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Book C - Page 115 - Courthouse Records

April 27, 1861 - Special Term of County Court.

It is ordered by the Navarro County Court that twenty-five hundred dollars be appropriated for the purchase of arms and ammunition for the county of Navarro to be used in the defense of the Southern Confederacy. That the Treasurer of Navarro County pay over into the hands of O. L. Spence the said amount of twenty-five hundred dollars out of any money in the treasury, and in case there is not a sufficiency of county funds on hand, the Treasurer is authorized to borrow from the school fund to make up said amount. That the said money be sent to New Orleans or elsewhere, for the purchasing of arms and ammunition at the very earliest date.

Present and presiding: Honorable I. R. Loughridge, Chief Justice, E. G. Melton, Martin White, J. E. Wells, and J. R. Williamson, Commissioners, and A. Duren, Clerk of the County Court, and Elijah Bishop, Sheriff. Court opened according to law.


Book C - page 120 - Courthouse Records

July 1, 1861: At the regular term of the County Court of Navarro County, held in the courthouse in the town of Corsicana with the Hon. I. R. Loughridge as Chief Justice, presiding.

It is so ordered by the Court that the arms purchased by the County be resumed for the the use of the Minute Company of Navarro County, to be returned to said county when not in actual service.

Signed: A. Duren, Clerk of Navarro County

Willliam Foster, Sheriff


Book C - page 122 - Courthouse Records

August 1, 1861: Regular term of County Court. Hon. S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice, and J. C. Wells, Martin White and I. R. Williamson attending.

It is ordered by the court that Jacob Wagner be and he is hereby allowed the sum of eight dollars for furnishing tent poles for the Navarro Rifles Company, out of any monies in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

It is also ordered by the Court that A. Hays be paid the sum of five dollars for hauling goods for the Navarro Rifles Company and that he be paid out of any monies in the treasury.

Signed: Samuel H. Kerr, Chief Justice, Navarro County


Book C., page 127

October 7, 1861: Special Term of County Court

Presiding is S. J. Kerr, Chief Justice of Navarro County.

It is ordered by the court that One hundred and sixty five dollars be appropriated or so much thereof as may be necessary for the transportation of Captain Melton's Company to Milican ... To be paid as regular county orders.

It is ordered by the Court that the Chief Justice issue his warrant upon the Treasurer for thirty-five dollars to A. Duren of the Committee of Arrangements, to purchase provisions for said Company...

It is ordered by the Court that Captain Wm. Melton's Company be allowed the fifty two Minute Muskets belonging to Navarro County to be tendered to the Confederate Government officers at cost and the carriage to Galveston, Texas.


Book C., page 130

January 1, 1862: It is ordered by the Court that A. I. Smith be paid the sum of sixteen dollars for transportation of Captain Melton's Company to the depot: also that the sum of sixteen dollars be paid to Robert D. Anderson for transporting of Captain Melton's Company to the depot.

It is ordered by the Court of Navarro County that H. C. Mop & Company be paid the sum of four hundred seventy three dollars and ninety-five cents ($473.95) for goods furnished the Navarro Rifle Company.

Also it is ordered that J. D. Brown be paid the sum of fourteen dollars for tin-ware furnished to Captain Melton's Company. Also, be it ordered that H. C. Mop be paid seven dollars and fifty-seven cents for stationary.

Signed S. H. Kerr
Chief Justice of and for
Navarro County.


Book C., page 132

January Term of Court 1862 ....Navarro County

Hon. S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice, presiding:

It is ordered by the Court that the sum of sixteen dollars be paid to H. A. Scott for the transporting of Captain Melton's Company to the depot.

It is ordered by this Court that the Assessor and Collector of this county be and he is hereby authorized to issue certificate to persons offering Confederate notes of State Treasury Warrants in payment of taxes, for the difference between said notes or warrants, and the amount of their taxes, which shall be of the following form and shall be receivable by the said Assessor and Collector in payment of taxes, and redeemable by the county whenever sufficient number shall be offered to amount to the lowest denomination of notes or warrants in the county treasury.

Signed: S. H. Kerr, E. G. Melton, Martin White and J. R. Williamson, Commissioners


Book C., page 147

February - 1862 Term of Court:

It is ordered by the Court that William Roberts be and is allowed the sum of sixteen dollars for services rendered in transporting Captain Melton's Company to Millican and that he be paid out of any money in the treasury. Also that it be ordered by the Court that Wm. Doolan be paid the sum of sixteen dollars for transporting Captain Melton's Company to Millican.

It is ordered by the Court that Jacob Wagener be paid twenty-five dollars for making a coffin for John Murphy.

It is ordered by the Court that J. H. Highnote be paid the sum of sixteen dollars for transporting Captain Melton's Company to Millican.

Signed S. H. Kerr
Chief Justice, Navarro County.


