Rhea County, TN Private Acts: 1820 & 1821

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 1820

Chapter 106, Page 95, recited that Roswell Hall, of Rhea County, had obtained a license to hawk and peddle his goods and wares at retail for one year in Rhea County but he moved to Marion County before being able to use the license very much. This Act permits Hall to sell his goods in Marion County for the remainder of the period covered by the license without having to obtain another one.

ACTS OF 1821

Chapter 73, Section 1. That the line dividing Bledsoe and Rhea counties shall be as follows, (to wit); beginning in a point on the northern boundary line of Hamilton county, near where the road from Keedy’s Gap to Washington crosses the head of Sale Creek; running thence up the general course of Walden’s ridge of Cumberland mountain, so as to cross Richland Creek at the bridge on the Kincah turnpike road; thence to cross Loony’s turnpike road so as to include the former residence of Richard Walker on said road in the county of Bledsoe; thence a direct line to the old Cumberland turnpike road, to T. Bound’s turnpike gate, and that all persons residing near to, and south of Morgan, and west of said line shall belong to the county of Bledsoe.

Section. That said line shall be run and marked at the mutual expense of Bledsoe and Rhea Counties.

Passed: September 28, 1821.

Chapter 169. Section 1. That the line running between the counties of Rhea and Hamilton, shall commence at a point one half mile below Blythe’s Ferry, and run across the Valley to the Mountain, so as to run between the lands of Benjamin Jones and John Russell, thence up the foot of the said mountain to the line of said counties as now run and marked.

Passed: November 19, 1821

Chapter 73, stated that the line dividing Bledsoe and Rhea counties shall be as follows, (to wit); beginning in a point on the northern boundary line of Hamilton county, near where the road from Keedy’s Gap to Washington crosses the head of Sale Creek; running thence up the general course of Walden’s ridge of Cumberland mountain, so as to cross Richland Creek at the bridge on the Kincah turnpike road; thence to cross Looney’s turnpike road so as to include the former residence of Richard Walker on said road in the county of Bledsoe; thence a direct line to the old Cumberland turnpike road, to T. Bound’s gate, and that all persons residing near to, and south of Morgan, and west of said line shall belong to the county of Bledsoe.

Chapter 169, provided that the line running between the counties of Rhea and Hamilton,shall commence at a point one half mile below Blythe’s ferry, and Benjamin Jones and John Russell, thence up the foot of the said mountain to the line of said counties as now run and marked.

Chapter 6, Page 10, required the County Courts of all the counties in Tennessee to index and classify the roads in their counties into three classes, determined primarily by the width, use, and surfacing material of the road.

Roads of the first class had to be maintained to a higher degree than the others. There were penalties in this Act for obstructing the roads and for failing to comply with the terms of this Act.

Chapter 184, Page 175, stated that the militia of Rhea County which is the 30th Regiment of the State of Tennessee shall hold a regimental muster on the fourth Tuesday in September.

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