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SOULES CHAPEL, TEXAS. Soules Chapel, on Farm Road 556 ten miles northwest of Gilmer in northwestern Upshur County, grew up around a Methodist church established in the early 1880s named for a Methodist bishop. A school was in operation there by the turn of the century, and in 1906 it had an enrollment of eighty-six students. In the mid-1930s the community had a school, a store, the Methodist church, a cemetery, and a number of houses; the estimated population in 1936 was ten. After World War II the school was consolidated with the Harmony district, and by the mid-1960s only the church, a cemetery, and a few houses remained. In 1990 Soules Chapel was a dispersed rural community for which no recent population estimates were available.


G. H. Baird, A Brief History of Upshur County (Gilmer, Texas: Gilmer Mirror, 1946). Doyal T. Loyd, A History of Upshur County (Gilmer, Texas: Gilmer Mirror, 1966). Audie Ray, Lurline, and Douglas Ray Stanley, comps. and eds., Upshur County Cemetery Records (Gilmer, Texas, 1974).

Christopher Long

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Christopher Long, "SOULES CHAPEL, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed December 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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