Dear E. E.,
Here's a bit of citation fun: A deed record located in a bound volume (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3SX-GHX6), clearly marked "Harrison County [Texas], Deed Record D." The deed record, alas, tells a different story https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3SX-GCNS, beginning at the bottom of page 134. The deed "header" notes: Republic of Texas, County of Harrison (that's all fine and easy to deal with in a citation). Here's the conundrum: the land description indicates that the tract lies in "Panola County" and the deed recorder was also in "Panola County." Interestingly, some of the deed records in the volume have "County of Harrison", some "County of Panola" and others "County of Shelby."
There are several problems here: Panola did not yet exist as a county. These records were created in the Panola District, established in 1841 for judicial matters. Panola did not exist as a county until 1846. And, when Panola County was formed (from Harrison and Shelby Counties), this parcel of land was nowhere near the border of the new county. It was, and always has been, part of Harrison County (see the James Asher headright, south of Marshall: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4033h.la000999/). The deed record book is obviously in Harrison County. I have read the paragraph about defunct jurisdictions in EE 8.12.
Here's the fun part: If I begin the citation with the actual jurisdiction, Panola County [District], Republic of Texas, then Deed Record D:134–136 seems to suggest that there are deed record books A–C in the universe, waiting to be discovered (that would be quite the miracle: deed record books A–C are actual Harrison County deed books from the Republic of Texas). Do I cite the deed header (which matches the bound volume) to avoid confusion? Or, do I cite the jurisdiction in the legal land description?
Here's a meager attempt using the deed header:
Harrison County, Republic of Texas, Deed Record D:134–36, James Asher to Thomas Timmins, 4 November 1841; image, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008502347 : accessed 14 March 2023), images 147–148; County Clerk's Office, Marshall. The parcel is described as lying in Panola County [District], but is located in Harrison County. The Panola District, created in 1841 for judicial purposes and encompassing Harrison and Shelby Counties, should not be confused with Panola County, formed in 1846.
Thank you for your help with this.