Court Minutes 1832

 

These minutes are a collaborative effort of Pamela Vojnovski, who made copies of them, and of Barbara Boynton and Donna Warlick who typed from the originals and proofed them.

Note by County Coordinator:   Gadsden was still a Territory at this time and had no complete county government, with employees to do the work. There were just appointed figures, like the judges, sheriff, tax collector, and clerk of the court. The judges would assign men living on the roads to be the overseer of the road maintenance on a certain road. The judge would assign another man to "apportion the hands" on the road for a certain overseer. The phrase "apportion the hands" meant to decide how many hands (workers) would be needed and then request that many slaves of large land owners living near the road when it was time to actually do the work.

Note by County Coordinator:   The minutes were full of abbreviations that persons who have never read old documents would not understand, including names of people. Those abbreviations have been removed for ease of reading and to make people's names retrievable when querying. A blank indicates the word or words were unreadable. A question mark indicates unsure of transcription.

Abbreviations used herein:
"viz" means "that is"
Jno. is abbreviation for John or Jonathan
Jas. is abbreviation for James
Sam'l is abbreviation for Samuel
Alexr is abbreviation for Alexander
Wm. is William
"dec'd" means "deceased"
"Am." means "Administrator"
"Esqrs." means Esquires. Esquire was, at this time, used as a title of courtesy usually placed in its abbreviated form after the surname as in John R. Smith, Esq. While in present day United States it is usually associated with attorneys, in earlier times and in other countries, it was used for landed gentry.

January 1832 Term

January 23rd A. D. 1832

At a County Court began and held for the County of Gadsden at the Courthouse in Quincy on the 23rd day of Jany A. D. 1832, for the purpose of transacting county business.  Present: Jos. (Joseph) McBride, P. (Presiding) Justice and S. Sadbury, Jno. (Jonathan) P. Neale, Jno. Little and Dan’l (Daniel) M. Hinson

#1   Ordered that Jno. Wynn be appointed overseer of the road leading from Quincy to the Crossroads at Burnetts Store, on Forbes purchase.

#2   Ordered that Jno P. Neal, Esq. aportion the hands where on John Wynn and Taylor are overseers.

#3   Ordered that Sam’l J. Taylor be appointed overseer of the road from Aspalaga to the 7 mile post leading to Dixson’s the place of Wms. Dixon.
[Note: This is Williams Dickson who lived near Attapulgus, GA]

#4   Ordered that J. P. Neale, Esqr. apportion the hands whereon B. B. Wright is overseer.

#5   Ordered that Jno. Wooten be appointed overseer of the road from the middle of Little River or Norwood’s Bridge to Quincy in the place of N. D. Zeigler.

#6   Ordered that Jno. P. Neale, Esq. apportion the hands whereon John Wooten is overseer.

#7   Ordered that T. Knighton be appointed overseer of the road leading from Quincy to the new bridge on Little River, said road passing by the plantation of C. H. Dupont and Wm. Belcher.

#8   Ordered that Jno. P. Neale, Esqr. apportion the hands whereon T. Knight is overseer.

#9   Ordered that Wm. Norwood, Jno. Rogers and Jno. Ball be appointed commissioners to view and open a road from the new bridge on Little River to McGriff’s mills and make report to next court.

#10   Ordered that Armistead Ransom be appointed overseer of the road from the middle of Rocky Comfort to Ashton’s landing on Range Line no. four, whereon Jas. Gibson was formerly overseer and that J. P. Neale and S. Sadbury apportion hands.

#11   Ordered that Bradly Kimborough be appointed overseer of the road leading by Bradly Kimborough’s from the fork at Swamp Creek to the Georgia line.

#12   Ordered that D. M. Hinson, Esq. apportion the hands on the road whereon B. Kimborough is overseer.

#13   Ordered that Augustus H. Lanier be appointed overseer of the road from the middle of the L. River Bridge to the So. Side of the branch at Wm. Johnson’s.

#14   Ordered that Jno. Little apportion the hands on the road whereon A. H. Lanier is overseer.

