An Act for the formation of a new county out of the counties of Harrison and Clark, 1814


§ 1. BE it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the seventeenth day of January, eighteen hundred and fourteen, all that part of the counties of Harrison and Clark included within the following bounds, to wit : Beginning at Freeman's corner, on the meridian line, thence southwardly with said line to the intersection of an east and west line running through the centre of township one south ; thence with the same eastwardly to the summit of the Silver creek knobs ; thence north-eastwardly with the extreme heighth of the same between the waters of Silver creek and Blue river, to the line dividing ranges six and seven east; thence with said range line northwardly to the Indian boundary; thence with said boundary to the place of beginning, shall compose one new county, called and known by the name of Washington.

§ 2. And be it further enacted, That the county of Washington shall enjoy all the rights and privileges appertaining to the counties heretofore established in the Indiana territory ; and it shall be lawful for the coroners, sheriffs, constables and collectors of said counties of Harrison and Clark, to make distress for all taxes, levies and officers' fees remaining unpaid by the inhabitants within the bounds of said new county, at the time such division shall take place, and they shall be accountable for the same in the like manner as if this act had never been passed; and the courts of Harrison and Clark counties shall have jurisdiction in all suits, pleas, plaints and proceedings, which may before the aforesaid 17th day of January next, have been commenced, instituted and depending within the present counties of Harrison and Clark, shall be prosecuted to final judgment and effect, issue process and award execution thereon.

§ 3. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Joseph Paddox, Peter M'Intosh and Ignatius Abel, of Harrison county, Marston G. Clark and Joseph Bartholomew, of Clark county, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners, to designate the place for the permanent seat of justice for Washington county, agreeable to an act entitled "an act for fixing the seats of justice in all new counties hereafter to be laid off." The commissioners above named, or others appointed by the proper court, shall convene at the house of William Lindley, on Blue river, on the seventeenth day of January next, and then proceed to discharge the duties assigned them by law.

§ 4. And be it further enacted, That the judges of the court of common pleas of the new county aforesaid, shall, within six months after the permanent seat of justice be established, proceed to erect the necessary public buildings thereon.

§ 5. And be it further enacted, That until suitable accommodation can be had (in the opinion of said court) at the seat of justice of said new county, all courts of justice for the same shall be holden at the house of William Lindley.

This act to be in force and take effect from and after the seventeenth day of January, A. D. 1814.

of the House of Representatives.

JAs. BEGGS, President
of the Legislative Council.

December 21, 1813 — Approved,



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