Court Minutes 1833 - Gadsden Territory

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 1833 Term

At a County Court begun and held for the County of Gadsden at the Court House in the Town of Quincy on the 21st day of January A. D. 1833 for the purpose of transacting county business were present: John Little, C. C. DuPont, S. Sadbury, John C. Love, D. L. Kenan, D. M. Hinson, A.G. Sweet, jr (?) and Wm. B. McCall, Esqrs.

The Commissioners of roads for this County reported the following overseers as defaulters, viz: Allen McKinzie, John Wynn, John Wooten, Thomas H. Hull, Hector McNeill, Alexr. Love and Samíl B. Wilson-when it was ordered by the Court that the said overseers be exempted from any fine, if their respective roads are kept in good order and remain so until the next regular County Court to be held in July next.

#2   Issued Jany 29th-Ordered that Lewis Gregory be appointed overseer of the road from the pine woods on the west side of Rocky Comfort to Quincy and that he have Mr. Robert Forbes hands to work on said road.

#3   Issued Jany 29th-Ordered that Wm. Nelmes be appointed overseer of the road from the Quincy line to the forks of the road near Sharod McCalls in the place of Thomas Hall, former overseer.

#4  Issued Jany 29th Ordered that Thomas Knighton be appointed overseer of the road leading from the Town Line of Quincy to Bollís Bridge.

#5  Issued Jany 29th Ordered that Augustus H. Lanier be appointed overseer of the road from Wootenís Bridge on Little River to the South side of the Branch near Wm. Johnstons.

#6  Issued Jany 29 Ordered that_Jas. Thomas be appointed overseer ______ of the road from the west side of McGriffs Mill Creek to Fisherís Ferry.

#7  Issued Jany 29 Ordered that E. Hodges be appointed overseer of the road from Mrs. Beamans to Mt. Vernon.

#8  (Jan 29) Ordered that George Howard be appointed overseer of the road leading from Howards Mill to Bollís Bridge.

#9  (Jan 29) Ordered that Andrew N. Johnston be appointed overseer of the road leading from Howards Mill Creek on the Thomasville road to the Georgia line.

#10  (Issued Jan 21, 1833) Ordered that Bradley Kimborough be appointed overseer of the road leading by his own house, to the forks of the road near Swamp Creek.

#11  (issued Jan 29, 1833) Ordered that Wm. Manor, Henry Gee and W.D. Harris be appointed as commissioners to contract for the building of a bridge across Little River in the same place where S. McCalls bridge formerly stood.

#12  W. D. Harrison, Adm. of the estate of Jno. P. Neal, decíd Ex parte Petition for sale of real estate ordered that the said administrator proceed to sell at public auction the real estate of said John P. Neale deceased after giving _____ days notice agreeable to law.

#13   Issued Jan 28, 1833-Ordered that Thomas Preston. Jr. Wm. Norwood and Isaac Nathans be appointed commissioners to purchase of Mr. John Wooten his bridge over Little River or to contract with some person to build a new bridge over said river at the old crossing place.

#14  Ordered that the clerk be authorized to purchase a record book for the County Court office.

#15  Ordered that Jas. M. Nixon be appointed guardian to Henry Mashborne (minor heir of D. Mashborne, decíd ) by entering into bond agreeable to law with _______ as securities in a bond of ______ hundred dollars. The above order reconsidered and referred until the 1st Monday of March next.

#16  Issued Jan 29, 1833- Ordered that Capt Hicks working hands be apportioned to Meredith Owens as overseer of the road formerly S. McCalls bridge to Ocklockney River.

Court adjourned until the first Monday of March next Joseph McBride, P.J.G.C, C. C. DuPont, J. P., Wm. B. McCall, J. P.

March 1833 Term

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. 1833 Present Joseph McBride, P.J., D. L. Kenan, C. C. DuPont, John Little, Wm. B. McCall, D. M. Hinson, Jno. Buie, Wms. Dickson, Jno. C. Love, Esqrs.

#1  (21 Jan 1833) Ordered that James Hall be appointed overseer of taxes during the present year upon his entering into bond with good and sufficient security.

#2  Ordered that one hundred and fifty per cent be assessed on the Territorial tax of this year for county purposes.

#3  Ordered that the Sheriff be & he is hereby authorized to pay over to the Contractors or to their order for building a bridge across Little River, at a place where the bridge called McCallís Bridge formerly stood and also a sum for the purchase of Jno. Wootens bridge.

#4  Ordered that the following persons be appointed road commissioners in District first, viz: Wm.Johnson, Thomas Speight and William B. McCall Esqrs.

#5  Ordered that the following persons be appointed road commissioners for District Second Mongomery Morgan, David Howard & John Buie, Esqr.

#6  Ordered that the following persons be appointed road commissioners for District 3rd John C. Love, Stephen Paramore and James A. Wooten.

#7  Ordered that the following persons be appointed road commissioners District 4th: James M. Gilchrist, William Booth & Banks Meacham, Esqr.

#8  Ordered that the following persons be appointed commissioners for District 5th D. G. Rainey, John McMillan and Williams Dixon, Esqrs.
[County Coordinator's note: Williams Dixon was Williams Dickson.]

