Wadeville Community
Navarro County, Texas


Cities and Towns


Wadeville, near Farm Road 309 three miles south of Kerens in southeastern Navarro County, was among the earliest settlements in the county.  Around 1848, J. T. Parsons established a store on the south bank of Rush Creek, and a small community known as Parsons' Trading Post grew up.  David Sherrill built a gin there around 1856, and a post office was established in the store in 1861.  After Parsons died in 1871 the post office was moved to a general store run by Mack Wade, and the community was renamed Wadeville.  At its height around 1880, Wadeville had a school, gin, a drug store, a Masonic lodge, a Presbyterian church, and a cotton gin.. The population in 1880 was 152.  When the St. Louis and Southwestern Railway was constructed through the area in 1881, it bypassed the town.  The merchants and most of the residents moved to the newly established town of Kerens on the railroad, and within a short time Wadeville was a ghost town.  In the early 1900s no trace of the former community remained.


  • Early settlers there included the Wades, Sherrills, Smiths, and Daniels. The "Jimmerson" cemetery, located here, was the burial place for many early settlers of the area. Unfortunately, it is now overgrown in weeds and brambles.
  • Wadeville is also known as Jameson, Jimmerson, Owen, and White Chapel.  ...Bill Young


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