Following is a list of the first magistrates of CLAIBORNE COUNTY, who were present at the house of JOHN OWENS in December, 1801, when the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions was organized: The oath of office was administered to those persons by ANDREW EVANS and JOSEPH COBBS, of GRAINGER COUNTY. The officers of the new County selected at this meeting were: DAVID ROGERS failed to make bond, and JOHN HUNT, SR. was thereupon elected to fill the vacancy thus created in the office of Sheriff.

The next term of the court was held at the house of JOHN HUNT, who lived on the site of TAZEWELL. A town to be called TAZEWELL was selected as the county seat, and it was laid off and established on JOHN HUNT"S land.

LUKE BOWYER came to the settlement very early. He had been one of the first settlers of the WATAUGA SETTLEMENT.

The first grand jury selected for the county were:

The third meeting of the court was held at the house of ELISHA WALLING. Commissioners to erect a jail in 1819 were:

Following is a list of the Sheriffs of Claiborne Co., Tennessee:

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