The following is a transcription of the Hamilton County history section of The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' COURT.
This court met for the first time April 9, 1821. Following is the record of the proceedings of this first day:
The court then proceeded to the appointment of a clerk. Jesse C. Lockwood was nominated and elected, and soon afterward appeared and took the several oaths required by law. His securities or sureties were Samuel D. Lockwood, Enos T. Allen and George McKenzie. A report was then received from the commissioners appointed by the General Assembly to fix upon the location of the seat of justice for Hamilton County. That report was in the following language:
The commissioners were then paid for their services in fixing the location of the county seat, as follows: James Ratcliff, $8; Joel Pace, $10, and Samuel Leach, $12. The court then ap- <pg. 276> pointed Enos T. Allen magistrate in the place of Robert Wilson who refused to qualify. William Watson, William Hardister and John Stone were then appointed trustees of Section 16, Township 7, Range 7; Hiram Greathouse and Christopher Hardister, overseers of the poor, Township 7, Range 7, and Frederick Mayberry, Sr., and Daniel Powell were appointed fence viewers for the same township and range. William W. Lane was appointed constable. William Wheeler was recommended to the General Assembly as a proper person to be appointed justice of the peace for the county and Richard W. Smith was appointed treasurer of the county.
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