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Parmer county, Texas was created August 21, 1876 from Bexar land district and organized in 1907. The County seat is Farwell.

Parmer History

submitted by Kameron Searle (descendent)

Parmer County was named for Martin Parmer when it was created by the Texas State Legislature.   Martin Parmer was born in Virginia.  For many years he lived on the frontier of Missouri before it became a State.  In 1820, Parmer was elected to the first Missouri General Assembly as a State Representative.  In 1824, Parmer was elected to the Missouri State Senate.   Parmer came to Texas in 1825.  In 1826-1827, he was a leader of the Fredonian Rebellion in the Nacogdoches/San Augustine area.  This was an early attempt to declare Texas independence from Mexico almost 10 years before the Texas Revolution.   In 1835, Parmer was elected as a delegate from Teneha to the Consultation of 1835 at San Felipe de Austin. Parmer and the rest of the delegates stopped just short of declaring independence.  They did select Sam Houston as the commander and chief of the Army of Texas.  They officially created the Texas Rangers.  The delegates also elected an interim Governor, Lt. Governor and the General Council of  the Provisional Government of Texas.  Martin Parmer nominated Henry Smith to be the Governor of Texas.  Stephen F. Austin was also nominated.  Henry Smith won the election.  Parmer was elected to the General Council of the Provisional Government of Texas.    In March of 1836, Martin Parmer was elected a the delegate from the San Augustine Municipality to the General Convention at Washington on the Brazos.  Martin Parmer signed the Declaration of Independence from Mexico. He was Chairman of the committee that drafted the Constitution of the Republic of Texas.    In 1839, he appointed chief Justice of Jasper County, Texas.   Martin Parmer died in 1850.  He was married 4 times and had at least 16 children.




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