sidebar menu icon


SCOTTS CHAPEL, TEXAS. Scotts Chapel, two miles south of Farm Road 1304 and twelve miles southwest of Hillsboro in southwest Hill County, was named after J. B. Scott, who settled in the area with Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Scott in 1852, when the county was part of Navarro County. P. G. Scott donated land for a school and church, and his brother, Burris Scott, donated land for a cemetery. A few years later David Steele moved to the area and bought a farm for fifty cents an acre from the state of Texas. He later bought an adjoining farm for a dollar an acre. The log cabin that he lived in was still standing in 1989. In 1866 Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Treadwell, devout Methodists, provided financial support for Scotts Chapel Church, one of the oldest in the county. The Treadwell school, organized in 1920 in nearby Menlow, was presumably named after this family. Scotts Chapel had sixty-four students attending its school in 1905–06. A 1936 map shows the Scotts Chapel Cemetery and only a few dozen scattered dwellings in the area. A 1986 map shows only the cemetery remaining. James William Scott, who fought at the siege of Bexar, and Sam McFall, survivor of the Mier expedition, are reportedly buried there.

Ellis Bailey, A History of Hill County, Texas, 1838–1965 (Waco: Texian Press, 1966). A. Y. Kirkpatrick, The Early Settlers' Life in Texas, and the Organization of Hill County (Waco: Texian Press, 1963).
Tarlton W. Kennedy

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, Tarlton W. Kennedy, "Scotts Chapel, TX," accessed November 22, 2017,

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!