An Act adding a part of Pope county to Johnson, and forming a new county out of Johnson county, 1818


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Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Illinois territory, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the boundary lines of Johnson county, shall hereafter be as follows, to-wit : Beginning on the range line, between ranges four and five, east of the third principal meridian, at the corner between townships ten and eleven, south of the base line ; thence south along the said range line to the Ohio river ; thence down along the Ohio river, to where the range line between ranges one and two east intersects the said river ; thence north along the said range line to the corner of townships ten and eleven south; thence east along the township line, between townships ten and eleven, south to the beginning. And that all that part of Pope county, which is included within the said boundary, shall hereafter be attached to and form a part of Johnson county.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all that tract of country lying within the following boundary, to-wit: beginning on the range line between ranges one and two, east at the corner of townships ten and eleven south ; thence south along the said range line, eighteen miles, to the corner of townships thirteen and fourteen south ; thence west along the township line, between townships thirteen and fourteen south, to the Mississippi river; then up the Mississippi river to the mouth of Big Muddy river ; thence up Big Muddy river to where the township line between townships ten and eleven south, crosses the same ; thence east along the said township line to the beginning, shall constitute a separate county, to be called "Union" County. Provided however, that all that tract of country lying south of township thirteen south, to the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and west of the range line between ranges one and two east, shall until the same be formed into a separate county be attached to and be a part of Union county.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the courts directed to be holden in Johnson county, shall be held at the present court-house until a permanent seat of justice shall be established, and a court-house be erected, as hereafter directed : and that the courts directed to be holden in Union county shall be held at the house of Jacob Hunsaker jr. until a permanent seat of justice shall be established, and a court-house erected thereat, as hereinafter directed.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That for the purpose of fixing the permanent seat of justice in Johnson county, William M'Fatridge, James Bane and Isaac D. Wilcox, are appointed commissioners to meet, or a majority of them, at the house of James Bane, for the purpose of fixing the permanent seat of justice in Union county: George Wolf, Jesse Echols and Thomas Cox, are appointed commissioners to meet at the house of John Grammer, on the first Monday in February next, or on such day as they may appoint within thirty days thereafter, and after taking an oath before some judge or justice of the peace, in this territory, to faithfully and impartially take into view the geography of the county, the convenience of the people, and the eligibility of the place, as near the centre of the county as may be, they shall respectively proceed to examine and determine on the place in each county for the permanent seat of justice in the said counties, and respectively designate the same: Provided, that the proprietor or proprietors of the land shall give to the comity, at least twenty acres of land, for the purpose of being laid out into lots and sold, or so much thereof as the county court may direct, to be applied to defray the expenses of public buildings thereon for the use of the county. But in case the proprietor or proprietors of the land, refuse or neglect in either county, to make the donation of land as aforesaid, it shall then be the duty of the commissioners aforesaid for that county, to fix on some other place for the seat of justice, as convenient and eligible to the centre of said county as may be, where the proprietor or proprietors of the land will make the donation of land as aforesaid, which place when fixed and determined on, the said commissioners, or a majority of them, in and for each county shall certify under their hands and seals and return the same with a conveyance from the proprietor or proprietors of the land, to the judges of the county court for the use of the county, to the next county court of their county, who shall cause an entry thereof to be made on their records; and the county court in each of the said counties, shall allow to each of the said commissioners two dollars per day for each day's necessary attendance, in fixing the place for the permanent seat of justice.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the citizens of Union county are hereby declared to be entitled in all respects to the same rights and privileges as are allowed in general, with other counties of this territory, and in the election of a delegate to congress, and members of the house of representatives, when said county shall be entitled to a member or members of the house of representatives by law. This act to take effect and be in force from and after the passage thereof.

Willis Hargrave, Speaker pro. tem, of the House of Representatives.

Pierre Menard, President of the Legislative Council.

Approved—January 2, 1818. Ninian Edwards.

 

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