Book C., page 150

May, 1862 Term of Court - Navarro County

It is ordered by the Court that a special advalorem tax on all property in Navarro County subjected to taxation by the State, of twelve and one-half cents on each one hundred dollars in value of property, be levied, said tax to be called a War Tax, which shall be applied and collected by the Assessor and Collector as other county taxes, for the year of 1862 - to be collected in 1863.

It is ordered that County Bonds be issued in the amount of twenty-five hundred dollars, made payable twelve months after date, which bonds shall be receivable for all county dues. Said bonds shall be signed by the Chief Justice and County Clerk of Navarro County; said bonds shall be appropriated and disbursed for the support and benefit of the families of soldiers in the service of their country from Navarro County. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to pay out, upon the order of Chairman of the Beat Committee from each Beat in the county, and is approved by the Chief Justice and instructed to appropriate these bonds for purchasing provisions, reaping crops, furnishing wood, and in the most economical and beneficial manner for the relief of the families of those legally in the service of their country and who are in needy circumstances.

It is ordered by the Court that the citizens of each Beat which has not organized regular Committee of Relief, is requested to organize and elect a Chairman and Secretary to keep a correct account of the money drawn and the manner of disbursement.

Signed: S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice,

Navarro County.


Book C., page 157 & 153

August, 1862 - Term of Court ... Navarro County.

It is ordered by the Court that County script to the amount of five thousand dollars be issued in bills from twenty-five cents to ten dollars, to be signed by the Chief Justice and the County Clerk. The script to be redeemable only with Confederate money when presented in sums of twenty dollars. Said script when issued shall be deposited with the County Treasurer to be exchanged for Confederate money.

Signed: S. H. Kerr,
Chief Justice

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Page 153 gives different amounts of county bonds:

500 two dollar bills - - amount

$1,000

1,000 one dollar bills - -

$1,000

1,000 fifty cent bills - -

$500

$2,500.

Delivered to the Treasurer, Mr.T. W. Garner, on May 29, 1862.


Book C., page 162

County Court - November 17, 1862

Regular term of Court held on the third Monday in November at the courthouse in Corsicana, with the following being present: Honorable S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice, and Commissioners John C. Wells, W. W. McPhail, Deputy Clerk, C. P. Kerr and Sheriff, Wm. Foster.

It is ordered by the Court that the Chief Justice be and his is hereby authorized to draw an order on the Treasury for money to purchase at Austin, one hundred pounds of powder and lead shot and percussion caps in proportion. Also money for the transportation for the same to Corsicana, to be used for public defense alone.

S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice, Navarro Co.


Book C., page 164

County Court, February Term, 1863.

It is ordered by the Court of Navarro County that the voting place in the precinct be held at

Beate No. 1 - R. N. White, Corsicana
Beate No. 2 - B. F. Lisman, Chatfield
Beate No. 3 - Josiah Daniels
Beate No. 4 - Elias Carroll
Beate No. 5 - B. I. C. Hill
Beate No. 6 - E. G. Melton - (N. L. Crofland)
Beate No. 7 - I. N. Fry

Hereafter all voting in Princt 4 shall be held at Mount Pisgah instead of Chambers store.

S. H. Kerr


Book C., page 166

It is ordered by the Court of Navarro County, that Jacob Eliott be appointed overseer on the road leading from the public square in Corsicana to Byrd's Mills.

S. H. Kerr


Book C., page 175

County Court, February 1863

It is ordered by the Court that county bonds be issued to the amount of seven thousand dollars; said bonds shall be appropriated and disbursed for the support of the families of soldiers in the service of the county, from Navarro County, who are in needy circumstances. It shall be the duty of the County Treasurer to pay out the same up on the orders of the Chairman of the Beat Committee, when approved by the Chief Justice.

It is ordered by the Court that T. W. Garner be authorized to print blank treasury warrants in the following denomination of bills:

Five hundred dollars in twenty-five cent bills
One thousand dollars in fifty cent bills.
Two thousand dollars in one dollar bills.
One thousand dollars in two dollar bills.
Twenty-five hundred dollars in five dollar bills.

Signed: S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice


Book C., page 179

It is ordered by the Court that S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice for Navarro County proceed to Austin and procure the amount of cotton cards allotted to Navarro County by the Military Committee of the State of Texas.

Signed: S. H. Kerr - N. C.


Book C., page 181

It is ordered by the Court that Dan Donaldson be appointed Captain of Patrol Company in and for the Town of Corsicana and that T. J. Jackson, John Hanes, C. F. Kerr, Alex Michael and T. W. Garner be appointed to act as said Company for three months.

Signed: S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice.


Book C., page 184

November Term - 1863 - Navarro County

It is ordered by the Court that E. G. Melton be and is allowed the sum of thirty five dollars for stationery furnished the County. It is ordered that the Chief Justice of Navarro County be authorized to make arrangements to obtain the quota of cotton cards allotted to Navarro County for the soldiers' families now in Austin.

Signed: E. C. Melton, acting Chief Justice


Book C., page 187

January Term, 1864 - Navarro County Court:

It is ordered by the Court that the order to H. M. Dutton made at the January Term, that he be allowed the sum of three hundred eighty four dollars for the transportation of the cards from Alleytoon to Corsicana, to be paid out of any money in the treasury.

