LAWS OF NORTH CAROLINA 1786, CHAPTER 34:
"An Act for dividing the county of Sullivan."
WHEREAS the extent of Sullivan County being one hundred and fifty miles in length, and settlements thereof and different water-courses, render it inconvenient and troublesome to many of the inhabitants thereof to attend the courts and general elections, and other public meetings appointed therein:
I. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF NORTH-CAROLINA, AND IT IS HEREBY ENACTED BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE SAME, That from and after the passing of this act, the said county of Sullivan be divided in the following manner, Beginning where the boundary line between the commonwealth of Virginia and the state of North-Carolina crosses the North Fork of Holstein [sic] River, thence down said fork to its junction with the main Holstein [sic] River, thence cross said river due south to the top of Bayes Mountain, thence along the top of said mountain and the top of the dividing ridge between the waters of Holstein [sic] River and French-Broad River to its junction with Holstein [sic] River, thence down said river Holstein [sic] to its junction with the Tennessee River, thence down the same to the Suck where said river runs through Cumberland Mountain, thence along the top of said mountain to the aforesaid boundary line, thence along said line to the beginning: And that all that part of Sullivan County of the east side of the North Fork of Holstein [sic] River, shall continue and remain a distinct county by the name of Sullivan; and all that other part which lies west of said North Fork of Holstein [sic] shall thenceforth be erected into a new and distinct county by the name of Hawkins.
II. AND for due administration of justice: BE IT ENACTED BY THE AUTHORITY AFORESAID, That a court for said county of Hawkins shall be held constantly by the justices thereof on the first Mondays of March, June, September and December; and the justices for the said county of Hawkins are hereby authorized and empowered to hold the first court in the same at the house of Thomas Gibbins; all subsequent courts for said county on the days above appointed for holding courts therein, at any place to which the said justices shall from court to court adjourn themselves, until a court-house, prison and stocks shall be built for said county of Hawkins; and then all causes, matters and things depending in said court, and all manner of processes returnable to the same, shall be adjourned to such court-house; and all courts held in and for said county of Hawkins shall be held by commission to the justices in the same manner, under the same rules and restrictions, and shall have an exercise the same power and jurisdiction, as are or shall be proscribed in other courts held in the several counties of the state.
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Taken from The First Laws of the State of North Carolina (Cushing, 1984)