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An Act For Dividing the County of Dobbs.

Chapter XLVII

Laws of North Carolina 1791 - Page 24.

Whereas it is necessary for the peace and good order of the inhabitants of the county of Dobbs, that the same should be divided:

I. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this Act, the said county or Dobbs be divided, by running a direct line from where the dividing line between the said county of Dobbs and Wayne County crosses Bear Creek, to the head of Wheat Swamp, a little above Richard Hodges's, then down said Wheat Swamp to William Killpatrick's, and from thence a direct line to the Craven County line, opposite the mouth of Little Contentney and that all that part of the late county of Dobbs, lying south and southeast of the said lines, be held and deemed a distinct county, by the name of Lenoir: And that all the remainder of the said late county of Dobbs, lying north and northeast of the aforesaid lines, be held and deemed a distinct county, by the name of Glasgow.

II. And for the due administration of justice, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That courts for the said counties of Lenoir and Glasgow shall be quarterly held by the Justices thereof, that is to say, the county of Lenoir on the first Mondays of January, April, July and October, at the court house in Kinston, where the same it hereby permanently fixed, and to which all proceedings in the said county of Dobbs stands adjourned; and the county of Glasgow, on the last Mondays of March, June, September and December, at the house of Benjamin Sheppard, at the place called Snow Hill, at which place the court in the said county of Glasgow shall be held, until James Glasgow, William Speight, William Ormond, William Harper and John Pope, Commissioners, shall fix on a place for building a court house, prison and stocks; and all causes, matters and things depending in either of the said courts, and all manner of process returnable to each respective court of Lenoir and Glasgow, shall be held by
commission to the Justices, in the same manner, and under the same rules and restrictions, and shall each have and exercise the same power and jurisdiction, as are or shall be prescribed for other courts held for the several counties in this state.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforefaid, That nothing heiein contained shall he construed to debar the late Sheriff and Collectors of the said county of Dobbs, at the same stood undivided, to make distress for any levies, fees, or other dues, now actually due and owing from the inhabitants of either ot the said counties, as it formerly stood undivided, in the same manner as by law the said Sheriff or Collectors could or might have done if the said county had remained undivided; and the said levies, fees and other dues, shall be collected and accounted for in the same manner as if this Act had never been made; any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforefaid, That after the passing of this Act, the said counties of Lenoir and Glasgow shall be continued and remain a part of the district ot Newbern; and the laid county Treasurers respectively, of Lenoir and Glasgow, shall from time to time account for and pay to the public Treasurer of this state for the time being, all public levies by each of them collected, wherewith they respectively shall stand chargeable, in the same manner, and under the like pains and penalties, as other county Treasurers.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforefaid, That Bryan Whitfield, Joshua Coom, Etheldred Ruffin, John Holliday and John Jones, be appointed Commissioners, and are hereby empowered and required to run the dividing lines between the said counties of Lenoir and Glasgow, agreeable to the directions ot this Act; which said lines, when run by the Commissioners or a majority of them, shall by them be entered on record in each of the said counties of Lenoir and Glasgow, and shall thereafter be deemed and taken to be the dividing lines between the said counties of Lenoir and Glasgow.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforefaid, That James Glasgow, William Speight, William Ormond, Joshua Croom and Moses Westbrook, the survivor or survivors of them, be and they are hereby empowered and directed, to agree and contract with workmen for erecting and building a court house, prison and stocks for the use of the county of Glasgow, at such place as the aforefaid Commissioners or a majority of them shall agree upon; and also a prison and stocks in Kinston, which, together with the court house now there, shall be deemed a compleat set of public buildings for the said county of Lenoir.

VII. And for reimbursing the Commissioners the money they shall expend in erecting the said buildings, and running the dividing lines between the said counties, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That a tax of two shillings on each poll, and a tax of eight pence on every hundred acres of land, for two succeeding years, shall be and is hereby assessed on the taxable property in the said counties of Lenoir and Glasgow; and that all persons who shall neglect or refuse to pay said tax at the time limited for payment of public taxes, shall be liable to the same penalties and distress as for non-payment of public taxes; and the Collectors of the said counties are hereby required and directed to account for and pay the monies by them so collected to the Commissioners aforefaid, after deducting three per cent, for their trouble in collecting the same; and in case of failure or neglect in any of the said Collectors, such Collector so failing or neglecting, shall be liable to the same penalties and recoveries, as by law may be had against Colltetors of public taxes in like cases.

VIII. And whereas it appears to this General Assembly, that the Clerk of the court in the late county of Dobbs hath resided and held his office in Kinston, in said county: Be it therefore enacted by the authority aforefaid, That the several papers and records of every kind whatever belonging to the said Clerk's office, in the said county of Dobbs, shall be by the said Clerk delivered to the Clerk of the county court of Lenoir, who shall be held accountable for the same; and that all manner of suits, causes and pleas, whether civil or criminal, now commenced and depending in the late county court of the county of Dobbs, shall continue in the county court of Lenoir, and may be prosecuted to a final end and determination; any thing in this law to the contrary notwithstanding.

IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforefaid, That the courts of Lenoir and Glasgow counties shall appoint three jurors to attend at every superior court that shall be held for the said district.

X. And be it further enacted by the authority aforefaid, That nothing in this Act shall affect or be construed to affect the appointments, either civil or military, in the said county; but such appointments and commissions shall be held and enjoyed by the persons now holding them in the counties in which they may respectively reslde at the time of the division.

Read three times and ratified in General Assembly, the 19th January, Anno Domini, 1792.

Wm LENOIR, S.S.
S. CABARRUS, S.H.C.

(Copy) J. GLASGOW, Secretary.



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