Capote, TX

By: Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

Type: General Entry

Published: December 1, 1994

Updated: October 7, 2020

Capote (Capoti) was a rural school community on Farm Road 466 about ten miles southeast of Seguin in southeastern Guadalupe County. The community was founded by Reverend Leonard Isley, a White minister who also founded the Capote Baptist Church. Hiram Wilson, a former slave, established a pottery business in Capote in 1869. He also served as the first pastor of the Capote Baptist Church. Wilson died in 1884, but other ex-slaves continued to run the pottery until 1903. Pottery from Capote turned up in many areas of southwestern Texas (see WILSON POTTERIES). In 1904 Capote had three one-teacher schools for forty-four White students, and three schools and four teachers for 137 Black students. There were a few scattered houses and a cemetery in the area in 1946; by the mid-1980s only a church and a cemetery marked the community on county highway maps. Capote Cemetery was still in use in the 2010s.


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

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, “Capote, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 19, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994
October 7, 2020

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


  • Latitude: 29.52523260°
  • Longitude: -97.80889020°