An act defining the boundaries of Marion county, and for other purposes.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the permanent boundaries of the county of Marion, shall be those which follow, to wit: Beginning on the line which separates the States of Mississippi and Alabama, at a point where the line dividing townships fourteen and fifteen cuts the same; thence east on said line, to the south east corner of township fourteen range eleven; thence north on the line dividing ranges ten and eleven to the lines which divides townships eight and nine; thence west on said line to its intersection with the State line; thence south on the State line, to the beginning.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That Lemuel Bean, Jabez Fitz-


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gerald, Banes Hollaway, senr. George White, William Metcalf, and William Davis, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners to fix on the site for the public buildings in said county; which site they shall place at the center thereof, or at the nearest eligible place thereto, not exceeding three miles in each direction from the center; and the said commissioners are hereby authorised to fix on the temporary site for holding the courts in said county, in which county an election precinct is hereby fixed at the house of William Davis, on the Sypsey fork of the Buttahatchie river, and one precinct at the house of Joel Dixon, on the head of Tooksapililoa.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners appointed in the preceding section, or a majority of the, shall have power and it shall be their duty to contract for and receive a good and lawful title for not less then one quarter section of land, at the place by them fixed on for the seat of Justice aforesaid.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners or a majority of them shall have power to contract for all the necessary public buildings for the county aforesaid, shall fix their several constructions, and superintend, reject or receive the same when completed.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners or a majority of them, shall give sixty days previous notice of the time and place at which the public buildings may be intended to be let; at which time and place, so notified, the commissioners shall publicly let out the same to the lowest bidder, binding the undertaker or undertakers in bond with sufficient security, payable to the said commissioners for the faithful performance of his or their undertaking.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners are hereby authorized to sell such lands as they may acquire for the use of the county in lots of such dimensions, and on such conditions as they may deem expedient; and should the proceeds of such lands be insufficient to meet the expenditures incident to the completion of the public buildings aforesaid, the county court is hereby authorised to lay a county tax not exceeding one fourth of the general tax, which shall be applied to the finishing of the public buildings in said county.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That should a purchase of land be made by the commissioners as contemplated by this act, and the sales thereof transcend the disbursements incident to the completion of the public buildings, the surplus shall by those commissioners be paid forthwith into the county treasury, subject to the order of the county court, who shall disburse the same to the people of each township by adding to the proceeds of the sixteenth section according to quality.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners appointed in this act, shall previous to entering on the duties assigned them take and subscribe the following oath: I ------ do solemnly swear that I will faithfully, according to my best and honest judgment, perform all the duties required of me as a commissioner under this act, and will select and fix on the site for the public buildings for Marion county, with impartiality to men or place, consulting and being guided in that decision, by the common good and the equal rights of every citizen, So help me God. And, moreover, it shall be the duty of the said commissioners when they shall have fixed on the site for the public buildings in the county aforesaid, under their hands and seals to report the same, accompanied with a plan or map of the town to the clerk of the county court, who shall record the same in his office, and the place so fixed on and so reported, shall be the permanent seat of Justice for Marion county.


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Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That a line shall commence at a point where the State line cuts the Tombeckbe river, running down the same to the Green county line; thence east on the said county line, to the line dividing ranges one and two, east of the meridian of St. Stephens; north on said line to its intersection with the Scipse waters of the Beckbe river; thence pursuing the meanders of that stream to that point where the line dividing ranges twelve and thirteen west of the meridian of Huntsville touches the same; north on sad line to the Marion south boundary line, west to the state line; thence on the said line to the place of beginning, which shall form one county to be known and distinguished by the name of Pickens county. The temporary site for holding the courts in said county, shall be at the house of Jacob Dansby. An election precinct is established at -------- Mullens, on the road from Columbus to the Falls of the Warrior, and at James Heplins, and one at the residence of Ezekiel Nash.

[Approved December 19, 1820.]

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An act to establish certain election precincts therein named and for other purposes.

Section 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the state of Alabama in General assembly convened, That there shall be four election precincts in the county of Dallas, in addition to the one heretofore established in said county, to wit, one at Selma, one at Portland, one at the house of Mr. Fedrick, on Town creek, and one at the present dwelling house of captain Yoast.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That there shall be in the county of Cotaco, four election precincts, in addition to the one holden at the court house, to wit, one at the house of John Wallis, Centreville, one at the house of Larkin R. Rogers, and one at the town of Decatur.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That there shall be in the county of Wilcox, two election precincts, in addition to those already provided for by law, to wit, one at the house of John Smith, near the bluff generally know and called by the lower standing Peach Tree, and one at the store house of Allen and Saltmarsh, at the bluff know and called by the name of the upper standing Peach Tree.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the election precincts heretofore held at the house of Joseph Lewis, in the county of Autauga, shall hereafter be discontinued, and one established in lieu thereof at the house of John Lewis, in said county.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the two election precincts heretofore established at Pruets store, and Evansville, shall be hereafter discontinued, and one established in lieu thereof at the town of Augusta, in Montgomery county.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That there shall be two additional election precincts in the county of Montgomery, one at the house of James F. Johnston, at captain Bennets muster ground, and the other at the house of James Ramsay, at captain Wades muster ground.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That there shall be three election precincts in the county of Tuskaloosa, in addition to those already established by law; to wit, one at Capt. Coons muster ground, one at captain John Hudson's muster ground, and one at captain Henry Pickards muster ground.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That there shall be in the county of Jackson two election precincts in addition to those already provid-


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ed for, one at Doyles mill, between Crow creek, and the other at Read's, on Larkins' fork, on Paint rock.

Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the elections heretofore held at William Guthreys, shall hereafter be held at the house of Henry Bradford, in St. Clair county.

[Approved Dec. 20, 1820.]

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An act granting to John Fowler the right of running a Steam Ferry Boat, between the city of Mobile and the town of Blakeley.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That it shall be lawful for John Fowler of the town of Blakeley, and his assigns respectively, to set up, keep, maintain, and run steam ferry boat between the town of Blakeley and the city of Mobile, in this State; for and during the term of five years to be completed from the first day of January next, and the said steam ferry boat shall be capable of carrying six horses, and shall be ready at all times and seasons to transport and ferry from one to the other of the said towns, persons, goods and chattels.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the justices of the county court of the county of Mobile may and shall require of the said John Fowler, a bond with a suitable penalty, and two good and sufficient securities for the faithful performance of the requisitions of this act, and the said county court shall annually order, direct and determine the several rates of ferriages, and the several hours in each day that the said steam ferry boat shall be in readiness for the purposes aforesaid.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That if the said Fowler or his assigns, or any ferryman, or person, employed by him, shall exact, take, or receive, any greater, or higher rates for transporting any person or persons, horses or cattle, goods or other things whatsoever, than shall be by the justices of the county court aforesaid, limited or established, he or they so offending, shall forfeit and pay for every such offence the sum of ten dollars, to be recovered before any justice of the peace, or any justice of the county court aforesaid, by any person who shall sue for the same.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That if any person or persons shall after the first day of January next, transport or carry over for pay or hire, from either of the towns aforesaid, to the other, any person or persons, horses or cattle, other than the said John Fowler, or his assigns, such persons or persons, shall for every such offence forfeit and pay the sum of ten dollars to be recovered as aforesaid, by any person or persons whom may sue for the same, Provided always, that nothing in this act shall be so construed as to exclude any person or persons from the right of carrying themselves, their goods or chattels in their own boats free of ferriage.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That if it shall appear to the justice of the county court of the county of Mobile, that the said John Fowler, or his assigns, shall neglect or refuse to comply with the requisitions of this act, it shall and may be lawful for the justices aforesaid, to declare all the rights and privileges herein granted to be forfeited; and the said justices shall and may let out the said ferry to any other person or persons agreeable to the laws now in force on that subject.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That if any person or persons shall suffer any loss or damage in their property or persons, by reason of the neglect, or willful misconduct of the said John Fowler, or his assigns or of any ferryman, or person employed by him, the said John Fowler or his assigns, shall be liable to an action by the party aggrieved.

[Approved, December 20, 1820.]


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An Act to incorporate the town of Ococoposo in the County of Franklin.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the State and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the town of Ococoposo in the county of Franklin be incorporated in conformity with the general plan of the aforesaid town.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That there shall be holden in said town of Ococoposo, an election on the first Monday in March next and on that day in each and every year, from the hour of ten o'clock in the forenoon until the hour of two in the afternoon, for the purpose of electing five persons, inhabitants of said town to act as trustees thereof; a majority of whom shall constitute a quorum to do business; also a town constable, assessor, collector and treasurer to serve for one year: Provided, that this act and any of the bye-laws, may at any time be repealed by the General Assembly.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That every free white male of the age of twenty one years, who has resided in the town of Ococoposo, three months previous to the election, shall be entitled to vote for said trustees and other officers.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said trustees and other officers so elected shall proceed in the same, manner, possess the same powers and be subject to the same restrictions, as are provided by law, for the Government of the trustees and other officers of the town of Russellville in the county of Franklin.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That from and after the passage of this act, any defaulting patrol shall have power to make his excuse for the non performance of his duty as patrol before the tribunal to which he is returned, and if the excuse made by any defaulter be deemed good and sufficient, such defaulter shall not be compelled to pay any cost which may accrue. And all acts and parts of acts contravening the provisions of this act be and the same are hereby repealed.

[Approved, December 20, 1820.]

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An Act to fix the time for convening the General Assembly of the State of Alabama.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That from and after the passage of this act, the General Assembly of this State shall convene on the first Monday in November, in each and every year.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all acts and parts of acts contrary to the true intent and meaning of this act, be, and the same is hereby repealed.

[Approved December 21, 1820.]