Place:Leon, Texas, United States

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NameLeon
Alt namesLeonsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates31.3°N 95.983°W
Located inTexas, United States     (1846 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Leon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 16,801. Its county seat is Centerville.

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History

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The legislature of the Republic of Texas authorized Leon County in 1846 from part of Robertson County, and named it in honor of Martín De León, the founder of Victoria, Texas. However, local tradition holds that it is named for a yellow wolf of the region commonly called the león ("lion" in Spanish). The county was organized that same year with its first county seat at Leona. In 1851 the county seat was moved to Centerville since Leona was in the far southern part of the county.

The 1886 Leon County Courthouse was designed by architect George Edwin Dickey of Houston, incorporating remnants of an earlier 1858 courthouse that was destroyed by fire. The courthouse was rededicated on July 1, 2007 following a full restoration to a 1909 date.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1836 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1846 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1846 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1846 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1850 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1885 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1903 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 1,946
1860 6,781
1870 6,523
1880 12,817
1890 13,841
1900 18,072
1910 16,583
1920 18,286
1930 19,898
1940 17,733
1950 12,024
1960 9,951
1970 8,738
1980 9,594
1990 12,665

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