(Information taken from History of Tishomingo
County, published by Corinth Herald Newspaper in 1903. Original
manuscript for this publication is housed at the ACGS library. Typed
and submitted by Vicki Burress Roach.)
The State legislature, on February 9, 1836, passed an act dividing
the lands ceded to the government by the Chickasaws, lying in the
State of Mississippi, into ten counties-Tishomingo, Tippah,
Marshall, Desoto, Tunica, Panola, Fayette, Pontotoc, Itawamba and
Chickasaw. The boundary of Tishomingo was declared as follows:
"Beginning at the point where the line between townships six and
seven intersects the eastern boundary of the State, and running with
the said boundary line to the Tennessee River; thence down the said
river to the point where the northern boundary line of the State
intersects the same; thence with the said northern boundary line to
the line between ranges five and six east of the basis meridian;
thence south with the said range line to the line between townships
six and seven; thence east with the said township line to the
beginning,: containing an area of 923,040 acres. An act to organize
Tishomingo county, approved February 14, 1836, provides as follows:
"Be it enacted by the legislature of the State of Mississippi,
that the following persons be and they are hereby appointed
commissioners to organize the county of Tishomingo, to-wit: Peter G.
RIVES, James DAVIS, James
McMATTHEWS and A.M. COWAN and full power
is hereby given to said commissioners, at any time after the passage
of this act, to organize said county in the most speedy manner, and
according to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by said
"And by it further enacted, that the board of county police of
said county be and is hereby invested with full power to designate
the place where the seat of justice for said county shall be located
which seat of justice shall be located at the geographical center,
or most convenient point within five miles thereof; and said board
of police may acquire by donation or purchase any quantity of land
for the use of said county, not exceeding 80 acres."
Tishomingo county was named for the leading chief of the
Chickasaws-Tish-o-mingo-and was one of the largest counties ever
formed in the State, being often referred to as the "State of
Tishomingo", and included the present counties of ALCORN, PRENTISS
In accordance with the provisions of the above act, Messrs.
RIVES, McMATTHEWS, COWAN and DAVIS
ordered an election to be held in the new county on the 6th and 7th
of May, 1836, for the purpose of electing five freehold citizens to
serve as a board of police for the county of Tishomingo. An election
was held on the dates mentioned at the residences of Samuel C.
JONES, Alexander WADSWORTH,
Benjamin N. HAMPTON and John REEVES,
and resulted in the election of William GRAHAM,
John SWAIN, John N. ALSTADT, John
DUNCAN and David BRUTON, and the
returns were certified to by H.B. MITCHELL. After
the vote had been canvassed by the commissioners and the result
publicly announced, the five successful candidates being present, at
once subscribed to the following oath of office:
"You and each of you do solemnly swear that you will support the
constitution of the State of Mississippi so long as you continue
citizens thereof, and faithfully discharge the duties of police
officers, and do equal justice to all parts of the county without
fear or affectation, to the best of your knowledge, so help you
The board of police of Tishomingo county immediately organized by
the election of William GRAHAM as president and
John REEVES as clerk pro tem., and issued an order
for an election to be held on the 27th and 28th of May, 1836, for
the purpose of electing the following county officers: Judge of
probate court, clerk of probate court, clerk of circuit court,
sheriff, coroner, surveyor, ranger, treasurer, and assessor and tax
collector. The residences of the following citizens were designated
as voting places: John WOODARD, H.B.
MITCHELL, Hiram AUTREY, Nathan
JOBE, Alexander WADSWORTH, Samuel C.
JONES, William P. POWELL, Joshua
LINDSEY and Christopher SKILLMAN.
On the 30th of May the board of police met and canvassed the
returns and announced the following parties as having been duly
elected to serve the new county until the next general election:
Probate Judge-H.B. MITCHELL
Sheriff-William B. OWENS
Clerk of Probate court and of the board of police-John
Circuit Clerk-Mathias B. CLICK
Ranger-James W. WHITE
Assessor and Tax Collector-Joseph PHILLIPS
On the 7th of June, 1836, Hezekiah B. MITCHELL
and John REEVES subscribed to the oath of office as
Judge and Clerk of the Probate Court and announced the court as
ready for business. On the same day the board of police met and
approved the official bonds of the following county officers,
payable to the president of the board of police; William B.
OWENS, sheriff-elect, in the penal sum of $4,000, with the
following citizens as sureties: Christopher SKILLMAN,
David HYNEMAN and Richard SMITH.
John FITCH, coroner-elect, in the penal sum of
$2,000, with the following citizens as sureties: Benjamin J.
KIZER, Leonard B. WADE, William W.
