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.
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]
Richd[Richard] Searcy clk[clerk]
Document, 12.5" x 7.5"
Ferries; Rivers; Transportation; Law; Pioneers
Henry Morris; Moses Graham
Lawrence County (Ark.)
MSNE.0018, Box 1, Folder 42
Lawrence County (Ark.) bonds, MSNE.0018
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Penal bond for ferry operation, Henry Morris and Moses Graham, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
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