Old Pioneers of Van Zandt County Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
This page will be devoted to the Old Pioneers of Van Zandt County. These stories have come from a variety of sources, some from old newspapers, some from descendants and some have been previously published in the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society's quarterly publication, "Our Heritage." Our thanks to Sue Wilkinson, quarterly editor, for permission to reprint these stories. All biographies are welcomed and if you have one that you would like to submit, just write it in your own words and send it to Sibyl and we will be very happy to post it on this website.
Early Settlers of Van Zandt County
EARLY SETTLERS, The People That Helped to Organize Van Zandt County: The following is as complete a list of those who were here in 1848, when the new county was organized, as it is possible to certain.
At that time it embraced, in addition to its present territory, all of Wood county, and by far the largest portion of Rains County: H.C. Adams, C.C. Arrington, Samuel Burk, L.H. Baughman, Leonard Brown, John Baldwin, Allen Blair, Peter S. Benton, Jonathan Brown, John Red Brown, Henry Creagle, John Cohee, Obediah Cook, Joseph Crockett, Isom Clark, Thomas Cunningham, Jesse Compton, Joeseph Cox, John G. Cox, Thomas T. Cox, J.W. Crestman,
(and) Andrew Donley, John Donley, Mary Davis, Charles Duncan, M. Fitzgerald, A. Fitzgerald, John Freeman, Joseph Fisher, Ola Gunderson, Walter C. Greer, Gains Greer, Joseph Greer, George Greer, Adam Greer, Samuel Greer, P.M. Gunderson, Walter Greer, Robert Guinn, G.A. Hill, David Havins, John Havins, B.Y. Higgins, Victoria Hobbs, James Hillhouse, Thomas Horseley, A.J. Horseley, John M. Hays, John Jordan, Wm. D. Johnson, Aanan Knudson, Wm. D. Leggett, E. Lunderman,
(and) T.L. Ledbetter, J.R. Marrs, John Marrs, Alney T. McGee, S. Manson, Wm. McCarrell, Joseph Moody, Allen Miller, Robert Mitchell, D.R. McInturff, A.B. McInturff, John Moore, Aslac Nelson, D.O. Norton, F.D. Chelly, E. Olson, Ola Olson, C.C. Chelly, C.P. Parker, R.R. Powers, John Piles, William Piles, John Pierce, Joab D. Rains, Mark Rushing, C.E. Rivers, David Robinson, William Rose,
(and)John H. Rierson, J.M. Herman, U. Saark, Jackson Smith, John Simpkins, Benjamin Straner, Samuel Slater, Redden S. Smith, John Tollett, Allac Tergerson, Terkin Tergerson, James Tumlinson, Mrs. E.E. Varner, Matthew Wiley, Joseph Williams, Joe Waper, James D. Wright, Gilbert Yarbrough.
Published in the Canton Herald, February 23, 1978
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