CROOK, John THOMAS, Miles THOMAS,
Leroy FARMER and Aaron JOHNSON.
Jeremiah PHILLIPS, surveyor-elect, in the penal sum
of $500, with the following citizens as sureties: Benjamin
HANCOCK and Samuel B. REED. John
REEVES, clerk-elect of the board of police, in the penal
sum of $2,000, with the following citizens as sureties; Thomas
MAYS, Peter JOHNSON, Reuben H.
BOONE and Francis KIZER.
Mathias B. CLICK, clerk-elect of the circuit
court, in the penal sum of $10,000, with the following citizens as
sureties: William LESLEY, Mathew GAGE
and John E. WINN.
Amis CURTIS and Joseph PHILLIPS,
elected to the offices of treasurer and assessor and tax collector
respectively, failing to file their bond within the time prescribed
by law, the officers were declared vacant by the board of police,
and a special election resulted in the election of William
RUSHING and Stephen O. GIBBS.
William RUSHING, treasurer-elect, filed his
official bond, payable to the president of the board of police in
the penal sum of $15,000, with the following citizens as sureties:
Miles THOMAS, Leonard B. ESTES,
Sebern JONES, Gregory JOHNSON,
Moses JOHNSON, Neil MORRISON,
James B. MERCHANT, John REEVES,
Benjamin HANCOCK, Peter SEARCY,
John BINION, William W. CROOK,
Labern KELLY, Reuben JOHNSON, John
FITCH, Lewis JONES, Gilbert
ROBBINS, John D. RODEN, Ezekiel
RODEN, Thomas ROBBINS, Daniel
VANLANDINGHAM, Elias RINEHART,
John A. JOHNSON, John ROBBINS,
Foster O'NEIL, Terrill B. PHILLIPS,
James W. WHITE, Francis KIZER,
Benjamin J. KIZER, William NULL,
William SMITH, Mark RUSHING, Silas
CHEEK and William HANCOCK.
Stephen O. GIBBS, assessor and tax
collector-elect, presented his official bond in the penal sum of
$4,000, with the following citizens as sureties: Reuben H.
BOONE, Sebern JONES, Thomas MAYS,
Moses JOHNSON, James B. WHITE,
James B. MERCHANT, Gregory JOHNSON,
Miles THOMAS and Lyddal B. ESTES.
During the June session of the board of police the county was
divided into five districts.
At the same meeting the board of police ordered an election to be
held on the 24th and 25th of June, for the purpose of electing two
justices of the peace and one constable for each police district,
the polling places being designated as follows: First district, at
the house of John REEVES; second district, at the
house of Lyddal B. ESTES; third district, at the
house of Joshua LINDSEY; no polling place was
selected for the fourth district, and the fifth district, at the
house of Hiram AUTREY. The result of the election
was as follows:
First District-Terrill B. PHILLIPS and Elias
RINEHART, justices of the peace; Valsan G.
Second District-Moses JOHNSON and James B.
MERCHANT, justices of the peace; no constable
Third District-Joshua LINDSEY and John
KENNERY, justices of the peace; William McCAIGE,
Fourth District-John C. CARTER, justice of the
peace, and Samuel C. WELCH, constable.
Fifth District-Shelby USSERY and Benjamin J.
BALLARD, justices of the peace; Nicholas
The board of police next turned it's attention to the location of
a county site, the meetings of the board and sessions of the probate
court having up to this time been held at the residences of
citizens. After establishing the central point of the county the
board was offered as a free gift sixty acres of land within the
legal limits by Armistead BARTON which was at once
accepted. This piece of land was surveyed on the 20th of August,
1836, by Benjamin SANDERS, Samuel B. REED
and Sherod WHITE being the chairmen.
At the August meeting of the board of police the "court square"
was located, the entire tract of land ordered surveyed into lots,
and the same advertised for sale on the 11th of October, the sale to
continue from day to day until all lots were sold or the sale
stopped by order of the board; and it was decided that a credit of
one and two years be given to all purchasers. The name of the new
town and seat of justice of Tishomingo county was to be Cincinnati.
The board next turned their attention to roads. The committee
appointed to perform the work was James MACKEY,
Caleb LINDSEY, Abner GARDNER,
Hiram BAKER, Simeon B. KNIGHT,
David WALKER and Francis KIZER.
James MACKEY was appointed overseer and ordered
to open a road from near his residence to the county line and
assigned the following hands: James HODGES, Hiram
BAKER, Abner GARNER, John
ROBERTSON, James BAKER, Hezekiah
SIMS, Caleb LINDSEY, John NEVELS,
Hubart ROBERTSON and Henry WINTERS.
