Petition Number 142, Year 1851_

[Cover sheet indicates the petition was from citizens of McMinn, Meigs, Bradley and Hamilton counties. There is no petition in the file, only signatures. It was probably a pre-printed petition like the one immediately following it (number 143). This petition was referred to a committee on Nov. 19, and the cover sheet reads "no petition attached, w.s.m., 1851, Brabson"]

A. A. Vinson

John T. Jones

E.P[?] Hale

T.W. Spicer

J.W. Hunter

R.G. Jones

R.N. Varnell

Robt. Cannon

F.C. Moore

J.D. Hayes[?]

Jas. Roddy

William Johnson

Felix G. Blacknall

Edon Childis

James H. West

J.B. Peters

James H. Jones

Jos [or Jas.] E. McKenzie

A.P. Hunter

A.S. Wilkins

A.E. Puckett

Saml. McKenzie

Robert Conn

John Julian

James C. Hayes

William Donaldson

J.W. Foust

James Wildy

R.H. Kroft

J.R. Binyon

Alfred Childres

G. Witt

N.N. Rawlings

P.H. Smith

Isaac S. Binyon

J.M. Self

John P. Witt

William Renow

Jos. P. Denney

William Wolf

Wm. H. Lewis

Spencer Coleman

William M. Bassett

John Chiles

Joel A. Chandler

James Clift

William F. Newton

Peter H. James

C.B. Champion

Joseph Minton

David Worlicky

Wm. Wall

Henry Daughtrey, Jr.

Daniel Dunn

R. Hall

Huston Sampels

Robt. B. Clift

Thos. Sherley

Wm. Varnell


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----[torn] er Mounger[?]


Wm. Stone


A.G.W. Puckett


James R. Dugger


Wm. Snow


Isaac Buras[?]


A. King [crossed out]




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Wm. Runyan[?]

Robet. Morrison

Meridy Webb

Eldridge H. Morrison

Caswell Tucker

John Campbell

Hiram Cornwell

J.L. Morrison

George Gregory

George W. Roberts, Esq.

John Runyon

J.M. Wilson

William S. Swafford

Wiley B. McAdo[?]

Wm. Day

M.M.[?] McSpadden[?]

John Damsey[?]

Joseph McSpaden

J. W. Francis

John McDowell

Jesse McKiney

Wisdom Millsaps

T.H. McCarty

James E. Walker

Samuel Hunter

C.K. Walker

J.C. Grigsby

Elexander Persley

Thomas Hall

Robt. Crowe

Jeremiah McKenzie


John C. Casey [or Carey?]


John Seabourn[?]


Henry Bare


Francis Norman


C.S. Tibbs


Francis Hale


Holladay Spivey[?]

Thos. K. Tucker

Wm. F. McCormack


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Year 1851, Petition Number 146_

[Cover sheet reads; "Petition of Benj. A. Daris & others. Ref'd. to Jud. Committee, Nov. 6. Committee discharged Nov. 15.

Renew[?] cases to other counties. Henry & Bradley"]

To the House of Representatives and Senate of the General Assembly on the State of Tennessee in Session 1851.

The petition of Benjamin A. Davis [or Daris?], Lewis Sheppard, Hiram Ellison, Isaac Smith, James L. Huffaker, Henry K. Bennett, James M. Ellis, ELizabeth Campbell, James L. Igou, Lowry I. Delzell, James Langsten, James H. Bell and West A. Coe for themselves with others on their behalf all of whom are citizens Bradley County, Tenn.

Humbly Represents and shows to the General Assembly that they are owners of valuable Freehold Estates in Fee simple Situated between Cleveland and the line of the state of Georgia, in the County of Bradley aforesaid. That the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad is located upon their lands aforesaid passing through the Center of their farms. The grading of said Road and the use of the same does your petitioners great and Irrepairable Injury. Your petitioners further represents and shows that they have filed their petitions in the Circuit Court of Bradley County in the third Judicial Circuit of the State of Tennessee to have damages assessed according to the provisions of the Charter of said Road passed at the session of 1835&6. But may it please the General Assembly the judge of the third Judicial Circuit who presides and holds said court declares he is a stock holder in said Road or Company and is therefore incompitant to try and determine said causes. Your petitioners he[-?-] their attorney offered to waive upon the record said Judges incompitancy, but said Judge declined to accept of said waiver, and declined to act on the premises, and has as yet failed to procure any other compitant Judge to hold said court, that would act in the premises, but said cause has been continued from Term to Term by the court.

Your petitioners feels themselves aggrieved in the premises and prays the General Assembly for relief. That the General Assembly by some General provisions of law order and direct that said causes be transferred to the County Court or some other competent court of Jurisdiction to act in the premises and appoint a jury to assess what ever damages your petitioners may be entitled too; or that the General Assembly authorize some man of legal and competent ability to be appointed to preside in said Court, and trie and determine said cause, or by some other provisions of law provide that Justice be done your petitioners and an adequate compensation be paid your petitioners for the damages they have sustained occasioned by said Road.

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The premises considered and your petitioners as in duty bound will for ever pray -- October 1851.

