Corn Hill Community

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Corn Hill Community (Texas Historical Marker text) Corn Hill Community

Settled primarily by settlers from Texas and southern states, Corn Hill was one of the earliest communities in Williamson County. John E. King, county judge from 1858 to 1860, named it for the home he built on a hill and nearby cornfield in 1852. The dispersed agricultural community was the first stop on the stage line running from Georgetown to Fort Gates (Coryell County).

A post office opened in 1855 and by the 1860s, an influx of new residents settled here. In 1878, George G. Grant established corn Hill Academy Male and Female School, built on land donated by Judge King. It thrived and in 1886 moved to a new two-story building with four classrooms, a bell tower and an auditorium, which provided meeting space for local church services. By 1893, a public school opened as part of Corn Hill Independent School District.

By the end of the 19th century, Corn Hill had a saddle club, several churches, two locl cotton gins, Corn Hill College, fraternal lodges and school organizations. By the early 1900s, community residents became active in Populist politics and in the Farmers’ Union. Industrial activity of the early 1900s included the Corn Hill and Gravis Telephone Company and a waterworks; a planned interurban to Bartlett never materialized.

The settlement began to decline in 1909 when the Bartlett Western Railway bypassed two miles to the north, establishing the town of Jarrell. Steam engines helped move homes and businesses to the new townsite, and other moved to the village of New Corn Hill, but many residents chose to remain here. Today, the dispersed Corn Hill settlement survives as a reminder of the area’s early agrarian heritage. (2007)

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Sarah Catherine Overby Sallie
Sarah Catherine Swann
January 6, 1877
143 Virginia, USA
8 March 28, 1963
57 86 Texas, USA
Saturday, May 30, 2015 3:33 PM
Henry Franklin Overby Frank
March 7, 1879
141 Virginia, USA
6 March 5, 1961
59 81 Texas, USA
Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:09 PM
Margaret Ann Grinstead Maggie
Margaret Ann Overby
March 23, 1855
March 28, 1856
165 Virginia, USA
Virginia, USA
8 May 31, 1912
108 57 Texas, USA
Sunday, June 19, 2011 3:56 AM
Andrew Cunningham Grinstead Andy
June 9, 1843
177 Virginia, USA
5 June 28, 1894
126 51 Texas, USA
Sunday, June 19, 2011 3:56 AM
W. Emory Grinstead
September 6, 1868
152 Virginia, USA
0 April 14, 1934
86 65 Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:41 AM
Tabitha Alice Grinstead
April 29, 1871
149 Virginia, USA
2 after 1940
80 68 Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:39 AM
Samual Tillison Grinstead
August 27, 1873
147 Virginia, USA
3 July 1947
73 73 Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:38 AM
Henry Franklin Overby
March 28, 1852
168 Virginia, USA
8 November 28, 1888
131 36 Texas, USA
Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:42 AM
Albert Newt Grinstead
June 28, 1879
141 Texas, USA
7 December 1, 1923
96 44 Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:36 AM
Rhoda Elizabeth Witt
December 6, 1848
171 Tennessee, USA
5 November 10, 1910
109 61 Texas, USA
Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:44 AM
Ollie Lora Virginia Overby
Ollie Lora Virginia Davis
March 30, 1875
145 Virginia, USA
6 October 10, 1947
72 72 Texas, USA
Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:51 AM
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