Mr. MACKEY must have felt highly honored in being
the first road overseer to be appointed in the new county, and it is
a self-evident fact that he performed his work satisfactorily and
The next road overseer to be appointed was Conrad
RINEHART, who was ordered to open and build a road from
RODEN'S Creek to Cincinnati, the county seat, and
assigned the following hands: John D. RODEN, James
HARRIS, Edward KEMP, William
PRITCHETT, Leroy FARMER, John A.
JOHNSON, Samuel B. REED, Sherod
WHITE, John JOBE, William STEPHENS
and John PAYNE. Every able-bodied male in the
county between the ages of sixteen and fifty were subject to road
duty, twelve days in each year. It is also a fact, thoroughly
established by the records of the county, that every person subject
to road duty performed the full numbers of days' work required. The
last work of the August session of the board of police was an order
to the effect "that William B. OWENS, sheriff of
said county, be fined $5 per day for two days, for not attending on
said board," but fortunately it can be said that the board gallantly
remitted the fine at the October meeting. However, the descendants
of Mr. OWENS can honestly claim that their
illustrious ancestor was the first man against whom a fine was
assessed in the county of Tishomingo.
During the October session a contract was awarded Caleb
LINDSEY to erect a courthouse for the sum of $199, with the
understanding that there were to be no "extras". The building was a
crude log affair. The board next contracted H.H. MORRIS to build a
bridge across the Tuscumbia River for the sum of $70.
After it had become generally known that the board of police had
named the new county seat Cincinnati, considerable complaint was
made. Every man in the county expected to live to see the day when
the capital city of Tishomingo county would be one of the largest
cities in the United States, and rightfully objected to a northern
name being used. After considerable persuasion the board changed the
name to Jacinto.
The sheriff appointed James HAMLIN deputy
sheriff at the October meeting. The next work of the board of police
was to appoint Stephen O. GIBBS as auctioneer and
proceed to sell him the lots in the town of Jacinto to the highest
bidder, which sale resulted in the following named people acquiring
property at the county seat: John REEVES, Lot No.
William B. PAYNE, Lot No. 23, $256.00
Chisley D. KEY, Lot No. 24, $311.00
Alex. McCUEN, Lot No. 25, $326.00
B.J. KIZER, Lot No. 26, $325.00
Benjamin SANDERS, Lot No. 27, $352.00
Zackariah ROSE, Lot No. 57, $217.00
Alex. McCUEN, Lot No. 58, $ 85.00
Chisley D. KEY, Lot No. 60, $150.00
John REEVES, Lot No. 21, $145.00
Thomas PAYNE, Lot No. 56, $102.00
J.N. ALSTADT, Lot No. 54, $100.00
J.N. ALSTADT, Lot No. 53, $ 70.00
Wm. ANDERSON, Lot No. 55, $106.00
James REED, Lot No. 20, $220.00
A.C. CRAIGE, Lot No. 19, $222.00
T.H. LINDSEY, Lot No. 18, $232.00
T.H. LINDSEY, Lot No. 52, $124.00
D.M. PATTERSON, Lot No. 51, $ 90.00
G.W. MORRISON, Lot No. 115, $ 50.00
G.W. MORRISON, Lot No. 116, $ 50.00
R.S. ROGERS, Lot No. 16, $232.00
T.B. PHILLIPS, Lot No. 17, $197.00
J.N. ALSTADT, Lot No. 49, $175.00
Valsane LATHAM, Lot No. 50, $ 81.00
H.B. MITCHELL, Lot No. 1, $370.00
Wm. ANDERSON, Lot No. 2, $300.00
Daniel YOUNG, Lot No. 3, $201.00 or $291.00
Lewis JONES, Lot No. 4, $227.00
Caleb LINDSEY, Lot No. 5, $206.00
Aaron CHEAT, Lot No. 6, $255.00
Aaron CHEAT, Lot No. 36, $100.00
John WINN, Lot No. 35, $ 83.00
Daniel YOUNG, Lot No. 34, $ 51.00
Wm. ANDERSON, Lot No. 33, $ 24.00
Wm. ANDERSON, Lot No. 81, $ 26.00
Wm. ANDERSON, Lot No. 82, $ 48.00
Mathew GAGE, Lot No. 84, $ 70.00
Wm. ANDERSON, Lot No. 83, $ 80.00
J. PHILLIPS, Lot No. 8, $270.00
John LATHAM, Lot No. 9, $201.00
Wm. RUSHING, Lot No. 10, $202.00
? MORRISON, Lot No. 11, $202.00
S.M. CARSON, Lot No. 12, $257.00
Benj. MILLER, Lot No. 13, $327.00
Benj. MILLER, Lot No. 44, $100.00
S.O. GIBBS, Lot No. 41, $102.00
B.Y. CARSON, Lot No. 28, $201.00
John PAYNE, Lot No. 29, $201.00
John PAYNE, Lot No. 30, $115.00
B.J. KIZER, Lot No. 31, $341.00
Benj. SANDERS, Lot No. 59, $186.00
J.N. ALSTADT, Lot No. 15, $102.00
Fifty-three lots having been sold for the sum of $10,000 in round
numbers, the sale was postponed until January, 1837, and the
purchasers at once begun the work of building a new town in a new
county in a country lately inhabited in the main by Indians.
