Early Settlers of Eastland County

Early Settlers of Eastland County (HM1ZJY)

Location: Eastland, TX 76448 Eastland County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 24.02', W 98° 49.136'

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First known Eastland area inhabitant was Frank Sanchez (d. 1867), who grazed herds here in the 1850s. The United States in 1853 established Army posts at Fort Phantom Hill, in present Taylor County, and Fort Belknap, in present Young County, giving the frontier protection against hostile Indians. This opened a modest influx of settlers, including families named Bell, Birden, Birt, Blair, Ellison, Fitzwaters, Flannagan, Gilbert, Herring, Highsaw, McGough, Mansker, Melburn, Oliver, Owens, Richards, Shirley, Singleton, Upton, and Wyatt, from "old states" of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. The county was created, but not organized, in 1858. The U.S. Census for 1860 showed 99 residents. When Texas seceded from the Union in 1861, and Army garrisons withdrew, many pioneers left or took refuge at Blair's Fort, in southeastern part of the county.

Post-Civil War settlers included such leaders as Dr. Edwin Daniel Townsend, who arrived from Kentucky in 1871. The county was organized in an election held Dec. 2, 1873, with Merriman designated county seat (in violation of legislation creating the county). In 1875 the government was moved to Eastland, founded that year by investor Charles U. Connellee (1851-1930).
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HM NumberHM1ZJY
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Year Placed1972
Placed ByThe State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Sunday, July 9th, 2017 at 3:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 517027 N 3584825
Decimal Degrees32.40033333, -98.81893333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.02', W 98° 49.136'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 1.2" N, 98° 49' 8.16" W
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Area Code(s)254, 817
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210 S Lamar St, Eastland TX 76448, US
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