The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
SECTION 1. That a new county is hereby laid off and established
to be formed out of portions of Warren, Franklin and Granville
counties, and bounded as follows: Begin at a point on the south
bank of Tar River in Granville County, just opposite the point
where the dividing line between Fishing Creek and Kittrell's
SEC. 2. That the said county of Vance shall be and is hereby invested with all the rights, powers and privileges of the counties of this state except as is hereinafter provided.
SEC. 3. When the boundary line of said county shall divide any townships heretofore established in either of the counties of Franklin, Granville or Warren, any county officer heretofore elected in either of the said counties, who shall reside within the said county of Vance, shall continue to hold his office in the county of Vance to which he was entitled in the county in which he was elected or appointed. And if there shall be any vacancy in any of the said offices the said vacancy shall be filled by operation of the laws now in force and applicable to all the counties of the state: Provided, however, That the county commissioners of the said county of Vance, and the clerk of the superior court of said county, the sheriff and register of deeds of said county, shall be appointed and elected as is hereinafter directed.
SEC. 4. That as soon after the proclamation, and election
in pursuance thereof, as hereinafter provided, as practicable,
not to exceed ten days thereafter, all the justices of the peace
within the limits of the said county of Vance shall assemble
together in the town of Henderson and shall then and there elect
from the body of the qualified voters of said county five commissioners
for said county, who shall be vested with and exercise all the
powers and authorities, and be subject to the same liabilities
and penalties that county commissioners of the several counties
of the state are vested with and subject to, and shall hold their
offices till their successors in office shall be elected and
shall have qualified according to the laws now in force pertaining
to said election and qualification: Provided, That within ten
days after the passage aud ratification of this Act and before
the assembling of the justices of the peace as hereinbefore provided,
it shall be the duty of the governor of the state to order and
direct, by his proclamation in that behalf issued, an election
to be held at such time and at such places within the bounds
of the said county of Vance, as he may think best, by the registered
voters of the said county of Vance within the boundaries set
forth in section one of this Act, upon the establishment of the
said county of Vance, and thereupon the governor shall appoint
registrars and poll-holders to receive the votes cast at said
election, which said election shall be by ballot and be governed
by the laws now in force regulating the election of members of
the general assembly: And provided, further, That the ballots
cast at said election shall be printed or plainly written and
in the following words, "For the County" or "Against
the County," and that the said poll-holders shall on the
third day after the said election, by twelve o'clock meridian,
of said day, assemble together in the town of Henderson, and
then and there count the votes cast at their respective precincts,
add up the same and forward the joint report of the result under
their hands and seals to the governor of the state, who shall
thereupon declare the result in accordance
SEC. 5. That the resident judge of the superior court for the Fifth Judicial District shall appoint a clerk of the superior court of the said county of Vance, who shall hold his office until his successor in office shall be elected and have qualified, according to the laws of the state in regard to the election and qualification of clerks of the superior court.
SEC. 6. That the county commissioners of the said county of
Vance shall, as soon after their election and qualification as
may be, appoint a sheriff and register of deeds, who shall have
the qualifications, give the bonds,
SEC. 7. That the jurisdiction of the superior court be and
is hereby extended to and over said county of Vance in the same
manner as the said court has jurisdiction in the several counties
of this state, and the judge of the superior court in and for
the said Fifth Judicial District shall hold the superior court
for said county for one week, commencing the Mondays after the
termination of the spring and fall terms of said court in Rockingham
County each and every year; and all cases, both civil and criminal,
arising in said county of Vance and properly cognizable
SEC. 8. That the county commissioners of the said county of Vance shall, immediately after their election and qualification as hereinbefore provided, select a site for a court house and other necessary county buildings for said county, within the corporate limits of the town of Henderson, and thereupon the authorities of the said town shall, in accordance with constitutional provisions in such cases made, immediately proceed to raise by taxation or in such other lawful manner as may be most practicable and convenient for the citizens thereof, the sum of four thousand dollars wherewith to erect a court house and suitable offices for said county: Provided, That the contract for the building of said court house and offices shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder by advertisement of the county commissioners, who shall thereupon enter into bond with security to be approved by said commissioners to build, and complete said court house and offices according to such plans and specifications as may be agreed on by said commissioners: Provided, further, That until the completion of such court house the said commissioners shall procure a suitable building or buildings for said court house, etc.: And provided, further, That if the said town of Henderson shall in accordance with the said constitutional provisions refuse to raise by taxation or otherwise the said sum of four thousand dollars, then this Act and every part thereof shall be void.
SEC. 9. That until the erection of a public jail in said county, all persons who may be liable to imprisonment by virtue of any process either criminal or civil in said county shall be committed to the jails of Granville, Franklin and Warren respectively as the said persons may be residents of the portions of Franklin, Granville and Warren taken for the formation of said county of Vance.
SEC. 10. That the apportionment under the census of one thousand eight hundred and eighty shall be made without reference to the county proposed to be created under this Act; but if said county shall be organized, it shall thereafter vote for members of the general assembly with the county of Warren.
SEC. 11. That all real estate which may be bought by the said commissioners for the purposes of this Act shall be conveyed to the county commissioners of Vance County for the use of said county,
SEC. 12. That it shall be lawful for the commissioners of
said county, at a regular meeting, to provide for the
SEC. 13. That the county commissioners of said county shall,
as soon as practicable, appoint a suitable person to
SEC. 14. That the said commissioners are hereby authorized
to purchase a site for the court house and necessary
SEC. 15. That that portion of the citizens and taxable property taken from the counties of Franklin and Granville and attached to the county of Vance shall not be released from their proportion of the outstanding public debts of the said counties of Granville and Franklin contracted before the passage of this Act; said proportions to be ascertained and determined by the county commissioners of Granville, Franklin and Vance counties, in such manner and by such method as may be agreed upon.
SEC. 16. This Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.
Read three times in the General Assembly, and ratified the 5th day of March, A.D. 1881.
CHARLES M. COOKE, S.H.R.
State of North Carolina: