The Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper printed in its May 22, 1932, edition an article entitled, “Jackson County, 80 Years Old, Has Been Part of 14 Counties.”
Following are excerpts from that article:
“Long before Jackson became a county, when the fastness of the mountains had not been penetrated, and the echo of the Cherokees still resounded throughout the stillness of this remote section, settlers began to move into what was later to become one of the most progressive counties of the 100 of the Old North State. Jackson County was formed in 1852 out of territory taken from Haywood and Macon Counties. As originally formed it was bounded on the north by Haywood, on the east by Henderson, on the south by South Carolina, and on the northwest by Tennessee. In 1850, the legislature of North Carolina authorized the creation of Jackson County. It required two years from that date to do the preliminary work necessary to set the government going. It was five years from the later date before the county had a seat and a house in which to transact business.
“The first court was organized by Judge John W. Ellis, afterwards, governor of the state, at the residence of Daniel Bryson, Sr. on Scott’s Creek, Monday, March 3, 1853. J. Newton Bryson was appointed clerk of the court, and Allen Fisher, clerk and master in equity. The second Superior Court was opened Monday, September 19, 1853 at Allen Fisher’s store house. The first grand and petit juries were composed of such familiar pioneer names as Keener, Conley, Queen, Bryson, Brown, Hooper, Dills, Alley, Allison, Wilson, Wood, Zachary, Hall, Norton, Shelton, Hedden, Monteith, Sutton, Sherrill, Henson, Allen, Buchanan, Watson, Wike, Enloe, Owen, Ensley, Ashe, Dillard, Davis, Parker, Painter, Coward, Rogers, Hyatt, Henderson, Moss, Middleton, Potts, Parks, Shular, and Gunter. The first two cases on the docket in the Superior Court were the State versus Adam Mathis and John B. Allison and Woodford Zachary versus Elisha Holden. The nature of these cases is unknown. “
The second half of this interesting article will be contained in next month’s Laurel Magazine.
Contributed by Jane Gibson Nardy, Historian, Cashiers Historical Society