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    TERRYVILLE, TEXAS

    DeWitt County, Central Texas South
    FM 682 and FM 1447
    SW of Hallettsville
    15.4 Miles NE of Cuero
    About 30 Miles N of Victoria
    Population: 0040 (2000)

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    Terryville Texas - East Hebron Church
    East Hebron Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The community was originally settled in 1850 by Bob Alexander, but it was the Terry Brothers (James and John) who opened the area’s first store two years later who became the town’s namesake.

    The core population was joined by dozens of other families. Mail came all the way from Victoria until after the Civil War when a post office opened in 1869.

    In 1870 the town’s first school was built and a Methodist Church was organized that same year. The church was disbanded in 1940 and was originally located on the present site of the Old Terryville Cemetery.

    In 1886 Terryville moved three miles southeast of its original location and the town reached its apex four years later when it had about 35-50 residents served by three groceries. Other businesses included a cotton gin and a blacksmith.

    After 1900 a decline set in and the first casualty was the post office. It closed in 1907. No record was kept of the town’s population until after the Great Depression when 29 people were reported. The town had a single store at that time.

    The population swelled to 50 for the 1960 census but shrank back to 40 by 1970. The same number has been used through 2000.

    Terryville Texas - East Hebron Church Steeple
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
    Terryville Tx - Progress Baptist Church
    Progress Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
    DeWitt County - Terryville Tx Historical Marker
    Terryville Tx Historical Marker
    FM 682, 12 miles S of Yoakum
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
    Historical Marker Text

    Terryville

    Founded near this site in the 1850s, Terryville was named for the family of James D. Terry, who served as De Witt County judge from 1883 to 1891. The community raised a cavalry company for the Confederate Army and had a post office by 1869. The post office and most residents moved in the 1880s to a new location 2.5 miles away. The community prospered until the early 20th century. The post office was discontinued in 1907. The old cemetery remains at the first townsite, while a Baptist church still exists at the second location.
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