Act of Legislature for the Formation of Christian County

The act of the Legislature for the formation of Christian County, entitled, ” An act for the division of Logan County,” is as follows:

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That from and after the 1st day of March next, the county of Logan shall be divided into two distinct counties, that is to say, all that part of the said county included in the following boundaries, to Wit: Be-ginning on Green River, eight miles below the mouth of Muddy River; thence a straight line to one mile West of Benjamin Hardin’s; thence a straight line to the Tennessee State o line, Where it crosses the Elk Fork; thence along the said line to the Mississippi River; thence up the same to the mouth of the Ohio, and up the same to the mouth of Green River; thence up the same to the beginning, shall be one distinct county, and called and known by the name of Christian, and all the residue of the said county shall retain the name of Logan.

SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That the courts of Quarter Sessions for said county shall be held on the third Monday in February, April, June and September in every year,’ and the County Courts of said county shall be held on the third Monday of every month in Which the Court of Quarter Sessions is not hereby directed to be held.

SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That the Justices to be named in the commission of’ the peace for said county of Christian, shall meet at the house of Brewer Reeves, in said county, upon the first court day after the said division shall have taken place; and having taken the oaths prescribed by law, and the Sheriff being legally qualified, shall then proceed to fix upon a place to hold courts in the said county, in such place as shall be deemed the most central and convenient for the people; and thereafter the County Court shall proceed to erect public buildings at such place; and until such buildings are completed, the Court of Quarter Sessions and County Court may adjourn to such place or places as they may severally think proper.

SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That the Justices of the Court of Quarter Sessions at their first session, and the Justices of the County Court at their first court, shall proceed to appoint and qualify their clerks: Provided, however, that the appointment of a place to erect the public buildings shall not be made unless a majority of the Justices of the county concur; nor of a clerk unless a majority of the Justices of the court for Which he is to be appointed concur; but such appointment shall be postponed until such majority can be had; but each may appoint a clerk pro tempore.

SEC. 5. Be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the Sheriff of said county of Logan to collect or make distress for any public dues and officers’ fees, Which shall re-main unpaid by the inhabitants thereof at the time such division shall take place, and shall be accountable for the same in like manner as if this act had not been made, and the court of the said county of Logan shall have jurisdiction in all actions which shall be depending before them at the time of such division; and they shall try and determine the same, issue process, and award execution thereon.

SEC. 6. Be it further enacted, That the said county of Christian shall not be entitled to a Representative until an enumeration is hereafter taken, and ratio established by law, but the said county shall be considered as a part of Logan County, and the inhabitants thereof shall be entitled to vote in the same for Representative.

SEC. 7. Be it further enacted, That this act shall commence and be in force from and after the passage thereof.

EDW. BULLOCK, Speaker House of Representatives. JOHN CAMPBELL, Speaker Senate, pro tem.


Approved December 13, 1796.


Perrin, William Henry, ed., Counties of Christian and Trigg, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical, Chicago : F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884.

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