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MAYFLOWER, TEXAS
AKA Survey, Texas

Newton County, East Texas
About 7 miles NW of Burkeville on RM 255 and State Hwy 87
NE of Jasper
N of Newton
About 70 Miles N of Beaumont
Population: Estimated at 100 (2000)

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Mayflower TX - Mt Pleasant Church
Mt Pleasant Church in Mayflower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, November 2010
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History in a Pecan Shell

A man with the redundant name of William Williams received a Mexican land grant here in 1934. When the land was first surveyed, the settlement here was called the "Survey" or more formally as "Surveyville." Settlement began prior to the Civil War and sometime in the 1890s a post office was granted. As unlikely as it seems, the name was already in use by another town and so a new application was sent in for Mayflower. (See Bob Bowman's Town Names.)

No population estimates are available for Mayflower's early years, but like most regional towns, it would've peaked during the early 20th Century when timber reserves were being exploited. After WWII the post office was discontinued and the 1970 estimate of 100 people has been used through 2000.
Historical marker (1 mile S of Junction RM 255 and State Hwy 87):

The Survey Community

William Williams, an early 1800s Sabine Valley pioneer, obtained a large land grant in 1834 from the Republic of Mexico. His surveyed land attracted settlers, who called the location "The Survey". In 1847, Wade H. Mattox (1800-1863) built the first frame house in the settlement, using lumber hauled from Alexandria, LA., by a neighbor, Ezekiel Cobb (1825-1864). By the 1850s, the survey had settlers named Booker, Bush, Dade, Clark, Collins, Conner, Droddy, Garlington, Hardy, Joiner, Jones, McGee, Mitchell, Smith, Trotti, and Weeks. The economy was based on farming and (later) lumbering. At least 16 survey community residents fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War (1861-65).

In 1889, the Methodists built a church on land given by Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Mattox. The building was also used for school purposes. Surveyville Post Office, opened in 1903, was soon renamed "Mayflower".

Population shifts starting in the 1940s caused the school to consolidate with Burkeville (1949), the post office to close (1951), and the church to disband (1961). Public facilities, including the church building, Mattox Cemetery, and several other burial grounds, are now maintained by the Survey Cemetery Association.

(1975)
The Survey Community historical marker
The Survey Community historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, November 2010
Mayflower TX - Road Sign
Mayflower Road Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, November 2010
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Tyler, Jasper & Newton Counties 1920s Texas map
1920s Newton County map showing Mayflower N of Newton
(Above "N" in "NEWTON" near NEWTON/SABINE County line)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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