Court Minutes 1834 - 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"
"Admr." 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 1834 Term

At Chambers January 21st, 1834

At Chambers January 14th, 1837.

This day personally appeared before me Charles H. DuPont Judge of the County Court for the county of Gadsden, John J. Adams who is named executor in the will of William H. Graves, who made oath that he believes the same to be the true last will and testament of the said Graves, and further made oath that he the said Adams will well and truly perform the last will and testament of the said Graves, and pay all his just and lawful debts so far as his goods, chattels, rights and credits will extend and that he will make a true and correct inventory of the same, and render a true account of his administration when there unto required. Therefore it is ordered that the Clerk of Gadsden County Court issue letters testamentary to said Adams as Executor as aforesaid; and that Freeman Fitzgerald, Thomas Munroe and Tandy R. Freeman be appointed appraisers of said estate.

February 1834 Term

February 12, 1834

Christopher C. King having this day made application for letters of administration on the estate of William C. King of this county, deceased, and the Judge of this Court being absent from the county: It is ordered by the Clerk of said court that the said Christopher C. King be appointed Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, land and tenements, right and credits of the said William C. King, deceased, upon his entering into bond with good and sufficient security conditioned as the law dictates.
R. C. Lester CGCC, by T. J. Kenan, D.C.

March 1834 Term

March 3, 1834

At a County Court begun and held in the Town of Quincy for the County of Gadsden on the first Monday in March 1834 for the purposes of transacting county business were present:
The Honorable Charles H. DuPont, Judge, John C. Love, Joseph W. King, David Ochiltree, Banks Meacham, Daniel L. Kenan and John Buie, Esqrs.

#1  Ordered that the following persons be appointed road commissioners in District Number three, John C. Love, Esqr., Stephen Parramore and James A. Wooten.

#2  Ordered that Banks Meacham, Esqr., William Booth and Thomas Gray be appointed road commissioners in District number four.

#3   Ordered that David G. Raney, Edward Face and Joseph W. King, Esqrs. be appointed road commissioners in District number five.

#4   Ordered that Daniel L. Kenan, Jonathan Robinson and Armistead R. Ransome be appointed road commissioners in District number six.

#5   Ordered that Daniel M. Hinson, Esqr., Montgomery Morgan and Daniel Howard be appointed road commissioners in District number two.

#6   Ordered that William B. McCall, Esqr, William Johnson and Thomas Speight be appointed road commissioners in District number one.

#7   Ordered that Thomas Gray, Joshua Shepard and Owen Filyaw be appointed commissioners to mark and lay off a road agreeably to a previous order of this court from where the Quincy road crosses Rocky Comfort to the Federal Road where it is intersected by Collins Road.

#8 Ordered that James M. Gilchrist, Godfrey Stephens and James Gibson be appointed commissioners to report to the next term of this court whether the road leading from Quincy to Wright’s Landing on the Ocklockoney River should be a public road.

Daniel M. Hinson and Wm. B. McCall appeared and took their seats.

#9   Ordered that Jacob Dykes be appointed Constable in District number two upon his entering into bond with good and sufficient security.

#10   Ordered that Alfred Shepard be appointed Constable in District Number four upon his entering into bond with good and sufficient security.

#11   Ordered that Benjamin Edwards be appointed Constable in District number five upon his giving bond with good and sufficient security.

#12   Ordered that Owen W. Pittman be appointed Constable in District number three upon his giving bond with good and sufficient security.

#13   Ordered that Alfred Shepard be appointed Constable in District number six upon his giving bond with good and sufficient security.

#14   Ordered that David Ochiltree be appointed assessor of taxes for this county, the present year.

#15   Ordered that Robert Forbes, the Sheriff of this County be required to enter into bond for the faithful discharge of his duties as collector of taxes for the present year.

The bond offered by David Ochiltree for the faithful discharge of his duties as assessor of taxes for the present year with Joseph Swan and Arch’d Smith, jr. as securities in the sum of five hundred dollars is accepted and approved by the Court.

A committee consisting of John C. Love, Banks Meacham and Daniel L. Kenan was appointed to examine the books of County Treasurer who reported that they find a balance in favor of the county of thirty eight dollars and twelve and a half cents.

