county, Texas was created August 21, 1876 from Bexar land district and organized
in 1907. The County seat is Farwell.
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
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
In 1835, Parmer was elected as a
delegate from Teneha to the Consultation of 1835 at San Felipe de
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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