Macoupin County - Law to create the county.
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The REVISED CODE OF LAWS
CONTAINING THOSE OF A GENERAL AND PERMANENT NATURE PASSED BY THE SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AT THEIR SESSION HELD AT VANDALIA, COMMENCING ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF DECEMBER, 1828; AND THOSE ENACTED PREVIOUS THERETO, AND ORDERED BY THE SAID GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO BE RE-PUBLISHED.
PUBLISHED IN PURSUANCE OF LAW SHAWNEETOWN, ILL.
AN ACT CREATING THE COUNTY OF MACOUPIN
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the state of Illinois, represented in the general assembly, That all that tract of country within the boundaries, to wit: begin- ning at the south west corner of township seven, north of range nine, west of the third principal meridian; -- thence east, on the line dividing townships six and seven, to the south west corner of Montgomery county; thence due north to the southern boundary of Sangamon coun- ty; thence west on the southern boundary line of Sangamon and Morgan counties, to the range line di- viding ranges nine and ten; thence south on said range line to the place of beginning; shall form and consti- tute a county, to be called Macoupin.
Sec. 2. For the purpose of fixing the permanent seat of justice of said county, the following persons are appointed commissioners, to wit: Seth Hodges, Joseph Borough, John Harris, Shadrach Riddick. and Ephraim Powers, who, or a majority of them, being first sworn before some justice of the peace, of this state, faithfully to take into consideration the convenience of the peo- ple, with an eye to the future population, and eligibility of the place, shall meet at the house of Joseph Borough, in said county of Macoupin, on the third Monday of, March next, or within six days thereafter, and proceed to examine and determine on a place for the permanent seat of justice of said county: Provided the commis- sioners aforesaid shall locate the seat of justice on pub- lic land, they shall designate the same, and certify to the county commissioners of said county, as soon as they shall be qualified to office, the half quarter or quarter section of land so selected for said county seat; and it shall be the duty of said county commissioners, as soon thereafter as they may be enabled, to enter the same in the land office of the district in which the same may be situated, and they shall immediately thereafter lay off the same, or any part thereof, into town lots, and sell the same on such terns and conditions as may be most advantageous to the interest of said county; and the proceeds of the sales shall be appropriated to the erection of a sufficient court house and jail. But if the said commissioners, appointed to locate said seat of jus- tice, should locate the same on lands of any person, or persons, and such proprietors, or proprietors, should refuse or neglect to give to the county, for the purpose of erecting public buildings for the use of said county, a quantity of land not less than twenty acres, situated and lying in a square form, to be selected by said com- missioners, then, and in that case, the said commisioners shall proceed to select some other situation, as conven- ient as may be to the place first selected: Provided, the owner, or owners, of the land, shall make a donation of the like quantity, and for the purposes above mentioned. And the said commissioners, after------------. --------
Sec. 8. The inhabitants of said county shall vote in all elections, for members of the General Assembly, in the same manner as they were authorized to do, before the passage of this act.
Approved, January 17, 1829.
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