A committee consisting of John C. Love, Banks Meacham and Daniel L. Kenan was appointed to examine the books of County Treasurer who reported that they find a balance in favor of the county of thirty eight dollars and twelve and a half cents.

#16   Ordered that the road leading from Quincy to Bainbridge, Ga on which Daniel Douglass is overseer be discontinued.

#17   Ordered that one hundred per cent be assessed on the Territorial Tax for the present year for county purposes.

#18   Ordered that all orders heretofore passed making compensation for killing bears, panthers and tigers are repealed.

#19   Ordered that a compensation of two dollars be allowed to persons for killing wolves.

#20   Ordered that the sum of twenty five dollars be allowed for the support of Desha Saw, a lunatic, out of any monies in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated and that John Little be appointed to receive and dispose of the same for the use and benefit of said lunatic for the term of twelve months from this date.

#21   Ordered that William Norwood be appointed Treasurer of this county upon his giving bond with good and sufficient security.

#22   Ordered that the former Treasurer of this county pay to the Treasurer elect the sum of thirty eight dollars and twelve and a half cents being the balance in his hands due to the County and also he hand over all books and other papers belonging to his office as Treasurer to the Treasurer elect.

#23   Ordered that the sum of sixteen dollars be paid to Lemuel C. Bains, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for work done to the Court House.

#23   Ordered that the sum of sixteen dollars be paid to Lemuel C. Bains, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for work done to the Court House.

#24   Ordered that the sum of Ten dollars and thirty cents be paid to William Wilder out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for work done to the jail.

#25   Ordered that the sum of fifty dollars be paid Thomas Preston, Jr. for repairing the bridge over Little River at Wooten’s Bridge.

#26   Ordered that Thomas L. Kenan be allowed eight dollars out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for his attendance as Deputy Clerk two days on the County Court at the last January term.

#27   Ordered that the sum of four dollars be allowed Daniel M. Hinson out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for his attendance as a Justice of the Peace two days during the last year.

#28 Ordered that P. H. Wooten be allowed the sum of four dollars and eighty cents out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for furnishing lumber for the bridge over the Atapulgus Creek.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

31st March, 1834, at Chambers

At a County Court held in the County of Gadsden on Monday the 31st day of March A. D. 1834 sitting as a Court of probate. Present his honor Charles H. DuPont. Ordered that William B. McCall be appointed administrator of all and singular, the goods and chattels, lands and tenements, right and credits of Sherad McCall of said County, deceased, upon his entering into bond in the penalty of twenty two thousand and fifty five dollars and fifty cents, conditioned as the law directs with Jesse McCall, Allen R. McCall, Thomas McCall, Zaccheus Ryals and Jonathan Robinson as his securities.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

At Chambers, Gadsden County, Florida
Jonathan Robinson, Executor for the last will and testament of John Collins, dec’d, having applied to the Judge of the County court for leave to sell a tract of land, known as the East 1/2SE1/4 Section 19 T2R4 N&W and belonging to the Estate of said dec’d and it being made to appear to the said Judge that it will be for the benefit of said Estate to order the said sale and also that legal notice of this application has been made. Now, therefore it is ordered that the said Executor be empowered and authorized to dispose of the said described premises according to the statute in such case made and provided. Done at Chambers this 31st day of March A. D. 1834.
C.H. DuPont, JGCC

April 1834 Term

At Chambers, Gadsden County court, April 12th, 1834
Setting as Court of Probate
Joseph W. King and Stith F. Jones having made application for letters of administration on the estate of Henry Pittman of said county, deceased, and having produced to the Court their respective claims, and it appearing to the Court that Stith F. Jones is entitled to the administration; It is there- fore ordered that the said Stith F. Jones be appointed Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, land and tenements, rights and credits of the said Henry Pittman, deceased, upon his entering into bond conditioned as the law directs, with good and sufficient security to be approved by the Judge of this case. From which order the said Joseph W. King prayed an appeal to the Superior Court of this County and entered into bond with James M. Nixon his security in the penalty of fifty dollars, conditioned to pay all costs which have accrued or may accrue in consequence of having taken said appeal.
C. H. DuPont JGCC

