Austonia, TX


By: Lisa C. Maxwell

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: August 15, 2015


Austonia (Astonia, Astoria) is located along an extension of Farm Road 984, known as Austonia Road, fifteen miles southeast of Waxahachie in southern Ellis County. Thomas Alston built the first house in the community in 1876 and became the first postmaster when Astonia received a post office in 1879 in his general store. Baptist, Methodist, and Christian groups shared a union church there, and forty students attended school in the church building. In 1890 Astonia had a population of ten, several businesses, three churches, and a school. In 1900 the post office was moved to Rankin, a mile to the west. In the 1980s the community appeared on maps as Austonia, but only the Austonia church and cemetery remained in the area.

Edna Davis Hawkins et al., History of Ellis County, Texas (Waco: Texian, 1972).

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Lisa C. Maxwell, “Austonia, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/austonia-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
August 15, 2015

Place
Austonia
Currently Exists
No
Place Type
Town
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Ellis County
Associated Names

Astonia

Alston's

Astoria

Rankin

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 32.18876020°
  • Longitude: -96.73527020°