Historic cemeteries in
Ellis, Texas

Alma Cemetery Alsdorf Cemetery Andrews Cemetery Apperson Family Cemetery Astonia Cemetery Auburn Cemetery Bardwell Cemetery Beck Wilson Cemetery Bee Creek Cemetery Bells' Chapel Cemetery Berrys Chapel Cemetery Bethel Cemetery Biggin-Coleman-Pointer Cemetery Blanton Cemetery Blanton-Hooser Cemetery Bluff Springs Cemetery Boren Cemetery Braley (former Location) Cemetery Bristol Cemetery Britton Cemetery Brooks Family Cemetery Burnham Cemetery Clay-Bell Cemetery Clopton Farm Cemetery Collier Farm Cemetery Couch Cemetery Crisp Cemetery Dean Cemetery Douglas Cemetery Ellis County Poor Farm Cemetery #1 Ellis County Poor Farm Cemetery #2 Ennis Hebrew Cemetery Ennis Memorial Cemetery Ferguson Farm Cemetery Ferris Memorial Park North Cemetery Ferris Memorial Park South Cemetery Forreston Cemetery Geaslin Cemetery Glenwood Cemetery Grady Cemetery Graves Cemetery Greathouse Cemetery Hamby-Adams Cemetery Hamrock-Weir Cemetery Hardeman Family Cemetery Harpold Family Cemetery Hefley Cemetery Hickory Grove Cemetery High Springs Cemetery Hillcrest Burial Park Cemetery Hooks Family Cemetery Hopewell Cemetery Hughes Cemetery #1 Hughes Cemetery #2 Hughes Cemetery #3 Hyde-Prue Cemetery IOOF Cemetery Irvine Farm Cemetery Italy City Cemetery Jackson Cemetery Krantz Farm Cemetery Kranz Farm Cemetery Lakeview Memorial Park Cemetery Llewellyn Grave Cemetery Looney Family Cemetery Lucille Cemetery Mabry Family Cemetery Maloney Cemetery Mangram Grave Cemetery Maypearl Cemetery McCulloch-Williams Cemetery McCulloch-Witten Cemetery Midlothian Cemetery Milford Cemetery Morgan Infant Cemetery Mt. Zion Cemetery Myrtle Cemetery Neck Memorial Cemetery Newton Cemetery Norman Cemetery Oak Branch Cemetery Ovilla Cemetery Ozro Cemetery Pace Cemetery Palmer Cemetery Patterson Cemetery Payne Family Cemetery Pest House Cemetery Prince Hall Fraternal Cemetery Quinn Farm Cemetery Red Oak Cemetery Redwine Cemetery Richardson Cemetery Ritchey Grave Cemetery Sardis Cemetery Sevier Cemetery Shiloh Cemetery Singleton Cemetery Slat Rock Road Gravesites Cemetery Smithwick Park Cemetery South Cemetery St. Joseph Cemetery St. Paul Cemetery Stacks Family Cemetery Sweatt Cemetery Telico Cemetery Templeton Cemetery Union Hill Cemetery Unknown (Palmer) Cemetery Wakfield Cemetery Walnut Springs Cemetery Watson Family Cemetery Waxahachie City Cemetery West Side Memorial Park Cemetery Whitfield Cemetery
Texas was once a part of Mexico but gained independence in 1836 after a famous battle at the Alamo.
Ellis County, located in the state of Texas, has a rich and diverse history that dates back to the early 19th century. The county was established on December 20, 1849, and was named after Richard Ellis, president of the convention that declared Texas' independence from Mexico.

The area that is now Ellis County was initially inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Caddo and Comanche. However, in the mid-1830s, European settlers began to arrive and establish homesteads in the region. These settlers were drawn to the fertile land and opportunities for farming and ranching.

During the Civil War, Ellis County was deeply divided, with residents supporting both the Union and the Confederacy. The county was the site of several skirmishes and raids, and endured a significant amount of destruction as a result. After the war, Ellis County began to rebuild and experienced a period of growth and development.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ellis County saw the rise of industries such as cotton farming, cattle ranching, and oil production. The arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s further fueled the county's economic growth. Today, Ellis County remains an agricultural powerhouse, with a strong presence in the cotton and cattle industries, and is also home to a diverse range of businesses and thriving communities.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Ellis County, Texas.

  • 1849 - Ellis County is established from Navarro County.
  • 1850 - Waxahachie is selected as the county seat.
  • 1853 - The county courthouse is built.
  • 1881 - The Texas Central Railroad reaches Waxahachie, boosting the local economy.
  • 1883 - Southwestern Asylum for the Insane (now known as Terrell State Hospital) opens in Terrell, impacting the county's development.
  • 1889 - A fire destroys the Ellis County courthouse.
  • 1895 - A new courthouse is completed, designed by architect J. Riely Gordon.
  • 1921 - An oil boom begins in Ellis County, leading to increased prosperity.
  • 1934 - The Federal Correctional Institution is established in Seagoville.
  • 1942 - The Naval Air Station is established in Waxahachie during World War II.
  • 1969 - Navarro College opens a campus in Waxahachie.
  • 1987 - Bluebonnet Festival debuts in Ennis, becoming an annual celebration.
  • 2007 - Baylor Scott & White Medical Center opens in Waxahachie, providing advanced healthcare services to the county.