St. John Colony

St. John Colony is on Farm Road 672 ten miles northeast of Lockhart in northeastern Caldwell County. It was begun in the early 1870s by a group of black families who came from Webberville with the Rev. John Henry Winn to purchase land. The community was first called Winn's Colony, but after the establishment of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in 1873, its name was changed to St. John Colony. The boundaries of the colony were somewhat nebulous, but it included an area of roughly 2,200 acres. St. John was the name given to the local school district in the 1870s, and it continued to be the focus of a common district until it was consolidated with Lockhart schools in the early 1960s. Residents maintained a school at the community until area public schools were integrated in 1966. The community had three churches in the 1980s, when about forty families lived in the area. In 2000 the population was 150.

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Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl | © TSHA

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Adopted by: Virginia Stewart Miller
Adoption Message: In honor of my ancestors who persevered as soldiers in the army of the Lord Jesus Christ
Until: November 18th, 2027

Belongs to

St. John Colony is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

St. John Colony is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [St. John's-]
  • (Winn's Colony)

Location

Latitude: 29.97105330
Longitude: -97.55833000

Has Post Office

No

Is Incorporated

No

Population Count, 2014

150