Jasper, TX Jasper County Courthouse Fire, Oct 1849

The court-house and jail in Jasper county, Texas, were burnt on the night of Oct. 22d. In the court-house, unfortunately, were the whole records of the county -- those referring to probates, land-clairms, land-titles, and all suits civil and criminal.

Daily Atlas, Boston, MA 1 Dec 1849

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FIRE -- We have been informed by a gentleman from Jasper county, Texas, that the courthouse and jail of the county were burned down, on the night of the 22d ultimo. In the courthouse, unfortunately, were deposited the whole records of the county -- those referring to probates, land-claims, land-titles, and all suits civil and criminal. They stood apart from one another, and the fixed opinion of the citizens is, that the act was perpetrated by an incendiary. One man is arrested, and, for the want of necessary bail, imprisoned in the next county jail. The proof thus far against hire, however, is but circumstantial. -- N. Orleans Delta, Nov. 19.

Spectator, New York, NY 28 Nov 1849

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The court house and jail in Jasper county, Texas, were burnt Nov. 28 [sic] with the records, by Mr. Williams, who had been a prisoner. He was arrested. Loss $100,000.

Boston Post, Boston, MA 18 Dec 1849