Category Archives: Government and Politics

Elected Officials – 1893

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  • J.C. Whitaker – Magistrate
  • L.R. Owens – Constable
  • J.H. Nix – Magistrate
  • E.L. Hinson – Sheriff
  • Bill Crosby – Deputy Sheriff
  • Barney DePriest – Assistant Surveyor
  • Josh Tatum – Constable
  • R.W. Tompson – School Superintendent
  • Eli Duncan – Surveyor
  • Jimmy Lewis – Circuit Court Clerk
  • C. L. Pearson – County Court Clerk
  • Thomas Whitwell – County Judge
  • Jim Gregory – Magistrate
  • R.A. Kimble -Registrar
  • John Beasley – Trustee

1845 Petition to Divide at the River

1845 Petition to divide Perry County at the Tennessee River
Contributed by:  Renea Burkholder

The following petitions can be found on microfilm at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, Tennessee. The original petitions are also available. These are part of Record Group 260, Acts of the 26th Tennessee General Assembly.

Although added by the archivists, the page numbering is included to aid you in location on the original documents.  I have tried to transcribe the spelling of names as they are on the document. Some are more difficult to read than others due to either handwriting, partial coverage by another signature, or fading. I have kept the signatures in the same order as they are on the document. Read More

1819 Petition to Establish Perry County

 1819 Petition for new county now known as Perry
Contributed by:  Ruth Kent, 09 July 2009
Copyright:  Ruth Kent 2009

The following petition can be found on microfilm at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 203 Seventh Ave., North, Nashville, TN  37243-0312.Transcriber’s Notes:

  • Original Material in Poor Condition.  Best Copy Available;
  • Spelling is transcribed as was written in the original record;
  • This is an interesting piece. From my analysis, the petition includes some who may not be of legal age and there are a few duplicate names;
  • the spelling of names was quite creative. some names were duplicated but there may have been some junior/senior situations.  This is copied to the best of my ability, retaining spelling and pages. You will note that there seems to be several duplications of names. In other words, the same names are on more than one page.
  • The numbers after each name are as they were included on the original copies I received from the Tennessee Archives.
  • There may be a problem using the sitewide search engine as very creative spellings of the names was used.   It would be useful to read through the list of names, as you might find your ancestor’s name as an alternate spelling.

36 – 1819 (page 1)

To the Honourable The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee Greeting your humble petioners prayeth that there may be a New county Laid out Beginning at the North East corner of Wain County thence due north — Thence west –Thence South –Thence East To the begining and that the following cittizens We do Recommend to your honorable Body as propper persons qualified to act as Justices of the peace  We hope your Honourable body will give them the appointments as such your petioners humbly pray That the corts and quarter sisons will be apointed pro tem To be held at Hous of Major John Davidson Read More

1822 August Petition to move County Seat

Petition of citizens to the Legislature to move the county seat
August 1822
Contributed by:  Robbie Burnett

The following petitions can be found on microfilm at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, Tennessee. The original petitions are also available.

Memorial of the Citizens of the County of Perry

To the Honorable, the Senate, and House of Representatives, of the State of Tennessee The Memorial, of the Citizens of Perry County, humbly represents to your honorable body, That, in obedience to an Act passed at the first Session of the present General Assembly, the Commissioners, appointed by that Act, entered upon the duties of their Office, and ascertained the boundary lines, of Perry County.  They then found the Centre of the County, which being in a place, totally unsuitable for the situation of a Town, it became necessary, that some other spot should be selected, with “due regard to the Central situation of said County, its Commercial advantages, and its navigations.” The Commissioners found three places, which were, in the opinion of some amongst them, suitable for sites of a Town, but, were unable to agree amongst themselves, as to which, of those places, should be selected, for the location of their seats of Justice. Read More

Undated Petition – Road Construction

Undated Petition of citizens to the Legislature
to refund road construction lawsuit costs
Contributed by:  Robbie Burnett

The following petitions can be found on microfilm at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, Tennessee. The original petitions are also available.

Petition of the Citizens of the County of Perry

To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee

The petition of the Subscribers respectfully represent that some time ago Stanley Johnson of Perry County as Overseer of a Road in said County sued several persons for failing to work on the Road. That in consequence of irregularity of the proceedings and mistakes of the Magistrates some of the Defendants caused him to pay the costs of suit after appeals to the County and Circuit Court of said County carried(?) up by then that said Johnson is a very poor man and the payment of the costs has been and will yet be a serious injury to his family—–They therefore pray your Honorable body to grant him relief by causing the State or County to refund to him the costs which have been or may hereafter be expected by him in those cases—-Thus your petitioner will ever pray. Read More

1822-1823 Petition – Humphrey County Boundary

Petition of citizens to the Legislature
to settle the boundary between Perry and Humphrey County
1822 or 1823
Contributed by:  Robbie Burnett

The following petitions can be found on microfilm at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, Tennessee. The original petitions are also available.

Petition of the Citizens of the Counties of Perry and Humphreys

To the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Tennessee

The Petition of the Subscribers, Citizens of the Counties of Perry and Humphreys respectfully showeth unto you Honorable Body:

That you petitioners are at present, and have been, during the last two years, labouring under all the disadvantages resulting from the unsettled state of the boundaries of their respective Counties. That no improvements, having any relation to the public regulation of the first named county especially, can commence, or progress whilst the line continues in the uncertain state, in which, they are at present. They would represent, to you Honorable Body, that, from the present Southern boundary line of Humphreys County, to the Seat of Justice is nearly twenty-five miles: between which line and division (?) there is an extensive range of mountains, considered (?) by Nature, to perpetual sterility. Should the line above named, continue to form the boundary of Humphreys County, of the South, and of Perry County, on the North the Citizens, living South and West of Duck River, will labour under the most insupportable inconvenience, in traversing a desolate county for several miles, before they reach any settlements connected with the place where they must perform all their public business. They humbly conceive that the finger of Nature has pointed out the of ____ aims above____ the legitimate boundary between the two Counties. When they consider in addition to this, that, Humphreys County will be twenty-six miles in breadth, from North to South ____ ___ ___ ___ as hereafter suggested, the prayer of their petition. The affect produced on the County of Perry would be giving it and extent of about twenty-five miles from North to South, and locating the Seat Of Justice on the Tennessee River, a matter of vital importance to the interest of that County. Read More

1822-1823 Petition – Clear Hatchee River

Petition of citizens to the Legislature
to clear out the Hatchee River
1822 or 1823
Contributed by:  Robbie Burnett

The following petitions can be found on microfilm at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, Tennessee. The original petitions are also available.

Petition of the Citizens of the County of Perry

To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representative of the State of Tennessee

The petition to the Subscribers, Citizens of the Counties lying on the River Hatchee respectfully represents:—–That since the settlement of the county they have seen and experienced the numberless disadvantages resulting from a difficult and obstructed navigation. The Hatchee River, presenting to the Citizens of the Counties which Border upon it, conveniences inferior to no stream in the Western Country, if cleared out, is at present, from artificial and accidental obstructions nearly useless, except during a freshet. The plans devised heretofore for the purpose of raising a fund, to be appropriated to clearing it out, have been by experience, proved to be wholly inefficient. Taxation in a moderate degree cannot raise a sufficient sum of money for that purpose, neither the duration of the present age. Meanwhile the Commerce of our country languished, emigration is prevented; and we are forced to expend a large portion of the price of our produce, in getting it to market. Read More