THE COURTHOUSE PAGE

REFERENCES TO ROANE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, JAIL, AND/OR PUBLIC SQUARE

ROANE COUNTY MINUTE BOOK Q - 1849-1856
Compiled by Marilyn McCluen


p. 21, Ordered that Fleming Work be paid for repairing two fire places in courthouse the sum of $2 . . . each making $4 . . .

P. 77, April 1, 1850, Ordered that Edward McDuffee, late Sheriff of Roane County the sum of $7.97-1/2 for wood furnished at the court house and bucket and tumbler furnished for the use of the court . . .

p. 78, Ordered that George W. Carden be paid for repairs done to the courthouse as per his account $2.25 . . .

p. 102, July 1, 1850, Ordered that Henry Liggett be paid for 35 panes of window glass, one pound of putty, 75 shingles, and one pound of nails furnished for the use of the courthouse in Feby. $2.30 . . .

p. 194, October 6, 1851, Ordered that Lewis Martin paid for procuring timber for the repairs of the jail according to his contract with Henry Liggett, Thomas A. Brown, and Edward McDuffie commissioners appointed to superintend the repairing of the jail $70.00 . . .

p. 259, April 5, 1852, Ordered that the following sums be paid to Sterling T. Turner Sheriff as per bill of expenses produced by him for materials furnished for courthouse in 1852:

26 window lights at 5 each, 2-1/2 lbs. putty, Wiggins for putting in lights and repairs of windows

1/2 doz. split bottom chairs at 40 each

90 feet 1-1/4 plank for repair of jail, 24 window lights, 2-1/2 lbs. putty one padlock for jail

35 window Glass 5, $1.75 paid Wiggins for putting in

one more half doz. of chairs at 40

14 loads of wood & two brooms

making sum of $28.12

p. 305, Monday, January 3, 1853. The court provided by the yeas and nays to ascertain the sense of the justices of Roane County in relation to building a Old Courthouse and to dispose of the present old courthouse and upon counting the vote it appeared that a majority of all the justices of Roane County were in favor of building a Old Courthouse and selling out the present old courthouse to assist in the construction and building of the new one. Whereupon it is ordered by the court that Henry Liggett, Henry I. Welcker and Lewis W. Jordan be and they are hereby appointed commissioners and authorized and empowered to make any contract and agreement that they may deem best and most expedient for the interest of the county to build a new courthouse for the County of Roane in the State of Tennessee, and to pledge the faith and credit of Roane County for the payment of the work and materials for use in erecting said house that they be authorized to make the payment therefor in one, two, and three years equal installments from date of contract and to do any and every act necessary in and about the erection of said building and executing the same and they be authorized to sell and dispose of the said old courthouse on such terms and in such was as said commissioners may deem best for the interest of the county, said commissioners are further authorized to build said new court in and upon such part of the public square in Kingston as to them shall appear most advisable for the public good.

p. 335, April 4, 1853. Ordered that S.T. Turner, Sheriff, be paid for wood and bucketts and brooms furnished at the court house for the use of the court the last year the sume of $890 . . .

p. 336, April 4, 1853. Ordered that Sterling T. Turner be paid for expenses incurred by him in cutting out and making and putting in two windows with sash and glass in the dwelling part of the jail the sum of $15 . . .

p. 336, The commissioners appointed at the last January term of the court to contract and superintend the building of a Old Courthouse in the town of Kingston filed in court their contract and bond and specifications of the plan and superstructure of said building which had been undertaken by John. D. Lowery and A.O. Fisher to build the same according to said plan at the price of nine thousand four hundred $9,400.00 and the same was read in open court and there being no objections thereto the same is confirmed and ordered to be filed.

p. 385, January 2, 1854. Ordered that Joseph BYRD for rock furnished by him for the Old Courthouse as per contract with the commissioners and his account . . . $234.85 . . .

p. 432, April 3, 1854. Ordered that Henry Liggett Jr. be paid for amount paid to Wells and Cary for putting lightning rods on Old Courthouse the sum of $32.50 . . .

p. 449, July 3, 1854. Ordered that Henry Liggett one of the commissioners of the Old Courthouse be paid the sum of $5 that amount paid out by him to Editor of the Knoxville Register for Publishing the Old Courthouse . . .

p. 522, July 2, 1855. Ordered that Henry Liggett, Lewis W. Jordan and Henry I. Welcker, commissioners heretofore at the January Sessions 1853 appointed to contract and superintend the building of the Old Courthouse and to dispose of the old one as compensation for their services for the public the sum of $70 each making in all the sum of $210.00 . . .

p. 526, July 2, 1855. Ordered that Henry Liggett be paid for "And Irons" furnished for courthouse and boarding Guenther when draughting plan of Old Courthouse and some new chairs the sum of $16.00 . . .

p. 571, January 8, 1856. Ordered that there be paid to James W. Clark for his trouble and expense in arbitrating the difficulty between the courthouse commissioners and John D. Lowery and A.O. Fisher the undertakers and builders of the same the sum of $20 . . . and to William J. Owings for his trouble and expense as an arbitrator in the sum of $10 . . . and to Geherd Eblen for his trouble and labor bestowed on the roof of the Old Courthouse the sume of $2.50 . . . and to Oscar Steinwehr for his trouble he bestowed upon the roof of the Old Courthouse the sum of $2.50 . . .

p. 572, January 8, 1856. Ordered that Henry Liggett, Lewis W. Jordan, Henry I. Welcker the courthouse commissioners heretofore appointed for the building of the Old Courthouse be and they are continued commissioners and authorized and empowered to make any contract and agreement that they may deem best and most expedient for the interest of the county to finish the courtrooms with a bar and Judges and Justices seats and to furnish the fire places in the main courtroom and clerks office with cast iron backs and jams and also to enclose the courthouse and so much of the public square with an iron fence . . .