Since its original printing in 1952, the publication of the Handbook of Texas has been made possible through the support of its users. As an independent nonprofit, TSHA relies on your contributions to close the funding gap for the online Handbook and keep it a freely accessible resource for users worldwide. Please make a donation today to preserve the most comprehensive encyclopedic resource on Texas history. Donate Today »


Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

SEAWILLOW, TEXAS. Seawillow is near the intersection of Farm roads 197 and 204, six miles southeast of Lockhart in central Caldwell County. The settlement was named for Seawillow Margaret Ann (Pipkin) Wells, who was born under a willow tree in 1855 after her mother was caught in a flood and rescued by family slaves. Seawillow taught school in Lockhart, married, and then moved with her family to the site that, at her husband's suggestion, was named for her. Area children attended a school called Lone Star from the 1880s through 1910, when Seawillow School opened. The school was consolidated with the Glendale common school district after 1922. A post office operated at Seawillow from 1899 until 1903; rural delivery from Lockhart began in 1940. Cotton and grain were the primary products shipped by area farmers before oil was discovered in the county in the 1920s and 1930s. The community faded during the 1940s, and by the 1980s only a few buildings and oil tanks remained at the site. In 2000 the population was 100.

Mark Withers Trail Drive Museum, Historical Caldwell County (Dallas: Taylor, 1984). Plum Creek Almanac, Spring, Fall, 1988.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


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

Handbook of Texas Online, Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "SEAWILLOW, TX," accessed March 20, 2019,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Texas AlmanacFor more information about towns and counties including physical features, statistics, weather, maps and much more, visit the Town Database on!

Get this week's most popular Handbook of Texas articles delivered straight to your inbox