- Contains Cooke County and City of Gainesville 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.
- Item content: English
- This collection is not restricted.
This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 48 hour notice prior to use.
Cooke County Records, University of North Texas Special Collections
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(Ledgers) On Depostit; Cooke County / State of Texas.
(Microfilm) On Deposit; Texas State Library.
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.
Finding aid available online; Volume level control.
- 309 Volumes
Organization and Arrangement of Materials:
- Materials are arranged by series.