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Walker County 


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Walker County is a county located in the US state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 67,861. Its county seat is Huntsville. Initially, Walker County was named for Robert J. Walker, a legislator from Mississippi who introduced into the United States Congress the resolution to annex Texas. However, Walker later supported the Union during the Civil War; thus, in order to keep the county's name from being changed, it was renamed for Samuel H. Walker, a Texas Ranger and soldier in the American Army.

James Mitchell (1795–1870) and his wife, the former Calpernia Franklin (1805–1865), came to the future Walker County under a Mexican land grant in 1833. Mitchell, who became one of the first county commissioners, established the Mitchell House and Inn on the Old San Antonio Road, also known as El Camino Real. During the 1840s, the house was a stop for weary stagecoach travelers.



Frances Sprott Goforth 
Memorial Genealogy Weekend

Co-hosted by Huntsville Public Library and
Walker County Genealogical Society
July 31 thru August 1, 2015

Walker County Genealogical Society 
50th Anniversary Celebration

The Walker County Genealogical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary on June 20th 2015 at the Walker County Storm shelter from 10am to 3pm. We will be honoring several early Walker county families and the charter members of our group. Lunch will be provided by the Forrest Masonic Lodge and cake and punch served afterwards. We will also have displays of memorabilia and local genealogy success stories. Members will be present to discuss our organization and the Genealogy/Local History room at the Huntsville Public Library. The public is invited so join us for the fun. For more info go to our website




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