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18 > Image 18 of Inventory of the county archives of Kentucky. No. 54. Hopkins County (Madisonville)

Part of Kentucky Works Progress Administration Publications

ii. j7,_, Historical Sketch The first circuit court of the county met at the home cf Daniel NcGary on une 22, 1807 (l), and was presided over by Judge Henry Broadnax from Virginia. "A gentleman of the old schoo1," Judge Broadnax always appeared in court dressed in short white cashmere breeches, large silver knee buckles, white cotton stockings, 4 and a long white dimity coat. He wore his hair powdered and tied behind with a ribbon. (2) Public Buildings When the organization of the county court had been completed and the govern- 2- ment was ready to function, the interest of the county centered about public buildings. The location of a county seat and the erection of a courthouse and a jail were matters for early consideration. The only point specified by the act of creation regarding the site for the seat of justice was that it be located as J ['near the center of the county as possible. (5) At the first session of the court, I Daniel McGary and Solomon Silkwood presented an agreement to donate a site for the % new buildings provided that, after a town had been qaid off, they would be allowed { to divide into lots 40 acres across the street from the site of the courthouse. t Their proposition was accepted, and James Davis, Thomas Anderson, and Abraham i d Landers were named to draft plans for a courthouse and a jail. (4) The plans I submitted by the committee named above specified a courthouse of "good hewn logs, i seven inches thick, twenty feet square, eighteen feet high, with a jointed shingle Z roof nailed on, a partition of plank above, two below, a plank floor above and 1 below, one pair of stairs, two outside doors below, and a door in the partition l i E 1. Minutes Circuit Court, 1807-ll, vol; unlabeled)p. l, see entry 164. _ , 2. Gordon, October 22, l951. 3. Littell, 1806, III, 346. ' 4. Orders County Court,vol. l-A, p. 5, seg entry 258.