History of Campbell County, Tennessee
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An act for erecting part of the county of Anderson and part of the county of Claiborne, into a separate and distinct county.

WHEREAS the large extent of the counties of Anderson and Claiborne, renders it grieveous and burdensome to many of the inhabitants thereof to attend courts, general musters, elections, and other public meetings therein. For remedy whereof:

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, that the following described bounds be, and the same are hereby erected into a new and distinct county by the name of Campbell, to wit: Beginning at a point to be ascertained by running a direct line from the town of Burrville, in Anderson County, north, forty-five degrees east eleven miles, and running from thence, north forty-five degrees west to the Kentucky state line, or the northern boundary line of the state of Tennessee, from thence east, with the said boundary line, to a point on the same, from whence a line to be run at the angle of forty-five degrees, south east, shall cross Powell's Valley, at or near the house where James Davis formerly lived in said Valley, leaving said house in Campbell County no more than fifty poles, thence the same course continued, to the line of Grainger County, on the right bank of Clinch, thence down the said river of Clinch, agreeable to its various meanders, to a certain point that shall intersect the lines of Anderson and Claiborne counties, immediately on the said right bank of Clinch river, thence crossing said river, and running southwardly with the line that divides the counties of Anderson and Claiborne counties, immediately on the said right bank of Clinch river, thence crossing said river and running southwardly with the line that divides the counties of Anderson and Grainger, to the Chesnut Ridge, thence along the extreme heights thereof, to a point from whence a line shall run at the angle of north, forty-five degrees west, to the point the place of beginning.

SEC. 2. Be it enacted, That James Grant, William Hancock, Jacent Cloud, Robert Glen, Richard Linville, Sampson David, and John Inglish, or a majority of them, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners, and authorised to fix on and lay out a place the most suitable and convenient in said county, for the purpose of erecting a court house, prison and stocks.

SEC. 3. Be it enacted, That the aforesaid commissioners are hereby authorised and required, as soon as may be, after agreeing on the place whereon the said court house, prison, and stocks are to be erected in said county, they shall proceed to purchase any quantity of land, not exceeding forty acres, for which they shall cause a deed or deeds to be made to themselves, or successors in office, on which they shall cause a town to be laid off, with necessary streets and allies, reserving one acre as near the centre as may be, on which the court house, prison and stocks shall be erected, which shall be known by the name of Jacksborough; and when the town shall be thus laid off, the aforesaid commissioners are further requested to advertise for sale to the highest bidder, a credit not exceeding twelve months, the lots of said town, giving sixty days previous notice thereof in the public papers printed at Knoxville, and shall take bonds with sufficient securties, to themselves or successors in office, and shall make titles to the purchasers, and the proceeds of the sales of said lots, shall go towards defraying the expence of the public building in the same, & contract & agree to with suitable workmen for erecting and building at the place aforesaid, at court house, prison and stocks, for the use and benefit of said county and shall, after advertising the same at least sixty days in the public papers, and at six of the most public places in the county, shall proceed to let the building of the same to the lowest bidder, and take bond and security from such undertaker, in the sum of five thousand dollars, for the fulfillment of his or their contract.

SEC.4. And the better to enable the commissioners aforesaid to carry this act into effect, Be it enacted, that a tax of twelve and half cents on each hundred acres of land; a tax of twenty-five cents on each town lot; a tax of twenty-five cents on each slave between the age of twelve and fifty years; and a tax of twenty-five cents on each white male, between the age of twenty-one and fifty years, shall be collectd in the said county for two years, by the sheriff or collector of the same, and accounted for and paid to the said commissioners at the same time, and in the same manner, and under like penalties and restrictions, as is or may be directed for collecting, accounting for, and paying public taxes.

SEC. 5. Be it enacted, That before the said commissioners shall take into their hands any of the monies directed to be collected by this act, they shall enter into bond in the sum of five thousand dollars, payable to the governor and commander in chief, for the time being, conditoned for the faithful discharge of the trust reposed in them.

SEC.6. And for the due administration of justice in said county, Be it enacted, That the court of the said county of Campbell shall be held regularly by the justices of said county, on the first Mondays in December, March, June and September, in every year; and the justices for said county of Campbell, are hereby authorised and empowered to hold the first court for the same, at the house of Richard Linville, and all subsequent courts for said county, on the days above mentioned for holding courts therein, at any place to which the said justices shall from court to court adjourn themselves, until a court house shall be built for said county of Campbell; and then all causes, matters and things depending in said court; and all process returnable to the same, shall be adjoured to such court house, and all courts held in and for said county of Campbell, shall be held by commission to the said justices, in the same manner, and under the same rules and restrictions, and shall have an exercise the same power and jurisdiction, as are or shall be prescribed for the courts for several counties in this state.

SEC.7. Be it enacted, That the aforesaid county of Campbell, shall be and is hereby declared to compose a part of the district of Hamilton, in the same manner, and for all purposes civil and military, as the said counties of Anderson and Claiborne did previously to this county being taken off of them; and the said county of Campbell shall furnish two jurors to the superior courts of law and equity, for the district of Hamilton aforesaid.

SEC. 8. Be it enacted, That Jeffe Roysden, and Walter Evans, be appointed commissioners, who are authorized to run the dividing lines, and boundary lines, of and between the said counties of Campbell, Anderson and Claiborne, and designate the boundaries of said Campbell county, as herein before directed and described; that is, where the said line or lines are not already run or particulary pointed out by natural boundaries; for which service the said commissioners shall be allowed the sum of two dollars each per day and the marker one dollar per day, the expence to be paid by the said county of Campbell.

SEC. 9. Be it enacted, That the present sheriffs and collectors of the counties of Anderson and Claiborne, be authorised to collect all arrearages of public taxes, which by law they were authorised to collect, in the same manner that he might or could do, before the said sectional parts that now compose the county of Campbell, was taken off of said counties of Anderson and Claiborne.

SEC. 10. Be it enacted, That in future the courts of Claiborne county shall be held on the fourth Mondays of November, February, May, and August, in each and every year and all suits, causes, indictments, matters, and things, of what nature and kind forever, now pending in said courts shall, after the rise of the present term of said court, be adjoured over, and continued till the fourth Monday of November next, to all intents, constructions, and purposes and in case the clerk of said court shall issue any writ or writs of capias and respondendum, writ of capias and satisfactiendum, writ of fieri facias, or any other writ or process whatsoever, returnable to any other day than the fourth Monday of November next, the same shall be returned on the said fourth Monday of November; any law, usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.


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September 11, 1806

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