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History

    In 1855 a Choctaw-Chickasaw agreement held that they would lease a part of their land, to the United States for the Wichita and other Plains tribes. After the 1867 Medicine Lodge Treaty the area became part of the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache reservation. Cotton County's eastern portion opened to non-Indian settlement in the 1901 Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Opening, which distributed land by a lottery system. In 1906 settlers claimed the remainder of the county's land when the Big Pasture, grazing land reserved for Kiowa-Comanche and Wichita-Caddo livestock (with many acres leased to white ranchers), became available through a sealed bid process.
    After the lands opened, the present area of Cotton County was part of Comanche County. In 1910 area residents tried to form a smaller county, to be called Cache, but the proposed election was ruled illegal. In 1912 they voted on the idea again and succeeded, choosing the name Cotton, for the district's prevalent crop, from a list of choices. Cotton was the final county created in the Oklahoma. Gov. Lee Cruce assigned Randlett as the temporary county seat until an election could decide on a permanent location for government offices. On November 14 voters designated Walters over a proposed plan that would place a new town, Paris, in the county's center.

Links

Free Records Search at Familysearch Org

Cotton County Cemetery and Funeral Home Listings

Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society

Cotton County Cemetery Listing on Interment Net

Cotton County Cemetery Listing on Find A Grave

Oklahoma Birth Certificates

  • Search for Oklahoma Birth Cetificates and how to order from the Vital Records Office.

State of Oklahoma Genealogy Records Guide

  • Search for death certificates and how to order them from The Vital Records Office

Oklahoma State Archives

  • Dept. of Libraries
    Third Floor
    200 NE 18th St.
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
    Phone: (405) 522-3579
  • The Oklahoma State Archives provides an excellent library of genealogy records including: Commissioner of Confederate Pensions Applications, 1915-33, Commissioner of Confederate Pensions Pension Files, 1915-49, U.S. District Land Office Homestead Registers, 1889-1908, Oklahoma Supreme Court Applications to the Bar, 1907-42, Oklahoma Board of Medical Examiners Deceased Files, 1907-86, Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy Deceased Pharmacist Files, 1907-75, and Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners Inactive License Files, 1921-84.

Oklahoma Genealogical Society Library and Archives

  • 2100 N. Lincoln Blvd.
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4997
    Phone: (405) 522-5225
  • The Oklahoma Genealogical Society maintains a library and archives that the public is allowed to visit. The Library and Archives contains over 62,000 volumes with emphasis on Oklahoma, Native American, and western history. In addition to these materials -- many of which are rare and out-of-print -- the library also houses a number of special collections.
County Clerk
301 North Broadway St.
Walters, OK 73572
Phone (580)875-3029
Court Clerk
301 North Broadway St.
Walters, OK 73572
Phone (580)875-3029
Fax (580)875-2452

Cotton County Genealogical Society

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Cotton County Mail List on Rootsweb

Cotton County Message Board on Rootsweb

Cotton County Message Board on Genforum

Adjacent Counties

Comanche County | Stephens County | Jefferson County | Tillman County
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