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Elliott, Texas
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Our Genealogy Helper for Elliott (aka 'Elliott's') ...

So far, we have found very little information about Elliott. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Elliott to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Elliott, please Contact Us.

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Elliott (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Elliott. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Although our information shows that the community of Elliott is historic, it would have been located within present day Matagorda County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Matagorda County: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Jackson & Wharton.

Below are the counties that are near Elliott. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Elliott:

Matagorda     (The home county for Elliott)
  Bay City   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<2>
  Markham   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]<2>
  Van Vleck   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<2>
  Chalmers   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]<2>
  McCroskey   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]<2>
  Wadsworth   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]<2>
  Elmaton   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]<2>
  Midfield   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]<2>
  Pledger   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]<2>
  Cedar Lane   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]<2>
  Blessing   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]<2>
  Gulf - Historic   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]<2>
  Collegeport   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]<2>
  Danciger   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]<2>
  Old Ocean   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]<2>
  Sweeny   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]<2>
  Wild Peach Village   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]<2>
  West Columbia   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]<2>
  East Columbia   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]<2>
  Brazoria   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]<2>
  Damon   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]<2>
  Jones Creek   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]<2>
  Bailey's Prairie   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<2>
  Holiday Lakes   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]<2>
  Lake Jackson   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]<2>
  Richwood   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]<2>
  Point Comfort   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<2>
  Nada   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]<2>
  Garwood   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<2>
  Matthews   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<2>
Fort Bend
  Four Corners   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]<2>
  Guy   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]<2>
  Needville   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<2>
  Fairchilds   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]<2>
  Kendleton   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]<2>
  Powell Point   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]<2>
  Beasley   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<2>
  Pleak   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]<2>
  Rosenberg   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<2>
  Francitas   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]<2>
  La Ward   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<2>
  Ganado   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<2>
  Weedhaven   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<2>
  Lolita   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]<2>
  Edna   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<2>
  Vanderbilt   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<2>
  Danevang   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]<2>
  Lane City   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]<2>
  Boling   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]<2>
  Newgulf   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]<2>
  Pierce   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]<2>
  El Campo   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]<2>
  Wharton   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<2>
  Louise   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]<2>
  Glen Flora   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]<2>
  Hungerford   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<2>
  Egypt   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]<2>
  Bonus   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]<2>
  East Bernard   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]<2>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Elliott, see our County-by-County Page for Elliott.

Newspapers Published in Elliott ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elliott.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elliott, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elliott.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Elliott:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Texas to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Matagorda County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Brazoria County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Colorado County:     Cyndi's



Fort Bend County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Wharton County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of Matagorda County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Texas

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Texas

Cemeteries Near Elliott ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elliott.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Elliott covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<2>  
  ENE Bay City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE East End Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<2>  
  E Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<2>  
  E Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Free System Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<2>  
  ESE Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<2>  
  E Pleasant Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]<2>  
  WSW Partain Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]<2>  
  WSW Hawley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.

Elliott itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 215 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Elliott, with the one closest to Elliott listed first.

Caney   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the East (E) from Elliott
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Caney had a post office and no railroad service
Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the Southwest (SW) from Elliott
 - Ashby had a post office and no railroad service
Pledger   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Elliott
 - Pledger had a post office and no railroad service
Matagorda   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the South (S) from Elliott
 - 1895 population of 399 people
 - Matagorda had a post office and no railroad service
Mackay   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Elliott
 - Mackay had railroad service and no post office
Wharton   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Elliott
 - 1895 population of 1,239 people (with 8,654 people in 2018)
 - Wharton had a post office and railroad service
Hinkles Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the East (E) from Elliott
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Hinkles Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Brazoria   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the East (E) from Elliott
 - 1895 population of 432 people (with 3,112 people in 2018)
 - Brazoria had a post office and no railroad service
Louise   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Elliott
 - Louise had a post office and railroad service
Hungerford   [Map]
 - Located 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the North (N) from Elliott
 - Hungerford had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Elliott. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elliott in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Elliott ...

With our Gazetteer, we add the names of communities whenever we see them mentioned - frequently found in old books or maps. Usually we don't have any details that go with the name, but we'll eventually find documents that will give us a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Elliott.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Elliott:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

for Elliott. See our Misc Page for Elliott for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Matagorda County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Matagorda County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Elliott, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Elliott) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Elliott. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Elliott

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elliott. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 28.9834, Longitude: -95.9951     [Map].
<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:






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