Pike County, Arkansas originated from Clark and Hempstead counties by an act of the Arkansas Territorial Legislature passed on November 1, 1833. The residence of Paschal C. Sorrels was designated as the temporary place for county jurisdiction. John Dickson, Elijah Kelley and Rice Stringer were elected commissioners in January 1834 to locate the seat of justice for the county and elected as county civil officers were, Washington Sorrels county judge, David S. Dickson clerk, John Hughes sheriff and John M. Dickson coronor. Settlements had been prior made within the county limits, Wolf Creek and Little Missouri, east, the Brewer settlement on Muddy Fork, west, and a few families at the point of the place selected for the county seat. A log courthouse and a small frame building for the clerk's office were erected and in October 1834 the county commissioners reported a house ready for the reception of the court "in the town of Murfreesboro the county seat of Pike County."
Territory of Arkansas, County of Pike, Circuit Court of Said County. October Term, A.D. 1834 This day, Elijah Kelley, Rice Stringer, and John Dickson, Commissioners of the County of Pike, and filed their report in writing; stating that a House was ready for the reception of the Court in the Town of Murfreesboro, the county seat of Pike County. ___________________________________________________________________________ State of Arkansas, County of Pike. I, David S. Dickson, clerk of the circuit court in and for the county and state aforesaid, do hereby certify that this is a true copy of the record of the report of the Commissioners of Pike County made at the October term of the circuit court in eighteen hundred and thirty-four, as the same now stands upon file of record in my office. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of office, this 14th day of February, A.D. 1840. D.S. Dickson, Clk. ___________________________________________________________________________
John Hughes, Robert McDonield and Fountaine G. Stone, a majority of the commissioners appointed by an Act of the General Assembly of the state of Arkansas, entitled, "an act to appoint additional commissioners to sell lots in the town of Murfreesborough, in the county of Pike, and for other purposes, approved on the ninth day of December in the year of Christ, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven," being first duly sworn, depose and say: THAT by an act of the Legislature of the late territory of Arkansas, approved on the first day of November in the year eighteen hundred and thirty-three, the county of Pike in the state of Arkansas, was erected and established; that in compliance with another act passed at the same session of the Territorial Legislature, Elijah Kelley, Rice Stringer and John Dickson were elected commissioners to select a place for and locate the seat of justice for the said county of Pike; that after they received their certificates of election as such commissioners, they entered upon the discharge of the duty required of them as such commissioners; that they proceed(ed) to select a place for and locate the seat of justice of Pike county, Arkansas, and located the same upon a portion of the unsurveyed public lands of the United States of America; that they made a report of the place selected and upon which they located the seat of justice of Pike county and to which they gave the name of Murfreesborough, to the circuit (court) of said county, sometime in the year eighteen hundred and thirty-four, which said report and location was approved of by the said court, and the place selected by them and upon which they located the seat of justice of Pike county was declared to be the seat of justice of the county of Pike, and the books, papers and records belonging to the circuit court of Pike county, was then removed to the place selected for and upon which the seat of justice of the said county of Pike, was located by said commissioners; that there has been and now is, erected at the place at which the seat of justice of Pike county, Arkansas was located by said commissioners, a court house, where all the courts of said county are held, and there is also a jail erected thereon; that the site agreed upon by said commissioners and by them selected, as for the location of the seat of justice, was on the north-west quarter of section seventeen in township numbered eight, south of range twenty-five west, at & upon which place all the courts of Pike county have been and continue to be held since the location thereon of the seat of justice of Pike county, by the commissioners aforesaid, in the year eighteen hundred and thirty-four, and the approval of their report and location by the circuit court of the county of Pike, as aforesaid; ... John Hughes Robert McDonield Fountaine Stone Majority of the commissioners appointed to sell lots in the town of Murfreesborough. Sworn & subscribed to before me, the 17th Feb. 1840. R.L. Phillips, J.P. ___________________________________________________________________________ The State of Arkansas, County of Hempstead. Be it remembered, that on this, the 17th day of February A.D. 1840, personally appeared the above named, John Hughes, Robert McDonield and Fountaine Stone, commissioners to sell lots in the town of Murfreesborough, in the county of Pike in the state of Arkansas, and being first duly sworn, state: that the matters and things stated and set forth in the foregoing statement and affidavit, so far as they are founded on their own knowledge, are true in substance and in fact, and as far as they are stated from the information of others, they believe them to be true. In testimony whereof, I, Robert L. Phillips, an acting justice of the peace of Hempstead county, in the state of Arkansas, have hereto set my hand and seal, this 17th Feby., A.D. 1840. R.L. Phillips, J.P. ___________________________________________________________________________ The State of Arkansas, County of Hempstead. Be it remembered, that on this, the 17th day of February, A.D. 1840, personally appeared Asa Thompson, John Dickson, Rice Stringer and David S. Dickson, citizens of Pike county in the state of Arkansas, before me, the undersigned justice of the peace, in and for the county of Hempstead in the state of Arkansas, and being first duly sworn, made and subscribed the following affidavit, to wit: that the matters and things stated and set forth in the within and foregoing statement of John Hughes, Robert McDonield and Fountaine Stone, a majority of the commissioners appointed to sell lots in the town of Murfreesborough in the county of Pike in the state of Arkansas, are true in substance and in fact. Asa Thompson John Dickson Rice Stringer D.S. Dickson Sworn and subscribed to before me, this 17th Feby. 1840. R.L. Phillips, J.P. ___________________________________________________________________________ Land Office, Washington, Arks., 19th Feb. 1840. We are personally acquainted with Asa Thompson, John Dickson & Rice Stringer who signed as witnesses to the foregoing deposition & know them to be respectable & entitled to credit. D.T. Witter, Rcr. R.L. Phillips, J.P. ___________________________________________________________________________
With the erection of a new county in progress and the locating of the seat of justice by the elected commissioners a post office was needed to serve the county seat and residents of the new town of Murfreesboro and vicinity. Asa Thompson made application for this post office which was approved and established as the "Zebulon" post office on May 29, 1834 and became the first postmaster with Rice Stringer and John Hughes providing bond as his security in the amount of $300 on July 4, 1834. The Zebulon post office was eventually located at the county court house after it was completed and ready in October 1834. Asa Thompson remained as postmaster until he was replaced by David S. Dickson on November 6, 1835. John Hughes became postmaster on April 13, 1837 and was succeeded by Jesse Jenkins on April 26, 1838. ___________________________________________________________________________
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