Census Records

1790
This is the 1790 census or the jurisdiction of La Bahia del Espiritu Santo and was originally published by The Institute of Texan Cultures.  In 1998 Trey Holt was given permission to bring this very important collection of early Texas source material to the Internet where it will be freely available to researchers. It is included on this site because many of the residents had connections to Refugio County.  This census enumerates the Spaniards and the Indians separately, and it further breaks down the population by those who are married, widowers, widows and single. The material has been divided here into several parts for the convenience of faster loading.

1792 - 1796

The following is a list of residents named by William H. Oberste in History of Refugio Mission, Refugio Timely Remarks, 1942.  This list is by no means a complete accounting of residents of the mission during this period.

1810

This is the January 4, 1810, census for the jurisdiction of La Bahia del Espiritu Santo and was originally published by The Institute of Texan Cultures.  In 1998 Trey Holt was given permission to bring this very important collection of early Texas source material to the Internet where it will be freely available to researchers. It is included on this site because many of the residents were listed as "resides at Refugio Mission".  There are 92 households on Page 1 and 58 households on Page 2.  Each household lists the head as well as each family member, relationship, age, place of birth and when he/she arrived.  The material has been divided here into 2 parts for the convenience of faster loading.

1811
This is the January 4, 1811, census for the jurisdiction of La Bahia del Espiritu Santo and was originally published by The Institute of Texan Cultures.  In 1998 Trey Holt was given permission to bring this very important collection of early Texas source material to the Internet where it will be freely available to researchers. It is included on this site because many of the residents were listed as "resides at Refugio Mission".  There are 89 households on Page 1 and 49 households on Page 2.  Each household lists the head as well as each family member, relationship, age, place of birth and when he/she arrived.  The material has been divided here into 2 parts for the convenience of faster loading.

1814
The following is a list of residents named by William H. Oberste in History of Refugio Mission, Refugio Timely Remarks, 1942, as having been killed by Indians in 1814.  This list is by no means a complete accounting of residents of the mission during this period.

1825

This is the April 24, 1825, census for La Bahia del Espiritu Santo and was originally published by The Institute of Texan Cultures.  In 1998 Trey Holt was given permission to bring this very important collection of early Texas source material to the Internet where it will be freely available to researchers. It is included on this site because many of the residents are names familiar to Refugio County.  There are 103 households.  Each household lists family members as well as servants and domestics.  Occupations, marital status and ages are given.

1846

I have transcribed the county poll lists for Refugio, Goliad, San Patricio and Victoria Counties because during this early period our ancestors migrated and boundary lines changed.
Presently I am posting A through F, and I hope to post the remainder in two sections later this week.
Since the population of Refugio Co. in 1840 was not sufficient enough to warrant tax assessment, this poll list for 1846 is the first record for Refugio Co. to serve in lieu of a census record.  As Texas was a Republic in 1840 and not part of the United States, there was no federal census as for the other states.

1850


1860

There was only was free black family in 1860.
Abstracted from Refugio Co. Tax Records - Many names here!!

1870

Twenty-seven pages are transcribed at this time.  Remaining pages will be posted in January 2003

1880
65 people listed
A butcher, 4 blacksmiths, a gambler, a cowboy and a family of horse breakers...plus many more.
This is a direct link to the LDS page - all you have to do is enter your names!!  This is a wonderful research tool, but I caution you to be creative with name spellings.  Transcribers, not being familiar with names in the various counties, often made errors even if the enumerator had spelled the name correctly.  
The real asset is that once you have located an individual, there are two links on the right side of the page.  One will take you to the household and list all of the people in it, and the other will take you to the person before or after the individual in the census.  Once you are in a household, you can go to the previous or next household.  Try it out - it is a lot of fun!!

1900


1910

The 1910 census is currently being transcribed by a volunteer.

1920

An index for the 1920 census is currently being prepared by a volunteer.

1930

The 1930 census is currently being transcribed by a volunteer.
Surnames Only - Town of Refugio - Streets Given
Surnames Only - Town of Refugio - Streets Given
Surnames Only - Town of Refugio - Streets Given
Surnames Only - Town of Refugio - Streets Given

1840 - 1930
Link to maps for census years showing counties as they existed at the time

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