Petition 21-2-1801 to the Tennessee General Assembly
Citizens of Grainger County express their “disaprobation of Continnuing [sic Joseph Pwell, Esq., in the Commission of Peace …” In addition to his being “a man of But few letters, an Exceeding bad Clerk,” he was given to fighting, profanity, and intoxication. They asked the Assembly to “displace him” and appoint Joseph Nations, “a man of upright Carractor and possesed of a Tollerable Share of law Knowledge…”
David [X] Davison
Thomas HudleStone [sic]
Heran__s [?] Hamilton
Wm Wales / Willis
Jese [sic] James
John [X] Rice
Jorg / Gorg Genins
Nathaniel M__tin [?]
Joshua Galis__pe [?]
Joseph Crabb [?]
Jacob [?] Shults
Peter Hurken [?]
Jno. Morgan [?]
Samual Finley [?]
John Gorsuch Jr
John Gorsuch Sr
The petition is followed by depositions from Luke Bowyer, John Bullard, William Savage, Jacob Capps, William Hamilton, and Ezekiel Craft. Their statements reveal that Nathaniel Davis was convicted of breaking and entering the house of James Floyd, and there was some impropriety in the release of Davis.
However, the major charge against Powell came from a fight at Thomas McBroom‘s house, one quarter of a mile from the Grainger Court House, during the February Court of 1801. Powell was blamed for starting the fight and was charged with assault and battery, profanity and blasphemy by his opponent Elijah Craft.
Another Charge states that in May, 1800, Joseph Powell and Fielden Lewis had a fight, again quoting Powell‘s profanity.
In another instance, in August, 1800, Powell “did enter into a judgement against Thomas Gowin on a Note of hand three months before the said Note was due…”
Notation: “House of Representatives — Read and refered to Messrs Campbell, Haynes, Lillard and Walton as a Special Committee
on part of this House [struck through on original] Ed Scott, Clk 30 Sep 1801″
Source: Tennessee Genealogical Society, “Ansearchin'” News, Summer, 1993, page 75.
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