Court Order Book 1 Pages 1-25

Page 1: May 28, 1799

At the house of John Dennis in the County of Muhlenberg on Tuesday the 28th day of May 1799. Agreeably to an Act of Assembly entitled “An Act for forming a new County out of the Counties of Logan and Christian.”

A Commission of the Peace from his Excellency James Garrard Esquire produced directed to James Craig, John Dennis, William Bell, Isaac Davis, John Russell, Robert Cessna, Richard Morton, John Adams & Jesse McPherson appointing them Justices of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid which being read Thereupon John Dennis Esquire Administered the Oath to Support the Constitution of the Unites States, the Oath of Fidelity to this Commonwealth and also the Oath of a Justice of the Peace to James Craig, Isaac Davis, Wm. Bell.

Page 2: May 28, 1799

Whereupon the said James Craig administered the said several Oaths to John Dennis Esquire.
And thereupon a Court was held for said County.

Present
James Craig Esq.
John Dennis Esq.
Isaac Davis Esq.
William Bell Esq.

John Bradly esquire produced a commission from his Excellency the Governor appointing him Sheriff in and for said County which being read he the said John thereupon took the Oath to Support the Constitution of the United States, the Oath of fidelity to the Commonwealth and Also the oath of Office of Sheriff and together with Isaac Davis and William Worthington his Securities Entered into and Acknowledged their bond in the penalty of Three thousand dollars Conditioned as the Law directs.

Page 3: May 28, 1799

The Court appointed Charles Fox Wing their clerk protempore who thereupon took Oath to support the Constitution of the United States, the Oath of Fidelity to the Commonwealth and also the oath of Office and together with Henry Rhoads Senr. & William Campbell his Security entered into bond in the penalty and conditioned as the Law directs.

Alney McLean Esquire produced a commission from his Excellency the Governor appointing him Surveyor in and for the County of Muhlenberg whereupon he took the Oath to support the Constitution of the United States the Oath of fidelity to this Commonwealth and also the oath of Office and together with Robert Ewing and Ephraim McLean Senr. his securities entered into and Acknowledged their bond in the penalty of six hundred pounds Conditioned as the Law directs.

Page 4: May 28, 1799

On the recommendation of Alney McLean esquire surveyor of this County William Bradford, George Tennells and James Weir Esquire were admitted as his deputies who thereupon took the Oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the Oath of fidelity to this Commonwealth And also the Oath of Office as deputy surveyors.

Peter Lyons' stockmark, two smooth crops and a nick under each ear on his motion ordered to be Recorded.

Henry Davis's stockmark, a hole in each ear on his motion is ordered to be recorded.

The Court Appointed John Anderson Constable for the County of Muhlenberg who thereupon took the oath to support the Constitution of the United States the Oath of fidelity to this Commonwealth…

Page 5: May 28, 1799

…and also the Oath of Constable and together with Richard Tyler his security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty & conditioned as the Law directs.

On the motion of Richard Tyler leave is granted him to keep a Tavern at his house in Lewisburg whereupon with Lewis Kinchaloe his security Executed bond in the penalty and conditioned as the Law directs.

Ordered that the next Court be held at John Dennis's.

Ordered that the Court be adjourned until Court in course.

The minutes of these proceedings were signed by James Craig.

Page 6: June 25, 1799

At The house of John Dennis in the County of Muhlenberg on Tuesday the 25th day of June 1799.

Present
John Dennis Esq.
Isaac Davis J Esq.
William Bell Esq.

Robert Cessna esquire produced a Certificate from John Dennis Esquire of his having taken the Oath to the United States and the Oath of fidelity to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and also the Oath of a Justice of the peace for said County.

Present
Robert Cessna Esquire

Page 7: June 25, 1799

Robert Cessna's stockmark a swallow fork in the right ear and a hole in the left ear on his motion is ordered to be recorded.

Samuel Long's stockmark a slit in each ear and a crop off the left and on his motion is ordered to be recorded.

John Culbertson's stockmark a crop and slit in each ear on his motion ordered to be recorded.

William McCommon's stockmark a crop of the left ear and a half crop off of the underside of the right ear and on his motion Ordered to be recorded.

William Cessna's stockmark a crop off and under but in the right ear and slit in the left on his motion ordered to be recorded.

Page 8: June 25, 1799

William Campbell's stockmark a slit in each ear and on his motion ordered to be recorded.