On the 7th of November, 1836 John FITCH made
application to the board of police for license to run an inn or
tavern, which was granted upon the payment of $15 and the filing of
an acceptable bond…
John and William PAYNE, with John REEVES
as surety, were granted license to open an inn and tavern in the
town of Jacinto, as were also Benjamin J. KIZER and
James HARRIS, with Terrill B. PHILLIPS
At the November meeting of the board Samuel MORROW
was appointed overseer to open and work a public road from the
southwest corner of the county to Twenty-Mile Creek; William
LESLEY appointed overseer from Jacinto to the residence of
Samuel FLAKE, and Mr. FLAKE from
there to Twenty-Mile Creek, and the following hands were assigned to
the new road: Thomas LINDSEY, Alfred
LINDSEY, Benjamin J. HAMPTON, Aaron
KENNEDY, Amos HAMPTON, William
LINDSEY, John LATHAM, William
LATHAM, William SMITH, Foster
O'NEAL, John A. JOHNSON, Jesse
WILLIAMS and James LATHAM.
On the 20th of November Thomas LINDSEY was
granted license to keep an inn or tavern "at or near the place where
he now lives" his bond being signed by Caleb LINDSEY
and James HODGES.
On the 9th of December Benjamin J. KIZER was
awarded the contract to build a county estray pen in the town of
Jacinto for the sum of $14. On the same day John DUNCAN
was appointed to go to Jackson and draw all the money that was
coming to the county, known as the 3 per cent fund. The board of
police ordered "that the said DUNCAN be allowed one
dollar per day while thus engaged, and that William W. CROOK
be allowed the same fee, or any other person that may go with the
said DUNCAN, and draw on the county treasurer for
all the money in his hands not otherwise appropriated". On December
10th M.B. COBLE was appointed overseer to open and
keep in repair a road from Jacinto to the ferry on the Tennessee
river, and was assigned the following hands: A.J. JAMES,
William WINN, John BELCHER, James
BROWN John THOMPSON, R.H.
COMBS, John YOUNG, William
JOHNSTON, John D. SMITH, Henry
WISDOM, Newton THOMPSON, John
KEMBEL, William KERTIER, William
NULL, John C. BAILEY, William B.
ESPY, Derosy CARROLL, Robert
MATHIS, James BLASSENGAME, H.
BLASSENGAME, Wade BLASSENGAME, Abel
GERT, Samuel JORDAN, Samuel
WALDROP, William THOMPSON, James
COWAN, Eli COWAN, R. COWAN,
John BELL, William COWAN, James
BRIGHT, William HUTCHINSON, Presly
MOSES, J.T. ASBELL, L.N.
FALKNER, Hiram FALKNER, George
FALKNER and William FALKNER.
The duties of the office of sheriff of Tishomingo county not
being to the liking of Mr. OWENS, he presented to
the board of police on the 24th of December his resignation, as
follows: "State of Mississippi,
"I, William B. OWENS, sheriff of said county, do
hereby hand over my resignation of that office, and am no longer
sheriff. "Given under my hand and seal this 24th day of December,
1836." "William B. OWENS,"
Mr. OWENS was the first officer to resign from the public service
in the county. A few followed in his footsteps in after years, but
not many. Quite a number of the pioneer families brought slaves with
them to the county, and the records show that several hundred were
in the county at the close of the first year of local government.
The records of the county show the names of the following
families as having taken part in the first year's work of
establishing the county:
The board of police met at the county seat on the 2nd day of
January, 1837, and "John DUNCAN produced in open
session the amount of the three per cent fund coming to said county,
which amount was $5,246." The board then proceeded to loan out this
fund, in part, at ten per cent, advance to the following citizens of
Miles THOMAS, $200, with Andrew BROWN,
Stephen O. GIBBS, Aaron JOHNSON,
John THOMAS and William NAIL as
James W. WHITE, $125; with Samuel B.
