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TO THE HONORABLE
         THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE
                AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

        In session at the City of Austin. Your petitioners would most respectfully represent to your Honorable Body their grievances and inconveniences – believing that the wisdom and intelligence of your Honorable Body will apply a speedy remedy and thereby redress the grievances of your petitioners of Nacogdoches, Rusk, Panola, and a small portion of Shelby Counties; and we, your petitioners, would most respectfully represent that owing to the remoteness of your petitioners from the Seat of Justice and inconveniences coupled therewith and growing out of said remoteness would most humbly pray your Honorable Body to grant the following prayer and petition.
        So that we your petitioners may be brought into closer proximity to a Seat of Justice, and to this end we further pray that your Honorable Body will grant your petitioners a NEW COUNTY, formed out of the following described territory to wit:
        Commencing at the southwest corner of Rusk County, running with the Cherokee County line or portion of it as the case may be, to a point eight miles due south of said southwest corner, and from thence east to the Attoyaque River or Shelby County line; thence up the Attoyaque River to the southeast corner of said County of Rusk; from thence said southeast corner twelve miles due north; thence from said point due west to the Cherokee County line; thence down said Cherokee County line bearing south to the place of beginning.
        And we, your petitioners, would further most respectfully represent that we wish the said NEW COUNTY named or called BOWDEN.
    And we, your petitioners do furthermore most respectfully wish the Seat of Justice called BOWDEN.
    We, your petitioners will ever feel grateful for the boon, and as in duty bound will ever pray.

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C.C. GRAYSON N.B. BRANCH L.B. POLK
JOHN L. LATMON JORDIN LANGSTON O.C. BRANCH
T.J. VARDAMAN W.H. CRAWFROD J..J. BOND
A. YANCY JACKSON BAGURNI G. PAYNE
E.A. WATKINS DREY ALDRIDGE J.N. BELL
J.A. BILLINGSLEY GEORGE T. MCCALL ISAAC BATTLE
THOMAS J. MURPHY          JOSEPH BOND                           KERRY B. LYLES
JAS. E. H.L. MANNING JOHN BIRDWELL JOHN F. CRUSE
JOHNT LAY WM. A MCCARY L.D. LOCK
JAMES E. WALLCE J.H. WALLCE J.B. CAVIN
ROBERT PATTERSON JAMES G. BLACKBURN JOHN LUCK
T.C. CLIFTON JAMES BLACKBURN WM. K. HODGE
B. HUMPHRIES ISAAC BABURN A.J. BLACKBURN
T.G. HARRIS RICHMOND BRINSON L.L. LOLLAR
CHARLES SMITH W.G. THOMAS JACOB ABSHER
