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my name is Lisa Smith-Curtean, the new county coordinator, and I would
like to welcome you to the Upton 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 the need of
help in getting data on-line. 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 Upton County Genealogy Project, please
e-mail me. Lisa Smith-Curtean.
Upton County, located in
southwest Texas south of Midland county, is named for
Confederate officers John C. and William F. Upton. The county is
in the Edwards Plateau vegetation region. At 2,300 to 3,000 feet
above sea level, the northern portion of the county is flat,
while the southern section is rolling and hilly and has numerous
small lakes, which drain to the Middle Concho and Pecos rivers.
Earliest inhabitants were the Comanche and Apache Indians who
lost their domain to the US Army and the "advancing tide" of
settlers in the 1870s and 1880s. In the 1860s the Chihuahua
Trail from Mexico to Indianola crossed the area, as did the
Butterfield Overland Mail and the Goodnight-Loving Trail.
a part of Bexar county, Upton was part of Tom Green county from
1874 until 1887 when Upton county was established. In 1890 census
there were 52 people living in Upton county; 48 in 1900. A public
school was established in 1908, and in 1910 there were 105 ranches
or farms. Population had grown to 501.
In fall 1911 the
Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway reached the town site of
Rankin, which became the county seat in 1921. A full page is
devoted to Upton
county in the New Texas Handbook, which is recommended for further
The county clerk at Rankin, the county seat, has vital records
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Please understand I do not live in Upton County, and I am not able to do
local research for you.
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Last update:Friday, 04-Jul-2014 22:04:33 MDT