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An Act For Dividing the County of Mecklenburg.

Chapter XXI

Laws of North Carolina 1792 - Pages 13-14.

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 county of Mecklenburg shall be divided as follows, to wit: beginning at where Iredell crosses the east branch of Rocky River, then down the said branch to its junction with the west branch which comes from Colonel Osborne's from thence to where the wagon road crosses Clerk's Creek, a little to the west of Captain Pickens, thence to the barn of Adam Meek, Sen. thence to a cluster of large rocks a little to the southeast of the great road from Colonel Smith's to Charlotte, not far distant from said Smith's
thence to James Stafford's, and from thence to the mouth of Clear Creek; and all that part of the county of Mecklenburg aforefaid lying west and south of said dividing line shall continue and remain a distinct county by the name of Mecklenburg; and all that part of the said county lying north and east of said line, shall be erected into a new and distinct county by the name of Cabarrus.

II. And for the due administration of justice, Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the court for the said county of Cabarrus shall be constantly held on the third Mondays of January, April, July and October in each and every year; and their first court shall be held at the house of Robert Russell, but the justices of the said court may adjourn to any other place more convenient until a court house shall be built, and shall exercise and enjoy the same powers, privileges and jurisdiction as other Justices and county courts in this state enjoy or exercise.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said county of Cabarrus be, and remain a part of the district of Salisbury, and shall appoint five jurors to attend the superior court of said district.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to bar the Sheriff or Collectors for the said county of Mecklenburg as it stood undivided to make distress for any taxes, fees or other dues now actually due and owing.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That James Harris, Joseph Moore Carpenter, William Orr, George Alexander and Zacheus Wilson, Esquires, or a majority of them, be, and are hereby appointed Commissioners to superintend the running the dividing line and shall cause the same to be entered of record in each of the said counties of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus; and the said Commmissioners are hereby authorized to employ two Surveyors, one of which may be resident in each of the counties aforesaid.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Paul Barringer, John Lepard, Joseph Shim, Daniel Jarrett, Alexander Ferguson, James Bradshaw, James Aairis, Sen. Zacheus Wilson, Archibald Houston, Benjamin Patton and Robert Smith, are hereby appointed Commssioners to fix on the most central place in said county for the purpose of erecting a court house, prison and stocks.

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Archibald Houston, Martin Phifer, John Means, Daniel Jarrett and George Masters, or a majority of them, are hereby authorized and empowered to purchase fifty acres of land, and contract with workmen for the purpose of erecting the necessary buildings in said county, as soon as the Commissioners shall fix on the center.

VIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Sheriff and other hol ders of public money in the county of Cabarrus, shall, from time to time, account for and pay into the public treasury of this state all public money wherewith they shall stand chargeable, in the same manner and under the same pains and penalties by law, as any other Sheriffs or holders of public money are obliged to account in the state.

IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That a tax of two shillings on each poll, and a tax of eight pence on each hundred acres of land, shall be assessed on the taxable property in the said county of Cabarrus for two years, to commence from the passing of this Act; and that all persons who shall neglect or refuse to pay the aforesaid tax at the time limited for the payment of public taxes, shall be liable to the same pains, penalties and distresses as for the non-payment of public taxes; and the collectors of the said taxes are hereby required and directed to account for, and pay the money by them collected to the Commissioners aforesaid, after deducting two and a half per cent. for their trouble of collecting the same; and in case of failure or neglect in any of the said collectors, each collector so failing or neglecting, shall be liable to the same penalties and recoveries, as by law may be had against collectors of public taxes.

X. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all manner of suits, causes and pleas, whether civil or criminal, now commenced or depending in the said county court of Mecklenburg, shall continue, and may be prosecuted to a final end and determination, in the same manner as if this Act had never been made, any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

Read three times, and ratified in General Assembly, this 31st day of December, 1792.

WILLIAM LENOIR, Speaker of the Senate.
STEPHEN CABARRUS, Speaker of the House of Commons.

Copy. J. GLASGOW, Secretary.



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