entry, p. 25) Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
It is ordered and decreed and adjudged by the Court that in
consequence of the decision of the Supreme C-urt of the State
of Texas respecting the appeal carried up from the District
Curt of De Witt County in regard to the contested election for
the Co, Seat of said County that therefor now hold and continue
to hold all County Courts at the said Court House in the town
of Cameron as the County seat of said County. Returned to
When the November 1849 session of the court was convened in Cameron,
R. H. Chisholm requested a certified copy of the election returns of the
disputed election. The clerk was ordered to issue the certificate.11
In February and in.August the court met at Cameron, but on November 22,
1850, it met at Clinton.12 No record of an election was found in the
minutes, but an act of the legislature approved February 1, 1850, ordered
that an election be held on the first Mionday in August of that year.i3
The election may or may not have be-en held, but the citizens of Cameron
gave up the contest in the fall of 1850, and Clinton remained the county
seat until the seventies.
In 1851 the court rented a house in Clinton from William A. Blair,
to be used as a courthouse until a permanent building could be erected.14
In August 1852 the court ordered that
the monies arising from the State tax donated by the State and
also the money due or may become due for the sale of the town
lots sold in Clinton be appropriated exclusively to Public Co.
buildings, of jail, court house, and is ordered by the Court
that Co. Treasurer be notified not to pay over any of said
monies only for the special purpose.15
Three months later, on November 2, 1852, the court received the courthouse
and agreed to issue a draft for ~400 of the money laid aside for
public buildings6 By 1854 this courthouse was becoming inadequate, and
a movement was started to build a now one.7 On February 21, 1855, John
R. Foster was appointed commissioner to sell the old building, and other
commissioners were appointed to contract for furniture for the new building.18
Apparently the new courthouse was accepted some time during the
May term of 1855, for on May 22, Foster reported that he had sold the old
courthouse and nine town lots for a total of 4582.50. 19
10. Cor. Ct. Min., A, 71.
11. Ibid., 81.
12. Ibid,, 89, 96, 97.
13. T.A., Feb, 1, 1850, Gammel, Laws, III, 533.
14. Com. Ct. Min., A, 107.
15. Ibid, B, 8,
16. Ibid., 17.
17. Ibid., 80.
18. Ibid., 128.
.9. Ibid., 138.
Historical Records Survey. Texas. Inventory of the county archives of Texas : De Witt County, no. 62. San Antonio, Tex.. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25252/. Accessed January 29, 2015.