Jim Tiller

GREENSBOROUGH, TEXAS. Greensborough (also known as Greensboro and at least once as Greenville) was the first county seat of Harrison County (1839–41). Records indicate that lots were being sold in "the County Site of Harrison County" in early 1840. The settlement was located almost due south of Marshall, approximately halfway between where State Highway 43 and the Harrison-Panola county line cross the Sabine River (at 32º 22 'N, 94º 23 'W). The town's decline probably began in early 1841 with the creation of the Panola Judicial County and its seat of justice, Marshall. Because Greensborough was located within the bounds of Panola Judicial District, it was no longer eligible to serve as the county seat of Harrison County, which during 1841 to 1842 lay almost entirely south of the Sabine River. The more centrally-located Sabine River town of Pulaski served as the county seat of the greatly-reduced-in-size Harrison County during the judicial county period. A January 5, 1846, entry in the commissioner's court minutes authorized the establishment of “a ferry [later known as Board's Ferry] on the Sabine at the old town of Greensboro.”


Harrison County Commissioners Court Minutes (1843–1853), Harrison County Clerk’s Office, Marshall. Harrison County Deed of Records, Harrison County Clerk’s Office, Marshall. Cornelius Van Duyne and W.C. Byers, Soil Survey of Harrison County, Texas, United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Soils (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1913). 

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