This week’s highlighted piece of history is an 1819 Sheriff’s summons for a Grand Jury. This is one of the oldest documents in the Clerk’s Archives.
The summons is dated before Evansville incorporated, which didn’t happen until March 1, 1819. During the vote for incorporation, the town had 29 voting citizens.
Text of the summons reads:
Words in brackets are the staff’s best guess.
State of Indiana
To the Sherriff of Vanderburgh County
We command you that you summons
To appear before the judges of our said circuit court to be held at the house of Hugh McGary in the town of Evansville on the 4th Monday in February next and then and their to serve as grand jurors for and during said term here in you will not otherwise fail under the penalty of $100 dollars.
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Evansville
January 12, 1819