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AN ACT

To alter and extend the boundaries of Washington, Baldwin and Mobile Counties:

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That for much of Wayne County as may be thrown into the Territory of Alabama, by the line dividing said Territory and the state of Mississippi, be, and hereby is, added to, and made a part of the county of Washington: that so much of the county of Greene; as may, by said boundary line, be thrown into the said Territo-


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ry, be, and the same is hereby added to, and made a part of the county of Baldwin: and that so much of the county of Jackson as may be thrown into said territory by the boundary line aforesaid, be, and the same is hereby added to, and made a part of the county of Mobile.

GABRIEL MOORE,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JAMES TITUS,

President of the Legislative Council.

APPROVED-7th February, 1818.

WM. W. BIBB,

Governor of the Alabama Territory

 

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AN ACT

To incorporate the President and Trustees of the St. Stephens Academy .

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, on General Assembly convened, That the following persons, viz : Silas Dinsmoor, Samuel Smith, George Buchanan, Benjamin S. Smoot, Le-


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muel J. Allston, Davis H. Mayhew, Mathew D, Willson, and Abner S. Lipscomb, Trustees of the St. Stephens Academy, and their successors in office, are hereby constituted a body corporate, under the style and title of the President and Trustees of the St. Stephens Academy.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said President and Trustees, and their successors in office, shall have and exercise the authority to make all such by-laws, not contrary to the Constitution or laws of the United states, or of this Territory; for the better regulation of the said Academy, and the same, from time to time, to alter, amend and annul, as to them may deem expedient; and be capable in law, of suing and being sued, of pleading & being impleaded, and shall be capable of holding property both real and personal, and of selling or aliening and conveying the same; and shall have and enjoy, all


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the privileges ands rights incident bodies corporate,

GABRIEL MOORE,

Speaker of the House of Representatives,

JAMES TITUS,

President of the Legislative Council.

APPROVED-7th February, 1818,

WM. W. BIBB,

Governor of the Alabama Territory.

 

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AN ACT

Authorizing the taking the Census of the Alabama Territory.

Sec. 1 . Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That it shall be the duty of all the inhabitants of this Territory, being heads of families, and persons not belonging to any particular family, to render a true and faithful estimate to the Assessors of taxes in their respective Counties; such estimates from heads of white families to be on oath, and contain an enumeration of the whole number of inhabitants belonging to his or her family, making a correct distinction


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between the number of white males over twenty-one years of age, white males under twenty-one years of age; white females over twenty-one years, white females under twenty-one years; the total of free people of color, Indians not taxed excepted, and the total of slaves.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the assessors of taxes in each and, every county within this Territory, to claim and receive of all heads of families, and other persons as described in the preceding section, the estimate which they are therein required to furnish. The oath required of the heads of families as aforesaid, shall be administered by the said assessors in each respective county, and in form as follows, to wit: "You do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that the estimate which you now render, contains a true and faithful enumeration of the number of inhabitants of which, your family consists; with the proper distinction of sexes, age, and color, so help you God."

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted,


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That if any person shall fail to make a return of him or herself and family, or any part thereof, being thereunto requested by the said assessors, or shall knowingly, make a false or improper return, he or she shall be fined the sum of fifty dollars, to be recovered before any office of the Peace or of the Quorum of the county, one half thereof to the use of the informer, and the other half to be paid into the county treasury.

Sec. 4 And be it further enacted, That in addition to the penalty prescribed in the preceding section, if any person shall, knowingly, make a false or incorrect return of his or her family, as directed by this act, he or she shall be liable to all the pains and penalties provided by law against perjury.

Sec 5. And be it further enacted, That the following form shall be adopted and used by each and every assessor in this Territory, for the classification of the inhabitants thereof :


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| Names of the heads of families.
| White males over twenty-one years.
| White males under twenty-one years.
| White females over twenty-one years.
| White females under twenty-one years.
| Total of white inhabitants.
| Total of free people of colour.
| Total of slaves.
| Total of inhabitants.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That each and every assessor in this Territory, shall, before he enters on the duties of his office, in addition to the oath required of him by law, as assessor, take, and subscribe before some person authorised to administer the same, an oath, in the following form, to wit: I, A.B. do solemnly swear, (or affirm, as the case may be) That I will take the census of the county of _________, according to the true intent and meaning of this act, the best of my knowledge, so help


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me God; which said oath, subscribed and sworn to, shall be transmitted, together with a copy of said enumeration, agreeably to the foregoing form, to the Executive of this Territory, and also, another copy of the numeration, to form as aforesaid, to the speaker of the House of Representatives of this Territory, on or before the first day of the next session of the General Assembly; and each and every assessor failing to comply with the requisitions of this act shall be fined to the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars, recoverable before any Court of competent jurisdiction, one half thereof to the use of the informer, and the other half to be paid into the Territorial Treasury.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted; That each and every assessor in this Territory, shall be allowed as a cornpensation for taking the census in his county, one dollar and twenty-five cents for every hundred inhabitants; and the Auditor is hereby required to issue his warrant on the Territorial Treasurer in favor of such assessor, for the same, upon the certificate


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of the Governor, that a copy of such census is delivered to him, in which certificate the total of inhabitants in each county, shall be specified.

GABRIEL MOORE,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JAMES TITUS,

President of the Legislative Council.

APPROVED-9th February, 1818 .

WM. W. BIBB,

Governor of the Alabama Territory.

 

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AN ACT

To establish the counties of Shelby and Cahawba.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That hereafter all that tract of country lying west of the Cherokee boundary line; south and east of the county of Blount, and north of a line to be drawn from west to east through the Southern extremity, of the Cahawba Valley, from the eastern boundary of said county of Blount,


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to Coosa river, and thence along said river to where it is interfered by the said Cherokee boundary, shall constitute one county, to be called and known by the name of Shelby.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted. That hereafter, all that tract of country bounded on the north by the said county of Shelby ; on the west and south-west, by the county of Tuskaloosa; on the south, by a line to be drawn from the head waters of Five Mile Creek, to the upper end of the ridge dividing the waters of the Cahawba from those of Mulberry Creek; thence by a direct line to the Coosa River, opposite the mouth, of Hatchet creek; and on the east by Coosa River, shall form one county, to be called and known by the name of Cahawba.

Sec. 3 And be it further enacted, That there shall be holden in and for said county of Shelby, in each year, a Superior Court of Law and Equity, on the first Mondays in May and November; and, there shall be holden in and for the said county of Shelby, in each year, a County Court on the fourth Mondays in A-


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pril and October, and an intermediate Court on the fourth Mondays in January and July.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That there shall be holden, in and for the said county of Cahawba, in each year, a superior Court of Law and Equity, on the second Mondays in May and November; and there shall be holden in and for said county of Cahawba, in each year, a County Court, on the third Mondays in May and November, and an intermediate Court, on the third Mondays in February and August.

Sec. 5. And be it, further enacted, That, for the time being, the said Courts for the said county of Shelby, shall be holden at the house of William S. Wallace; and the said Courts in and for the said county of Cahawba, shall be holden at the Falls of the Cahawba; but the said Courts may, respectively, for want of necessary buildings at the several places herein designated for holding the same, adjourn to such other places, contiguous thereto, as may seem most proper.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted,


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That the said Superior County, and intermediate Courts herein required to be holden, may, respectively, continue their sessions, six judicial days, and no longer.

GABRIEL MOORE,

Speaker of the House of Representatives

JAMES TITUS,

President of the Legislative Council.

APPROVED-7th February, 1818

WM. W. BIBB,

Governor of the Alabama Territory,

 

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