Council Minutes
City of Fredericksburg, Virginia
1801

March 16th, 1801

This being the day appointed by law for the annual election of 12 persons to serve the corporation the present year as Mayor, Recorder, Alderman and Common Council, The free holders and House Keepers being notified thereof, meet at the Market House in said Corporation and having deposited their Ballots in the ballot box upon examination thereof the greatest number of votes were found in favor of the following persons, to wit:
For
Hugh Mercer 109
Thomas Goodwin 107
Geo French 105
William Herndon 102
Jos Walker 98
Wm S Stone 97
David C Ker 90
James Brown 84
Fielding Lucas 80
James Smock 78
John Benson 74
Zach'h Lucas 73

Were duly elected who proceeded to the choice of Mayor when James Brown was duly elected

They then proceeded to the choice of Recorder when David C Ker was duly elected and Qualified accordingly

They then proceeded to the choice of 4 aldermen when Wm S Stone, Hugh Mercer, John Benson, and Thomas Goodwin were duly elected and qualified accordingly

And the remaining Six to wit George French, Jos Walker, F Lucas, Zach Lucas, Wm Herndon & James Smock are Councilmen who took the oath of Office accordingly except Geo French and Wm Herndon

John Chew is duly Elected Clerk of this board for the present year

The board then proceeded to the choice of a chamberlain when Thos Goodwin was duly elected

Bartho Fuller was balloted for and duly elected Guager and Geographer

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John Rogers is Elected Clerk of the Market the ensuing year

James Brown, Jos Walker, Zach Lucas, & James Smock are appointed trustees of the Market House the ensuing years

Thomas Legg is appointed Vendue Master the present year and ordered that he give bond Security at the next Court

James Brown Gent being elected Mayor of this Corp for the ensuing year and he desiring to be Exempt from the execution of that Officer and David C Ker Gent the Recorder having served as Mayor the last year The board proceeded to the choice of Mayor when Wm S Stone was duly elected and Qualified accordingly and Geo French Gent having had the highest number of votes as and Alderman was duly appointed to that office in the room of said Stone Geo French Gent being Elected and Alderman James Brown was appointed a Common Councilman in the room of said Geo French who qualified accordingly

The minutes of the proceedings signed
W S Stone

At a Council held at the Market House in the Town & Corporation of Fredericksburg on Thursday the 19th day of March 1801

Present
Wm S Stone,Mayor
Thomas Goodwin, aldermen
John Benson, aldermen
Hugh Mercer, aldermen
David C Ker, Recorder
James Brown, councilmen
James Smock, councilmen
Fielding Lucas, councilmen
Zachy Lucas, councilmen

William Herndon Gent qualified as a Councilman according to law
Present Wm Herndon Gent

George French Gent qualified as a Alderman in this Corporation according to law
Present George French G't

Thomas Goodwin, John Benson, & William Herndon Gents are appointed to settle with the late Chamberlain his asco'ts with the Corp the last year Also the account of the Sergeants-overseers of the poor & Trustees of the Market House

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Bartho Fuller Qualified as Guager & Geographer in the Corp according to law

Ordered that the trustees of the Market House cause the Rents due from the Market House property to be collected by the Sergeant and paid to the Chamberlain subject t the further order of this board

Present
Jos Walker G't

Ordered that the Mayor employ four men in whom he can confide to serve as a Town watch for one month from this date, and that he enter into an agreement with them to perform the said duty upon such terms as he shall think proper to be paid by said Corp & also the money expended for the watch the last month

The following persons are appointed to take the number of Free Male Tithables in this Corp, Slaves above 12 years Horses Mares Colts & Mules Riding Carriages, Drays & Carts, to wit, Jos Walker & Zachy Lucas from the upper end of the Town to Wm S Stone James Smock & John Benson from Crump & Baggotts Store to Alex Duncans David C Ker & Thos Goodwin from Duncans to William Herndons Wm Herndon & Jas Brown from said Herndon to Mrs Walkers and Geo French & Hugh Mercer from Mrs Walkers to the lower end of the Town and that they also value the rents of the several houses in their respectice wards and make return thereof to the next Council