#15   Ordered that James Harris be appointed overseer of the road from the south side of the branch near Wm. Johnson’s to the fork of the road leading to Ochlockney Bridge. [Note: this is the Ochlockonee River]

#16   Ordered that Jno. Little apportion the hands on the road whereon Harris is overseer.

#17 [Note: there was nothing for this entry]

#18   Ordered that Dan’l M. Jordan be appointed guardian to Sarah Mashborn, infant daughter of Dan’l Mashborn, dec’d (deceased), upon his entering into bond with good security in the sum of five hundred dollars $500.

#19   Ordered that the sum of thirty five dollars be allowed for the support of Desha Shaw a lunatic out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, and that Geo. Little be appointed to receive and dispose of the same for the use and benefit of said lunatic for the term of 12 months from this date.

#20   Ordered that Henry Gee be appointed overseer of the road from Quincy to the fork of the road near S. McCall’s.

#21   Ordered that Jno. P. Neale, Esqr. apportion the hands on the road whereon H. Gee is overseer.

#22   Ordered that Jno. Robinson, Wms. Dixon [Note: this is Williams Dickson], Allen Smith and G. Stephens be appointed commissioners to examine and lay off a road leading from Quincy to East Point on Appalachee Bay and report to next court.

#23   Ordered that the cty treasurer pay to Thomas Gray, coroner, the sum of eight dollars out of any money in the treasury not other wise appropriated for holding an inquisition on the body of Miss Storee (?) (Stone?)

#24   Ordered that the Cty treasurer pay to Robert Forbes the sum of $41.18-3/4 dollars for repairs to the jail and court house as per account received.

Ordered that Elijah Sheppherd be appointed constable for S. Sadbury’s district on his entering into bond and security according to law, with G. Stephens and Jno. Edwards securities.

Ordered that M. M. Caswell be appointed constable for the Quincy district upon his entering into bond and security according to law.

Court adj. until the 2nd Monday in Feby.

[NOTE: apparently minutes lost or there was no meeting in February 1832.]

March 1832 Term

March 5th A. D. 1832

At a County Court began and held for the County of Gadsden at the Court house in the Town of Quincy on the first Monday in March A. D. 1832 for the purpose of transacting county business.  Present the honorable Joseph McBride, Presiding Justice, and S. Sadbury, John P. Neale, John Little, John C. Love and Anthony G. Sweet, Esqrs. Absent Daniel M. Hinson, Esqr.

#1 Ordered that Joshua Shepard be appointed overseer of the Federal Road in place of William Hollamon, deceased, former overseer.

#2 Ordered that James M. Nixon be appointed overseer of the Federal Road in place of Daniel L. Kenan former overseer.

#3 Ordered that Thomas Hall be appointed overseer of the road leading to Tallahassee from Quincy to the fork of the road near Mr. S. McCall's.

#4 Ordered that the report of the Commissioners appointed to view and lay out a road passing by the Ira Sanborns from Quincy be confirmed and that the overseer of the old road work said road.

#5 Ordered that William Parramore be appointed County Assessor for the year 1832 upon his entering into bond and security according to law.

#6 Ordered that Robert Forbes be allowed twenty dollars and 75/100 in his settlement with the Territorial Treasury it being for 2/3 the amount of Doubles tax, assessed against C. E. & H. J. Shelton.

#7 Ordered that Robert Forbes, Sheriff be allowed ten dollars and 37/100 in his settlement with the County Treasurer it being for 1/3 the amount of double tax assessed against C. E. & H.J. Shelton.

#8 Ordered that the County Treasurer pay to Robert Forbes or order Ten Dollars and 6/100 out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for repairs to Court house, Jail, etc.

John P. Neal, J. P.

July 1826 Term

Tuesday, July 16th A. D. 1832

At a Court began and held for the County of Gadsden at the Court house in the Town of Quincy on Monday the 16th of July 1832 for the purpose of transacting county business.

Present-The Honorable Joseph McBride, Presiding Justice, John P. Neale, S. Sadbury, John Buie, Daniel M. Hinson, Williams Dickson, Daniel Kenan, Anthony G. Sweet and John Little, Esqrs.

