Date Original

1830 October 05


This is a penal bond of two thousand dollars for Charles Hatcher to operate as surveyor for Lawrence County, with William Black, Isaac Job, and Thomas Black as securities.

Biographical/Historical Note

Land surveys were a constant challenge and need in Arkansas Territory as they were important for establishing locations of towns, family property, and political boundaries. With the United States acquiring vast amounts of land and wanting to use it as payment for the military, surveyors were counted on to provide accurate maps and usable land options. The cost of this bond is two thousand dollars to be paid if Charles Hatcher fails to do his duties, a further sign of the importance placed upon this job.


Know all men by these presents that We Charles -
Hatcher as principal and William Black and Isaac Job
and Thomas Black securities are held and and[sic] -
firmly bound unto John Pope govoner[sic] of the Territory of
Arkansas and his Successors in office in the penal_
Sum of Two Thousand Dollars - money of the United States
to be paid to the said John Pope Govoner as aforesaid
and his Successors in office to which payment
Well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our hiers
Executors and administrators, firmly by these presents
Sealed with our Seals at the Town of Jackson -
Ark[ansas] I this fifth day of October in the year of
our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty_ _
The Condition of the above obligation is
is[sic] Such that whereas the said Hatcher has has[sic] been _
appointed Surveyour within and for the County of _
Lawrence- now if the aforsaid Charles Hatcher shall
Well and truly do and perform all matters and things
requiered[sic] by the Laws of the Territory respecting County
Surveyor and do and perform all and every Survey
which he may be ordered to do by the proper authority
or requested to survey for indididuals promptiley[sic] and
without particeality[sic] favour of affections __
Then this obligation to be null and
Void otherwise to remain in full force and __
Virtu[e] given under our hands and Seals_
the day and date above Writtin[sic]
Chs[Charles] Hatcher
William Black
Isaac Job
Thomas Black

Physical Description

Document, 12" x 8"


Surveyors; Surveying; Land; Land use; Pioneers; Law


Charles Hatcher

Geographical Area

Lawrence County (Ark.)




MSNE.0018, Box 1, Folder 65

Resource Type



Lawrence County (Ark.) bonds, MSNE.0018


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Penal bond to operate as surveryor, Charles Hatcher, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.


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Penal bond to operate as surveryor, Charles Hatcher