Johnsville is on CR206 just west of FM 2481, 4 miles north of Duffau.
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
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.
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
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.
Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, August 2013
School 1930s Class Photo
School Class Photo, 1930s
(Click on photo to enlarge)
courtesy Jay Williams
"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
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