Benj. A. Davis

Samuel Howard

Lewis Shepard

James M. Henry

Hinson Ellison

Benj. F. Jones

Isaac Smith

James L. Jones

Elisabeth Cambell

John W. Igou

Henry R. Bennett

Canada Haines[?]

Jams L. Igou

Sameul S. Robison

John N. Delzell

Thomas E. Brown

D.A. Lowrey

George Kincannon

Jas. L. Huffaker

A.J. Igou

Jas. J. Bell

Mathew Kincannon

James Langeston

Rusel Lawson

West A. Coe

Thomas Gardiner

Benjamin Hambright


John H. Payne


A.J. White


John H[?] Robertson


James Coffman


William Johnston


James Mitchell


Christopher Huffaker


Anderson Casse[?]


J.G. Starrat


J.B. Collins




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Martin Langgston

Wm. Champion

D.G. McCulley

Jorden Bruce

John Boone

Joshua Duncan

Amos Potts[?]

Daniel D. Gibson

Isaac Huffaker

James Bruce

W.F.M. Rice

John Hankins

A.J.D. Murphrey

William Bruce

Edwin Pettigrew

F.H. Garr

William Harold

John Care

John Bruce

Albert Finley

James Beaty

Josep [sic] McSpadden

Ephraim Maples

John Beaty

M. Howell

James Donohoo

Hiram W. Smith

George Kincannon

John Clabough

George Colvell

Joseph T[?] Price

William Triplett

Richard Lawson

John Hanah



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James M. Garner

John H. Peoples

Andrew Kincannon

John Copp

John Kelly

C.W. O'Neil

Wm. Scott

John Metcalf

R.T.[?] Scott

Jesse Langston

George Kincannon

L.O. Shugart

Jeremiah Lawson[?]


Wyly R--?--h


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Thomas Kimbrough

William M. Karr

A.J. Trewhitt

John Airheart

W.H. Wimberly

Clisdray[?] Riggs

Daniel Slack[?]


James A. Maroon


William Caldwell


Jefferson S. Gallaher[?]


J.H. Hoell[?]


A.A. Clingan


O.H. Leonard


Thomas Hannah


James R. Webb[?]


RObert Blackburn


Erly Blackburn


Ephriam Long


James M. Trewhitt


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Year 1853, Petition Number 20_

[This petition was refered to the Committee on Improvements Dec. 1, 1853. The cover sheet bears this notation: "The Internal Improvement to whom was referred Memorial No. 91 have had the same under consideration and reccommend that the pray[er] or the Memorial be granted. Jno. Hugh Smith, Chairm."]

To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Tennessee now in session at Nashville Tennessee:

Your petitioners, memorialists, and citizens of the counties of Bradley and Polk, in the state of Tennessee, would respectfully represent unto your body, that upwards of two years ago, a company was organised called the Ocoee Turnpike, and Plank Road Company, for the purpose of constructing and building a Turnpike and Plank Road, from the North Carolina line at or near the point of connection of the States of Tennessee, Georgia and North Carlina, to run down the North East bank of the Ocoee River, to Shields' Mills in Polk County Tennessee, and to run thence the most suitable and practicable route to the Town of Cleveland Bradley County Tennessee thce to intersect the East Tennessee and Georgia Rail Road. Said company was formed in pursuance to a law passed by the Legislature of the State of Tennessee for the formation of Turnpike companies passed perhaps on the 7th day of February 1850.

Your Memorialists further represent and shew to your body that Twenty miles of said Road is now completed so far as to answer the object of its consideration. Said Twenty miles of said Road which is now completed consitutes the whole mountain part of said Road and cost an expenditure of Tweny Thousand dollars to complete it. And in Justice to the company and for information to your body, it is proper to state, that said company, in the completion of said Road through the Mountain, have accomplished what was believed and held to be impossible until said compnay undertook and accomplished it.

Your Memorialists further state to your body that in consequence of the wild, mountainous and extremely rough and baren country in which said Road has been constructed and built, that the company have suffered immense privations and difficulties in doing said work. The Great and ostensible object said company has in view, in constructing and building said Road, was in its inception, and still is, for the transportation of Coper ores from the Mines in Polk County Tennessee to the East Tennessee & Georgia Rail Road, at Cleveland, which will be the nearest point to said Rail Road from said Copper mines. The


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distance of said Road yet to be completed is about Twenty miles from the mouth of Greesey Creek in Polk County to Cleveland Bradley County Tennessee. It will require at least Twenty Thousand dollars to complete said Road in addition to what has already been expended. That part of the road that is completed is now good McAdmised road and in order to ship and transport the amount of coper ore required to be transported, it will be required that the remaining Twenty miles shall be planked.