Absent John Dennis Esquire

On the motion of John Dennis License is granted him to keep Tavern at his house who together with Abraham Dennis his security executed bond in the penalty of fifty pounds Conditioned as the Law directs.

James Tinsley's stockmark a crop and Slit in the left ear and an upper bit in the Right ear on his motion ordered to be recorded.

Thomas Irvin's stockmark a crop and slit in the left ear and a crop & underbit in the right ear on his motion ordered to be recorded.

Page 9: June 25, 1799

An Indenture of bargain and sale between George Matthews of the one part and Daniel Rhoads Junr. Of the other part was acknowledged by the said Matthews a party thereto to be his act and Deed and Ordered to be recorded.

An Indenture of bargain and sale between George Matthews of the one part and Daniel Rhoads Senr. of the other part was acknowledged by the said George a party thereto to be his act and Deed and Ordered to be recorded.

An Indenture of bargain and Sale between George Matthews of the one part and Henry Rhoads Senr. of the other part was acknowledged by the said George a party thereto to be his act and Deed and ordered to be recorded.

Page 10: June 25, 1799

On the motion of John Bradly esquire Sheriff, William Bradford was admitted as his deputy who thereupon took the Oath of Office he having heretofore taken the Oath to the United States and also the Oath of fidelity to this Commonwealth.

Present
John Dennis Esqr.

Ordered that John Culbertson, Lewis Kincheloe and Aaron Neal (being first sworn) view the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from Lewisburg to Smiths Mill and make report thereof to the next Court.

Joseph Culbertson's stockmark a hole in each ear and a half penny out of the underside of the right ear on his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Page 11: June 25, 1799

Ordered that Jacob Kanay, Jacob Ham and John Smith (being first sworn) view and mark the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from York Town to Green River at his the said Smiths ferry and make report thereof to the next Court.

On the motion of John Smith it is Ordered that a ferry be established on his land on Green River upon his giving bond and security in the Clerks office as the Law directs And that the rates of ferriage be as follows (towit)
For a Man single 4p
For a horse single 4p

John Smith's stockmark a crop in the right ear and half crop in the underside of the left On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Page 12: June 25, 1799

Present
William Bell Esq.

An Indenture of Bargain and sale between George Matthews of the one part and John Keith of the other part was acknowledged by the said George a party thereto to be his act and Deed and ordered to be recorded.

The Commonwealth - Plff
ag't - upon vagrancy
James Garrison - Deft
The defendant appeared and sundry Witnesses being examined upon consideration whereof it is the Opinion of the Court that he be discharged.

Page 13: June 25, 1799

Richard Morton esquire who was commissioned by his excellency the Governor came into Court and took the Oath of a Justice of the peace he having heretofore taken the Oath to the United States and Also the oath of fidelity to this Commonwealth.

Present
Richard Morton Esquire

The Court proceeded to appoint Charles Fox Wing their Clerk during good behavior who produced a Certificate from the Court of Appeals in the words & figures following (Towit)

State of Kentucky, Sct.
We do hereby Certify that Charles Wing hath been examined by our Clerk in our presence and under our direction and that We Judge him to be Well qualified to Execute the Office of Clerk of any County Court or court.

Page 14: June 25, 1799

Court of quarter Sessions with this State. Given under our hands & seals at Frankfort this 13th day of May 1799.
Attest
George Muler
Ben Sabastion
Caleb Wallace
Thomas Todd CCA

Whereupon the said Charles took the Oath of Office he having heretofore taken the Oath to support the Constitution of the United States and also fidelity to this Commonwealth and together with William Campbell & Henry Rhoads Senr. his Securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty & conditioned as the Law directs.

William Nixon's stockmark, a crop off of each ear On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Page 15: June 25, 1799

Charles Lewis's stockmark, two crops and two slits in each ear On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

The Court proceeded to vote on a place for the permanent seat of Justice for the County of Muhlenberg. A majority of all the Justices concurring It is ordered that Col. William Campbell's headright on Cany adjoining the Lands of the heirs of William Russell deceased be and is hereby fixed upon as the place for the permanent seat of Justice for said County and that the public buildings be erected at said place.

William Gesses' stockmark a crop & slit in the left ear On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Page 16: June 25, 1799

The Court are of Opinion that the surveyor of this County run the County line so as to include Job Downing two miles within the County.

Ordered that James Weir be appointed commissioner for that part of Muhlenberg County that was taken from Christian County for the purpose of taking in a list of the Taxable property for the present year.

