Counties Named After New Englanders

Ebenezer Allen was not the only New Englander to make his mark in Texas. The contributions and importance of these immigrants are immediately evident in the names of counties in the Lone Star State.

Of the 253 Texas counties, ten are named in honor of people who were born in New England:

Connecticut            1  

James Harper Starr

Starr County – James Harper Starr (1809–1890), a treasurer for the Republic of Texas and Confederate official

Maine                    2         

      Howard County – Volney Eskine Howard (1849–1853), U.S. Representative from Texas

      Hall County – Warren DeWitt Clinton Hall a secretary of war for the Republic of Texas (1836)

Massachusetts        4

      Montague County – Daniel Montague (1844–1846), a state senator and early surveyor

Portrait of Anson Jones

Jones County – Anson Jones, the fifth president of the Republic of Texas (1844–1846) 

Lynn County – William Lynn, a soldier in the Texas Revolution who is believed to have died defending the Alamo

      Sherman County – Sidney Sherman (1805–1873), a soldier in the Texas Revolution

New Hampshire     2

      Kendall County – George Wilkins Kendall, an early journalist and sheep rancher who gained national fame as a war correspondent during the Mexican American War

      Cochran County – Robert E. Cochran (1810–1836), a defender of the Alamo

Vermont                1     

Portrait of Royall Tyler Wheeler.jpg

Wheeler County – Royal Tyler Wheeler, the second Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court

About Allen Mesch

Allen is an author, educator, and historian. He has written five books: The Analyst; Teacher of Civil War Generals; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; Charles A. Marvin - "One Year. Six Months, and Eleven Days", and Preparing for Disunion. Allen's latest book, Ebenezer Allen - Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy is scheduled for release in August 2020. He teaches classes on the American Civil War at Collin College. He has visited more than 130 Civil War sites and shared his over 4,000 photographs on Civil War Journeys. He wrote posts about the Civil War on the Salient Points blog.
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