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Marion County was demarked from the southern portion of Cass County by an act
of the state legislature on February 8, 1860. Territorial additions in 1863 and
1874 extended its southern boundary to include both banks of Big Cypress Bayou.
The county was named for American Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion,
the "Swamp Fox." Due to a large natural log-jam and collection of snags on the
Red River, known as the Red River Raft, which formed a series of navigable
lakes and bayous in the river valleys of Marion County, Jefferson, founded in
the early 1840s, rapidly developed a booming river trade with New Orleans.
Jefferson quickly became the favored inland Texas port for the deposit and
transport of North Texas agricultural produce.Thus, Marion County became
the commercial conduit for frontier Texas and did not relinquish this position
until the establishment of transcontinental rail links that bypassed its wharves
in the mid-1870s. Another important attribute of Marion County's early character
was the geographical and cultural origins of its residents. Ninety percent of
them migrated fromthe Deep South and the border states of Tennessee, Arkansas,
and Missouri, bringing with them the slave economy of their former environment.
In 1860 the slave population of Marion County constituted 51 percent of the
total population. Slaveholders, though small in number (213),held 60 percent of
the county's wealth and dominated its political institutions. Marion County sent
two of its prominent citizens, James H. Rogers and William S. Todd, to the
Secession Convention, and the county's voters unanimously approved the Ordinance
of Secession in 1861.

 

*Adjacent counties*

Cass | Harrison |Caddo Parish,

Louisiana | Upshur |Morris

 

 

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Hi, my name is Angela Hartman, the county coordinator, and I would like to welcome you to the Marion County
TXGenWeb Project. I'm very glad you stopped by and hope that you find this website useful for your
genealogical research. I'm always in need of help in getting data on-line, so if you'd be interested in helping,
please let me know. I may not be able to help with specific research questions, but should you have any
questions or comments regarding the Marion County Genealogy Project, please e-mail me. If you have anything
that you would like to put on the site, pertaining to the history of Marion county, let me know.

This website is totally supported by volunteers and patrons like yourself, who contribute family history information
pertaining to Marion County, Texas. Not only do I hope you find useful information here, but I hope that you also will
help us improve and build upon it by contributing your own research findings.

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Efforts have been made to ensure this website and its contents are presented as accurately as possible.
The materials presented here should be utilized only as a guide to support additional research. Most of
the materials presented are from secondary resources and it is therefore necessary for the researcher to
reinforce the resource materials with additional primary sources.This website is comprised wholly by the
contributions of volunteers, and is a non-commercial, not-for-profit presentation. It has been established
as free access for the family history hobbyist and researcher, as well as the public

 


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