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John LaFayette Camp was born on a farm adjacent to Elyton (now a suburb or Birmingham), Alabama, in 1820; attended the common schools and at the age of twenty graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He removed to Texas and located at Gilmer, in Upshur County, where he taught school and practiced law. He was then elected Captain of a company of Upshur County and joined the Confederate Army. When the Fourteenth Texas Regiment was organized, he was elected Colonel, and in that capacity served through the entire period of the war. He was twice wounded in the right leg. He was twice captured and imprisoned for many months. After the war, he returned to Texas and was elected a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1866 and State Senator in 1874. He became District Judge in 1878 and was appointed a member of the Board of Regents of the State University, but owing to ill health could not serve. In 1884 he was appointed Land Commissioner to Arizona. At the end of his term he moved to San Antonio and after a lingering illness died in July 1891.

Camp County was created out of the northern part of Upshur County in 1874. The land was furnished to John Lafayette in behalf of his Civil War duties. With only 102 square miles of land mass, Camp County is the third smallest county in Texas.

For many years, Camp County was primarily an agricultural community. At one time, Camp County raised more sweet potatoes than any other county in the state. As a result of this large crop, a basket factory became the county's largest industry. After the basket factory closed, the poultry and feed processing industries became prominent in the county.

Camp County's population exceed 9,900. The hard working agricultural spirit which established Camp County and Pittsburg is reflected in the diversified blend of retail, industrial and manufacturing businesses located in the area.

Cities and Towns in Camp County
  • Pittsburg
  • Leesburg
  • Newsome

  • Camp County Courthouse
    126 Church Street
    Pittsburg, TX 75686
    (903) 856-2731

    Pittsburg-Camp County Public Library
    Faye McMinn Genealogical Research Center
    Nancy Murillo, Library Director
    613 Quitman Street
    Pittsburg, TX 75686

    Camp County Genealogical Society
    ATTN: Glenda Kinard
    P.O. Box 1083
    Pittsburg, TX 75686
    (903) 856-2062

    Pittsburg Museum
    (903) 856-1200

    The Pittsburg Gazette
    112 Quitman Street
    Pittsburg, TX 75686
    (903) 856-6629

    Pittsburg/Camp County Chamber of Commerce
    202 Jefferson Street
    Pittsburg, Texas 75686
    (903) 856-3442

    African Americans in Camp, Harrison, Marion and Upshur Counties
    Great African American Resources
    City of Pittsburg
    Rootsweb Genealolgical Resources
    Camp County, Texas resources located on Rootsweb

    Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas
    Texas Confederate Pension Records
    Texas Postcards
    The Genealogist's Index to the World Wide Web


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