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East Texas Newspapers 1839-1856, Abstracts of Early.


By: Linda Cheves Nicklas, Pub. 1994, Reprinted 2017, 168 pages, Index, ISBN #0-89308-503-0.

This new title of newspaper abstracts covers papers in Clarksville, Marshall, Nacogdoches, and San Augustine. Texas did not require the filing of death certificates until 1903 and hence for someone trying to locate the death of a family member for early to mid-19th century deaths. The author has attempted to locate all death notices found in these papers, as well as marriage notices which generally gave additional information not available elsewhere, such as parents’ names, state of origin and full name of the parties. Also included is data of historical interest, such as the establishment of new towns and steamship travel. A number of EAST TEXAS counties have suffered devastating losses of records due to courthouse fires. In cases of “burned” counties, not only were marriages included, but so is other information ordinarily found in county records, such as probate notices.