Court Order Book 1 Pages 26-50

Page 26 August 27, 1799

Andrew Joab's stockmark a crop off of the left ear and a half crop and slit in the right On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Lenox Rose's stockmark a crop & hole in the left ear and hole in the right On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Daniel Holt's stockmark a half crop off of the underside of each ear & an underbit in the left & On his motion is Ordered to be recorded.

Aaron Neal's stockmark crop in the left ear and an underbit in the right On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Page 27 August 27, 1799

On the petition of John Adams for a writ in the nature of Adquod Damnum for the purpose of building a Grist mill on long Creek And it appearing to the Court that public notice of this application hath been given to the proprietor of the land On the Opposite side of the Creek against which the said John Wishes to abut his dam, It is Ordered that the sheriff summon and Impanel a Jury of the vicinity aforesaid to meet on the first Saturday in September next at the place aforesaid and View and examine the same above and below, and then and there Circumscribe by certain meets and bounds One acre of Land for the abutment aforesaid and report thereof to the Court as the Law directs.

Benjamin Talbot's stockmark a crop off of each ear and a slit in the right ear on his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Page 28 August 27, 1799

John Adams esquire who was commissioned by the Governor as a Justice of the peace for Muhlenberg County came into Court and took the Oath to support the Constitution of the United States the oath of fidelity to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and also the Oath of a Justice of the peace.

Present
John Adams Esquire

Absent
John Dennis Esquire

The persons appointed for that purpose exhibited into Court a plan for building the public building which being examined and Approved of is Ordered to be Recorded.
“A memorandum of the dimensions of the Courthouse of Muhlenberg County To be built of hewn log, seven inches thick…”

Page 29 August 27, 1799

“…nine inches on the face or more 26 feet by 18, seventeen feet high a Joint shingle roof put on with pegs except the outside rows with nails, a Joint plank floor and loft with a good Staircase the lower story twelve feet high with One door & three Windows a partition upstairs a Window and door a Judges Bench barred around an attorneys bench barred around also a sheriffs box a clerks table and seat the Cracks of the house to have shaved boards pegged on in the inside and daubed in the outside and a sufficient number of Jury benches.”

The persons appointed for the purpose of viewing and marking a road to lead from York Town to Green River made the following report towit, “Whereas we have viewed the within mentioned road and that it will make an Excellent good road to go through…”

Page 30 August 27, 1799

“…John Smith's land only.”
Viewers: John Smith
Jacob Kaney
Jacob Ham
Whereupon this considered by the Court (John Smith being present & consenting thereto) that the said road be established as viewed & reported aforesaid.

Present
James Craig Esq
William Bell Esq

Absent John Adams Esq

Ordered that James Smith, Thomas Salesberry, Jacob Anthony, and Peter Boggess or any three of them (being first sworn) view and mark the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from the forks of Rawhide where the Logan road crosses the same to the seat of Justice of this County & make report thereof to the next Court.

Page 31 August 27, 1799

Ordered that Joseph Vaughn, Edward Jarvis, James Bankston, and Alney McLean or any three of them being first sworn view and mark the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from the seat of Justice of this County to Pond river in a direction to Robertson(?) Lick and make report thereof to be next Court.

Benjamin Biggerstaff's stockmark a swallow fork in each ear & upper bit in the left ear On his motion is Ordered to be recorded.

On the motion of Benjamin Biggerstaff satisfactory proof being made to the court that he the said Benjamin lost a part of his left Ear by a bite from Matthew Adams in a fight which is Ordered to be recorded.

Page 32 August 27, 1799

Andrew Hunsaker's stockmark an underbit in the right ear and a hole in the left and on his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Jacob Ham's stockmark an underbit in each ear and a slit in each ear and on his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Absent Isaac Davis Esquire

Present John Adams Esquire

Ordered that Andrew Hunsaker, Leroy Jackson, Henry Rhoads Jr., and Jacob Sever or any three of them being first sworn view the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from Adams ferry to the County seat of this County and make report thereof to the next Court.

Present Isaac Davis

Absent James Craig Esquire

Page 33 August 27, 1799

On the motion of Matthew Adams It is ordered that a ferry be established on his Land on Green river and that the rates of passage be as follows Towit
For a single man 4p
For a horse 4p
On his giving bond in the Clerks office

Absent John Adams Esquire

William Drake's stockmark a half crop of the underside of the left ear and underbit and slit in the right & on his motion Ordered to be recorded.

On the petition of Joseph Ray for a writ in the nature of Adquod danmum for the purpose of building a water Gristmill on Clifty he owning lands on both sides thereof It is Ordered that the sheriff…

Page 34 August 27, 1799

…summons a Jury of the vicinity aforesaid to meet on the second Saturday in September next at the place aforesaid and view and examine the same above and below and report thereof to the Court as the Law directs.

