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    JOHNSVILLE, TEXAS

    Erath County, North Central Texas
    Just off U.S. Highway 67
    About 15 Miles SE of Stephenville

    Population: 00025 (2000)

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    Tx - Johnsville Church of Christ

    Johnsville Church of Christ
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013

    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 Text:

    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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    Photographer's Note:
    Johnsville is on CR206 just west of FM 2481, 4 miles north of Duffau.
    1920s Erath County map showing Johnsville, SE of Stephenville
    (Below "H" in "ERATH")

    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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