This is a $2,000 bond posted by James M. Cooper upon his election as County Surveyor in Lawrence County.
Land surveying was critical to early settlers. It helped with creating maps, finding transportation routes, and choosing ideal land on which to settle. In 1832, James M. Cooper was elected as County Surveyor which required a $2,000 bond in order for him to take office.
Know all men by these present that we James M.
Cooper, Thomas Black and William Black are
held and firmly bound unto John Pope Governor
of Arkansas and successors in office in the penal
sum of two thousand dollars which payment
well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our
heirs, executors and assigns firmly by these present
as witness our hands and seals this 2nd day of
April AD 1832.
The condition of the above obligation is such that
whereas the above bounden[sic] James M. Cooper
has been duly elected County Surveyor in and
for the County of Lawrence Arkansas Territory for
the term for two years ensuing. Now if the said
James M Cooper shall well and truly do and
perform all and singular the duties of County
Surveyor aforesaid according to Law then this oblig
ation to be void and of no effect otherwise to
be and remain in full force and virtue.
Document, 7.5" x 10"
Documents; Manuscripts; County government; Surveying; Surveyors; Land; Government officials
John B. Hammond
Lawrence County (Ark.)
MSNE.0018, Box 1, Folder 64
Lawrence County (Ark.) bonds, MSNE.0018
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Bond for surveyor, James M. Cooper, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
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