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Creek County, Montgomery County, Texas
There was a nice article
The Woodlands Lifestyle & Homes, March 2016 on
Spring Creek County,
p 39. Included also is my correspondence with Trevia Beverly in 2010 on
the location of the boundaries of Spring Creek County using the
Atlas of Historical Boundaries
from Newberry Library in Chicago. An
awesome resource. The interactive maps are
currently unavailable as of January 2017 but should be back on line
Back When … Spring Creek County
Texas, as of Jan. 18, 1841
before creation of judicial counties
Texas, as of
February 2, 1842 (after creation of all judicial counties)
Newberry Library (Atlas of Historical Boundaries Project).
(accessed Aug. 9. 2013) The black lines and county names are as
of February 2, 1842; the white lines and names are the current
Judicial counties established early in 1841, and at least
partially organized during their one-year existence, include (in
order of creation) Trinity, Ward, Spring Creek, Menard, Paschal,
Burnet, and Panola.
established on paper early in 1842,less than three weeks before
they were abolished by the Supreme Court, include Burleson, La
Baca Guadalupe, Waco, Neches, Smith, DeWitt, Madison and
© Trevia Wooster Beverly and Bernice Mistrot
Harris County Historical Commission
October 17, 2013
On Nov. 17, 2015, a forgotten part of Texas
history was brought to light and honored with a Texas Historical
Commission Marker. Spring Creek County was one of 16 “Judicial” counties
established between 1840 and 1842 to provide better access to citizens
when conducting government business, such as recording deeds, paying
taxes, court proceedings, and other business activities. In the early
days of Texas, the County Courthouse was where the real business of
government took place.
Harrisburg County was created in 1836 and in December 1839 it became
Harris County, with the city of Houston as the county seat. Montgomery
County was established by the act of Dec. 14, 1837 and the city of
Montgomery was declared the county seat. The county seats of Houston and
Montgomery were 30 to 45 miles away from the Spring Creek area depending
on your location. The people living in the Spring Creek area were
farmers, doctors, merchants, ministers, blacksmiths and veterans of the
Battle of San Jacinto. At the time the only transportation was a horse,
and people living on the outer edges of the counties would need a day or
two to reach their county seat. It was too far away and inconvenient to
serve on juries or conduct business. On Nov. 4, 1840, 130 male residents
residing around the Spring Creek area signed a petition to the Congress
of the Republic of Texas to create a new county comprising portions of
Harris and Montgomery counties along Spring Creek.
Congress established Spring Creek County on Jan. 21, 1841 to give the
residents better access to county offices and officials. The centrally
located county seat would be a new town to be named Greenville. It was
to be located on a high ridge one-quarter mile south of Spring Creek
near today’s Rose Hill west of Tomball. The Republic of Texas
Constitution stated that each county would have at least one
representative in Congress, and the Congress was limited to 40
representatives until the population of the Republic reached 100,000
residents. So the new Spring Creek County, as well as 15 others, were
established as ”judicial” counties, meaning that all court and
government services would be supplied by the new county, but the
congressional districts would remain the same, covering parts of
multiple counties, as they do today.
William Pierpont, Isaac Decker, James Cooper,
George W. Cropper, Abram Roberts and Archibald Smith were named County
Commissioners. James Cooper was appointed Chief Justice (County Judge),
and on May 8, 1841, the following officials were elected: District Clerk
William B. Reeves, County Clerk Thomas M. Hogan, Coroner Jason Whitney,
Sheriff Alexander F. Barron, Surveyor Eugene Pillot, and Justices of the
Peace Henry T. Mostyn, Claude N. Pillot, Nathaniel J. Carrol, Samuel
Davis, James Dickson and John Simmons.
On February 4, 1842 the Republic of Texas
Supreme Court ruled that the 16 judicial counties, including Spring
Creek County, were unconstitutional because they did not have separate
representation in Congress. The areas of these counties were then
returned to their respective parent counties. Many former judicial
counties were recreated after statehood in 1845. Spring Creek County is
the only one whose territory remains almost entirely within its parent
Both Harris County and Montgomery County officials as well as members of
their respective Historical Commissions participated in the historic
marker dedication ceremony at Spring Creek Park in Tomball. We want to
thank Trevia W. Beverly and Bernice Mistrot for their dedication and
countless hours of research in writing the narrative for the Texas
Historical Commission Marker and in granting us permission to use their
research in this article.
to: Jean Smoorenburg <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Mike & Jane Keppler <email@example.com>,
Barbara Franz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date: Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 11:56 AM
Do I understand that someone is writing a new history of Montgomery
County? Name & Contact?
----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Lambert
To: 'treviawbeverly' Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 1:23 PM
Subject: RE: Spring Creek County
This is the second time in a year this question has come up. Attached is
statute from Gammel creating Spring Creek County
We have an unprocessed collection which we received in 2002 that
includes a photocopy of a map of a part of Spring Creek County. The
donor was a Mrs. Ann Q. Wilson, who at one time was researching the
The attached map is entitled "Part of Spring Creek County taken from
Harris County." We have nothing showing the full dimensions of Spring
Creek County, but I guess you could start with the attached two items
and make it yourself!
Full information on the attached map is below.
No one knows where the original of this map
resides, though I would check Harris County Surveyor Records!
Subject: County Maps
Title: Part of Spring Creek County taken from Harris County
Region: Gulf Coast
County: Harris, Spring Creek
Creation Date: January 1, 1842
Author/Creator: George H. Bringhurst, County Surveyor of Harris County.
Size: 11 x 17.
Scale: 4000 varas to the inch.
Format: photocopy negative
General Features: [land holdings?,] roads, rivers, creeks
Named Features: ????
Collection: Ann Q. Wilson Collection
Comments: Archives also has a positive image of this same map, minus the
top left corner. The location of the original of this map is not known.
The map shows three roads in the northern part of Harris County believed
to not be shown in any other map. The map shows the Grimes Road and the
fork in that road on the Abraham Roberts Survey (Harris County Abstract
#63) where the southern route to Harrisburg was taken by the Texas
Revolutionary Army under Sam Houston on the way to the battle of San
Jacinto in 1836. The map also shows the Groce-Rankin Road and the
eastern extension of the Atascosito Road.
One of my staff says we do have a record of one person registering their
county of residence as Spring Creek County in our records, but I
wouldn't know how to search for it in our online database since the
county does not exist, but can figure it out if you need it.
Mark Lambert, MLIS, MA, CA
Archives and Records
Texas General Land Office
1700 N. Congress Ave., Suite 130
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 475-4619 fax
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Spring Creek County Negative.pdf
Spring Creek County Negative.pdf
Gammel Spring Creek County Creation Act 1841.pdf
Gammel Spring Creek County Creation Act 1841.pdf
Jean Smoorenburg <email@example.com>
Kameron Searle, Kameron K. Searle"
Kameron's research is excellent and well sourced. Have known him for a
few years now. He challenged MCG&HS and anyone else for that matter to
prove his research in error since it contradicts Robin Montgomery's
history. Robin admitted his History of Montgomery was based on family
stories & lore and not on historical fact at a meeting in Montgomery a
year or two ago that Kameron, Barbara Franz and I attended. I think
Robin's book should have been entitled "The History of the Montgomery
Interactive Map showing Spring Creek County
Hope the map of Spring Creek from the Newberry Library in
I took a screen shot and imported it into photoshop and
crop[ped] it. You might contact Newberry Library to see where they got
Use the interactive map. Just put in the date Jan 21, 1841 and Spring
Creek shows up. Note put in Jan 20, 1840 and no Spring Creek. So it
corroborates your Article from Gammel.