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    MARTINSVILLE, TEXAS

    Nacogdoches County, East Texas
    State Highway 7 and FM 95
    About 14 Miles E of Nacogdoches

    Population: 000126 (2000)

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    Martinsville, TX 75958
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Once known as Martin’s Mill or Martin’s City, the community dates from the 1850s when former Alabaman John Martin, M.D. settled here and started a plantation.

    Dr. Martin did indeed build a mill – and when a post office was apllied for in 1867, it was rejected due to another community using the name. It was quickly resubmitted as Martinsville, which was accepted. It remained open until 1888. At that time the community reported a mere 40 residents which increased to 200 by 1929.

    During the worst of the Great Depression, Martinville supported ten businesses although the population declined by half to 100 residents.

    Postwar prosperity closed most of Martinsville’s business although the population remained at 100. It has been designated a “dispersed rural community” with 126 people reported for 1990 and 2000.
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