Gadsden County Court, April 12, 1834

The order made by the Clerk of this Court on the 12th day of February A. D. 1834, appointing Christopher C. King administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, lands and tenements, right and credits of William C. King of this county, deceased is hereby confirmed and the bond filed with James Gibson and Joseph H. Sylvester as securities in the penalty of five hundred dollars is approved.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

May 1834 Term

At Chambers May 6, 1834
This day personally appeared before me Charles H. DuPont Judge of the County Court for the County of Gadsden, John M. H. Hunter who made oath that he believes the same to be the true last will and testament of the said Adam Hunter, and further made oath that he the said John M. G. Hunter will well and truly perform the last will and testament of the said Adam Hunter, and pay all his just and lawful debts so far as his goods, chattels, rights and credits will extend and that he will make a true and correct inventory of the same when thereto required; therefore it is ordered that the Clerk of Gadsden County Court issue letters testamentary to said John M. G. Hunter as Executor aforesaid; and that Joseph McBride, Jesse McCall and James H. Hert be appointed appraisers of said Adam Hunter’s estate.
C. H. DuPont JGCC

Gadsden Superior Court, May Term 1834, to wit: 9 May 1834 Joseph W. King-Appellant vs Stith F. Jones-Appellee
For appeal from the decree of the Judge of Gadsden County Court setting as a Court of Ordinary and Probate appointing Stith F. Jones administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels of Henry Pittman, dec’d which decree was made April 12th, 1834. Ordered that the hearing of this appeal do now come on, whereupon the court having heard the evidence addressed by said parties respectively, and examined the record and documents returned to this court, do order and adjudge, that the order, decree and proceedings of the Judge of the County Court aforesaid be affirmed in all things, and that the said record and documents be remitted to the said County Court forthwith for such other proceedings as may be proper in said matter, and it is further ordered and decreed that the said Stith F. Jones do recover against the said Joseph W. King his costs by him about the said appeal in this behalf expended to be taxed by the Clerk. I, Isaac R. Harris, Clerk of the Superior Court for County of Gadsden, Middle District of Florida do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true transcript from the record of said court.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand affixed the seal of said court the 9th day of May A. D. 1834

At Chambers May 11, 1834
This day personally appeared before me Charles H. DuPont, Judge of the County Court for the County of Gadsden, Harriet Frances Armistead the Executrix named in the foregoing will of Latinus Armistead, who made oath that she believes the same to be the true last will and testament of the said Latinus Armistead, deceased, and further made oath that she will well and truly perform the last will and testament of the said Latinus Armistead and pay all his just and lawful debts so far as his goods, chattels, rights and credits will extend and that she will make a true and correct inventory of the same and render a true account of her administration when thereto required; therefore it is ordered that the clerk of Gadsden County Court issue letters testamentary to the said Harriet Frances Armistead, Executrix as aforesaid.
C. H. DuPont JGCC

At Chambers May 11, 1834
This day personally appeared before me Charles H. DuPont Judge of the County Court for Gadsden County, Fabian Armistead the Executor named in the will of Latinus Armistead deceased who made oath that he believes the same to be the true last will and testament of said Latinus Armistead and further made oath that he will well and truly perform the last will and testament of the said Latinus Armistead and pay all his just and lawful debts so far as his goods, chattels, rights and credits will extend and that he will make a true and correct inventory of the same and render a true account of his administration when thereto required; therefore it is ordered that the Clerk of Gadsden County Court issue Letters testamentary to the said Fabian Armistead, Executor aforesaid.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

Gadsden County Court-At Chambers, May 11, 1834
Ordered that William Forbes, William Nunan and James Lanier be appointed appraisers of the estate of Henry Pittman, late of this County.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

June 1834 Term

Florida, Gadsden County
William B. McCall administrator of the goods and chattels, rights and credits of Sherod McCall, deceased, having applied to the Judge of the County court for said county of leave to sell the following tracts of land known as the SW1/4 Sec 34 T2R3 Lot No. 2 fr Sec 3 T1R3, Lot no. 1 Sec 4 T1R 3, Lot no. 3 Sec 3 T 1 R 3-The W1/2SW1/4 Sec. 32 T3 R6. The E1/2SE1/4 Sec. 32 and 3 R 6 all N&W and belonging to the estate of said deceased in preference to the sale of slaves of said deceased and it being made to appear to the said Judge that it will be for the benefit of said estate to order said sale and also that legal notice of this application has been made. Now, therefore it is ordered that the said administrator be empowered and authorized to dispose of the said tracts of land as above described with the exception of that part allotted to the widow of said deceased as her dower according to the state in such case made and provided.
Done at Chambers this 30th day of June A.D. 1834.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

