District Court 1897-1902
Civil Docket, District Court 1893-1897
Civil Docket, District Court 1889-1892
Civil Docket, District Court 1884-1888
Civil Docket, District Court 1875-1884
Civil Docket, District Court (includes Appearance Docket, 1858-1866) 1872-1875
Civil Docket (Clerk's Civil Docket), District Court 1857-1871
Juvenile Court Records 1914-1939
Retired Bond Transcripts
Retired Bond Transcripts
Scope and Contents
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City of Gainesville

Records of Deeds, Leases Contracts 1886-1927
Claims Filed for Allowance 1887-1894
Claims Filed for Allowance 1894-1899
Claims Filed for Allowance 1903-1905
Claims Filed for Allowance 1906-1911
Assessor's Abstracts, Town Lots 1880-1888
Assessor's Abstracts, Town Lots 1889-1896
Assessor's Abstracts, Town Lots 1897-1903
Assessor's Abstracts, Town Lots 1897-1903
Assessor's Abstracts, Town Lots 1889-1921
Assessor's Abstracts, Town Lots 1904-1916
Assessor's Abstracts, Town Lots 1917-1921
City Additions to Town Lots 1921-1927
City Additions to Town Lots 1921-1927
Minutes - Corporation Court 1899-1900
Minutes - Corporation Court 1900
Minutes - Corporation Court 1900-1901
Minutes - Corporation Court 1901-1902
Minutes - Corporation Court 1902-1903
Minutes - Corporation Court 1903-1904
Minutes - Corporation Court 1904-1905
Minutes - Corporation Court 1906
Minutes - Corporation Court 1906-1907
Minutes - Corporation Court 1907-1908
Minutes - Corporation Court 1908
MInutes - Corporation Court 1910
Farmers Mutual Fire Association Insurance Book 1925-1937
Farmers Mutual Fire Association Insurance Book 1937-1942
Tax Roll 1902
Tax Roll 1902
Tax Roll 1903
Tax Roll 1903
Tax Roll 1904
Tax Roll 1904
Tax Roll 1905
Tax Roll 1905
Tax Roll 1906
Tax Roll 1906
Tax Roll 1907
Tax Roll 1907
Tax Roll 1908
Tax Roll 1908
Tax Roll 1909
Tax Roll 1909
Tax Roll 1910
Tax Roll 1910
Tax Roll 1911
Tax Roll 1911
Tax Roll 1912
Tax Roll 1912
Tax Roll 1913
Tax Roll 1913
Tax Roll 1914
Tax Roll 1914
Tax Roll 1915
Tax Roll 1915
Tax Roll 1916
Tax Roll 1917
Tax Roll 1918
Tax Roll 1918
Tax Roll 1919
Tax Roll 1920
Tax Roll 1920
Tax Roll 1921
Tax Roll 1921
Tax Roll 1922
Tax Roll 1922
Tax Roll 1923
Tax Roll 1923
Tax Roll 1924
Tax Roll 1925
Tax Roll 1925
Tax Roll 1926
Tax Roll 1926
Tax Roll 1927
Tax Roll 1927
Tax Roll 1928
Tax Roll 1929



Criminal Ledgers on Microfilm

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