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JOLLYVILLE, TEXAS

Williamson / Travis County, Texas Hill Country

30 27' 12" N, 97 45' 45" W (30.453333, -97.7625)
Highway 183
18 Miles N of Austin
Population: 16,151 (2010)
15,813 (2000) 15,206 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Named for blacksmith John Grey Jolly, the town was formed just after the Civil War. Jolly donated land for the community's first school. In 1878 a school was constructed and by 1903 there were thirty-five pupils enrolled. From a mere 40 residents in 1940, the town increased to 15,000 by the 1990 Census. The city now extends into Travis County.

Historical Marker
(12883 Pond Springs Road, off Hwy 183, Round Rock):

Jollyville Community and School

This area was first settled in the 1840s by Henry Rhodes. He was soon joined by such pioneers as Elisha Prewitt, who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto, and Civil War veterans Elisha Rhodes, J. Bryon Jenkins, and William H. Thompson, whose home at this site served as a stage stop.

In 1866 Confederate veteran John G. Jolly established the Jollyville community. The owner of a store and blacksmith shop, he gave land for a cemetery and for a school (200 ft. W), which was merged with Pond Springs in 1903. Later growth in the Jollyville area resulted from nearby urban development.
(1983)

Historical Marker
(8600 Spicewood Springs Road, Jollyville) :

Jolly Cemetery

This pioneer burial ground is a reminder of the area's earliest settlers. It was formally set aside by John Grey Jolly (1825-99) and his wife, Nancy Isabel (Eskew) (1825-1921) -- both buried here -- for whom Jollyville community was named.

The earliest marked grave is that of Margaret Evergreen Robinson, who died in 1872. Others buried here include five citizens of the Republic of Texas -- members of the Thomas V. S. Strode family, who settled in this area of the state in 1841. The last burial in the Jolly Cemetery, that of Texas Confederate veteran Charlie Strode, took place in 1929.
(1986)

America Emma Jolly
America Emma Jolly
Virginia Davis, Emma Jolly, Sally Rebecca Cain
Left - America Emma Jolly
On back says "Mother" written by Cordelia Clementine Jolly Lee
Center - Written as Emma America Jolly
Right - Virginia Davis, Emma Jolly, Sally Rebecca Cain

Jollyville Forum

America Emma Jolly 1857-1944
"My 1st cousin 3x removed was married to America Emma Jolly, daughter of John Grey Jolly the founder of Jollyville. America Emma was born 20 Nov 1857 in Austin, TX and died 1 Mar 1944 in El Paso, TX. James was born in MS in 1849 and died in El Paso, TX 27 Dec 1928. They were married in 1873. The photos are some I found of America Emma." - Jerry Jolly, Duncan, OK, February 14, 2017
America Emma Jolly 1857-1944
America Emma Jolly 1857-1944

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