#9  Ordered that the following persons be appointed road commissioners for District 6th D. L. Kenan, James Gibson & David Ochiltree.

#10  Ordered that the sum of Twenty Dollars be given to Mrs. Jane Shaw, for her support out of any moneys not otherwise appropriated belonging to the County Treasury and that John Little Esq. be appointed to receive the same for her use and benefits.

#11  Mary McHann Admstrx of Nash McHann, decíd Ex parte Petition for sale of real estate of house and lot in the Town of Quincy. Petition granted.

#12  Ordered that Nicholas Grubb be appointed Guardian to Thomas Grubb by his entering into bond in the sum of Six Hundred Dollars with ____________ __________ as securities; and he is further allowed the liberty of disposing of the property of said Thomas Grubb.

July 1833 Term

At a County Court begun and held for the County of Gadsden at the Court House in the Town of Quincy on the 15th day of July A. D. 1833 Present: Joseph McBride, Judge; David Ochiltree, Daníl L. Kenan, John Little, John C. Love, Banks Meacham, D. M. Hinson, A. G. Sweet, C. C. DuPont, Williams Dickson, Esqrs.

#1  Ordered that Owen W. Pittman be appointed Constable of the Quincy District upon his entering into bond with William H. Parramore and William H. Wilder as securities in the sum of five hundred dollars.

#2  Ordered that _______ be appointed Constable of the ______District upon entering into bond with _______ as securities in the sum of five hundred dollars.

#3  Ordered that Alfred Shepard be appointed Constable of Sadburyís District upon his entering into bond with James M. Nixon and Joshua Shepard as securities in the sum of five hundred dollars.

#4  Ordered that Owen Fillyaw be appointed Constable of the Aspalaga District being Number 5, upon his entering into bond with Thomas Gray and William Eagerton as securities in the sum of five hundred dollars.

#5  Ordered that William [Transcriber's note: marked through, end of page.]

October 1833 Term

At a County Court began and held at the Court House in the Town of Quincy on Monday the 9th of October A. D. 1833 for the purpose of correcting errors in the tax list were present-The Honorable Joseph McBride Judge, John C. Love and Cornelius C. Dupont, Esqrs.

#1  Ordered that five dollars be deducted from the amount of double taxes charged to Joshua Harley.

#2  Ordered that three dollars and seventy five cents be remitted to C. H. DuPont which was erroneously charged to George M. Towers.

#3  Ordered that twenty dollars be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to John N. Hardgrove
(Daníl L. Kenan, Esq. appeared and took his seat)

#4  Ordered that one dollar and eight seven and a half cents be deducted from the amount of double taxes charged to Anson Hancock
(G. W. Smith, Esqr. appeared and took his seat)

#5  Ordered that eleven dollars and ninety seven and a half cents be deducted from the amount of taxes charged to John Wooten.

#6  Ordered that three dollars and seventy five cents be deducted from the amount of double taxes charged to David Rankin.

#7  Ordered that the Sheriff be allowed seven dollars in his settlement with the Territorial Treasurer in consequence of an error in the addition of the General Tax Book of 1833.

#7  Ordered that the Sheriff be allowed seven dollars in his settlement with the Territorial Treasurer in consequence of an error in the addition of the General Tax Book of 1833.

#8  Ordered that the Sheriff be allowed five dollars and fifty five cents in his settlement with the County Treasurer for repairs done to the Jail.

#9  Ordered that the Tax Assessor & Collector be allowed eight per centum each on the amount of taxes collected for their fees.

#10  Ordered that John C. Love be allowed four dollars for attending County Court two days as Justice of the Peace for transacting county business.

#11  Ordered that D. L. Kenan be allowed four dollars for attending County Court two days as Justice of the Peace.

#12  Ordered that G. W. Smith be allowed two dollars for attending County Court one day as a Justice of the Peace.

#13  Ordered that C. C DuPont be allowed four dollars for attending County Court two days as a Justice of the Peace.

#14  Ordered that Joseph McBride be allowed six dollars for attending County Court two days as Judge of the said Court.

Thereupon Court adjourned to the 8th day of November next. Joseph McBride, J. C. C. G. C., J. C. Love, J. P., C.C. DuPont, J.P.

November 1833 Term

At a County Court began and held in the Town of Quincy for the County of Gadsden in pursuance to adjournment, on Friday the 8th day of November A. D. 1833 for the purpose of correcting errors in the Tax List. Present: The Honorable Joseph McBride, Judge, William B. McCall and Daniel L. Kenan, Esquires.

#1  Ordered that Betty Griffith be discharged from paying the tax charged to her (one dollar and twenty five cents) (she being under 15 years of age)

#2  Ordered that twelve dollars and fifty cents be charged to Mary Griffith, as her tax for the present year instead of one dollar and twenty five cents.

#3  Ordered that Eliza Griffith be discharged from paying one dollar and twenty fives cents she having been returned on the delinquent list as a slave.

#4  Ordered that John McKinnis be released from paying one dollar and that amount having been given in by H. G. McFarland

#5  Ordered that the Tax Collector be allowed the same with in his settlement with the Territorial and County Treasurers.

Court adjourned sine die
Joseph McBride, J. C. C.G.C, D. L. Kenan, J.P., Wm. B. McCall, J. P.

 
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