October 1834 Term

October 6, 1834
At a special term of the County Court of Gadsden County held at the Court House in the Town of Quincy on the first Monday in October 1834 for the purpose of correcting errors in the tax list, were present: John C. Love, Wm. B. McCall, David Ochiltree and Daniel L. Kenan, Esqrs.

#1   Ordered that the sum of eighty cents be added to the tax list as the amount due by the heir of John Tanner for one hundred and sixty acres land not listed, and that the double tax on the town lots Nos. 11, 13 & 14 in Quincy be remitted leaving fifteen cents on the same.

#2   Ordered that the sum of fifty cents be deducted from the tax charged to William Cox for a slave given in by him through mistake.

#2   Ordered that the sum of fifty cents be deducted from the tax charged to William Cox for a slave given in by him through mistake.

#3   Ordered that the sum of four dollars and three cents be deducted from the tax charged to Thomas Knighton.

#4   Ordered that the sum of three dollars and fifty cents be deducted from the amount of double taxes charged to Jesse Potts.

#5   Ordered that the sum of three dollars be refunded to Wiliam Abney for the amount of taxes paid to the Tax Collector in the years 1832 and 1833, and that the Tax Collector be allowed the same in his settlement with the County Treasurer.

#6   Ordered that the Lots Nos. 52 & 47 in the Town of Quincy be entered on the list of listed property as belonging to Ezekiel Attaway, and that Lots Nos. 151 and 152 be substituted in the place of Nos. 51 & 52 as given in by Stith F. Jones.

#7   Ordered that the sum of thirty Dollars assessed on Arthur Ginn for his county tax in 1833 be refunded to the Collector, and that he be allowed the same in his settlement with the County Treasurer the present year.

#8   Ordered that the Tax Assessor and Collector be allowed eight per centum each on the amount of taxes collected for their fees the present year.
The Court adjourned to the last Saturday in this month
Wm. B. McCall, J. P; D. L. Kenan, J. P.; D. Ochiltree, J.I.

Gadsden County Court-At Chambers October 8th, 1834
This day Henry Atwood having made application for letters of administration on the estate of the late John (Y?) McIntosh; it is ordered that the said Henry Atwood be appointed administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels of the said deceased upon his entering into bond conditioned as the law directs with Virgil H. (?) Vivian and N. W. Walker as his securities.
C. H. DuPont

Gadsden County Court-At Chambers, October 15, 1834
This day Martha McGriff and Augustus H. Lanier having made application for letters of administration on the state of Patrick McGriff late of said county; it is ordered that the said Martha McGriff be appointed administratrix and Augustus H. Lanier Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased upon their entering into bond conditioned as the law directs, with Thomas Speight and M. Nicholson as their securities; and Isham Johnson, Archibald Mills and Joseph A. Johnson, M. Nicholson and Willie Avirett are appointed appraisers of said estate.
C.H. DuPont, JGCC

October 25th, 1834
At a county Court held at the Court House in the Town of Quincy in pursuance of adjournment on the last Saturday in October A. D. 1834 were present-The Honorable Charles H. DuPont, Judge, James Gibson and M. M. Caswell, Esqrs.
On motion, court adjourned till the first Saturday in next month at 10 o’clock a.m.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

November 1834 Term

November 1st, 1834
At a County Court held at the Court House in the town of Quincy in pursuance to adjournment on the first Saturday in November 1834 present Wm. B. McCall, James Gibson and M. M. Caswell, Esquires. On motion Court adjourned till Monday the 3rd inst at 10 o’clock, A. M.
Wm B. McCall, J. P., James Gibson

At a County Court held for the County of Gadsden at the Court House in Quincy in pursuance to adjournment on Monday the 3rd day of November A. D. 1834-were present The Honorable C. H. DuPont, Judge, John Buie, David Ochiltree, James Gibson, M. M. Caswell, Daniel L. Kenan and William B. McCall, Esquires.

