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Due to an error by the surveyor of the region, and a mistake in identifying the main channel of the Red River, the southwest corner of Oklahoma, the area between the Red River, the North Fork of the Red River, and the 100th Meridian was claimed by Texas and designated as Greer County in 1860, named for John Alexander Greer, a Texas lieutenant governor.

The area includes all of the current Greer, Jackson, and Harmon Counties and that part of Beckham County south of the North Fork River. Mangum was the county seat of this empire. In 1886, the Greer County boundary commission, consisting of four officers of the United States Army and four citizens of Texas, met at Fort Worth, Texas to settle conflicting claims, with no results. To see a map of the disputed territory, click here. For ten years the area was designated "Indian Territory" by postal authorities. The Oklahoma Organic Act of 1889 provided for Greer County, Oklahoma Territory. In United States vs. Texas, 162 U.S. 1 (1896), the Supreme Court declared the county to be a part of Oklahoma Territory. The Choctaw Nation claimed that it should be included as part of their land.

However, before a decision could be reached on the Choctaw claim, Oklahoma became the 46th state. At the Constitutional Convention, the area was divided among Beckham County, Jackson County, and Greer Counties. After statehood, Harmon County was created out of the southwestern portion of Greer County. A more complete account of the history of Greer County and the dispute between Oklahoma and Texas is available at Old Greer County History.
Old Greer County

United States vs. Texas,
162 U.S. 1 (1896)

Old Greer County Maps, 1890, 1906

Old Greer History and Links

Time-Line to 1896

Neighbors are:
Jackson County,
Harmon County,
Beckham County,
and Kiowa County.
Texas neighbor counties are
Hardeman, Childress and Collingsworth

County Research Facilities

Greer County Genealogical and Historical Society
Greer Frontier Newsletter

Old Greer County Museum
and Hall of Fame
222 West Jefferson
Mangum, OK 73554
(580) 782-2851
Greer County Museum

Indian-Pioneer Papers Index
Indian Pioneer Index

Indian-Pioneer Interviews,
OU Western History Collections
Map of Greer County
Margaret Carder Library
(Mangum City Library)
203 West Lincoln
Mangum, OK 73554
(580) 782-3185

OKGenWeb Marriage Project
OkGenWeb Marriage Project
Includes present day Greer, Jackson & Harmon Counties & southern part of Beckham County. Marriages from Old Greer County, neighbor counties, and other states. Dates are from the Newspaper, not the marriage, a few dates are of 10 or 50 year Anniversaries.
Many thanks to Jodean Martin for compiling the marriages from newspapers.
Western Trails Genealogical Society
History of Old Greer County.
Information in the Greer County and
Jackson County Archives
from the files of WTGS

Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society at Lawton

PhotoGallery - OKGenWeb
OkGenWeb Photo Gallery

Military Flags
Oklahoma Military
Veterans and History

Greer County Honored


Greer Co Photos
Central Christian Church, Mangum

Overall family

Pioneer Woman

Thrower Cafe, Mangum

Singing Group 1929

J. R. Harris family, Willow

John C. Gray store at Mangum
Greer County OKGenWeb MessageBoard

Greer County
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Oklahoma Land Openings
OkGenWeb Land Openings Project
Map to Federal Tract Books -
Homesteads in Oklahoma

Scanned Original Land
Bureau Land Management

1906 Map Old Greer County
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OKbits - Obituaries and Newsbits
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County History and
Links to Area Interests

Greer County Towns
Brinkman, Granite, Mangum, Reed, Willow
Lookups from Volunteers.
Include as much of Who, What, When, Where as you know.

Books & Articles

Oklahoma Vital Records

Oklahoma Reunions

Orphanages & Institutions
Greer County
Families Online

Scivally, Watts, Monkres

Barton Quest

Courthouse Indexes
(from microfilm):
- Marriage License 1901-1930

- Probate 1901-1930

-*Selected* Civil 1901-1930

- Death 1912-1918

TownshipMaps OKGenWeb
Township Maps
Key to Maps of Towns of Greer County

Section-Township-Range Map

1915 Greer Co Map

1972 Map

Maps & More
Greer County Courthouse
Mangum, OK 73554

County Clerk
(580) 782-2329
land records

Court Clerk (580) 782-3665
probate, marriage, divorce, civil, & criminal records

OKGenWeb Resource
Oklahoma Funeral Homes

Oklahoma Cemeteries

OKGenWeb Resources

David C. Jester,
founder of Jester

OKGenWeb Anniversary

OkGenWeb County List

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U.S.Census profile for Greer County
Census Images by S-K Publications
1910 donated by Fred Gilchrist
1920 donated by William Moffeit

Index 1910 Census, Oklahoma, Greer Co.
A - F, G - L, M - R, S- Z

Greer County Tornadoes 1903-2012

1892 Tornado at Aaron

1906 Tornado at Russell

1951 Tornado at Ladessa


OKGenWeb Memorials

Old Greer County Schools

Greer County Schools 1910

Greer County Schools 1920

Greer County Schools 1930
Wickersham stone
Greer County Cemeteries

Greer County OkGenWeb original volunteer coordinator was Richard Orand Cheek. His father, James E. "Edmon" Cheek, was born and grew up in and around Mangum. His great grandparents, Robert Bruce Cheek and Carrie Savannah Adams, brought the family to Old Greer County from Georgia in 1901. They are buried in Riverside Cemetery in Mangum along with his grandparents and various aunts, great aunts and uncles. His mother, Lois Orand and her family also have ties to Mangum. Lois' mother, Paralee Tennessee Lancaster, later known as Pauline Smith, lived in Mangum for many years and is buried in Riverside Cemetery. Richard lived in Greer County while growing up, until 1954, and has always considered Mangum to be his family's hometown.

OKGenWeb Gold Star Award

Ladessa School 1935
Ladessa 1935

Eastview School 1923
Granite High School Basketball 1928-1929
Ladessa Grade School 1935

Reed School
Wildcat School

School near Brinkman
Brinkman farming
Brinkman School 1914
Brinkman History - Travel
Brinkman utilities

Letters & pictures from 1900s
Mangum Class of 1948
by Charles H. Smith

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Cemetery inventory
Greer County Genealogical
& Historical Society

BrinkmanGranite City
 Lutheran - Marie

 Rock  -  Roselawn  -  Russell
 Sand Hill (Lake Creek)
 Smallpox  -  Whiteflat


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Mangum Folks group
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Greer County Genealogical & Historical Society on Facebook

Old Greer County, Texas on Facebook

Old Greer County Museum