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History of Ellis County, Texas

Please see individual pages for communities to find their local histories.  

For a lengthy and detailed history of our county, click here and enjoy the 1892 book, "Memorial and Biographical History of Ellis County, Texas," available to read online at North Texas University (quotes are used instead of underlining book title to avoid confusion with an Internet link). 

Click here to view the 13-part map of early Ellis County, which allows you to zoom in to view creeks, railroads, schools, and cemeteries in the early 1900s. Jean Caddel painstakingly created the map. It is our understanding her first map listed roads in 1906-1907 and she updated her work over the years. We also have been informed that in 1901, voter precincts map information was added and in 1915, the school districts map apparently was used to add more information. 

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Ellis County was created in December of 1849. It was named to honor Richard Ellis, a native of Virginia and, before moving to what would become Texas, a resident of Alabama, where he had served as a judge. He lived in this pioneer area for two years and was then asked to preside over the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

While Texas was a Republic, Mr. Ellis served as a senator and represented northeast Texas.


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