JAMES M. MCBRIDE JACKSON DOYLE W.W. MORSE
N. DEALY GLEN BOYETT W.C. MCDONAL
JAMES H. WALLACE M.H. GRIMES JOS. T. LAND
JOHN KILLEREADE JOSEPH SANDERS J.W. ROBINSON
F.D.CAMELIN WM. H. ADKINS D. BOATMAN
E. M. WEISS JESSE J. WATKINS NOEL BELL
JAMES L. GENTRY PLEASANT COFFMOND JAMES W. HALE
DAVID MCCORMACK B.F. MCFARLAND FINNY LARSON
THO. MCFARLAND LYLE MAYFIELD WM. WARLE
JAMES B. CARLTON LEWIS H. CARVER JOHN C. BURNS
O.M. RANDALL BRITON BAKER F.F. COGBURN
FENNY LAWSON S.H. BAGGETT M.C. TAYLOR
WM. H. RAINBOLT EDWARD MCCORMACK WM. WOOLWINE
CHARLES SMITH W.G. THOMAS JACOB ABSHER
JAMES M. MCBRIDE JACKSON DOYLE J.T. BELL
A.B. WOODWARD C.C. MCKNIGHT G.W. MCGUIRE
JOSH W. BOND T.F. MASTOW WILLIAM DILLER
JAMES H. REAGAN WILLIAM PHILLIPS D.H. KING
JOHN E. HOWERTON A.S. MICKILLONOUGH M. RISINGER
B.F. STAMPS F. ELKINS D.W. TALLEY
I.H. FORMAN W.L. WATKINS GLEN ATKISON
JOHN MOYER LUCIAN D. SMITH B.F. TALLEY
MARION RUST NEIL A RAY HENRY KELLOUN
N.W. SHEDDAW THOMS L. SHEDDAW P.L.L. SHEDDAW
JAMES SHEDDAW JOHN REED S.D. MCRAY
J.G. DAVIS RUPEL KELLY J.S. CARROLL
L.L. TEMPLINS G.G. RAMSEY WM. HAVERTON
WM. H. TALLEY M. RISINGER J.G. BACKER
THOMAS WILSON JOHN T. WALLACE J.W. GORMAN
F. M. WILSON R.H. GALLOWAY S. EVERETT
H.F. NELSON J.C. ASTSON T.J. KILLURN
M. LANDRUM V. MCMILLIAN W.D. SURLS
JAMES G. BARRON T.J. O'BANION A.W. ROGERS
JACOB WELLS JAMES BAGLEY E.W. BAGLEY
P.T. RICHARDSON J.C. PRUITT H.C. BAGLEY
W.WRENN T.GRIHL H. BLAN
?? KENNEDY M.M. BUCKNER JOHN LANDREM
S.L. WARLE JACK W. PHILLIPS L.D. STEVENS
ALLEN BIRDWELL H.M. LAWSON WM. ELLIOTT
MITCHELL WALL W.L. WHATLEY H.L. PATTERSON
R.B. BIGGS B. LEWELLUM WM. WALTON
JOHN J. PATTERSON ALEXANDER COATES W.D. PAUL
HENRY NICHOLS H.H. SEAGIN J.T. HOLLEMAN
WM. P. BIRDWELL JAMES PRATHER JAMES ERWIN
A. ASH J. W. KING JAMES COFFMAN
WILLIAM REAGAN W.H. WILSON W. BLAIR
R.B. HARLE JAMES HIGHTOWER P.H. NOBLE
J.A. CHRISTOPHER CHRISTOPHER GRIGGARD D. WOOLAN
ISAAC EDMONSON S.W. MARCH JOHN M. NALL
ROBT. LAUNDERS WM. GRIFFIN W.W. NOBLE
H.H. INGRAND E.L. PARKER E.T. MATLOCK
R.L. SMITH L.D. LAUNDIN R.R. HATHORN
ROBERT PATTERSON PHILIP THOMPSON G.W. ????
JOHN CHRISTOPHER P.G. REISINGER T.F. CAMPBELL
W.M. GILLALINA B. LUNDBELLUM B.F. BIGGS
JOHN J. PATTERSON ALEXANDER COATES WM. WALTON
M. D. PAUL HENRY T. NICHOLS H.H. SEAGIN
J.T. HOLLEMAN WM. P. BIRDWELL DAVID PRATER
JAMES ERWIN A. ASH J.W. KING
THOMAS? GEORGE G. HAM JOHN L. LOTMAN
J. BOOKER WM. HOLLEMAN JOHN REED
NATHAN W. WITNEY HARDEN THILLY JAMES BATES
ISAAC LAWLER JOHN R. RY E.T. CHAMBERS
WM. D. RAY BRYAN WHITFIELD W.B. WHITFIELD
JAMES LUCKSTON T. BROOKS IRVIN LAWSON
SYL WALKIN Z. WALKIN T.D. STEPHENS
M. NALL J. STANFIELD WM. GUINN
HENRY LOLLER W.H. BIGGS JAS. H. ASH
