At a County Court began & held for the County at the Courthouse in the Town of Camden on the first Monday in October it being the 2nd day of said Month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & forty three and 68th year of American Independence there being present and presiding on the bench the worshipfuls, Esquires E. Perkins Chairman, D.P. Hudson, Nathan Williams, B. Beard, Thos. L. Floyd, Geo. W. Farmer, John W. Davidson, Jesse Hammonds, W.M. McAuley, John Buchanan, Samuel H. Davidson, J.R. Mathews, William A. Steele, Elijah Alsop, John D. Rushing.
The Court proceeded to appoint a jury to serve at the next term of the
Circuit Court to be held for the
1st District - Andrew J. Barnett, Malichia
Harrison, E. Burchett Sr.
2nd District - John Kelly and Jeremiah Perry
3rd District - Davis Barnes, Burrel Utley, Jesse Barnes
4th District - Littleberry Pearce, Julius J. Cole, and Needam Short
5th District - Richard P. Rushing, James Arnold and David Morris,
6th District - John Pearce, Jno. H. Greer and John P. Rushing.
7th District - Abram Davidson, William C. Benton and Charles J. Wheatley
8th District - Lewis Brewer Sr. William Waumack.
9th District - William Hire, Jesse D. Hall and William Stagdale
Samuel Madden Constable and that the Clerk of this Court issue a venire facias accordingly.
The Clerk of this Court presented a statement Made with James Walker Administrator of G. W. Barnett deceased which said settlement was examined & approved by the Court and ordered to be recorded.
The Clerk of this Court presented to the Court a settlement Made with Mariah Cheatham administratrix of the estate of R. Cheatham deceased which said settlement was examined and approved by the Court & ordered to be recorded.
The Court proceeded to consider of an appropriation to John Wynn for keeping Nancy French a pauper there being present & presiding on the bench a Majority of all the Justices in Benton County and all voting in the affirmative it is therefore ordered by the Court that the said John Wynn be allowed and paid the sum of thirty dollars for keeping said pauper one year and that the Trustee pay the same out of any money in the Treasury for the payment of pauper not otherwise appropriated.
The Court proceeded to consider of an appropriation to W. P. Morris Clerk of this Court for Sundry Services rendered (viz.) for the recording Scholastic report of the common School Commissioners & to Superintendent Settlement with County Trustee & Trustees bond $7.00, and for 62 Jury claims at 6¼ cents each, $3.87½ cents Making all ten dollars & 87½ cents and there being present & presiding on the bench a Majority of all the Magistrates in Benton County and all voting in the affirmative. It is therefore ordered by the Court that the said sum of ten dollars & 87½ cents be allowed & paid unto the said W.P. Morris and that the Trustee pay the sum out of any Money in the Treasury for general county purposes not otherwise appropriated.
The Court then proceeded to consider of an appropriation to Rebecca Nunnery
for keeping Jephia Nunnery a pauper and there being
present & presiding on the bench a Majority of all the Justices in
On Motion it is ordered by the Court that William Wright be appointed overseer of the road to work from Denis Stagdales up lick Creek to the top of the Ridge and that the following hands work under said Wright on said road (viz) Thos. Saunders, James Saunders, S. Cormack, Wm. Stagdale, J. Stogdale and Denis Stogdale work under said Wright on said road which is established in the 2nd Class.
On Motion it is ordered by the Court a Majority of all the Justices in Benton County voting in the affirmative that three dollars of the former appropriation Made to I.B. Carnes for Making & hanging a shelter to the court house stair door be paid by the Trustee forthwith without regard to claims formerly filed and that said sum of three dollars be reduced from the former appropriation Made for said services.
The Court then proceeded to Make an appropriation to A.C. Presson for boarding William Rushing a pauper one Month there being present & presiding on the bench a majority of all the Justices and all voting in the affirmative. It is ordered by the Court that the said Presson be allowed & paid the sum of 2 dollars & fifty cents to be paid by the Trustee out of any Money in his hands set apart for the payment of paupers not otherwise appropriated.
A.C. Presson sheriff returned into Court William Rushing according to a former order of this Court and the vote being taken whether the said William Rushing was a pauper or not those voting in the affirmative are Esqrs. Perkins, Hudson, Steele, Hammonds, Williams, D.H. Davidson, John W. Davidson, McAuley, Rushing, Farmer, Floyd -11 Mathews in the Negative it is therefore considered by the Court that the said William Rushing be considered a pauper of this County and thereupon it is ordered by the Court that the Sheriff let to the lowest bidder the said William Rushing pauper as aforesaid for the term of one year whereupon the Sheriff Made report to this Court that he had let said pauper to the lowest bidder and that Robert Ward had agreed to take him for the term of one year for the sum of thirty six dollars said Ward being the lowest bidder for said pauper, it is therefore ordered by the Court that the Trustee pay the same unto the said Robert Ward out of any money in the Treasury for the payment of paupers Not otherwise appropriated.
This day John W. Davidson Esqr. Returned into the Court the bonds of Mary Townsend & Ansil Pearce and Lefty Davis & William Moore conditioned for the keeping certain bastard children from becoming chargeable to Benton County which said bonds is ordered by the Court to be filed in the office of the Clerk of this Court.
Court then Adjourned until Court in Course.
E.Perkins J P
Nathan Williams J.P.
John W. Davidson, J P
S.H. Davidson, J.P.