REED and Jeremiah PHILLIPS as sureties.
Terrill B. PHILLIPS, $160; with Thomas
PATE, Jeremiah PHILLIPS, Samuel B.
REED and James W. WHITE as sureties.
John WINN, $140; with H.B. MITCHELL,
R.H. BOONE, John SWAIN and John
REEVES as sureties.
Jeremiah PHILLIPS, $150; with Abner
GEORGE and James W. WHITE as sureties.
Benjamin J. KIZER, $175; with John REEVES,
William RUSHING and Elias RINEHART
James B. MERCHANT, $250; with Sebern
JONES, Miles THOMAS, Moses
JOHNSTON and Aaron JOHNSTON as sureties.
John REEVES, $140; with Francis KIZER,
Chesley D. KEY and R.H. BOONE as
Wilson WINN, $100; with James HARRIS,
Absolem LOONEY, T.G. COPELAND and
Andrew BRAW as sureties.
Francis KIZER, $100; with R.H. BOONE
and H.B. MITCHELL as sureties. John DUNCAN,
$900; with H.B. MITCHELL as surety.
J.N. ALSTADT, $230; with Francis KIZER
Reuben H. BOONE, $700; with Daniel
VANLANDINGHAM, Simeon B. KNIGHT, David
WALKER and Elias RINEHART as
Mathias B. CLICK, $140; with H.B.
MITCHELL, Mathew GAGE and Samuel
DANCER as sureties.
James HAMLIN, $100; with William WALKER
Samuel GRAHAM, $140; with Moses JOHNSTON,
Aaron JOHNSTON and David WALKER as
Stephen O. GIBBS, $140; with S.S. HOGUE,
Samuel GRAHAM, J.B. MERCHANT,
Miles THOMAS, Thomas PATE and John
THOMAS as sureties.
William RUSHING, $100; with B.J. KIZER,
Nichols McMILLION, Neil MORRISON
and Samuel DANCER as sureties.
William GRAHAM, $230; with John SWAIN,
John WINN, T.G. COPELAND and
Nichols McMILLION as sureties.
Stephen S. HOGUE, $100; with Wilson WINN
and T.D. PAYNE as sureties.
Andrew BROWN, $100; with Richard WINN,
J.B. MERCHANT, Absolem LOONEY,
John WINN and James HARRIS as
Samuel DANCER, $200; with Thomas PATE,
George WILLIAMS, William RUSHING,
Thomas D. PAYNE, Mathew GAGE and
J.A. JOHNSTON as sureties.
David BRUTON, $230; with T.D. PAYNE
and David VANLANDINGHAM as sureties.
William WALKER, $100; with R.H. BOONE
and James HAMLIN as sureties.
John SWAIN, $300; with H.B. MITCHELL,
George W. HARRISON and John REEVES
Sheriff OWENS, having resigned, the coroner,
John FITCH, became sheriff by virtue of his office,
but not desiring to assume the duties of the position, Stephen O.
GIBBS was appointed deputy coroner.
An election was held February 15th and Moses JOHNSON
was selected. He had resigned as justice of the peace of the second
district. After taking the oath of office, Mr. JOHNSON
filed a $4,000 bond, with the following named citizens as sureties:
William GRAHAM, James B. MERCHANT,
George WILLIAMS, Sebern JONES,
Peter JOHNSON, Moses ARMOR, John
DUNCAN, David BRUTON, John N.
ALSTADT, Elias RINEHART and Wilson
At this meeting the board of police ordered that it did "not
think the court house built agreeable to contract, and, therefore,
will not receive it."
On the 19th of January the board of police exposed for sale all
the unsold lots in the town of Jacinto, and the following sales were
S.M. CARSON, lot No. 43, $57.
S.M. CARSON, lot No. 42, $57.
Reuben RORIE, lot No. 40, $67.
S.H. SMITTA, lot No. 39, $52.
Mathew GAGE, lot No. 85, $61.
Mathew GAGE, lot No. 86, $25.
Mathew GAGE, lot No. 88, $30.
Geetien GOSS, lot No. 47, $111.
John THOMAS, lot No. 48, $136.
W.B. PAYNE, lot No. 57, $100.
C.D. KEY, lot No. 65, $25.
C.D. KEY, lot No. 67, $43.
N.H. McMILLION, lot No. 111, $80.
N.H. McMILLION, lot No. 112, $25.
John WINN, lot No. 109, $61.
V.G. LATHAM, lot No. 120, $63.
W.B. FROST, lot No. 105, $59.
W.B. FROST, lot No. 107, $32.
W.B. FROST, lot No. 108, $41.
W.B. FROST, lot No. 106, $64.