On the motion of Lewis Kincheloe It is Ordered that a ferry be established on Green River at Lewisburg on his entering into bond with security in the Clerks Office according to Law and that the rates of ferriage be as follows Towit
For single man 4p
For a single horse 4p

Page 17: June 25, 1799

Ordered that Lewis Kincheloe, Michael Goodnight and William Cessna view the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from Lewisburg to the seat of Justice of this County and make report thereof to the next Court.

Ordered that Warren Davis, William Cessna and Henry Davis being first sworn view and mark the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from John Culbertson's ford on Green River to the seat of Justice of this County and make report thereof to the next Court.

Peter Boggess was by the Court appointed Constable who thereupon took the Oath to the United States the Oath of Fidelity to the Commonwealth and also the Oath of Office and together…

Page 18: June 25, 1799

…with William Boggess his security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty and conditioned as the Law directs.

Ordered that William Hynes, Nicholas Lockerman, James Bankston, Epps Littlepage, Josiah Bell and Benjamin Biggerstaff or any three of them being first sworn view and mark the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from the Logan County line to Pond River in a direction to Robertson's Lick to pass by the seat of Justice for this County and make report thereof to the next Court.

Ordered that Daniel Rhoads Senr. be and he is hereby appointed Surveyor of the road leading from Rocky to the forks of raw hide and John Keith from Rocky to Stom's ferry on Green River. And it is furthered ordered that…

Page 19: June 25, 1799

…Jacob Studebaker and Thomas Biggerstaff allot to them their hand to open and keep the same in repair as the Law directs.

Richard Morton's stockmark a crop and slit in the right ear and an underbit in the left On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Absent
John Dennis Esquire

The Court proceeded to fix the Tavern rates as follows (Towit)

Page 20: June 25, 1799

Ordered that the several Tavern keepers within this County demand and receive agreeably to the above rates & no more.

Ordered that William Campbell, Richard N. Alcock and Charles Lewis being first sworn do view the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from the seat of Justice of this County to Christian County line in a direction to Christian Courthouse and make report thereof to the next Court.

Present
John Dennis Esquire

Page 21: June 25, 1799

John Culbertson esquire produced a Commission from his excellency the Governor appointing him Coroner in and for the County aforesaid which being read took the Oath to support the constitution of the United States the oath of fidelity to the Commonwealth and also the oath of Office and together with William Worthington his security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of and conditioned as the Law directs.

Thomas Morton was this day appointed constable for the County of Muhlenberg who thereupon took the Oath to support the Constitution of the United States the Oath of fidelity to the Commonwealth and also the oath of Office & together with William Hynes his security executed their bond in the penalty & Conditioned as the…

Page 22: June 25, 1799

…law directs for the performance of his Office.

John Bradley's stockmark crop off of the left ear & under bit and upper bit in the right On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Josiah Bell's stockmark a slit in the right ear and a smooth crop in the left ear On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Ordered that Henry Rhoads, Charles Lewis and William Bell be and they are hereby appointed Commissioners for the purpose of letting to the lowest bidder the public buildings for Muhlenberg County.

Page 23: June 25, 1799

Ordered that Solomon Rhoads, Daniel Rhoads Jr. and David Rhoads being first sworn view & mark the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from York Town to the County seat of this County and also to view and mark a way from Stom's ferry to intersect the above road and make report thereof to the next Court.

Ordered that the next Court be held at the house of John Dennis.

Ordered that the Court be adjourned until Court in course.

The minutes of these proceedings were signed
John Dennis.

Page 24: August 27, 1799

At the house of John Dennis in the County of Muhlenberg on Tuesday the 27th day of August 1799.

Present
James Craig Esq
John Dennis J[?] Esq
Isaac Davis

Samuel Murphey's stockmark a crop and slit in the right ear and an under slope and slit in the left ear On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Matthew McLean's stockmark a crop and two slits in the left ear and an underbit in the right ear On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Page 25: August 27, 1799

Benjamin Garris's stockmark a slit in each ear a half moon under it and his cattle dulapt(?) cut upwards, On his motion is Ordered to be recorded.

Richard N. Alcock's stockmark a crop and underbit in each ear On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

John Dennis's stockmark a swallow fork in each ear On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Edward Jarvis's stockmark a crop and slit in the left ear and a hole in the right ear On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Edmond Owen's stockmark a crop off each ear and slit in the left ear On his motion Ordered to be recorded.