At the house of Samuel Cox

From Pioneer Families of Eastern & Southeastern Kentucky
Chapter XII

Whitley County, Kentucky
Organization, Early Court Orders

At the house of Samuel Cox in the county of Whitley on Monday the 20th day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & eighteen & of the twenty-sixth year of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it being the time & place appointed by the General Assembly of Kentucky for holding the first court for the county of Whitley aforesaid, commissions from his Excellency Gabriel Slaughter, Lieutenant Governor & acting Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, directed to Edward Reilly, John Berry, Uriah Parks, Francis Faulkner, Lamme Clarke, Samuel Cox, & Isaac King, appointing them justices of the peace in & for the said county of Whitley; & thereupon, pursuant to the law Edward Reilly, Esq., administered the oath of office & fidelity to Samuel Cox, John Berry, Uriah Parks, Francis Faulkner, Lamme Clarke & Isaac King, justices of the peace for said county & then John Berry, Esquire, administered the oath of office & fidelity to Edward Reilly, Esq., as a justice of the peace for said county.

Benton Litten produced a commission from his Excellency Gabriel Slaughter, Lieutenant Governor & Acting Governor, appointing him sheriff of Whitley county which commission was read & thereupon the said Benton Litten entered into bond in the penalty of three thousand dollars with Edward Reilly, Samuel Cox, & Francis Faulkner as his securities (sureties) conditioned as the law directs. Whereupon the oath of office was administered to him as the law directs by Edward Reilly, Esq. The sheriff then opened the court as the law directs. Present: Edward Reilly, John Berry, Uriah Parke, Lamme Clarke, Samuel Cox, Francis Faulkner & Isaac King, Gentlemen Justices.

A certificate was produced in court by Edward Reilly, Esq., certifying that he had administered the oath required by law to John Berry, Uriah Parks, Francis Faulkner, Samuel Cox, Lamme Clarke, & Isaac King as justices of the peace of this county; also, to Benton Litten as sheriff of this county.

A certificate was produced in court by John Berry, Esq., certifying that he had administered the oath required by law to Edward Reilly, as a justice of the peace.

The court being constituted agreeable to law proceeded to elect their clerk pro tempore & Milton Eve was found to be duly elected, whereupon the said Milton Eve entered into bond in the penalty of five thousand dollars with Joseph Eve, Lamme Clarke, Hiram Jones & Joseph Parsons as his securities (sureties) conditioned as the law directs. Whereupon Edward Reilly, Esq., administered to him the oath of office required by law.

On motion of William Roe, he is appointed constable in the bounds of Capt. Allison’s old company of Militia. Whereupon he entered into bond in the penalty of $1,000 with Hiram Jones & Francis Faulkner as his securities (sureties).

On motion of Baker E. Watkins, he is appointed constable in the bounds of Capt. Richards’ old company of Militia. Whereupon he entered into bond in the penalty of $1,000 conditioned as the law directs with Lamme Clarke & Andrew Evans as his sucurities (sureties)

On motion of John Ross, he is appointed constable in the counds of Capt. Jacoway’s company of Militia. Whereuponhe said Ross entered into bond in the penalty of $1,000 conditioned as the law directs with Angus Ross as his security (sureties)

On motion of William Edwards, he is appointed constable in the bounds of Capt. Steele’s company of Militia, whereupon he entered into bond in the penalty of $1,000 with Benjamin Tuggle, Hiram Jones & Joseph Parsons as his securities (sureties)

On motion of John L. ? Laughlin, he is appointed constable in the bounds of Capt. Steele’s company of Militia. Whereupon he enetered into bond in the penalty of $1,000 with George Tye, Charles Rockhold & Joseph Parsons as his securities (sureties)

It is ordered by the court that George Gill Eve be appointed counsellor & Attorney of the Commonwealth in & for this county.

Ordered that court be adjourned until (sic) 10 o’clock tomorrow morning.

Signed Edward Reilly

Court having met agreeable to adjournment, on Tuesday the 21st of April 1818:

Present: Edward Reilly, John Berry, Uriah Parks, Francis Faulkner, Samuel Cox, Isaac King, & Lamme Clarke, Gentlemen Justices.

On motion of William Davis, he is appointed constable in the bounds of Capt. Medders’ (Middaugh or Meadows) company of Militia; & thereupon the said Davis entered into bond in the penalty of $1,000 with John Medders & Peter Snider as his securities (sureties).

On motion of Nathan Cox, he is appointed constable in the bounds of Capt. Medders’ company of Militia. Whereupon he entered into bond in the penalty of $1,000 with Samuel Cox & Benton Litten as his securities (sureties).

Ordered by the court that Joseph Gillis & Thomas Laughlin be recommended to his Excellency, the Acting Governor of Kentucky, as fit persons to fill the office of surveyor of Whitley County, a majority of the justices of the peace of said court being present & concurring in this recommendation.

Ordered that the court be adjourned until (sic) in course.

Signed Edward Reilly

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