Ordered that the Mayor give notice for all claims against the Corporation to be presented to the Council to be held at the market house on Thursday night

Ordered that the Sergeant apply to Thomas Miller the late geographer for the plan of this town and deposit the same with Bartho Fuller the present Geographer

The Minutes of the proceedings were signed
W S Stone

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At a Council held at the Market House on Thursday the 26th day of March 1801

Present
Wm S Stone, Mayor
David C Ker, Recorder
Hugh Mercer, aldermen
Thos Goodwin, aldermen
James Brown, Councilman
Feilding Lucas, Councilman
Jos Walker, Councilman
Wm Herndon, Councilman
Zachy Lucas, Councilman
James Smock, Councilman

The Board proceeded to adjust & allow the following accounts to wit
To Chas Jones Overseer of the Streets pr acc't $69.50
To Jesse Hord Overseer of the Streets pr acc't $44.33
To Jesse Hord as Constable pr acc't 37.00
To Thomas Perry a constable pr account 30.00
To William Steward a constable pr acc't 30.00
To Mor'd Mastin Clk Markett pr acc't 13.13 23.33
To Chas Steward as Clk Market for 4 mon 6.67
To John Chew Clerk pr account 111.40
To John Minor Attorney for the Corp'n 66.66
To Benjamin Parke Serg't pr account 41.34
[Total] $450.23

Ordered that each free male tithable in this Corp'n pay the Collector 67 each slave above 12 years 67 each Horse Mare Colt or Mule one Dollar on each carriage wheel 50 cents on each dray or cart $4 and on every $100 of rent on houses agreeable to return this day made one dollar and that the sergeant collect the said tax and pay the same to the Chamberlain within three months from this day

The comm'e appointed to settle the accounts of the Chamberlain made report by w'ch it appears a balance of $48.63 to Jno Lewis late Cham & $5.68 cents due from said Lewis to the Market House

The comm appointed to settle the Serg'ts account made report by w'ch it appears a balance of $2.04 due from B Parke, Serg't to the Corp'n Ordered that he pay the same to Thos Goodwin the present Chambelain

Ordered that the Trustees of the Market House rent out the stalls in the Market House and the County wharf to the Highest bidder for the ensuing year

The Minutes of the proceedings were signed
W S Stone

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At a council held at the Court House on Saturday the 23 May 1801

Wm S Stone, Mayor
David C Ker, aldermen
Thos Goodwin, aldermen
James Brown, councilman
Fielding Lucas, councilman
Jos Walker, councilman
James Smock, councilman

Robt Patton having exhibited an account of money advanced in the purchase of a water engine more than was collected from the subscribing for that purpose
Ordered that this board accept of his offer of said engine as public property and the Chamberlain is ordered to pay the said Patton 34.5.10 pence the amt of his advance, and place the subscription paper in the hands of Col Minor for collection of such part thereof as remains unpaid

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to Jas Brown 3.5.8 the amount of his account

Also the sum of 2.13 shillings to the amount of Robert Mercers acc't for printing

Signed
W S Stone

At a council held at the Town Hall on Friday the 11th day of September 1801

Present
Wm S Stone, Mayor
David C Ker, Recorder
John Benson, aldermen
Thos Goodwin, aldermen
James Brown, councilman
Fielding Lucas, councilman
Jos Walker, councilman
Zach'y Lucas, councilman

Ordered that the proprietors or Managers of the theater in this corp pay to the Chamberlain for the time being and to his successors the sum of five dollars for each night they perform theatrical pieces from this date the day after such performance and if they neglect to do so the sergeant is directed to cause the said tax to be collected paid to the Chamberlain for the use of the Corporation Provided that the Proprietor or Managers shall pay to the Chamberlain in the sum of $100 for performing in the said theater by the year he she or they shall be acquitted and discharged from the payment for the $5 for each nights performance

Signed
W S Stone


Transcribed by Kaitlin O'Shea and Gary Stanton
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Last Modified 24 January 2013