County Formation in Acts of Tennessee > Wayne County


"An act to establish a new county west of Lawrence County and south of Hickman and Humphrey’s [sic] counties. "

SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, That a new county be, and the same is hereby established, west of Lawrence County and south of Hickman and Humphrey's [sic] counties, by the name of Wayne County which shall be bounded as follows, to wit: Beginning at the north west corner of Lawrence County, and running west to the Tennessee river, thence up the same to where the southern boundary line of this state crosses the same; thence east, with said line, to the corner of Lawrence County; thence north, with the western boundary of said county, to the beginning; and all that tract of territory included in the above described lines shall be included within the said county of Wayne.

SECTION 2. BE IT ENACTED, That for the due administration of justice, the first court of pleas and quarter sessions and circuit court and all subsequent courts, until otherwise provided for, shall be holden at the Young Factors old place on the Natchez Trace, or at such other place in said county as the justices of said county may adjourn from the Young Factors to hold their courts after the first term, under the same regulations and restrictions, and shall have and exercise the same powers and jurisdictions as are or shall be prescribed for the several counties in this state.

SECTION 3. BE IT ENACTED, That it shall be the duty of the sheriff of said county of Wayne, to hold an election at the place of holding courts in said county, on the first Thursday of April next, for the purpose of electing one colonel and two majors for said county of Wayne, which shall be conducted under the same rules and regulations as are prescribed by law in similar cases; and the militia of said county shall compose the sixty first regiment and be attached to the sixth brigade.

SECTION 4. BE IT ENACTED, That the elections for company officers for the county of Wayne shall be held at such places as the commandant of the militia of said county may think proper to appoint, which said elections shall be held on the second Monday in June next, under the same rules regulations and restrictions as are prescribed in like cases.

SECTION 5. BE IT ENACTED, That the county of Wayne be a part of the district for electing a Governor, representative or representatives to Congress, electors to elect a president and vice president of the United States, and members to the General Assembly, to which the county of Hickman belongs; and that the elections be held at the place of holding courts in said county at the time and in the manner prescribed by law; and that the sheriff or returning officer of said county make a return of the polls, at the court house in the town of Charlotte in the county of Dickson, at the time directed by law for the sheriffs of Hickman, Dickson and Robertson, to compare the votes in said counties for representative and senator to the state legislature.

SECTION 6. BE IT ENACTED, That it shall be the duty of the clerks of the several counties, from which the counties of Lawrence, Morgan, Marion and Wayne have been principally formed, to receive and receipt for the quantum of acts and journals of the present session allotted to said new counties; and the public printer, upon procuring such receipts, shall be considered as having complied with his contract, and that one month in addition to the time now allowed by law, be given to the public printer within which time to print and deliver the journals.

SECTION 7. BE IT ENACTED, That it shall and may be lawful for any circuit judge, from and after the passage of this act, to take the oaths of office before any justice of the peace in any county in this state.


Passed on November 24, 1817