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    JONESVILLE, TEXAS
    AKA Border and Concord

    Harrison County, East Texas
    FM 134
    21 miles E of Marshall

    2 Miles N of US 20/Hwy 80
    Population: 28 (estimated 2000)

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     Jonesville TX - Dr. Samuel Floyd Vaughan Home
    Dr. Samuel Floyd Vaughan Home (See Historical Marker)
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2011
    History in a Pecan Shell

    First named Border, due to its proximity to Louisiana, it is thought to have been established sometime in the 1840s. It maintained its own post office until 1849 when the town was renamed after William Jones - the community's first storekeeper.

    A nearby community named Concord merged with Jonesville - losing its post office and identity in the process.

    In 1884 the town had 60 people and by 1892 it had grown to nearly 300. The community declined to 150 by 1933. By 1950 it was down to 100 and declined further to the present figure above.


    Jonesville, Texas Landmarks > Photo Gallery & Historical Markers
    Jonesville by Lelia Vaughan >
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    Jonesville, Texas 75659

    Google and the Two Jonesvilles
    Same named towns are not equal.


    Ms Lelia Vaughan of Jonesville in Harrison County (NOT ANGELINA COUNTY) took the time to write with a vexing problem. It seems that over the years, this small but still-open-for-business town frequently gets confused with the ghost town of the same name in Angelina County. Her letter appears below:

    [Dear Texas Escapes]
    Just letting you know the Jonesville, Texas (1847) of Harrison County in northeast Texas is just a few miles north of I-20 and Highway 80..about mid-way between Marshall
    and Shreveport LA.

    [This] Jonesville is home of the Dr. Samuel Floyd Vaughan home (a Texas Historic Site), and Locust Grove antebellum home along Coleman Road. The pre-Cival War Swanson's Landing to Marshall Southern railway extended through Jonesville. When the railway was taken up during the Civil War, the track was relocated to connect Marshall with Shreveport. Union Pacific now manages that railroad through the current town of Jonesville.

    We are having to fight to keep our Jonesville Texas Post Office 75659 open...partially because of confusions and incorrect locations listed by Google Map and other sites that have confused our HARRISON County Jonesville with the Angelina County ghost town with the same name.

    Buy stamps from 75659 Jonesville to help keep our U. S. Post Office open.

    Thank You
    Lelia Vaughan
    Great Grandaughter of Dr. S. F. Vaughan
    August 09, 2011

    Jonesville

    From Longview & Marshall: A metropolitan Sunday Drive by Bob Bowman (Excerpt - "The East Texas Sunday Drive Book")

    "From Scottsville, continue on 1998 until you reach the intersection of Farm Road 134. Head south on 134 to the one-time cotton community of Jonesville. Here, you'll find an honest-go-goodness general store of the kind found around the turn of the century. The T.C. Lindsey & Company General Store, which evolved from the Jones Trading Post, has been in business since l847 and includes an enormous antique collection, as well as run-of-the mill store items. The store has been the scene of several movie and television productions. Nearby is a new museum housing rare automobiles, jukeboxes, and other memorabilia.

    You'll also find at Jonesville a cotton gin, one of the last such businesses left in East Texas; the home of Dr. Samuel Floyd Vaughn, which dates back to the l840s; and Locust Grove, a stunning two-story house with double porches built in l847.


    From Jonesville, continue on 134 to Waskom. Here, head south on Farm Road 9 until it intersects with Farm Road 2625. Follow 2625, passing through Crossroads, Rosobrough Springs, Darco and Gailee, until it reaches Farm Road 968. Head west back into Longview."
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    Jonesville TX - TC Lindsey Co
    The T.C. Lindsey & Co. General Store in business since l847
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2011
    Jonesville TX- Murray Gin
    Murray Gin
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2011
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    Jonesville TX - Post Office 75659
    Jonesville, Texas 75659 - Post Office threatened with closure
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2011
    Jonesville TX Store Post Office
    The T.C. Lindsey & Co. General Store interior
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2011
    Harrison County TX - Swanson's Landing Historical Marker
    On FM 134, 1.5 miles N of Jonesville
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2011
    Historical Marker Text
    Swanson's Landing
    (Site 16 mi. NE; Historic Railroad Bed Here)
    A key port on Caddo Lake for traffic to New Orleans, 1830s-1860s. Founded by Peter Swanson (1789-1849), a civil engineer and planter. Cotton, pelts and other products went out and settlers' goods came in at this landing.

    1850s terminal of Southern Pacific (first railroad in East Texas), built to Marshall
    from the landing. During Civil War, 1861-65, road was rerouted to haul troops between Marshall and western Louisiana.

    Later, port declined. Steamer "Mittie Stephens" on Feb. 11, 1869, burned near Swanson's Landing with loss of 69 lives.

    1969
    Jonesville TX - Samuel Floyd Vaughan Home Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2011
    Historical Marker Text
    Dr. Samuel Floyd Vaughan Home
    This home evolved from a two-room central hall plan house built in 1841-42. The second story was completed in 1865, and the Italianate style front rooms and Eastlake style porches were added after Dr. Samuel Floyd Vaughan purchased the home in 1870. A native of Missouri and a Civil War veteran, Vaughan (1844-1916) served Harrison County as a physician and surgeon. The homestead has remained in the Vaughan family for more than 100 years.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1985

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    Harrison County Texas 1907 Postal map
    1907 Harrison County Postal map showing Jonesville
    (Under "N" in "HARRISON")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic/contemporary photos of their town/subject, please contact us.
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