John THOMAS, lot No. 46, $40.
James BOYD, lot No. 45, $60.
T.G. WILKERSON, lot No. 14, $300.
G.W. HARRISON, lot No. 113, $50.
G.W. HARRISON, lot No. 114, $30.
John REEVES, lot No. 117, $32.
John REEVES, lot No. 118, $33.
John REEVES, lot No. 119, $33.
John DUNCAN, lot No. 120, $25.
William SMITH, lot No. 132, $70.
W.R. ROBBINS, lot No. 79, $24.
W.B. PAYNE, lot No. 77, $20.
James LATHAM, lot No. 71, $57.
Wm. SMITH, lot No. 69, $70.
James HARRIS, lot No. 70, $25.
John DUNCAN, lot No. 72, $60.
John LATHAM, lot No. 64, $36.
C.D. KEY, lot No. 66, $44.
J.C. GRINER, lot No. 7, $245.
B.J. KIZER, lot No. 37, $60.
B.F. LIDDON, lot No. 93, $44.
B.F. LIDDON, lot No. 94, $26.
S.O. GIBBS, lot No. 89, $36.
S.O. GIBBS, lot No. 91, $32.
S.O. GIBBS, lot No. 92, $30.
S.O. GIBBS, lot No. 90, $39.
John THOMAS, lot No. 98, $15.
S.M. CARSON, lot No. 100, $5.
S.M. CARSON, lot No. 102, $6.
S.M. CARSON, lot No. 104, $84.
John LATHAM, lot No. 103, $81.
Gregory JOHNSTON, lot No. 121, $41.
Gregory JOHNSTON, lot No. 123, $20.
Gregory JOHNSTON, lot No. 122, $20.
Gregory JOHNSTON, lot No. 124, $17.
Francis KIZER, lot No. 61, $23.
John REEVES, lot No. 62, $26.
Francis KIZER, lot No. 63, $56.
M.G. LATHAM, lot No. 64, $29.
James BOYD, lot No. 74, $53.
B.J. KIZER, lot No. 75, $25.
Total amount of sales, $3,107.
A road having been laid out between Jacinto and LASTER'S
ferry on the Tennessee River, John O'NEAL was
appointed overseer from the county seat to the residence of James M.
CRINER, and Benjamin J. BULLARD
overseer from that point to the river.
On the 20th of February William HAIR, applied
for a writ for locating a grist mill. This was granted on March 8th
and signed by: Jonathan S. KNIGHT, Milo
BARKER, Valsane G. LATHAM, Benjamin F.
LIDDON, James HAMLIN, Neil
MORRISON, Samuel M. CARSON, Thomas
MAYS, James B. STAFFORD, Elias
RINEHART, Sebern JONES and H.H.
On March 6th J.W. WILBURN paid the $15 fee and
filed a bond and was granted a license to conduct a tavern in the
town of Jacinto for one year, and the following day John C.
CARTER obtained a tavern license for the town of Jacinto in
the same manner.
At the April term of the board of police Neil MORRISON
was appointed overseer of a road "commencing at Col. DEAN'S,"
and the following hands assigned: William RUSHING,
Mark RUSHING, Milo BARKER, John
ROBBINS, Thomas ROBBINS, Preston
WARD, William LAWSON, Daniel
LAWSON, Christopher SKILLMAN, John
JOBE, Benjamin F. LIDDON, G.
TAYLOR, William R. ROBBINS, Green
ROBBINS, Thomas G. COPELAND, Allen
SLOAN, James ELAM, H.O.
DANIEL, John CHOAT, Thomas CHOAT,
Leroy FARMER, Joseph PHILLIPS,
Hugh M. BIGHAM, Stephen S. HOGUE,
Griffith DEAN, David HYNEMAN,
Grove SHARP, William WALKER,
Richard SMITH, John PHILLIPS and
Allen H. KEMP was appointed overseer of said
road, commencing on the south side of Tuscumbia River and extending
as far as the first creek south of Elias RINEHART'S,
with the following hands: James HAMLIN, Ambors
GIRARD, Benjamin BRUTON, Jesse
JONES, Joseph PERSONS, Taylor
JOBE, William NAIL, Miles
THOMAS, Benjamin HANCOCK, William
HANCOCK, Silas CHEEK, John HARMON,
Jeremiah PHILLIPS, James W. WHITE,
Henry GEORGE, Abner GEORGE, Elias
RINEHART, Isaac ESSARY and P.