#1 Ordered that John McPhaul be appointed overseer of the road from Aspalaga to John McMillans.

#2 Ordered that Hector McNeill be appointed overseer of the State Road from Quincy to Bainbridge as far as the Georgia line.

#3 Ordered that Jesse Yon be appointed overseer of the road from Quincy to Aspalaga from the 7 mile post to the 13 mile post from Aspalaga.

#4 Ordered that Alexr. Love be appointed overseer of the road leading from Quincy to Aspalaga as far as the 13 mile post.

#5 Ordered that Amos Galpin be appointed overseer of the road whereon Samuel Jarrott, deceased, was former overseer.

#6 Ordered that Lewis Gregory be appointed overseer of the road from the edge of the pine woods on the West side of Rocky Comfort to where it intersects Armistead’s Road at the head of Forbes bottom.

#7 Ordered that William T. Bostick be appointed overseer from the Federal Road at or near Gilchrist’s leading to Quincy then to the edge of the piney woods on the west side of Rocky Comfort.

#8 Ordered that Joseph Sylvester be continued as overseer of the road & work to Ochlocknee River.

#9 Ordered that James C. Evans be continued as overseer of the road on which he was formerly appointed.

#10 Ordered that George Coston be appointed overseer of the road upon which he was formerly appointed.

#12 Ordered that Allen Smith be appointed overseer of the Federal Road from McCall's bridge on Little River to the middle of Rocky Comfort bridge.

#13 Ordered that John Spivey be appointed overseer of the road leading from the Georgia line by D. Flake's to Barber’s Branch.

#14 Ordered that David Howard be appointed overseer of the road from Barber’s Branch to the township line on the Tallahassee Road.

#15 Ordered that Zabud Fletcher be appointed overseer of the road from the township line near Howard’s Mill Creek to Fisher’s Bridge across Ocklocknee.

#16 Ordered that Joshua Grant be appointed overseer of the road leading from the Georgia line to the forks of the road near Swamp Creek by Bradly Kimborough’s.

#17 Ordered that Meredith B. Owens be appointed overseer of the road from McCall’s bridge on Little River to the Ochlocknee Bridge.

#18 Ordered that Littleberry Hollinger be appointed overseer of the road from Balls on Little River to Patrick McGriff’s Mills.

#19 Ordered that the petition praying for a road leading from Patrick McGriff’s Mills to intersect the road leading from Fisher’s Bridge on the Ochlocknee River to the Georgia line be passed and that the Commissioners appointed for the county lay off said road.

#20 Ordered that the petition praying that the old road leading from a place called the five forks in the neighborhood of Barbers & Stephens to Ball’s Bridge on Little River be granted and that said road be straightened and repaired & that the County Commissioners take charge of said road.

#21 Ordered that Alexander McMillan be appointed overseer of the road from Wm. Belchers to the middle of the Weethlocouchy [Note: this is Willacoocee Creek that joins with Attapulgus Creek north of S.R. 12 between Havana and Point Milligan to form Little River].

#22 Ordered that Solomon Owens be appointed overseer of the road from the middle of the Weethlocochy to the Bainbridge Road by Doctor Flake's.

#23 Ordered that Samuel B. Wilson be appointed overseer of the road from Aspalaga to the seven mile post leading to Quincy in place of Samuel Taylor.

#24 Ordered that James A. Wooten, James M. Gilchrist and Thomas Speight be appointed road commissioners for the County of Gadsden.

#25 Ordered that James P. Poythress be appointed constable for Esqr. Little’s District on his entering into bond with Wm. D. Harrison and William Belsher as securities.

#26 Exparte=Seeny Hollamon-ordered that clerk be directed to issue process in accordance with the prayer of the petition.

#27 Ordered that a compensation of two dollars be allowed to persons killing wolves, tigers, panthers & bears.

#28 Ordered that the County Treasurer pay to R. C. Lester, Clerk of the County Court, the sum of fifty dollars per annum out of any monies in the treasury not otherwise appropriated for extra services.

