At a County Court began and held for the Court of Benton at the Courthouse in the town of Camden on the first Monday in October, it being the third day of said Month and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & forty two and the 67th year of American Independence & there being present & presiding on the bench the worshipfuls, Esquires; D.P. Hudson, Chairman, E. Perkins, Jesse Hammonds, J.W. Davidson, J.L. Williams, G.W. Farmer, J.D. Rushing, J.P. Mathews, S.H. Davidson.
On Motion it is ordered by the Court that James Marchbanks be appointed overseer from of the Kirkman road to Birdsong Creek and that the following hands (to wit) work under him on said road, James Forrest Jr., Samuel G. Tittle, Anthony G. Tittle, John Tittle, Alfred Burn, David Forrest, Hiram Tittle, Geo. Thomason, Hez. Forrest, or all in the bounds & said road is established in the 2nd Class.
Personally appeared in open Court William Malin Senior and returned an oath in open Court inventory & an amount of sale of the estate of Jas. Malin, Deceased, it is ordered that the same be recorded.
For the information of the Court on Motion it is ordered by the Court that the Clerk of this Court Make out & lay before this Court at their Next quarterly term a true statement of the amount of Taxes that have been levied by this Court & collected by the different officers each year for the payment of general county contingencies. Also for the payment of Jurors & the payment of paupers & also that he furnish a true statement of all the monies appropriated by this Court for the payment of County Contingencies & the payment of paupers & that he show the balance if any there be for or against the County on the payment of County Contingencies Jurors & paupers. Each separate & a part of each other & that he furnish the Court with a statement of the amount of Taxes proper to be Levied to Discharge the County from Debt in one year Also in two years & three years taking for his criterion the receipt and expenditures of the last three years.
Personally appeared in open Court Michael Fry who Made oath and to get his (words omitted) with him Thos. Swindle and Jas. Merrick his securities and entered into & acknowledged their bond in the sum of five hundred dollars conditioned as the law directs for the faithful performances of Michael Fry as Admr. of the estate of Joseph Fry Deceased and that he the said Michael Fry have letters of Administration Made out in due form when applied for.
On Motion of John Winn for an appropriation to keep a pauper one year (to wit) Nancy French, there being present & on the bench, one third of all the Justices in Benton County and those voting in the affirmative are Esquires J.R. Mathews, J. Hammonds, S.H. Davidson, E. Perkins, D.P. Hudson, J.B. Williams, J.D. Rushing, G.W. Farmer, T.L. Floyd there being no negative vote it is therefore ordered by the Court that said John Winn be allowed the sum of thirty dollars for keeping Nancy French a pauper for one year from this date to be paid by the Trustee out of any money in the Treasury set apart for the payment of paupers & not otherwise appropriated.
On Motion it is ordered by the Court that Mansfield C. Massey be appointed overseer of the Perryville road from the forks below widow Matlocks to the Perry County line and hands as follows, Francis Whittington & all the hands south of said road to the Perry County line including O'Possum Creek & said road be established in the 2nd Class.
On Motion it is ordered by the Court that Leonard Pope be appointed overseer of the road from Hugh Darbyes old place to John Morrises in room of H. King & that all the hands that formerly worked under said King or within the bounds & Ichabod Kee, Charles Kee, William King and John W.P. Lewis, shall now work under said Pope and said road is in the 2nd Class.
On Motion there being present on the bench Esqrs. Mathews, Hammonds, S.H. Davidson, J.W. Davidson, Perkins, Hudson, Williams, Rushing and Farmer. It was proposed to allow G.R. Kelsey Clerk of this Court the sum of six Dollars 75 cents for Making out a tax list for the year 1842. Also the sum of $4.68¾ for issuing 75 jury tickets previous to this date. The sum of $4.50 for services rendered for common schools, Also $4.00 for services in taking bonds.
And giving copies of the Trustee bonds Making in all the sum of Nineteen dollars 93¾ cents, and all said justices having voted in the affirmative, It is ordered by the Court that the said sum of Nineteen dollars 93¾ cents be allowed and paid by the Trustee of this County out of any money in the treasury for General County purposes not otherwise appropriated.
On Motion it is ordered by the Court that Evans Jordan, Nathan Williams, Williams Barnes, Martin W. McAuley, Hezemiah Greer, David W. Benton, Elijah Alsup, John Buchanan & Jesse D. Hall be fined in the sum of two dollars each, for failing to attend and render their services as justices of the peace at this Court as they are by the Statues in that case Made and provided are required unless they show cause at the Next quarterly Session Term of this Court why said fines should be set aside, and that a Facias Issue accordingly.
On Motion it was proposed to allow E.F. Wills for the benefit
Williams McGee a poor person of this County, the sum of Twenty
dollars for the support of said McGee and there being present on
the Bench, Esquires, Mathews,
Court then adjourned until Court in Course.
E. Perkins, (J.P.)
Geo. W. Farmer J.P.
J.F. Mathews J.P.