History of Henderson County
First County Court. Followings is the official record of the first county court ever held in the county. The State of Texas, Henderson County: Be it remembered that a special term (it being the first term) of the county court begun and held in conformity with law at the house of William Ware on Tuesday, the 4th day of August, 1846. Present and presiding John Damron, Chief Justice, William Peters, J. N. Naudain and Peter Hill, county commissioners; B. Shankle, sheriff, and Albert G. Kimball, clerk; when the following proceedings were had. (This court was held at Buffalo on the banks of the Trinity river in the western part of the county.) The next order of court found says: It is ordered by the court that until the county seat of Henderson county is established as required by law, the courts of said county shall be held and the records kept at the home of William Ware. Of date November 13, 1846, this order of the court is of record. Ordered by the Court that from and after November 13, 1846 the courts of the county of Henderson shall be held at or near the residence of William Love and said place shall be known as Mt. Pleasant. Some time after this the place of holding court was changed back to the home of William Ware and the place called Waresville.
The Athens Review, Athens, Texas, Thursday November 20, 1913