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HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY. 565
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CHAPTER XVII.

BENCH AND BAR - FIRST COURTS - EARLY JUDGES AND ATTORNEYS -
FIRST WRIT OF AD QUOD DAMNUM - CHARACTER OF ATTORNEYS -
SLAVERY IN JACKSON COUNTY - EARLY ITEMS - SLANDER CASES -
THE SUMNER TRIAL - FINDLY MURDER TRIAL - ASSOCIATE JUDGES
- CHANGES UNDER THE NEW CONSTITUTION - LATER JUDGES - COM-
MON PLEAS AND PROBATE COURTS - LIST OF ATTORNEYS, ETC.

THE first session of the Jackson Circuit Court was held at
Brownstown, and began on Monday, April 7, 1817. Hon.
David Raymond was present as presiding judge, and Leonard C.
Shewmaker and James McGee were his associates.

The first order of the court was one appointing Ebenezer
MacDonald prosecuting attorney for Jackson County. The law-
yers present at the opening of the court were Davis Floyd, Alex-
ander A. Meek, John H. Thompson, William Hendricks, James
R. E. Goodlett, Henry Stephens, Alexander R. Macey, Harben H.
Moore, Charles Dewey, Reuben Kidder, Ebenezer MacDonald and
John F. Ross. All of these were duly admitted to the bar, and
besides these the record as at first made up contained the names
of William R. Babbitt and Jeremiah Rowland, but for some
reason now unknown they were marked off. The grand jury
was then, as now, a requisite in the machinery for administering
the criminal law. The persons who composed the grand jury at
this term of the court were William Graham, Daniel Wood,
Charles Crabb, John McCormick, Joshua Lindsey, John Rud-
dick, Isaac Holman, Samuel Wheden, William Ruddick, Joseph
Kitchell, Joseph Hiett, Solomon Cox, John McAfee, Henry Boas,
John Empson, Stephen Sparks and James Trotter. After being
charged from the bench they retired to consult of presentments


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