Kentucky Genealogy and History

EARLY COURT RECORDS
FLOYD COUNTY, KY


Floyd County First Courts

December 27, 1799
The Governor of Kentucky appointed James Harris, Neely McGuire, Henry Stratton, Goodwin Lycans, James Ewington and Barnet Wording as the first justices of the peace for Floyd County.
On December 27, 1799, the Governor of Kentucky appointed John McIntire, James Young, and Jesse Spurlock as the first judges of the Court of Quarter Sessions for Floyd County.
The Floyd County courthouse at Prestonsburg, the county seat, the first constructed was destroyed by fire in the latter part of the year 1807; and the public records were destroyed. The earliest records available are from the Spring of 1808.


Earliest Court Orders of Record

At a circuit court held for the circuit and county of Floyd at the house of William James Mayo, in the town of Prestonburg (the courthouse being lately destroyed by fire), on Monday the 18th day of April, 1808.
Present: The Honorable John Graham and Alexander Lackey, Esquires, Assistant Judges. David Brown, Gent., having made it appear to the satisfaction of the court that he had obtained a license to practice as an attorney at law; whereupon he qualified and took the oath prescribed by the act of the General Assembly in that case made and provided and hath leave to practice in this court.
Abraham Beavers, foreman, Jacob Slusher, Richard Priest, James Ratliff, Richard Ratliff, John Murphy, Richard Damron, Tandy Stratton, John Branham, John Hatcher, James P. Harris, Harris Wilson, Alex Young, Thomas Brown, James Young and Robert Brown were sworn and empanneled as a grand jury of inquest for the body of this circuit, who, after having received a charge from William P. Fleming, Gent., retired to consult on their presentments and after some time returned into court and having made no presentments were discharged. Ordered that this court adjourn until tomorrow morning 9 o'clock. John Graham, (Judge).


At a Circuit Court held for Floyd Circuit at the house of Joseph Janes and Battis Jerome in Prestonburg on Monday the 26th day of June, 1808:
Present: The Honorable John Graham and Alexander Lackey, Esquires, Assistant Judges.
Abram Beavers, foreman, Michael Millions, John Hatcher, John S. Baisden, Hiram Stratton, John Damron, Moses Preston, R. Damron, Richard Priest, John Sellards, John Brown, James P. Harris, Edward Dorton, Tandy Stratton, Joseph Ford, M. Edwards, were sworn and empanneled a Grand Jury, and was charged by H.C. Bruce, Esq.; retired to consult on their presentments and after some time returned and presented. Court adjourned till tomorrow 9 o'clock.


At a court held for Floyd County at the house of Joseph Janes and Battis Jerome in Prestonsburg (the courthouse being destroyed by fire) on Monday the 16th day of May, 1808:
Present: James Patton, Thomas C. Brown, John Brown, Thomas Evans, and John Back, Esquires, Gentlemen Justices.


At a court held for Floyd County at the house of Joseph Janes and Battis Jerome in Prestonsburg on Monday the 24th day of October, 1808:
Present: The Worshipful James Patton, Thomas C. Brown, George Belsher, and John Hammonds, Esquires, Gentlemen Justices.
Daniel Peyton produced in court a commission from under the hand of Charles Scott, Esqr., Governor of Kentucky, with the seal of the Commonwealth thereto affixed, appointing him a Justice of the Peace in and for this county; whereupon he took, as well the oaths to support the constitution of the United States and of this State, as the oaths by the act of the Assembly in that case made and provided; whereupon he took his seat accordingly. The court is adjourned till tomorrow, 8 o'clock. (Signed) James Patton


At a court held for Floyd Circuit at the house of Joseph Janes and Battis Jerome in Prestonsburg on Tuesday the 27th of September, 1808:
Present: The Honorables John Graham and Alex Lackey, Esquires, Assistant Judges.
Ward, et al V. Spears A jury sworn, to-wit: John Stratton, George Brown, Jesse Barnett, Samuel Pack, John Sullards, Edward Dorten, Thomas Auxier, John Back, James Brown, James Allen, Nathan Preston, and Joseph Ford. Verdict returned for $100.


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