#29 Ordered that the County Treasurer pay to R. C. Lester, Clerk of the County Court the sum of forty seven dollars and seventy eight cents out of any monies in the treasury not otherwise appropriated being the amount of said Lester’s acct as exhibited to the court.

#30 Ordered that Godfrey Stephens be released from his indenture bond given in the case of Dennis Colson and dated 18th Jany 1830 so soon as he may be able to place the said boy with a suitable person to learn some trade which the said boy will choose and that this court will at its next term sanction the said binding. Be it further ordered that the Clerk be authorized to take a bond in the penalty of $500 conditioned as usual & with three months schooling.

#31 Ordered that Hugh P. Mitchel be appointed guardian for Martha & Mary Ann Mitchel (minor heirs of Andrew Mitchel deceased) he having entered into bond with G. Stephens and R. Forbes securities.

Court adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock.

Tuesday morning 9 o’clock July 17th.

Court met pursuant to adjournment.
Present Joseph McBride, P. Justice, John P. Neal, Williams Dickson, Esqr. & A. G. Sweet, Esqr. Absent members--S. Sadbury, Daniel Kenan, Dan’l M. Hinson, John Little & John Buie, Eqrs.

Ordered that the Court adjourn until the last Monday in this month, July 17, 1832.
Joseph McBride, PJGC (presiding Justice Gadsden Court)

[Note: the minutes just picked up with item #32--possibly the Clerk kept writing after the adjournment.]

#32  Ordered that John McCulloh be appointed keeper of the ferry across the Appalachicola River at Mount Vernon or near the junction of Flint and Chattahoochee upon his entering into bond in the sum of five hundred dollars with Isaac Nathans and John P. Neale securities and that he be allowed the rate of Toll as follows, viz:

Wagon & team:     $1.00
Jerseys, carts & gigs:     .50
4 wheel pleasure carriages:     .75
Man & horse:     .25
Led on loose mule or horse:     .12-1/2
Foot passenger:     .12-1/2
Cattle per head:     .03
Hogs, sheep & goats:     .03
Baggage of all kind per flat load:     $1.00

#33  Ordered that the said John McCulloh pay the Clerk of the County Court the sum of five dollars tax on said ferry and that he post the rates of Toll on each side of the River and that the said Clerk pay the same to the County Treasurer and take his recpt. for the same.

#34  Ordered that the Clerk of the County Court be allowed the sum of one dollars and fifty cents for issuing each and every license to keepers of Ferries & Toll Bridges to be paid by the party applying for the license.

#35  Ordered that the Assessor receive the sum of eight per cent on the amount of returns made by him for the present year.

#36  Ordered that the Tax Collector for the present year receive eight per cent on the amount of taxes collected by him.

#37  Ordered by the Court that the Sheriff be allowed for his services summoning jury and attending to cases under the $100 act such as far as are allowed in other cases in the County court to be paid by the applicants

#38  Ordered that the County Treasurer pay to Robert Forbes the sum of thirty five dollars out of any monies in the treasury not otherwise appropriated for extra services as Sheriff including this term.

#39  Ordered that the County Treasurer after this date audit all County Court orders presented to him, number the same, and enter the amount of each in a book to be kept for that purpose and pay the same, when in funds, agreeable to numbers, on the date presented.

#40  Ordered that Thomas B. Graham be appointed overseer of the road from Quincy to Mt. Vernon as far as Archibald Smith Jr's. Branch.

30 July 1832

At a County Court began and held for the County of Gadsden at the Court house in the Town of Quincy on Monday the 30th day of July 1832 for the purpose of transacting county business.

Present: The Honorable Joseph McBride, Presiding Justice, John P. Neale, S. Sadberry, Daniel L. Kenan, Williams Dickson & A. G. Sweet, Esqrs.

#1  Seeny Hollaman=Exparte=Ordered that a sale of negro woman Milly for division be decreed to be made by the administration after giving four weeks notice in the three most public places in the county.