It is ordered by the Court that the cards for Navarro County be distributed to the various precincts in the following manner:

Precinct No. 1 - 98 pair cotton cards and 8 pair for wool
Precinct No. 2 - 44 pair of cotton cards and 4 pair for wool
Precinct No. 3 - 49 pair of cotton cards and 4 pair for wool
Precinct No. 4 - 56 pair of cotton cards and 6 pair for wool
Precinct No. 5 - 13 pair cotton cards and 3 pair for wool
Precinct No. 6 - 100 pair cotton cards and 8 pair for wool
Precinct No. 7 - 24 pair cotton cards and 3 pair for wool

It is ordered by the Court that Certificates of Exemption from military duty be issued to the following named physicians in Navarro County: Dr. Wm. Love, Dr. Wm. Kerr, Dr. W. L.Robinson, Dr. Wilson, Dr. Witherspoon, Dr. F. M. Petty, Dr. D. G. Kerr, Dr. W. A. Brooks, Dr. James Croom, and Dr. D. C. McAuley .........

Signed: S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice.


Book C., page 189

February 15, 1864 - Regular Term of County Court:

Those present and presiding where Hon. S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice, and Commissioners, J. C. Wells and Martin White, County Clerk, A. Duran and Sheriff, H. L. White.

It is ordered by the Court that the war tax levied at the February Term of Court 1863 be so amended as to authorize the Tax Assessor and Collector of Navarro County to collect one dollar on the hundred dollar valuation of property, taxable by the state as an extra ordinary tax under the act of the Legislature of the State of Texas, as of December 16, 1863 - Section 30.


Book C., page 190

It is ordered by the Court that R. A. Van Horn be paid four hundred eighty dollars for six pair of cotton cards to be applied to the soldiers' families, at eleven dollars ($11.00) per pair.

It is ordered by the Court that twenty two dollars be returned to the Spring Hill Beat No. 5, for two pair of damaged cards.

It is ordered by the Court that the Chief Justice be authorized to forward an application to the penitentiary for cloth allotted for Navarro County for soldiers' family.

Signed: S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice


Book C., page 191

It is ordered by the Court that the order papers at the February Term 1864, authorizing the Tax Collector to collect one dollar on the one hundred dollar valuation, is hereby rescinced and that the Assessor Collector of Navarro County be authorized to collected fifty cents on the one hundred dollars value of property taxable by the State.

Signed S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice

 


Book C., page 194

April, 1864, Term of County Court

It is ordered by the Court that the following persons be appointed Presiding Officers in the following Beats of Navarro County:

Beat No. 1 - Jacob Eliot
Beat No. 2 - Robert Hodge
Beat No. 3 - C. K. Walker
Beat No. 4 - Jas. Little
Beat No. 5 - R. H. Matthews
Beat No. 6 - M. Welch
Beat No. 7 - James Dunn

June 13, 1864:

It is ordered by the Court that M. L. French, Assessor and Collector, receive no more one hundred dollars bills Confederate money in payment of county dues, after the 25th day of June, 1864, and that he turn over to T. W. Garner, County Treasurer, all the bills of that denomination which he might have and that he receive no more one hundred dollar Confederate bills.

Signed: S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice


Book C., page 195

It is ordered by the Court that the following be appointed as Grand Jurors for the fall term of Court:

Beat No. 1 - Dixon Weaver, Robert White and M. P. Clary.
Beat No. 2 - W. B. Rose, Zachariah Westbrook, Theo Killiam
Beat No. 3 - Nelson Owens, Robert Innison, Hugh Ingram
Beat No. 4 - M. S. French, William Tankersley, Evan Roberts
Beat No. 5 - Thomas Garner, Joshua Onstott
Beat No. 6 - B. F. Carroll, Thomas Melton, Benjamin Boydston
Beat No. 7 - R. D. McConico, James Jones, Robert B. McCarter

M. T. French, Tax Collector, filed the number of children of school age in Navarro County for year of 1864 as 1,260 children.

Signed: S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice


Book C., page 207

January 5, 1865 - Navarro County Court:

It is ordered by the Court that Jacob Eliot be paid six hundred dollars in Confederate money of the new issue bearing ten percent interest from present date until paid.

It is ordered by the Court that the Chief Justice be authorized to forward a draft upon the State Treasury for forty nine hundred eighty dollars and eighty six cents, appropriated by the State for the support of soldiers; family for the year of 1864.

It is ordered by the Court that the Chief Justice notify the Military Board that the County Court wishes to receive the medicine appropriated by the last legislature.

Signed S. H. Kerr, Chief Justice


Book C., page 218

April 3, 1865:

It is ordered by the Court that J. M. Bright be appointed Captain of Patrol to serve Precinct No. 1; that John M. Clark serve as Captain in Precinct No. 2.

Signed: John L. Miller
County Judge of Navarro County


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