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JOHNSVILLE, TEXAS

Erath County, Central Texas North

Just off U.S. Highway 67
About 15 Miles SE of Stephenville
Population: 00025 (2000)

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Photographer's Note:
Johnsville is on CR206 just west of FM 2481, 4 miles north of Duffau.
Tx - Johnsville Church of Christ

Johnsville Church of Christ
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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History in a Pinhead

John Martin, the community’s first postmaster submitted a possessive variation of his first name on the post office application.

Early historical information is unavailable but county historians in Stephenville
undoubtedly know something. The first population figures come from the 1940 census when fifty residents were counted.

Somewhere along the line, Johnsville’s post office closed and by 1980 the estimated population was a mere twenty-five. That same number has been used through 2000.

Historical Marker :

Johnsville Cemetery

The community of Johnsville, settled before 1860, was named for John Z. Martin when he was appointed first postmaster in 1901. Once a thriving village on the main road from Stephenville to Glen Rose, Johnsville consisted of general stores, a cotton gin, blacksmith shop, fraternal lodges, a school, a church, and numerous homes. The oldest graves in Johnsville Cemetery are those of the two infant children of Curtis and Annie (Cox) Burks and of W. B. and Mary (Smith) Cox. The children are believed to have died in 1907 and 1910. In 1910 Edward and Martha (Shaw) Cox sold 1.5 acres of land adjoining the Christian church for use as a cemetery. The church was then almost fifteen years old.

Pioneers from all walks of life settled in the area; teachers, Masons, blacksmiths, merchants, soldiers, preachers, farmers, mothers, fathers, children, and many others created the community known as Johnsville. Many of them and their descendants were interred here in the Johnsville Cemetery.

In 1948 the Johnsville School was consolidated with schools in Pony Creek and Chalk Mountain to form the Three Way School District. By 1997, only the Church of Christ (formerly called the Christian Church) and the cemetery remained as a record of the area's pioneer settlement. The Johnsville Cemetery continues to serve the area.
(1998)
TX - Johnsville Cemetery Historical Marker
Johnsville Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
TX - Erath County Johnsville Cemetery
Johnsville Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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Johnsville School 1930s Class Photo

TX - Johnsville School 1930s class photo

Johnsville School Class Photo, 1930s
(Click on photo to enlarge)
Photo courtesy Jay Williams

Johnsville School

"I just started scanning in some old family photos and found the attached photo. I also scanned the back which lists the students (and apparently teachers) of this class. As you can see, there's no date. I believe my dad is the "Phil" in the list of names (Philip Roland Williams). He was born in 1926 in Hermleigh, so I'm guessing this photo must have been taken in the mid '30s. Thanks." - Jay Williams, September 17, 2017
TX - Johnsville School 1930s class photo

Back of above Johnsville School Class photo
Photo courtesy Jay Williams
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Erath Co map
1920s Erath County map showing Johnsville, SE of Stephenville
(Below "H" in "ERATH")

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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