Simeon B. KNIGHT was appointed overseer on said
road, commencing at said creek and extending to a point where the
road intersects the old Reynoldsburg road south of BAKER'S,
with the following hands: David VANLANDINGHAM,
David BRUTON, Jacob HINKLE, Reuben
H. BOONE, William W. CROOK,
William STEPHENS, Jesse WILLIAMS,
William ROWSEY, William KING,
Peter BOONE, Squire BOONE, John A.
JOHNSON, Lewis DAVIS, Avel
DAVIS, Foster O'NEAL, Charles
ABELL, John RICHARDSON, and Mardaca
Benjamin COOK was appointed overseer of the road
commencing at Joshua LINDSEY'S and continuing to a
point about three quarters of a mile south of BAKER'S,
with the following hands: Robert HANCOCK, all of
George COLBERT'S hands, Thomas R. LINDSEY,
Alford LINDSEY, William LINDSEY
Caleb LINDSEY and James HODGES.
At the June term of the board of police John GRAHAM
was granted license to keep an inn and tavern at his place of
residence, his bond being signed by Stephen O. GIBBS
and John PAYNE.
Samuel M. CARSON was appointed deputy sheriff by
Sheriff JOHNSON, and appeared for duty at the June
session of the board.
On Monday the fourth of July, the lowest bidder would be chosen
to build a county jail in the town of Jacinto. The contract was
awarded S.M. CARSON for the sum of $3,957, who
filed a bond in the sum of $7,914, with W.B. FROST,
D.W. HYNEMAN and Francis KIZER as
sureties. John REEVES, C.D. KEY
and Mathew GAGE were appointed to superintend the
building of the jail on the part of the county.
George CHAMNESS was appointed overseer of a road
commencing at the county line near Samuel SPAIN'S
place, and extending to Mitchell creek with the following hands:
Solomon CARTER, Joseph CARTER,
David CARTER, George WADE, Richard
WINN, James HARRIS, Elisha
ARMES, William COATES, John USSERY,
William P. POWELL, John SWAIN,
Jr., Wilson WINN, George WILLIAMS,
Moses WINTERS, Washington GRAHAM
and Absolem LOONEY.
Aaron JOHNSTON was appointed overseer to
continue said road from Mitchell Creek to where the road intersects
the Ripley road, and to have the following hands: Thomas
MAYS, James B. STAFFORD, Anderson
JOHNSTON, Lewis JONES, Jesse JONES,
Jonathan S. KNIGHT, John JOBE,
Jr., James KNIGHT, John THOMAS,
Monroe ROGERS, William GREEN,
Leonard B. WADE, Sebern JONES, and
In July William B. PAYNE was granted license to
keep an inn and tavern in the town of Carrollville; H.B.
MITCHELL obtained license to keep a tavern at his
residence, and Thomas L. WILKERSON secured license
to keep an inn and tavern in the town of Jacinto.
On July 3rd Moses JOHNSON handed in his
resignation as sheriff, and Stephen O. GIBBS,
deputy coroner, again made the necessary bond and assumed the duties
of the office.
On the 11th of July William GATES was licensed
to keep an inn and tavern. November, 1837, Samuel DANCER
was contracted with to build a bridge across Yellow Creek, on the
Jacinto and Ripley road.
John DUNCAN, John SWAIN, David
BRUTON and Wm. GRAHAM were given
county notes in full payment for their services as members of the
board at $3 a day, and John N. ALDTADT was allowed
the amount due him for like services as a credit on his notes for
lots purchased in the town of Jacinto. CIRCUIT COURT
First and Second Term for the County of Tishomingo Benjamin
BULLARD, justice of the peace Two lawyers, William
GOHLSON and Solomon B. ISAACS,
presented their credentials and were admitted to practice in the
The following named jurors, summoned for this term of court,
presented themselves as their names were called by the sheriff:
Ezekial RODEN, Aaron JOHNSTON,
John JOBE, J.R. RODEN, Allen
KEMP, William LASSEN, Thomas
CHOAT, D. VANLANDINGHAM, Labern
KELLY, Peter SEARCY, William
SMITH, Samuel B. REED, Abner
GEORGE, Burgess IJAMS, Thomas
MILLER, Richard SMITH, David
HYNEMAN, Canton PILES, William
COOK, Neil MORRISON, Armistead
BAKER, John ESSARY, C.
JONES, Stokely CHOAT, William
ROWSEY, John SWAIN, Wilson WINN,
George WILLIAMS, Madison CRINER,
Christopher SKILLMAN, William WALKER
and Benjamin HANCOCK.
A grand jury was then drawn, as follows: Allen KEMP,
foreman; Aaron JOHNSTON, Ezekiel RODEN,
John JOBE, J.R. RODEN, William
LESSEN, Thomas CHOAT, D.
