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Greensville County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 12,243. Its county seat is Emporia
Greensville is either named for Nathanael Greene or for Richard Grenville, leader of the lost Roanoke Colony.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Greensville County, Virginia formed from Brunswick and Sussex Counties. Legislative enactment in 1780. Organized in 1781. Sussex County gave only a small portion, probably at a later date. [Virginia Counties: Those Resulting from Virginia Legislation, by Morgan Poitiaux Robinson, originally published as Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, Volume 9, January, April, July 1916, reprinted 1992 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD.]
Greensville County was named for either Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene or for Sir Richard Grenville, leader of the Roanoke Island settlement of 1585. The county was formed from Brunswick County in 1780. Part of Brunswick County was added in 1787 and part of Sussex County was added in 1802. Its area is 300 square miles, and the county seat is Emporia.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 297 square miles (769 km2), of which, 295
square miles (765 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 km2) of it (0.46%) is water.
The Meherrin River forms the boundary between Greensville County and Southampton County.
Bordering counties are as follows: