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Liberty in Liberty County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Tarver Abstract Company

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, April 22, 2018
1. Tarver Abstract Company Marker
Inscription.  For well over one hundred years, the Tarver Abstract Company has provided real property title information to the citizens of Liberty County. Thomas Carey Tarver (1846-1925), a native of Tennessee, moved to Texas as a young boy. He served in the Confederate States Army before moving to Houston in 1875 where he worked in a number of different businesses, including a messenger for Wells Fargo and a clerk for the Houston & Central Texas Railway.

In 1903, Tarver purchased a ten-year-old abstract business from B.F. Cameron and W.J. Swilley in Liberty and changed the name from Cameron and Swilley Abstract Company to T.C. Tarver Abstract Company. The company originally provided abstracts of title and over the years transitioned to title insurance policies, a regulated product issued by licensed title insurance companies. Abstract and title companies are an essential element of the local economy by providing stability in land ownership.

The business operated out of the courthouse until 1919 when it moved to the local Masonic building until 1950. For the next forty years, the business moved several times, finally settling at this location in

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By Brian Anderson, August 5, 2018
2. Tarver Abstract Company Marker
1992 and developing into one of the anchors of the downtown business district. Although ownership of the company has changed through the years, Tarver Abstract Company continues to provide an important service and remains a large contributor in the development of Liberty County.
 
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18457.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 30° 3.535′ N, 94° 47.746′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Texas, in Liberty County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Main Street, Liberty TX 77575, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commercial Corner (here, next to this marker); Plaza de Mercado (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza de Carcel y Casas de Correccion (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Houston in Liberty County (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Houston's Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty County (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain William M. Logan (within shouting distance of
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this marker); The Seven Courthouses of Liberty County (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberty.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas.   2. submitted on August 7, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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