Bellville is a city in the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Austin County. The city's population was 4,097 at the 2010 census. Bellville was named for Thomas B. Bell, one of Stephen F. Austin's earliest colonists, after he and his brother donated land for the new county seat established by voters in 1846. San Felipe had been the county seat before the war for independence. Bellville is located in southern Austin County at 29°56?50?N 96°15?31?W (29.947225, -96.258657). Sealy, along Interstate 10, is 10 miles (16 km) to the south, Hempstead is 15 miles (24 km) to the northeast, and Brenham is 18 miles (29 km) to the northwest. Downtown Houston is 64 miles (103 km) to the southeast via Sealy and Interstate 10.