Date Original

1816 December 23


This is a penal bond of five hundred dollars for Henry Morris and Moses Graham to operate a ferry across the White River above the mouth of Poke Bayou.

Biographical/Historical Note

The town of Batesville is located on the White River at Poke Bayou, near the location where the Lafferty family settled. Interestingly, this bond mentions a specific law regarding the cost of ferriage. Only the price set by the county court could be charged. This law was enacted to reduce unfair and exorbitant pricing.


Know all men by these presents that we Henry
Morris Moses Graham and
are held and firmly bound unto William Clark governor
of the Territory of Missouri and his Sucessors in office
_ _ _ _ _ in the sum of five hundred dollars
which pay ment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves
our hiers executors and adminisrators firmly by
these presents witness our hands and seals this
23rd of December 1816
The condition of this obligation is such
that the withn[sic] boundin[sic] Henry Morris __
having been licinsed[sic] by the circuit court of the
County of Lawrence to Keep a ferry across White
River above the mouth of Poke bayou
Now if the said Henry Morris shall keep or
Cause to be kept at the ferry aforesaid a good and
suffecint[sic] boat or boats and give due and
good attention to the same and not charge
more for ferreage than the said circuit court
hath allowed him to charge or granting s d
ferry - - - and furthr[sic] do all the duties required
by law of ferrymen thru[sic] this obligation
to be void and of no effect other wise
to remain in full force and - - -[virtue]
Henry Morris
Moses Graham
Asher Bagley
In prescence
Richd[Richard] Searcy clk[clerk]

Physical Description

Document, 12.5" x 7.5"


Ferries; Rivers; Transportation; Law; Pioneers


Henry Morris; Moses Graham

Geographical Area

Lawrence County (Ark.)




MSNE.0018, Box 1, Folder 42

Resource Type



Lawrence County (Ark.) bonds, MSNE.0018


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Penal bond for ferry operation, Henry Morris and Moses Graham, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.


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Penal bond for ferry operation, Henry Morris and Moses Graham