Private Acts of Anderson County
Creation of County
Private Acts, 1801
Chapter no. 45
Listed below are the boundaries of Anderson County and the town of Burrville (Clinton). Also are the commissioners that were to help set the lines between the counties that were created around Anderson in 1801.
That all that tract of country lying within the following described bounds, shall be, and is hereby made and constituted a new and distinct county by the name of Anderson, viz. Beginning on the Chestnut ridge where the Knox and Grainger line crosses it, thence north forty-five degrees wst, to the northern boundary of this state, thence south forty-five degrees west, to a point from whence south forty-five degrees east, will strike Wallen’s ridge one qauarter of a mile above the gap of the Indian fork of Poplar Creek, thence to the double springs on the east fork of said creek, thence on a direct course to Clinch river, opposite the mouth of Hickory Creek, thence up the lines of Knox County to the beginning.
That William LEA, Kinza JOHNSTON, William STANDEFUR, William ROBERTSON, Joseph GRAYSON, Solomon MASSINGALE, and Hugh MONTGOMERY, are hereby appointed commssioners, who, or a majority of them, shall as soon as may be, fix on a place the most convenient as near the river Clinch, on the north side as the nature of the case will admit, between the Island Ford and where Samuel WORTHINGTON now lives, for a courthouse, prison and stocks, for the use of said county of Anderson; and after agreeing on the place, they shall proceed to purchase any quantity of land, not exceeding fifty acres, for which they shall cause a deed or deeds to be made to themselves or their successors in office, on which they shall cause a town to be laid off with necessary streets and alleys, reserving two acres as near the center as may be on which the courthouse, prison and stocks, shall be erected which town shall be known by the name of Burrville.
That when the town shall thus be laid off the aforesaid commissioners are further required to advertise for sale, to the highest bidder, or a credit of six months, the lots of said town, giving thirty days previous notice, and shall take bonds with sufficient securities to themselves or successors in office, and shall make titles to the purchasers.
That should the money arising from the sale of said lots prove insufficient to pay for such public buildings, then, and in that case, a majority of the acting justices of said county of Anderson, shall, in term time, have power and are hereby authorized and required to lay an additional county tax, not exceeding twelve and a half cents on each hundred acres of land liable to taxation; twelve and a half cents on each white poll, twenty-five cents on each black poll, fifty cents on each stud horse kept for covering mares, and twenty-five cents on each town lot; the said tax to be laid from year to year until a sufficient sum shall be collected to pay for said public buildings, and shall be collected by the collector of public taxes on the same per cent as other county taxes and shall pay the same to the aforesaid commissioners, and be by them applied to the payment of said public buildings, whose receipts shall be allowed in the settlement of his accounts.
That for the due administration of justice, that the court of pleas and quarter sessions, shall be held in and for the county of Anderson on the second Mondays of March, June, September, and December and the justices for said county shall hold the first court at the house where Joseph Denham, senior, now lives, on the secone Monday of December next, and all subsequent courts for said county on the days above mentioned for holding courts therein, at the same place; until a courthouse be built in and for said county, and then all causes, matters, and things depending in said court, and all manner of process returnable to the same, shall be adjourned to such courthouse, and all courts held in and for said county, shall be held by commission to said justices, in the same manner, and under the same rules and restrictions, and shall have and exercise the same powers and jurisdictions as are or shall be prescribed by and for the courts of the several counties in this state.
That the said county of Anderson be, and the same is hereby declared a part of Hamilton district, in the same manner and for all purposes, civil, criminal, and military, in as full and ample manner as any county in this state and shall send three jurors to the superior court of said district.
That William Hogshead is hereby appointed commissioner on the part of Anderson County to act with a commissioner appointed by the county of Claiborne to run the line between the aforesaid counties, from Cliinch river to the Indian boundary and shall have for his services the sum of two dollars for each day he may be necessarily employed in running said line, to be paid by the treasurer of Anderson County, out of the county monies, whose receipt shall be good in the settlement of his accounts.
That Jesse Roysden is hereby appointed commissioner on the part of the county of Anderson, to act with a commissioner appointed in the county of Roane to run the line between the aforesaid counties from the Double Springs on the east fork of Poplar Creek to the Indian boundary, and from the aforesaid Double Springs to Clinch river and shall receive the sum of two dollars for each day he may be necessarily employed in running said line, and shall employ a marker who shall be entitled to receive one dollar per day, to be paid by the treasurer of Anderson County, out of county monies, and their receipts shall be good in the settlement of his accounts.
That James White and John Menifee, esquires, or either of them, are hereby authorized and required to attend at the first court to be held for the county of Anderson for the purpose of qualifying the member of said Court.
(note)-These acts were passed 6 Nov 1801