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Our Genealogy Helper for Elmaton ...

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 Elmaton (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 Elmaton. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 west contained birth and death records; the county to the north 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.

Elmaton is located in 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 Elmaton. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Elmaton:

Matagorda     (The home county for Elmaton)
  Blessing   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Midfield   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Markham   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Elliott - Historic   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Collegeport   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Wadsworth   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Bay City   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Palacios   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Chalmers   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Matagorda   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Van Vleck   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Gulf - Historic   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Danciger   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Old Ocean   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Sweeny   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Wild Peach Village   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  West Columbia   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Brazoria   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  East Columbia   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Damon   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Jones Creek   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Point Comfort   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Indianola   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Port Lavaca   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Port O'Connor   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Nada   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Provident City - Historic   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
Fort Bend
  Four Corners   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Guy   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Kendleton   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Needville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Francitas   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  La Ward   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Weedhaven   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Ganado   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Lolita   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Vanderbilt   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Edna   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  La Salle   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Inez   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Danevang   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  El Campo   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Louise   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Lane City   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Pierce   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Boling   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Wharton   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Newgulf   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Glen Flora   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Hungerford   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Egypt   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Bonus   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Elmaton ...

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 79 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elmaton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elmaton, there are papers which were published within 49 miles [78.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elmaton.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Elmaton:

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



Victoria 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 Elmaton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elmaton.

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 Elmaton covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  SW Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Partain Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hawley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lacy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  S Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  WSW Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  S Collegeport Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>  
  WSW Francitas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>  
  WSW Deutschburg Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Palacios Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bay City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE East End Cemetery   [Map]     

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.<2>

While we didn't find Elmaton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Elmaton.

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

Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the South Southeast (SSE) from Elmaton
 - Ashby had a post office and no railroad service
Elliott - Historic   [Map]
 - While Elliott was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the Northeast (NE) from Elmaton
 - 1895 population of 215 people
 - Elliott had a post office and no railroad service
Matagorda   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from Elmaton
 - 1895 population of 399 people
 - Matagorda had a post office and no railroad service
Caney   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the East Northeast (ENE) from Elmaton
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Caney had a post office and no railroad service
Louise   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Elmaton
 - Louise had a post office and railroad service
Pledger   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Elmaton
 - Pledger had a post office and no railroad service
Ganado   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Elmaton
 - Ganado had a post office and railroad service
Mackay   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the North (N) from Elmaton
 - Mackay had railroad service and no post office

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Matagorda County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Elmaton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Matagorda County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Elmaton) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elmaton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 28.8864, Longitude: -96.1400     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elmaton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Elmaton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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