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INDIA, TEXAS

Ellis County, North Central Texas
FM 780
Just S of Dallas
3 miles N of Ferris
Population: 12

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Old store in India, Texas






A former store in India
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, July 2004
History in a Pecan Shell

It was settled by A. J. Moyers in 1853 and known as Morgan until a post office began operation in 1892. At this time the town's population was estimated at 150 and the name was changed to India. The post office closed in 1904.

One of the first cotton gins in Ellis County was located in India.

The population was eighty-four during most of the first half of the twentieth century and dwindled to only twelve by the 1990 census.

India, Texas Forum

  • Remembering India
    Dear Texas Escapes, I lived at India from 1931 thru 1937 on the Alfred Jefferson Moyers home place. Annis Wiles Collins Witherspoon Moyers, Wife of Alfred Jefferson Moyers Jr. was my g-grandmother who died in 1931. Her husband died in October of 1903. They had 14 children-4 boys & 10 girls. When she died there was a need for someone to move into the homeplace and take over the farming. My grandparents, Billy & Ola Moyers Wilcher moved in with their four boys and three 3 girls. My mother and oldest Uncle- Moyers Wilcher worked in Dallas. James (the youngest) and I went half a year to the India school run by a man and his wife. I don't recall their names. I moved with my mother to Ft.Worth after the 8th grade.

    Mr.Eagle ran the General Store at India. There was a cotton gin and a watertower where people filled their water wagons for family use. Papa and the boys raised cotton, big gardens, feed for the animals, and sheep for the wool. Cows were strictly for milk and butter, and we had horses, pigs and chickens. There was a family at India that had a peach orchard and another that had a big berry patch and in season you could go and buy their produce, picked or pick it yourself. I used to go with Papa. Papa knew a farmer at Cedar Hill and at Christmas he'd let Papa cut down a tree. Down in back of the big pasture there were Mustang grapevines growing on tall trees-they must have been there for years because the vines were as big around as a man's arm. They had formed swings & seats. It was really fun to play down there. Mama would make grape juice and jelly, can peaches and make preserves, put up berries for pies & jam. Of course vegetables were canned and we had a potato hill for both sweet & irish potatoes. We always looked forward to the 1st.norther and the 1st.hog killin' of the season. The smoke house was replenished-Papa made really good sausage-Mama made sacks for it out of un bleached muslin just the size to fit on the stuffer. There was also a cream seperator that seperated milk and cream so Mama could churn and make butter.

    I wouldn't take anything for having grown up in that period and being that close with my grandparents and knowing all my grand-aunts and uncles.There's nothing like family! - Peggy H.Nelson, June 11, 2007

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