Yes, early *Shackelford County area* records are found in Palo Pinto.
Buchanan County,and Jack County (created in 1856)? I think some court records are in Erath County.
I haven't even found all of *Shackelford County* census, or there is none.
In the 1860's persons were forted up in *Family forts*:
Few in number and with little protection from the military but refusing to abandon their country, certain families of courageous and determined people on the Texas frontier during the Civil War gathered together in hastily constructed stockades and held out against the threats of hostile Indians and renegade whites. Known as "forting up", this plan was encouraged by the military for this part of the state. Most of the men age 18 to 45 were away in the Confederate service and those age 17 and over 45 were subject to periodic militia duty for frontier protection. Family forts gave settlers a way to protect stock, farms, and provide some schooling for their children. The best known family fort in this sector was Fort Davis, located 8 miles east of Fort Griffin on the bank of the Clear Fork of the Brazos River in Stephens County, where some 120 people lived during the last year of the Civil War. Named for Confederate president Jefferson Davis, it was laid off in lots. Log houses with dirt roofs, mud in cracks, dirt floors, were connected by pickets driven into the ground. A blockhouse was used by women and children during raids. There were no luxuries, little food, and all clothes, soap, soda, and candles were made. The nearest supplies were 100 miles away, a doctor 65 miles. Yet, there were dances, candy pulls, weddings, "feasts", Sunday school, occasional sermon, and blue-backed spellers. Other family forts near were:
2.and Green ranches
3.and Mugginsville in Shackelford County;
5.and Allen's Ranch in Eastland County;
6.Buffalo Springs in Clay County;
8.and Murray's in Young County;
10.and Owl's Head in Stephens County. Erected by the State of Texas (1963).
I wish I...anyone...could find the names of all the persons who were *forted up*.
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