Compiled by the County Technical Assistance Service
NOTE: The CTAS compilation includes many acts which are not necessarily of interest to the family history researcher. Therefore, this page will list only those acts which involve county boundaries, boundary changes and acts which pertain to individuals.
ACTS OF 1817
Chapter 132, Page 141, established the term times for the Circuit Courts and the Courts of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for several of the counties. Hereafter the Quarterly Court of Rhea County would meet on the first Monday in February, May, August, and November.
Chapter 13, Section 1. That from and after the passage of this act, the boundaries of Rhea County shall be as follows, (to wit), beginning on the South Bank of the Tennessee River, opposite the mouth of White’s Creek in Rhea County, thence South thirty degrees East, to the southern boundary line of this State, thence West with said boundary line to a point opposite the mouth of Opossum creek that empties in on the north side of said river; thence a direct line to the mouth of said creek; thence north thirty degrees West to the extreme height of Waldens Ridge, thence east, with Bledsoe county line, until it intersects Roane County or Whites creek; thence down said creek, as it meandeers, to the beginning.
Section 2. That the lines and boundaries that are set forth in the first section of this act, shall be known and declared to be the established bounds of said county; hereby repealing all laws heretofore pased on the subject of designating the bounds of said county, any thing to the contrary nowwithstanding — Privided, nothing herein contained shall be so construed as to authorize the making of any entry or survey, within the bounds hereby included in the county of Rhea, to which the Indian title is not at present extinguished, until the same shall hereafter be directed by law. Passed: October 9, 1817
Chapter 13, provided that Rhea County begin on the south Bank of Tennessee River, opposite the mouth of White’s Creek in Rhea County, thence South thirty degrees East, to the southern boundary line of this state, thence West with sid boundary line to a point opposite the mouth of Opossum creek that empties in on the north side of sid river; thence a direct line to the mouth of said creek; thence north thirty degrees West to the extreme height of Waldens Ridge, thence east, with Bledsoe county line, until it intersects Roane County or White’s Creek; thence down said creek, as it meanders, to the beginning.
Chapter 132, Page 141, Section 3, changed the terms of the Circuit Court in some of the counties of the Second Judicial Circuit but Rhea County remained on the third Monday in March and September.
Chapter 65, Page 73, established the Sixth Judicial Circuit and divided Tennessee into ten Solicitorial Districts. The Fourth Solicitorial District was composed of the counties of Knox, Anderson, Morgan, Roane, and Rhea and the General Assembly shall appoint an Attorney General to prosecute in each District who shall be paid $125 a year except in that District in which the Supreme Court is located where the Attorney General shall be paid $150 a year.