Present James Craig Esquire

Peter Boggess came into Court and delivered his resignation as constable.

The Court appointed Isaac Davis esquire to build a stray pen on the public square two and thirty feet square five feet high to be furnished by the fourth Tuesday in September next.

Page 35 August 27, 1799

Peter Bogguess's stockmark crop and slit in the right ear and split and half crop in the left on his motion is Ordered to be recorded.

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
James Craig

September 24, 1799

At a County Court held at the house of John Dennis in the County of Muhlenberg On Tuesday the 24th day of September 1799.

Present James Craig Esq
John Dennis Esq
Isaac Davis Esq

Page 36 September 24, 1799

The Jury impaneled and sworn for that purpose on the Eighteenth day of September One thousand seven hundred and ninety nine they met at the place on Clifty where Joseph Ray is about to erect a water Gristmill above the mouth of said Creek about half a mile and that they are of opinion that a Dam fourteen feet high will not damage the several proprietors adjacent thereto. On the motion therefore of the said Joseph Ray leave is granted him to erect the said mill agreeably to the said report.

The Jury summoned and Impaneled & sworn for that purpose on the Seventh day of September 1799 met at the place on Long Creek where John Adams is about to erect a water Gristmill and that they are of Opinion that a dam Eleven feet high…

Page 37 September 24, 1799

…will not damage the several proprietors adjacent thereto On the motion therefore of the said Adams leave is granted him to erect the said Mill together with the One acre of Land condemned by the Jury aforesaid agreeable to said report.

The Last Will and Testament of Lewis Reno deceased was exhibited into Court and proved by the Oaths of Isaac Davis and Moses Lucas subscribing Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be recorded.

Ordered that Henry Davis Warren Davis and Thomas Ward or any two of them being first sworn do view the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from Culbertson's ford on Green River to the seat of Justice of this County and make report thereof to the next Court.

Page 38 September 24, 1799

On the motion of Leonard Stom It is Ordered that a ferry be established on his land on Green River On his entering into bond in the Clerks Office as the Law directs And that the rates of ferriage be as follows (towit)
For a single man 4½p
For a single horse 4½p

The persons appointed for that purpose made the following report (towit) “We do hereby certify (that after being) sworn we have viewed and marked the nearest and best road from York Town to the Logan road according to the best of our skill and Judgment to go through the following men's Land whose names are annexed Jacob Canoy George Hunsaker Francis Stump Joseph Wardin And we do hereby report the same to the Worshipful court of Muhlenberg” Jacob Ham, John Stom Viewers…

Page 39 September 24, 1799

…And it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the proprietors of the land through which the same is viewed has consented thereto It is Ordered that the same be established accordingly.

Ordered that James Weir Commissioner of the tax for that part of this County which was taken from Christian County be allowed forty five and a half dollars for the execution of his said Office which is Ordered to be Certified to the Auditor of public accounts.

Samuel Drake's stockmark a square a square crop off of the right ear slit in the left and underbit in each & On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Page 40 September 24, 1799

Ordered that William Campbell John Bradly William Cessna and Lewis Kincheloe or any three of them being first sworn view the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from Lewisburg to the County seat of this County and make report thereof to the next Court.

On the motion of Thomas Biggerstaff who made Oath as the Law directs certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of Administration on the Estate of Benjamin Biggerstaff deceased who together with William Bell and Thomas Bell his securities entered into and Acknowledged their bond in the penalty of One thousand pounds conditioned as the Law directs.

Page 41 September 24, 1799

Ordered that Jacob Studebaker, Solomon Penrod, Leonard Morgan, and Benjamin Talbot or any three of them (being first sworn) do appraise in current money the personal estate and slaves (if any) of Benjamin Biggerstaff deceased And that the Administration return an Inventory thereof to Court agreeably to Law.

Present William Bell Esquire

Absent John Dennis Esquire

The persons appointed to view & mark a road to lead from the forks of Rawhide to the Courthouse of Muhlenberg County made the following report (towit) “We do certify that we have viewed and marked the nearest and best road to go as the within order…”

Page 42 September 24, 1799

“…directs to go through the following Gentlemen's lands William Thompson, John Armstrong, John Sutton, James Craig, Andrew Parks, William Bell esquires, Thomas Bell, Wm Reading, William Bogguses and Thomas Salesberry”
Peter Boggess
Thomas Salsberry
Jacob Anthony
And it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the proprietors of the Land through which the same is marked consents thereto it is Ordered that the same be established accordingly.

