Date Original

1816 September 25


This is a penal bond of nine hundred and nine dollars and twenty-six cents for James Campbell to operate as county tax collector in order to collect the sum of four hundred and fifty-four dollars and twenty-eight cents from the residents of Lawrence County.

Biographical/Historical Note

In the frontier, taxes needed to be collected to help build and maintain the new local structures necessary for establishing a new territory. During this time period, it was not uncommon for tax collectors like James Campbell to travel to the properties to collect the taxes from the residents. James Campbell was also a Sheriff in Lawrence County during its early settlement. As such, his signature is found on many of the early Davidsonville court documents.


Know all men by these presents that we James
Campbell[,] William Hix[,] Joseph Hardin[, and] David Black
are held and firmly bound unto the govern-
or of the Territory of Missouri and his siccessors[sic] in office
in the penal sum of nine hundred and nine dollars
and twenty six cents which payment will and truly to
be made we bind ourselves our hiers[sic] executors and
administrators firmly by these presents witness our
hand, and seals this 25th day of September 1816
The condition of this obligation is such that
whereas the above bounden James Campbell has receivd[sic]
from the clerk of the circuit court of the County of Lawrence
a list of County Taxes amounting in all to four hundred and
fifty four dollars twenty eight cents to be collected
from the persons therein named according to the sum
anexed[sic] to each respective name Now if the said James
Campbell shall well and truly collect and pay out
all monies[sic] to be by him collected for county taxes
as afoursaid[sic] according to law then this obligation
to be void and of no effect otherwise to remain
in full force and effect
James Campbell
William Hix
Joseph Hardin
David Black
In presence of
Richd[Richard] Searcy
Bond for
Collection of
County Taxes
Recorded in Book A folio
36 and 37
Richd Searcy clk[clerk]
Clerks fees
For Recording _ _ _ 30 cts[cents]
For certificate____20
[total] 50 cts
County of Lawrence
I do Certify that the with[in] bond has
been duly recorded in Book A folio 36 and 37 of the Record
Book of Lawrence County the 5th day of April 1817
Richd Searcy clk

Physical Description

Document, 12" x 7.5"


Taxes; Collectors; Pioneers; Law; Politics and government; Government officials


James Campbell

Geographical Area

Lawrence County (Ark.)




MSNE.0018, Box 1, Folder 66

Resource Type



Lawrence County (Ark.) bonds, MSNE.0018


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Tax Collector's Bond, James Campbell, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.


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Tax Collector's Bond, James Campbell