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About Williamson County

Williamson County is named for Robert M. Williamson, pioneer leader and veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto; created from Milam County, organized March 13, 1848, and located in Central Texas just north of the state capitol in Austin.  Physically, the eastern part of the county is level black land soil and the western part rolling limestone hills, all drained by the San Gabriel River and tributaries. The county has a lively history including Comanche’s, outlaws, Texas Rangers, the Chisholm Trail, cowboys, and sturdy pioneers.  The Comanches arrived in the area in the eighteenth century and lived in parts of the Territory of Williamson County until as late as 1838.  After they were crowded out by Anglo-American settlements who arrived in the late 1830’s, the Comanches continued to raid settlements in the county until the 1860’s.  There also appear to have been small numbers of Tonkawas, Kiowa, Yojuane, Tawakoni, and Mayeye Indians living in the county at the time of the earliest Anglo settlements.


The county occupies 1,137 square miles and is divided into two regions by the Balcones Escarpment, which runs through the center from north to south along a line from Jarrell to Georgetown to Round Rock. The western half of the county is an extension of the Western Plains and is undulating hilly brush land with an average elevation of 850 feet, while the eastern region is part of the Coastal Plains and is flat to gently rolling with an average elevation of 600 feet.


Population estimates on a sampling of towns in Williamson County for January 1, 2015:

Andice (300); Bartlett (3,344, partly in Bell County); Brushy Creek (23,472); Cedar Park (67,995, part [489] in Travis County); Coupland (280); Florence (1,207); Georgetown (59,805), county seat; Granger (1,473); Hutto (19,904); Jarrell (1,112); Jollyville (16,959, partly in Travis County); Leander (34,811); Liberty Hill (1,077); Round Rock (117,280, part [1,362] in Travis County);  Schwertner (175); Taylor (16,592); Thrall (891); Walburg (277); Weir (483).  Also, part [35,697] of Austin and Thorndale has a small portion in Williamson County.  (Source:   Texas State Historical Association, Texas Almanac)

About Cemetery Restoration Volunteers

The “Cemetery Restoration Volunteers” (CRV) maintain on a rotation basis about 20 abandoned cemeteries in Williamson County.

The volunteers are under the direction of WCHC’s Cemetery Committee Chair, Wayne Ware.  In 2020, there are 13 volunteers, using their own equipment.  Donations received by WCHC are helping to defray costs of restoring tombstones.

Williamson County is extremely fortunate to have these volunteers share their expertise in cleaning & repairing tombstones as well as maintaining the cemeteries.

CRV Group at Donahue Cemetery Photo Courtesy Joe Plunkett February 2020

From L to R:  Don Stephens, Johnny Anderson, David Tietz, Wayne Ware, Duane Peter, Rick Schampers, John Christeson, Al Gillot, Shelby Little, & Tommy Turner

Not pictured:  Joe Plunkett, Teresa Chapman & Mary Ann Schampers

The Williamson County Historical Commission

Our Bylaws

State of Texas Statute Chapter 318

Meetings:  the second Thursday of the month

Meeting Minutes:

2017-2020 Appointee Membership


  • Eloise Brackenridge, Chair
  • Winnann Ewing, Vice-Chair
  • Nancy Bell, Treasurer; Budget Committee; Website Committee
  • Rachel Arnold, Secretary; Census/Atlas Committee

Committee Chairs:

  • Joe Burgess, Oral History
  • Mildred Davis, Promotion
  • Kandy Dipprey, Membership
  • Dan Doss, Bridges
  • Shelby Little, Fundraising
  • Michael McCloskey, Bylaws
  • Jan Raesz, Historic Talks
  • Mickie Ross, Historical Markers
  • Wayne Ware, Cemeteries


  • Kelly Clark
  • Jane DiGesualdo
  • Mike Fowler
  • Barbara Glasscock
  • John Harlan
  • David Voelter

Ad Hoc:

  • Gary Hudder