VANLANDINGHAM, Labern KELLY, Peter
SEARCY, William SMITH, Samuel B.
REED, and Abner GEORGE.
James B. MERCHANT, constable, was appointed to
attend the grand jury. The first civil cases on the docket were two,
wherein Willis B. MILLER was plaintiff and William
P. POWELL defendant. Both cases were compromised at
the cost of the defendant.
Solomon B. ISAACS was appointed district
attorney pro tem. for the September term of court. After being in
session two days the grand jury returned nine true bills, as
follows: Hardy KELLY, adultery;
William ROWSEY and Michael KIZER,
B. HANCOCK, assault and battery;
Lydell B. ESTES, assault and battery;
James PATTON, adultery;
Jesse BAKER, adultery;
Overton PILES, adultery;
B. FLANAGAN and John FANISH,
John REDDEN, assault and battery.
The grand jury was then discharged.
Sheriff OWENS presented a bill to the court for
"empanelling grand jury, advertising and holding elections, and
serving public orders during the year 1836," for the sum of $50,
which was allowed.
Solomon B. ISAACS, district attorney pro tem.,
was allowed the sum of $50. There being no further business, the
court adjourned until the first Monday in March, 1837.
The second term of circuit court for the county of Tishomingo was
begun in the courthouse at the county seat on Monday, 6th of March,
1837; present, Hon. F.W. HULING, judge; Mathias B.
CLICK, clerk; William B. OWENS,
The following jurors answered to their names: William
ANDERSON, Jefferson J. KNIGHT, Samuel
MARRAH, William CARPENTER, William
P. POWELL, James RICHARDS, Isaac
ESSARY, Samuel JOHNSON, James
HODGES, Lewis M. FORTNER, William
COATS, Solomon JOHNSON, A.B.
BAKER, William LESLEY, William
RICE, Daniel CARPENTER, Riley
COWAN, William COWAN, Joseph
PHILLIPS, Davidson FANISH, Thos.
LINDSEY, John THOMPSON, Francis
KIZER, Lewis JONES, H.M.
BINGHAM, Andrew BROWN, Jesse
BARNES, William COOK, Reuben H.
BOONE, Neil MORRISON, Benjamin J.
KIZER and A.B. CURTIS.
The following named persons were drawn and sworn as grand jurors:
Wm. P. POWELL, foreman; Francis KIZER,
Davidson FANISH, William COWAN,
Thomas LINDSEY, Andrew BROWN,
Benjamin J. KIZER, William ANDERSON,
William COOK, Isaac ESSARY, Samuel
MARRAH, Neil MORRISON, Samuel
JOHNSON, James HODGES and William
The following disposition was made of the indictments returned by
the first grand jury;
Lyddal B. ESTES, assault; continued and the
defendant required to give bond in the sum of $125.
Overton PILES, adultery; continued and the
defendant admitted to bail in the sum of $125.
Hardy KELLY, adultery; dismissed at the cost of
ROWSEY and KIZER, fighting;
continued and bond placed at $125 each.
Benjamin HANCOCK, assault; continued and bond
fixed at $125.
FLANAGAN and FANISH, fighting;
continued as to the former and bail fixed at $125. FANISH
entered a plea of guilty and was fined $5 and costs, being the first
fine assessed and collected by the circuit court of Tishomingo
James PATTON, adultery; dismissed at the expense
of the state.
John REDDEN, assault; dismissed.
Jesse BAKER, adultery; continued.
No marriages were solemnized in Tishomingo county during the year
1836. The first marriage license issued in the county was dated
April 2, 1837 for a marriage between John P. AZBELL
and Jane PHILLIPS. J.P. AZBELL
N. McMILLION (seal)
Attest: B. BULLARD, D.C.
The following marriage licenses were issued during the year 1837:
John P. AZBELL and Jane PHILLIPS,
Wm. HANCOCK and Delilia RODEN,
Asabel ATHERTON and Bearzillia CATTEL,
Wm. FITZPATRICK and Sarah WILSON,
Thomas DOUGLASS and Mariam McINTIRE,
FIRST SALE OF SLAVES.
Four Negroes Sold for the Sum of Two Thousand Dollars.
Sum of $2,000 paid by Joseph CARTER to David
CARTER four negro slaves for life-one woman by the
name of Rachel, not exceeding fifty years of age; one man by the
name of Abraham, of a black color and not exceeding twenty five
years of age; one man by the name of Peter, not exceeding twenty
three years of age; one girl by the name of Violet, not exceeding
nineteen years of age; all of whom are sound, healthy and sensible.
May 18th, 1837. David CARTER (seal)