An act for dividing the county of Russell into two distinct counties. (Passed October 25th 1792)
Section 1. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, that from and after the thirteenth day of May next, all that part of the county of Russell, which lies westwardly of a line beginning on the top of Clinch Mountain, one mile eastwardly of big Maukason gap, thence a direct course to the mouth of Stock creek, thence up the same to Powell’s mountain, thence due north to the Kentucky boundary, shall form one distinct county, and be called and known by the name of Lee; and the residue of the said county, shall retain the name of Russell. Section 2. A court for the said county of Lee, shall be held by the justices thereof on the second Tuesday in every month, after the same shall take place, in like manner as is provided by law for other counties, and shall be by their commissions directed. Section 3. The justices to be named in the commission of the peace for the said county of Lee, shall meet at the house of Issac Chrisman in the said county, upon the first court day after the said county shall take place, and having taken the oaths prescribed by law, and administered the oath of office to, and taken bond of the sheriff according to law, proceed to appoint and qualify a clerk, and fix upon a place for holding courts in the said county, at, or as near the centre thereof as the situation and convenience will admit, and thenceforth the said court shall proceed to erect the necessary public buildings at such place, and until such buildings be completed, to appoint any place for holding courts as they shall think proper. Provided always that the appointment of a place for holding courts, and of a clerk, shall not be made unless a majority of the justices of the said county be present; where such majority shall have been prevented from attending by bad weather, or their being at the time out of the county, in such case the appointment shall be postponed until some court day when a majority shall be present. Section 4. Provided also, and be it further enacted, that it shall be lawful for the sheriff of the county of Russell, to collect and make distress for any public dues and officers’ fees remaining unpaid by the inhabitants thereof at the time the said county of Lee shall take place, and shall be accountable for the same, in like manner as if this act had not been made. Section 5. The governor, with advice of the council, shall appoint a person to be first sheriff of the said county, who shall continue in office during the term, and upon the same conditions as are by law prescribed for other sheriffs. Section 6. The court of the said county of Russell shall have jurisdiction of all actions and suits which shall be depending before them when the said county of Lee takes place, and shall try and determine the same, and award execution thereon. Section 7. In all future elections of a senator, the said county of Lee shall be of the same districts as the said county of Russell. To the Honourable the General Assembly of Virginia. The petition of the inhabitants of that part of the county of Russell settled in Powells Valley. Ther’eth: That the County of Russell is in extent from the East toward the West, at least One hundred and fifty Miles, That the Courthouse of siad County is situated within about forty Miles of the Eastern extremity of consequence the Inhabitants Westwardly has upwards of one hundred Miles to travel to attend Court: Added to this inconvenience twenty Miles of the way is a Wilderness frequently dangerous to travel through on account of the Indian Enemy. That we believe it would contribute much to our prosperity were we indulged with a division of said County it would contribute to Order and Improvements of various kinds; Encourage the introduction of near Settlers; and of course our strength to oppose our Enemy in time of an Invasion. From these considerations your Petitioners pray: That a new County may be erected, in that part of Russell County lying Westwardly of a line beginning on the top of Clinch Mountain one Mile Eastwardly of Big Maukason Gap thence in a direct course to the mouth of Stock Creek thence up the same to Powells Mountain and thece due North to the Kentucky boundary. And your Petitioners shall ever Pray George Gibson David Cullum Nate Smith Don Martin Issac Mullen Joseph M. Farland George Collums John cox Abraham Rife Geo. Hatfield John Ward James Alley Joseph Campbell David Wheeler Jeremiah Lewis Rolly Gray John Heck Elisha Wallen William Wallen Thomas Walen Willoboy Lewis James Arbuckle Isaac Chrisman Randal Noe David Noe Gabe Crisman James Noe McJannis Poteet Danier Hobbs Jun. (Daniel Hobbs) Disciss Hobbs Sgnt. (Vincent Hobbs Sr.) Bemium Hobs (Benjamin Hobbs) Absolem Hobbs James Filharson (James Fulkerson) William Darnell Jno. Overton Jun. James Sims J.D. Hamstead Stephen Thompson Jno. Roach J.W. Williams John Martin Jonathon Bissham Robert Dannell (Robert Darnell) John Martin Francos Browning Francis Write, Jun. Francis Rite Seg. Joseph Poteet Jun. Samuel Poteet John Noe Segnt. Daniel Young Frederick Jones James Whittaker James Quinley Jun. Edward Ozborn Jun. Nicholas Young Henry Hamblen Frank Hamblen Arch Daniel William Ewing Joseph Panter Manuel Ewing Josh Ewing John Owens York Alexander Scott John Hunter Henry Lewis Seg. Richard Davis James Ward William Mink James Johnson Drury Lawson John Chadwell Joseph Johnston David Colson George Shelton Joseph Hatfield Andrew Smith Jeremiah Hatfield Ephraim Hatfield Thomas Flanary James Campbell John Cambell Robert Butcher Samuel Adams Thos. Johnston Jun. Joseph Davis Jno. Handy Sgn. Jno Handy Jun. Joseph Blackmore Segnt. Thomas Blackmore Joseph Blackmore Jun. Jeremiah Crutchfield John Tretell Lewis Tretell Thos. Tretell James Roberts Drury Hall Absalom Livesay Thos. Rogers Junr. John Hoover Robert Howard George Yalkins John Vaanbibber William Hobbs *William Blanton *John Blanton Senr.(5th Grgrandfather) *John Blanton Jur. James Fugate Homer O. Chrisman Charles Noe James Trotter James Burgin George Trehill Jacob Lewis Senr. Jacob Lewis Junr. James Lewis Quillen Noe John Miller Samuel Howard John Hoover Junr. Henry Hoover Ralph Hall John Wallen Wm. Roberts Senr. Wm. Robert Junr. William Roberts Stephen Hall Thos. Rogers Senr. Dan Z. Rogers Senr. Dan Z. Rogers Junr. William Engram George Herd Obadiah Pain Cager Bunch Israel Bunch Andrew Cope Mathew Wallen Philip Hanks Job Hobbs *William Blanton Junr. Christopher Hobbs *George Blanton (4th grgrandfather) James Mayfield James Vanbibber Stephen Jones Sumuel Conn Justus Cocke Senr. Justus Cocke Junr. Jacob Cocke Nathaniel Hines John Noe Junr. John Jones Moses Ball Segn. John Ball David Yeary James Huff Samuel Thurston Jno. Hamblen Joseph Doherty William Yeary James Alley Hartwell Martin Nat Bevahouse Jeremiah Lewis Thomas Crabtree Man Smith Isaac Mullen William Simsby Alexander Stuart Andrew Demoss Danl. Callams Elizah Callams George Callams Gilbert Callams James Callams Jno. Collins Harry Hoskins Jno. Hoskins King Hoskins Henry Colson George Ball Segnt. George Yeary Enos Smith Wm. Cope Shotwell Martin Josiah Cox John Campbell William Waxtise Walson Cox William King James Johnson David Chadwell George Abett George Ball David Bledsoe Cjar. Cpclle, John Gibson Joseph Franks David Hargraves Thomas Mcnight James Arven Autrey Mcnight William Martin W.L. Wilcocks Jno. Willcocks William Willcocks Segr. William Williams William Willcocks Jnr. Josiah Willcocks John Turner John Bond These names have been rendered as faithfully from a copy of the original as possible. However, it is possible that mistakes have been made in the spelling of the names. Transcribed by Bashie W. Kinkaid of Rose Hill, VA.