from Wheatheart of the
An Early History of Ochiltree County,
In 1836 Texas won
her independence from Spain and was established as a republic.
Texas was admitted to the union in 1845 and on August 21,
1876 Ochiltree County was created as a county 30 miles square.
It was added to Clay County for judicial purposes. In 1879,
having been marked off on the map with boundaries, it was
attached to Wheeler County. It remained a part of Wheeler
County until it was officially organized in 1889.
The town of Ochiltree
was the county seat from1889 to 1919. On April 16, 1890,
the County Judge was instructed to advertise for bids on
a frame Court House, two stories high to cost about $3,000.00.
On June 17, 1890, the contract was awarded to Mr. F. M.
Stewart who submitted plans and a bid of $3,100.00.
Ochiltree County was named
in honor of a Confederate officer, Colonel William Beck
Ochiltree, born October 18, 1811 in Cumberland County, North
Carolina. He came to Texas in 1840. He settled at Nacodoches
where he practiced law. He was one of the justices of the
Supreme Court, of the Republic of Texas. Other significant
dates and activities include:
This name originated
with Lord Stewart of Ochiltree in 1542. It
seems most of the Ochiltrees in the United States
are descendents of those who arrived in 1739
1842 appointed one of the judges of
the District Court, Republic of Texas
1844 appointed Secretary of the Treasury,
Republic of Texas
1845 transferred to office of Attorney
General and elected to constitutional convention of
the State of Texas
1846 appointed judge of the District
Court of Texas
1855-56 member of House of Representatives,
State of Texas
1861 elected to State Constitutional
Convention/Secession Convention and elected member of
the Provisional Congress, Confederate States of America
At the close
of his service in the Provisional Congress of the Confederacy
he raised an infantry regiment and went into the military
service of the Confederacy, as Colonel, which position he
resigned due to ill health in 1863. He died in December
1867 at age 56. For a period of thirty years his name was
closely connected with the history of Texas.
home of the Ochiltrees was in
Ayrshire Scotland. It was the habit in Scotland to designate
people by their lands. This name originated with Lord Stewart
of Ochiltree in 1542. It seems most of the Ochiltrees in
the United States are descendents of those who arrived in
1739. Due to the original source of the name it seems that
it is also safe to assume that all people bearing the name
Ochiltree are related.
published in 1969
Ochiltree Times...1888 June 28
Ochiltree News...1916 - 1917
Ochiltree County Herald...
1918 July 12 - 1968 Dec 26
Perryton Herald...1969 Jan 2 -
An Early History of Ochiltree County
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