Formation of Pulaski County


An ACT for erecting a new County out of the Counties Lincoln and Green.

Approved December 10, 1798.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That from and after the first day of June next all that part of the Counties of Lincoln and Green included in the following boundary to wit, Beginning at the mouth of Rockcastle thence up the same four miles when reduced to a straight line above the reserved line thence to the dividing ridge between Skegges Creek and Buck Creek where the road crosses from Stephen Lankfords to Buck Creek thence a straight line to the round knobs on Buck creek thence to the Green River knobs, thence south forty five degrees west to the present line between Green and Lincoln thence to the proposed new Counties’ east line taken from Green thence with said line south to the state line thence along said line so far that a north line will strike the Beginning, shall be one distinct County and called and known by the name of Pulaski and all the residue of the said Counties shall retain the name of Lincoln and Green.

SECTION 2. The Courts of Quarter Sessions for said County shall be held on the fourth Tuesday in the months of July, October, January and March in every year and the County Court of said County shall be held on the fourth Tuesday in every month in which the courts of Quarter Sessions are not hereby directed to be held.

SECTION 3. The Justices to be named in the commission of the peace for said county of Pulaski shall meet at the house of Thomas Hansford upon the first court day after the said division shall take place and having taken the oaths prescribed by law and a Sheriff being legally qualified to act, shall then proceed to fix upon a place to hold Courts in said County in such place as shall be deemed the most central and convenient to the people and thereafter the county court shall proceed to erect the public buildings at such place and until such buildings are compleated (sic), the Court of Quarter Sessions and County Court may adjourn to such place or places as they may severally think proper.

SECTION 4. The Justices of the court of quarter sessions and the Justices of the county court at their first court shall proceed to appoint and qualify their clerk. Provided, however, that the appointment of a clerk or the appointment of a place to erect the public buildings shall not be made unless a majority of the Justices of the county concur and such appointment shall be postponed until such majority can be had, but each court may appoint a clerk pro tempore.

SECTION 5. It shall be lawful for the Sheriffs of the Counties of Lincoln and Green to collect and make distress for any public dues and officers fees which shall remain unpaid by the Inhabitants thereof at the time such division shall take place and shall be accountable for the same in like manner as if this act had not been made.

SECTION 6. The court of the said Counties of Lincoln and Green shall have Jurisdiction in all actions which shall be depending before them at the time of such Division and they shall try and determine the same, issue process, and award execution thereon.

SECTION 7. The said County of Pulaski shall not be entitled to a separate representation until the number of free male inhabitants therein contained above the age of twenty-one years shall entitle them to one Representative agreeable to the ratio that shall be hereafter established by Law.

Legislation signed by Governor Garrard; Edmund Bullock, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Alexander S. Bullitt, Speaker of the Senate; and Harry Toulmin, Secretary. Legislation originated in the House of Representatives.


From: Microfilm Roll #1, Governor James Garrard: Executive Journal & Enrolled Bills