Your Memorialists, in view of the importance and utility of said road, and the immense value and advantage it will be to the East Tennessee & Georgia Rail Road Company, and the value and utility it would be to that portion of the State of Tennessee through which it passes would humbly pray and ask you honorable body to grant to said Ocoee Turnpike & Plank Road Company said sum of Twenty Thousand dollars as a loan to complete said road. It is proper and expedient that the state of Tennessee should aid in building and completing said Road. No company, it is believed, was ever organised under a law of your state that had stronger claims upon the state for aid, to carry out any enterprise within her limits, than said company has to complete the road in question. The mineral wealth not only of Polk County but of East Tennessee, and a part of Georgia & of North Carolina, are being rapidly developed and their mines successfully opened and worked. All the coper ore and other minerals would necessarily have to be shiped over the road in question and thnce be shiped on the East Tennessee & Georgia Rail Road. Some Thierty or Forty Tons of Coper ore would be shiped on the East Tennessee & Georgia Rail Road per day, which would be worth immense sum[s] to said Rail Road company, and particularly to the state of Tennessee because the state is the largest stock holder in said Rail Road. Hence the propriety in the state to aid in building said Turnpike & Plank Road.

John Caldwell a member of the company procured a law to be passed by the Legislature of Tennessee in 1849 and 1850, authorising school lands in the mineral region to be leased out and a law authorising all revenue of this state arising from mineral lands in this state to be applied to the common school fund. A lease was taken and a mine opened and now in successful operation yielding an immense profit, and seven precent going to the Township as a school fund. Said fund will be sufficient to sustain large and valuable schools in the mountains. Thirteen tracts or lots of land in the same Township were given for taxes in 1849 at $5000 which have all since turned out to contain mineral and have been sold for half a Million of dollars adding at once the Revenue of $495,000 to the school fund.

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In view of education, and an enterprise of such vital importance to the state, your Memorialists humbly ask for the aid aforesaid as a law and if in your wisdom, you should deem that sum too much, then we ask such aid as the wisdom of your body may dictate. The work already done will afford the state ample security until the money is refunded. And for this they will ever pray.

Two coper mines are now opened in Polk County and they alone would ship on said Rail Road said Thirty or Forty Tons per day, and in a very short time, ten more coper mines will be in successfuly operation which are now opened and are believed to be as rich as the two now in operation and if the road in question was completed the East Tennessee & Georgia Rail Road would ship at least Two hundred tons per day in a verry short time, which would be worth an immense sum of money to said Rail Road company.

G.B. Thompson

C.H.[?] Mills

Baldwin Harle

Stephen Hempstead

G.W. Parks

Chas. A[?] Huntington

V. Miller

I[?] Graf

J. Hamilton Gaut

Sam Y[?] Brown

Thos. H[?] Callaway

W.W. McClelland

A.R. Potts

John G. Brown

James B. Ross

S.A.R. Swan

James S. Bradford

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W.L. Dearing

H.A. Defriese

W.H. Staples

Jessee White

J.A. Tibbs

John C. J. Selvidge

L.M. Jones

Theophilus[?] Christmus

W.K. Pickens

Franck W. Lea

F.A. Sloan

C.C. Thompson

W.W. Wood

Joseph Tucker

W.H. Craigmiles

James Moultin[?]

J.M. Craigmiles

C.L. Hardwick

W.H. Grant

F.E. Hardwick

T. Mountcastle

Allison Howard

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Jonas Hoyl

W.R. Davis

W.H. Hancock

H.B. Davis

H.J. Grant

W.L. Hail

Jas. T. Cozby

J.B. Roy

E.F. Johnston

S.D. Bridgmon

Thomas T. McSpadden

D.B. O'Neil

George L. Dobbs

Gilmore Randolph

James Bott

Danl. Boon

A.A. Clingan

Benj[?] England

J.P.G. Cowan

James Berry

Wm. Triplett

Wm. Sheilds

Lewis Hutson

A.A. Campbell

D.G. McCulley

S.B. Haynes

P.A. Leeper

F.M. Duncan

W.C. Johnston

Geo. T. Parker

Thomas Renfrow

John G. Carter

N. Harris

Wm. J[?] Campbell

Isaac Lowe[?]

John Hull

Edwd. Burgess

A.P. Defriese

Jno. Ross Parks

D.C. Kenner

J.M. Cowan & Co.

J.S. Robertson

John H. Payne

Jon[?] N[?] Wood

Euclid Waterhouse

C.T[?] Shields

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Jesse Rines

John N. Cowan

F.A. Carter

C. Bauytt[?]

B.J. Shields

Samuel Duggan

John Glaze[?]

Wm. C.L. Walker

M.E. Callaway

David Thompson

John Kibler

I.W.A. Thompson

John Bower

Henry R.[?] Neil[?]

W.T. Cate

G.S. Anderson

E.S. Dean

J.M. Smith

Hugh S. Hamilton

L.L. Jones

Jacob Toppins[?]

W.S. Smith

Samuel Gilliland

E.G. Brown

John W. Witcher

John McWilliams[?]

Solomon A. Plemons

Joseph Wilhite

Willis Garmon


John Osment


Ezekiel Bates


Josiah Johnston


James M. Trewhitt[?]


W.H. Wilson


M.W. Seaborun


John Hatfiel[d]


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Wm. Evans

Samuel Tague

Alfred Casteller

C. McClower

Jess Bree[?]

W.S. Sample

W.E. Carson

A.B. McKinney

Joseph L. Swan

L.L. Shugart

K. McCoy

Thomas Hall

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