“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Tomball in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Spring Creek County

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By Brian Anderson, April 11, 2021
1. Spring Creek County Marker
Inscription.  In early Texas, most citizen interactions with government took place at the county seat, so smaller counties were more convenient for the residents. Prior to 1841, each county had at least one congressman, but since the Republic of Texas constitution limited Congress to 40 members, Spring Creek and 15 other new counties became "judicial" counties providing all court and government services. Congressional districts, however, remained unchanged, so some congressmen now represented multiple counties.

On January 21, 1841, at the request of 130 male residents of Harris and Montgomery counties, Congress created Spring Creek County, extending from the head of Spring Creek near Waller to its mouth near Humble, and from Lake Creek in the north to just south of Cypress Top. The county seat was to be a new town named Greenville, 1/4 mile south of Spring Creek, near today's Rose Hill.

George W. Cropper, Isaac Decker, William Pierpont, Abram Roberts and Archibald Smith were named County Commissioners, and James Cooper was appointed Chief Justice (County Judge). On May 8, 1841, the following were elected: District Clerk William B. Reeves,
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By Brian Anderson, April 11, 2021
2. Spring Creek County Marker
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County Clerk Thomas M. Hogan, Sheriff Alexander F. Barron, Coroner Jason Whitney, Surveyor Eugene Pillot, and Justices of the Peace Nathaniel H. Carrol, Samuel Davis, James Dickson, Henry T. Mostyn, Claude N. Pillot, and John Simmons.

Since each county did not have its own congressman, the Republic of Texas Supreme Court declared the judicial counties unconstitutional on February 4, 1842, and their lands reverted to their parent counties. Many former judicial counties were recreated after statehood; Spring Creek County is the only one whose territory remains almost entirely within its parent counties.
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17900.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Political Subdivisions. A significant historical date for this entry is January 21, 1841.
Location. 30° 6.15′ N, 95° 39.15′ W. Marker is near Tomball, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Coral Canyon 0.2 miles north of Brown Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located within Spring Creek Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tomball TX 77377, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Confederate Powder Mill (approx. half a mile away); Spring Creek Park Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Salem Lutheran Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away);
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Salem Lutheran School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Old Salem Lutheran Church Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); Griffin Memorial House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Pillot Family (approx. 1.9 miles away); Tomball (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tomball.
Also see . . .  Spring Creek County - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on April 12, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.

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