#2  Ordered that the following be the boundaries of Esqr. Dickson’s District to wit: beginning at the Georgia line near Estes place leaving it to the West and then due South to the head of big Tologea thence down the Tologie to Ocklockney River thence down the Ockloncny and with the county line to the beginning. [Note: Tologie and Tologea refer to Telogia Creek and Ockloncny refers to Ochlockonee River.]

#3  Ordered that the following be the boundaries of Esqr. Sadberry’s District to wit: beginning at Rocky Comfort on the Aspalaga Road and running with said road to big Tologea bridge, thence down Tologie to the Ocklocknee River thence up Ocklocknee to the mouth of Acklawaha thence up Acklawaha to Dr. McHan's place thence to the mouth of Cane Creek so as to include Dr. McHan & Dr. Davidson’s places in said District thence up Rocky Comfort to the beginning.

#4  Ordered that the following be the boundaries of Esqr. Sweet's District, to wit: Beginning at the mouth of Cane Creek & running between Dr. Davidson’s and Mrs. McClain (leaving Doctor McHan’s place in the West) to the Acklawaha, thence down said creek to the Ochlocknee River, thence up Ocklocknee to the mouth of Little River, thence up Little River to McCall’s Bridge, thence with the old Quincy Road to a steep bottom where said road intersects the Rocky Comfort road near the present resident of Mr. McKenzie, thence down said bottom to the Eastern Branch of Rocky Comfort thence down said branch to the mouth of Cane Creek.

#5  Ordered that John Wooten pay the sum of three dollars tax on his Toll Bridge across Little River and that he be allowed the rates of Toll as follows, to wit:

For a 4 wheel road wagon and team:    25c
For a 4 wheel pleasure carriage:    25c
For a Jersey wagon or carryall:    12-1/2c
For 2 wheel carriage:    12-1/2c
For 2 wheel carts:    12-1/2c
For a man & hours:    6-1/4c
For all live stock per head:    1c

#6  Ordered that an order passed on the 17th July inst. Compensating persons for killing bears, tigers, panthers & wolves be repealed and that a compensation of three dollars each be allowed to persons killing either of the above named animals.
[Note: "inst." means immediately past.]

October 1832 Term

1 October 1832

At a County Court began and held for the County of Gadsden at the Court house in the Town of Quincy on Monday the 1st day of October 1832 for the purpose of correcting errors in the tax list for this year and transacting county business and c.

Present-Hon. Jose McBride, presiding, John C. Love, Esqr. & Daniel L. Kenan, Esqrs.

#1  Ordered that the Tax Collector be allowed the sum of twenty one dollars and sixty cents on his settlement with the Territorial Treasurer being two thirds of the amount of taxes charged to John D. Bowen who was considered by the Court insolvent.

#2  Ordered that the Tax Collector be allowed the sum of ten dollars and eighty cents on his settlement with the County Treasurer being one third of the amount of taxes charges to John D. Bowen who was considered by the Court insolvent.

#3  Ordered that the sum of eight dollars 02-1/2/100 (8 dollars and 2.5 cents) double tax be deducted from the taxes charged to the Estate of Benjamin Chappell, deceased, for the present year.

#4  Ordered that the sum of four dollars and fifty cents be deducted from the taxes charged to John Hall for the present year.

#5  Ordered that the sum of fifty cents be deducted from the taxes charged to Wm. T. Bostick for the present year as tax on land not owned by him.

#6  Ordered that the sum of thirty seven and a half cents be deducted from the taxes charged to Plotemy Jernigan for the present year.

#7  Ordered that the sum of seven dollars and fifty cents (double tax) be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Nancy Mills a free person of colour.

#8  Ordered that the sum of seven dollars and fifty cents (double tax) be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Jack Slep a free person of colour.

#9  Ordered that the sum of Seven Dollars and fifty cents (double tax) be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Eliza Griffith a free person of colour.

10  Ordered that the sum of fifteen dollars be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Mary Griffith a free person of colour who was considered to be over age.

#11 Ordered that the sum of fifteen dollars be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Betty Griffith a free person of colour who was considered to be under the age of 15.