#1 Ordered that the Court will not in future take up any cases of insolvent Taxables or other errors in the Tax Lists which shall not have been presented to the Court at the regular session for the year in which such error may have occurred.

No other business before the Court-Court adjourned sine die.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

Gadsden County Court, At Chambers, November 8th, 1834
This day William O. Kenan, having made application to the Judge of this Court for letters of administration in the estate of William Marr late of said County, and having produced satisfactory evidence that a notice had been made for his intended application agreeably to Law; it is ordered that the said William O. Kenan be appointed administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credit of the said William Marr deceased, upon his entering into bond with James M. Nixon and James M. Gilchrist as his securities in the penalty of Six Thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs_______ _______ and it is further ordered that Joseph King, A. R. Ransom and James C. Evans be appointed appraisers of the estate of said deceased.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

Gadsden County Court, At Chambers Nov 29th, 1834
Elizabeth DuPont widow of the late Cornelius C. DuPont having made application this day to the Judge of this Court for letters of administration on the estate of said Cornelius C. DuPont deceased: It is ordered that the said Elizabeth DuPont be appointed administratrix of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said Cornelius C. DuPont upon her entering into bond conditioned as the Law directs with C. H. DuPont and Stephen Parramore as her securities in the penalty of Six Thousand dollars and it is further ordered that ________________be appointed appraisers of the estate of said deceased.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

December 1834 Term

Florida, Gadsden County, At Chambers Dec. 2n, 1834
It is ordered that James Gibson and Henry Gee be appointed appraisers of the Estate of Simpson Wilson, dec’d.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC, Recorded 2nd day of December 1834
T. L. Kenan CGCC

Gadsden County Court, At Chambers Dec 6th, 1834
This day John W. Malone and Thomas J. Kenan who are named as Executors in the last will and testament of Henry F. Younge late of this County personally appeared before me and made oath that they will and truly perform the last will and testament of the said Henry F. Yonge and pay all his just and lawful debts so far as his goods, chattels, rights and credits will extend, and, that they will make a true and correct inventory of the same, and render a true account of their administration when thereto lawfully required, Therefore it is ordered that the Clerk of his Court issue letters testamentary to the said John W. Malone and Thomas J. Kenan Executors as aforesaid, and it is further ordered that William Norwood, Arthur J. Forman and James M. Nixon be appointed appraisers of the estate of said deceased.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC

Territory of Florida, Gadsden County
At Chambers 20th Dec. 1834
Joshua McDaniel having applied for letters of Guardianship of the person and estate of Zilpha & Elizabeth Mann, orphans of David Mann, deceased late of Wilkinson County in the State of Georgia, and therefore appearing to the Judge no cause why he should not have the said Guardianship, Therefore it is ordered that letters of Guardianship issue to the said Joshua McDaniel, upon his filing with the Clerk of the County Court, a bond in terms of the statute, in the penalty of fifteen hundred dollars with Littleberry Hollinger and William Norwood as securities.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC, Recorded 20th Dec. 1834

Gadsden County Court, At Chambers 22nd Dec. 1834
This day William Forbes having applied for letters of Guardianship of the persons and property of James and Daniel Mashborn minors and orphan children of Daniel Mashborn late of this County and there appearing to the Court no cause why he should not have the said Guardianship; Therefore it is ordered that Letters of Guardianship issue to the said William Forbes, upon his filing with the clerk of the Court a bond in terms of the statute in the penalty of Ten Thousand dollars with Stephen Parramore and Robert Forbes as his securities.
C. H. DuPont, GGCC

Gadsden County Court, at Chambers 31st Dec. 1834
This day Jane Hester widow of Matthew Hester deceased, having applied for letters of administration on the estate of said deceased, and there appearing to the Court no cause why she should not have the said administration, Therefore it is ordered that the said Jane Hester be appointed Administratrix of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said Matthew Hester deceased upon her entering into bond in the penalty of Twenty thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs with James M. Gilchrist and Armistead R. Ransom as her securities; and it is further ordered that James C. Evans and James Gibson be appointed appraisers of the estate of said deceased.
C. H. DuPont, JGCC.

 
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