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Old Greer County

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Greer County,
Oklahoma Territory

Coordinator - Susan Bradford
Greer County has a unique history!
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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.

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Southwest Oklahoma Indians
Kiowa-Comanche, Apache

Wichita & Caddo

Native American Resources
Twin Territory Map 1890-1907
1900 map Oklahoma Territory

pioneer wagon

Map of Old Greer County

Post Offices, Postmasters 1886-1907

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

Old Greer County Map

Old Greer History and Links

Time-Line to 1896

Oklahoma County Formation Maps

Old Greer County's Neighbors:
Texas counties:
Wheeler, Collingsworth, Childress, Hardeman, Wilbarger.
Oklahoma Territory county neighbors:
Comanche, Kiowa, Washita, Roger Mills.

Greer County's Neighbors are:
Oklahoma counties: Jackson
Harmon, Beckham, and Kiowa
Texas neighbor counties are
Hardeman, Childress and Collingsworth

County Research Facilities

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

Indian-Pioneer Papers Index
Indian Pioneer Index

Indian-Pioneer Interviews,
OU Western History Collections
Greer County Genealogical
and Historical Society
Margaret Carder Library
(Mangum City Library)
203 West Lincoln
Mangum, OK 73554
(580) 782-3185
Greer Frontier Newsletter

Greer Frontier

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

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Military Flags
Oklahoma Military
Veterans and History

Greer County Honored


Greer Co Photos
Pauline Fowler 1898
Pauline Fowler, 1898

Confederate Veterans 1894

Bush family at Frazier
Greer County
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Greer Co, TX

Greer Co, I.T./O.T.

Greer Co, OK
1907 to present

Oklahoma Land Openings
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Oklahoma History: Ranchers ... the Organic Act ... Pioneer Days ...Twin Territories

Map to Federal Tract Books -
Homesteads in Oklahoma

Scanned Original Land
Bureau Land Management

1906 Map Old Greer County

Greer County Tornadoes 1903-1999
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Books & Articles

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Court Office Fire 12 December 1901
destroys earliest marriage
and probate records

General Election 1900, Greer County,
Oklahoma Territory
Oklahoma Reunions

Orphanages & Institutions
Greer County
Families Online
Williams, Hardin, Sampson, Tatum
Scivally, Watts, Monkres

Hess, Ol Greer Co
Barton Quest

Shortgrass Tales

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

Probate 1901-1930

*Selected* Civil 1901-1930
1894-1901 *Select* Cases from Civil Appearance Docket,
District Court, Greer Co, TX/O.T.
Cases 152-378

- Death 1912-1918

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

Section-Township-Range 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
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Oklahoma Funeral Homes

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Place Names:
County Cities,
Towns, Villages
Greer County, Texas/Oklahoma Territory Justice Inquest 1890-1903.
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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
Old Greer County Schools

Elmer School 1904
1904 Graduates at Elmer

Elmer School 1904
Edgeworth School 1906

Reed School

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


OKGenWeb Memorials

Blalock Colony to Chamal, Mexico 1902 - 1919
The Blalock Mexico Colony / The Chamal Colony

Blalock Colony subscribers from Dec 1902, Mangum Star: George E. Blalock, G. B. Parmer, J. L. Sweet, J. T. Young, J. H. Shaffer, W. H. Head, S. S. Bowsman, W. W. Snell, J. W. Waldrop, Isaac Kinney, S. Wilton, N. P. Byars, W. O. Byars, S. H. Byars, J. L. Byars, Joe K. Byars, G. T. Ingram, J. F. Marsh, W. W. Wallace, R. W. Wallace, M. L. Childress, Joe Miller, G. R. Moore, J. H. Thompson, H. G. Daniels, W. D. Elliott, C. C. Rogers, S. C. Tally, E. M. Bledsoe, Bob Martin & Johnson, C. A. Stubbs, W. R. Derr, W. S. Rix, W. H. Rix, J. H. Rix, H. M. Hitt, John Hitt, B. B. Talley, J. Jones, Dave Davis, Walter Hitt, J. R. Cobb, Geo. W. McCann, J. B. Overton, K. R. Womack, R. F. Watts, Wesley Ricks & A. H. Olds, F. H. Sweet, E. F. Stanton, Geo. Edwards, B. F. Briscoe, J. W. Rose, W. C. Pettigrew, W. L. Randle, J. M. Teeter, J. C. Baker,John F. Briscoe, James Norton, G. W. McGraw, W. W. Taylor, R. W. McClarry, C. B. Brooks, J. N. Gibson, Y. W. Garrett, R. G. Harrold, F. P. Gorham, E. W. Porter, Jim Ewing, M. L. Miller, Ashley Taylor, F. W. Hubbard, E. A. Williams, T. M. Waldrop, G. W. Grines, J. A. Weir, T. M. Medlin, J. E. Jackson, E. M. Deberry, B. H. Moss, I. J. Thompkins, A. P. Cole, S. L. Penix, Galispe Bros., C. C. Blalock.

Fowler stones
Greer County Cemeteries
Cemetery inventory
Greer County Genealogical
& Historical Society

Brinkman - Granite City
Hackberry - Jester
Ladessa - Lanford
Lutheran - Marie
Plainview -

Reed - Riverside
Rock - Roselawn - Russell
Sand Hill (Lake Creek)
Smallpox - Whiteflat
Willow - Wildcat

The Political Graveyard:

Greer County