#12  Ordered that the sum of ten dollars 63-1/4/100 dollars ($63.25) be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to the estate of Jonathan Thomas, dec’d for this year.

#13  Ordered that the sum of Seven Dollars and fifty cents be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Sarah & Thomas H. Hall (being one-half of their tavern tax for this years).

#14  Ordered that the sum of fifteen dollars be deducted from the amount of taxes charges to William Forbes being his tax as retailer of spirituous liquors for the present year.

#15  Ordered that the sum of five dollars 98-3/4/100 be deducted from the amount of tax charged to Henry Yonge for this year

#16  Ordered that the sum of one dollar and fifty cents be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Eliza McClain.

#17  Ordered that the Sheriff be allowed the sum of ninety two dollars and sixty two cents in his settlement with the Territorial Treasurer being two thirds of the whole amount of deductions made from the tax list for the year 1832 up to this date.

#18  Ordered that the Sheriff be allowed the sum of forty six dollars and thirty cents in his settlement with the County Treasurer being one third of the whole amount of deductions made from the tax list for the year 1832 up to this date.

#19  Ordered that John McCulloch be appointed overseer of the road from Mount Vernon or the Apalachicola River to Mrs. Bemans.

#20  Ordered that David Rankin be appointed overseer of the Federal road from the east edge of Tologie Hammock to the fork of the road leading to Eslaphanalga Bluff.

#21  Ordered that James Thomas be appointed overseer of the road from P. McGriffs Mills to where it intersects the road leading from Fisher’s bridge on the Ochlocknee to the Georgia line.

#22  Ordered that the road whereon A. R. Ransome is overseer, which is from the Federal Road near Parson Woodberry's to Ashton’s landing be discontinued.

#23  Ordered that the magistrates in their several districts in this county be required to apportion the road hands in each of their respective districts.

Ordered that the sum of four dollars and twenty cents be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Solomon Nelson for the present year.

8 October 1832 A.D.

At a County Court began & held for the County of Gadsden on Monday the 8th of October A. D. 1832. Present- the Hon. Joseph McBride, Presiding Justice,John C. Love & John Neale, Esqrs.

#1  Ordered that the sum of $4.87-1/2/100 be deducted from the amount of taxes charges to Archibald Smith, Senr for this year.

#2  Ordered that the sum of two dollars and twenty five cents be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Burrell McBride for this year.

#3  Ordered that the sum of one dollar and fifty cents be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Alexander Formy Duval for the present year.

#4  Ordered that the sum of seventy five cents be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to Milliner Holleday for the present year.

[Note: Apparently misnumbered, leaving out # 5]

#6  Ordered that the sum of $7.38-2/3/100 be allowed the Sheriff on his settlement with the Territorial Treasurer being two thirds of the amount of deductions mad this day from the tax list for the present year.

#7  Ordered that the sum of three dollars sixty nine and 2/3 cents be allowed the Sheriff on his settlement with the County Treasurer being 1/3 of the amount of deductions made this day from the tax list for this year.

Joseph McBride, PJGC (Presiding Justice, Gadsden County)

30 October 1832 A.D.

At a County Court held for the County of Gadsden on Tuesday the 30th of October A. D. 1832-Present Honbl. Joseph McBride, Presiding Justice Daniel L. Kenan & John P. Neale, Esqrs.

#1  Ordered that fifteen dollars be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to L. M. Burnett for this year.

#2  Ordered that 25 cents be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to John Ingram for this year.

#3  Ordered that the Sheriff be allowed in his settlement with the Territorial Treasurer the sum of fifteen dollars sixteen and two thirds cents being two thirds of the amount of deductions made on the 29th & 30th of October 1832 from the tax list for this year.

#4  Ordered that the Sheriff be allowed in his settlement with the County Treasurer the sum of seven dollars fifty eight and 1/3 cents being one third of the amount of deductions made for the 29th & 30th of October 1832 from the tax list for this year.

Joseph McBride, PJGC, John P. Neal, Jr, Stockley Sadberry, Jr.
D. L. Kenan, P (Presiding)

 
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