The Survey Community

The Survey Community (HM20Y4)

Location: Wiergate, TX 75977 Newton County
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N 31° 5.13', W 93° 43.148'

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William Williams, an early 1800s Sabine Valley pioneer, obtained a large land grant in 1834 from the Republic of Mexico. His surveyed land attracted settlers, who called the location "The Survey". In 1847 Wade H. Mattox (1800 - 1863) built the first frame house in the settlement, using lumber hauled from Alexandria, LA., by a neighbor, Ezekiel Cobb (1825-1864). By the 1850s, The Survey had settlers named Booker, Bush, Dade, Clark, Collins, Conner, Droddy, Garlington, Hardy, Joiner, Jones, McGee, Michell, Smith, Trotti, and Weeks. The economy was based of farming and (later) lumbering. At least 16 Survey community residents fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War (1861-65).

In 1889, the Methodists built a church on land given by Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mattox. The building was also used for school purposes. Surveyville Post Office, opened in 1903, was soon renamed "Mayflower".

Population shifts starting in the 1940s caused the school to consolidate with Burkeville (1949), the post office to close (1951) and the church to disband (1961). Public facilities, including the church building, Mattox Cemetery, and several other burial grounds, are now maintained by the Survey Cemetery Association.
HM NumberHM20Y4
Marker Number1147
Year Placed1975
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 431407 N 3439299
Decimal Degrees31.08550000, -93.71913333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 5.13', W 93° 43.148'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 5' 7.8000" N, 93° 43' 8.8800" W
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Area Code(s)409
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11147 State Hwy 87, Wiergate TX 75977, US
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