On the motion of Joseph Ray It is ordered that a ferry be established on Mud river at his plantation on his entering into bond in the Clerks Office as the Law directs And that the rates of ferriage be as follows (towit)…

Page 43 September 24, 1799

For a man 3p
For a horse 3p

Ordered that Joseph Ray George Brown William Smith or any two of them being first sworn view the best and most convenient way for a road to lead from Rays ferry on Mud River to the Courthouse of this County & make report thereof to the next Court.

On the motion of Lewis Kincheloe who made Oath as the Law directs certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of Administration on the estate of Lewis Reno deceased with the Will annexed who thereupon together with John Bradly and William Hynes his securities entered into and Acknowledged their bond in the penalty of One thousand pounds conditioned as the Law directs with leave for Elizabeth Reno Widow & relict of the said decedent to Join in the administration…

Page 44 September 24, 1799

…Aforesaid when ever she may think proper.

Ordered that John Dennis Junr. Be and he is hereby appointed surveyor of the road leading from Pond Creek at the ford on said creek to Muhlenberg Courthouse and that the precinct of said road be as follows towit, Beginning at the mouth of Cany running up the same and to the for [fork?] of Alstons road as it leads to Cany Station and With the said road to the sand Lick fork so as to include Isaac Rust and down the same to Pond Creek and down the same to the Beginning And that all the hands included in said bounds Assist in Opening and keeping the said road in repair as the Law directs.

Page 45 September 24, 1799

Ordered that William Boggess be appointed overseer of the road from Pond Creek to Armstrongs Mill and that the precinct of the road be as follows towit Beginning on Pond creek and running up the same as high as David Robertsons including him from thence to John Carters including him from thence to William Hynes's including him from thence to Jesse McPherson including him from thence down Rocky to Daniel Rhoads from thence to Pond Creek including him and William Smith and up the same to the Beginning and that he the said William together with all the hands within the bounds of said precinct Open and keep the same in repair as the Law directs.

Page 46 September 24, 1799

Ordered that Matthew Armstrong be and he is hereby appointed Surveyor of the road from Armstrongs mill to the Logan County line and that the precinct of said road be as follows Beginning at Clifty running up the same to McKinneys including him thence to William Billings including him from then a cross to Clifty from thence to the Beginning and that he the said Matthew with all the hands included in the above bounds Open and keep the same in repair as the Law directs.

Ordered that John Smith be appointed surveyor of the road leading from York Town to the Logan road.

Present John Dennis Esquire

Page 47 September 24, 1799

Ordered that Jacob Kanoy be appointed surveyor of the road leading from Smiths ferry on Green River to the Courthouse of this county and Also from Stoms ferry to intersect the same and that the precinct of said roads be as follows (Towit) Beginning at the mouth of Jacobs Creek and up the same to the road that leads from John Keaths to Henry Rhoads from thence to Frederick Unsell from thence to Severses ford on Pond Creek from thence to Frederick Severs & Jesse Jacksons including them from thence down Pond Creek to Green River & to the Beginning And that he the said Jacob with the hands included in the above bounds Open & keep the same in repair as the Law directs.

Page 48 September 24, 1799

Absent Isaac Davis Esquire

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

Ordered that court be adjourned until Court in course.
James Craig

November 26, 1799

At a Court held for Muhlenberg County at the house of John Dennis on Tuesday the 26th day of November 1799

Present John Dennis Esq
Isaac Davis Esq &
Richard Morton Esq

Spencer Oneal's stockmark a crop and hole in the right ear and underbit in the left ear on his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Page 49 November 26, 1799

Abraham Dennis's stockmark a swallow fork in the left ear and a half penny in the upperside of the right ear & on his motion Ordered to be recorded.

Cornelius Drake's stockmark underberlit in each ear and slit in the end of each ear and On his motion Ordered to be recorded.

On the motion of William Campbell and it appearing to the Court that it will be advantageous to the public and it also appearing that legal notice having been given agreeably to Law It is ordered that a Town be established on his land at the seat of Justice in this County on Cany including thirty acres of Land to be called and known by the name of Greenville. Whereupon the said…

Page 50 November 26, 1799

…William Campbell together with John Bradly and Charles Fox Wing his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of five hundred pounds conditioned as the Law directs. It is further Ordered that the said Town be vested in Samuel Russell, Alney McLean, Henry Rhoads, Charles Fox Wing, William Bradford and John Dennis who are hereby nominated and appointed Trustees of the said Town of Greenville agreeably to Law.

Ordered that William Cessna, John Reed and John Robinet or any two of them (being first sworn) do view and mark the best and most convenient for a road to lead from the big falls on Green river to Greenville & make report thereof to the next court.