Daingerfield, Texas (33°1′51″N 94°43′28″W) is the county seat of what is now Morris County. It was carved out of other counties, and is named for Captain London Daingerfield who resided there, one of the first settlers in the area.
A couple of stories are told about Capt. Daingerfield. One holds that he was killed in a battle with local Indians around 1830. Another says that he survived the 1830 battle, settled there near a spring and soon after the above battle, he and his entire household were killed by the Indians in a later attack. They were likely buried near their home, but the actual burial site of the Daingerfield family has been lost to history.
Around 1840 or 1841, the community was officially founded as a seat of justice for local settlers and still was located around Daingerfield Spring. At that time, it was part of Paschal County. Two of the earliest organizations were in 1850 with the organization of Sylvia Academy, a private girls’ school, and in 1852 the founding of Chapel Hill College by the Marshall Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
An early layout of the town indicated that streets were named for officials or heroes of the Republic of Texas (Bowie, Crockett, Houston, Fannin, Lamar and others) or early officials of Texas (Hughes, Peters, Broadnax, Frazier and King) who were part of the commission that created the predecessor judicial district of Paschal County.
Rail service came to Daingerfield with the arrival of the Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas line in 1877. County lines had been redrawn several times and that same year also marked the creation of Morris County out of Titus County. Daingerfield was named the county seat. Its population gradually grew to about 1,000 where it remained until after World War II. Since that time, it grew to about 3,000 though more recently it has leveled off at about 2,500.
Dangerfield is located in northeast Texas, near several state parks, including Caddo Lake, a popular destination for fishing and other outdoor activities.
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