JOHN ASK E.L. PARKER C.F. MATLOCK
R.L. SMITH L.D. LAWNDEN R.R. HATHORN
ROBERT PATTERSON G.W. MOORE T.F. CAMPBELL
PHILIP THOMPSON JOHN CHRISTOPHER P.G. REISINGER
W. M. GILLALINA W.A. HOBBS JOHN SONY
R.O. SNADERS SHCARLES H. RIVERSON J.G. RENFRO
GARRETT CAVIN CHARLES BARTHOLD JOHN T. HUGHES
EDWARD BARTHOLD ISAAC MORIS R.S. MCCALL
T.D.P. MCCASTER JOSEPH NABRAY WM. N. ROFF
ZEKE BARKER JAMES G. SCROGGINS C. RETTIG
MOSES W. COLLINS JOHN V. GUIN B. M. STEAGALL
T. SHAWN SMITH JAMES T. FURLOW JOHN BIRDWELL
J.. BIRDWELL J. M. NOBLE JOHN ABSHER
JAMES R. BIRDWELL HENRY SALLER W.H. BIGGS
JAMES H. ASH JOHN ASH J.W. FURGERSON
ALSTON FURGERSON T. WOOLVERTON G. COFFMAN
J. W. WELCH THOMAS P. BILLINGSLEY A.J. IVY
ELZA HAMPTON HENRY WILLIAMS H.W. BARCH
E.G. HARTLEY WM. CALLWELL J. M. DENNING
THOS. C. WALTON JOHN WALLACE J.L. FODLEY
JAMES H. GRAHAM ZEKE H. HAM G.I. WALTON
W.P. GAGE DAVID COLLINS WM. GILLIS
THOMAS B. MOODY JOHN LOCK MILTON LOCK
M.R. TURNER? ?? PHILLIPS WILLIAM BAKER
JOHN B. HUBER HENRY H. WHITE W.G. WHITE
W.L. DEASON A. M. MCKNIGHT W.H. HIGGS
G.G. POWELL PLEASANT COFFMAN C.S. HAYES
JOHN B. WEBSTER WILHELM HELPENSTELL JOHN TURNER
WILHELM GOLD HOUSTON WEST E.B. GATLIN
JAMES MCCUNE W.W. BROWN THOMAS JONES
ALEX. MCCRAY JOSIAN JOHNSON W.W. SCAGGS
CHARLES SMITH ROBERT M. FURLOW T.H. SAMMON
WILLIAM HAM JOHN VARDEMAN PHILIP RUSSELL
M.W. SHEDDON R.P. REOL W.W. BURNS
HARRISON FENTON WILLIAM BROWN JOHN E. TERRILL
T.B. LINTHICUM JOHN T. FURLOW E.L. PHILLIPS
PETER C. MOORE A.J. PARKER O. WATKINS
JAMES L. CASE R.A. HICKEY JAMES A CREY
W.D. DEACREY E.C. SALMONS JAMES MOLSTED
THEADOR SALMONT SILVESTER WATKINS WM. BROWN
THOMAS H. ELLIOTT THOS. UBANKS R.G.W. TURNER
R.R. LANCWOOD THOS ELLIOTT THOMAS JONES
JAMES W. HAYES SAMUEL DICKEY T.B. CAVIN
JOHN PATTERSON ROYAL SPARKS G.W. RHODES
JAS. H. HALTON JOHN ANDERSON T.B. WILLIAMS
R.S. BARBER WM. H. CAVER MOSES LYNCH
J.G. SUTERLAND JAMES LOCK JOHN SHOFFET
JOHN W. AYLON JAMES N. WILLIAMS L.T. TREADWELL
L.C. COLLEOTT JOSEPH MILSTEAD E.H. MILSTEAD
JOHN W. BURNS W.W. BROWN RUFFIN BROWN
JOHN HEADMAN W.G. LINTCUM JOHN B. HART
J.J. ELLIOTT T.W. BOYNTON H.B. HOLEMAN
THOMAS JONES, JR. B.F. MAY JOSEPH VIGGSOL
JOSIAH HOLLOMAN HOWARD A BARNHART GILES HAM
CHARLY BIRDWELL JAMES BIRDWELL WOOD P. MOYER
MOSES CHANCELLER JOHN A. CHANCELLER ALBERT G. KING
W.W. KING ABSLOM FILBEY J.G. JONES
LEWIS RAWLISON FRANCIS M. MCKNIGHT H.R. FILBEY
JOHN T. KING B.W. PYE EZRUS LAWSON
JERRY G. LAWSON JOHN MURPH ABNER FULLERQ
LARRY G. SAMUELS JOHN P. MURPH L.J. BROYLES
THOMAS WALLACE BENJAMIN FULLER WILLIAM ACREY
JOHN H. PHILLIPS JOHN C. PHILLIPS A.W. PULLEN
ABNER A CREY JAMES O. WIGHAM ABNER BRANCH
J.H. BOYKIN ISIAH  R. CLIFTON P.G. NICHOLS
JONATHAN MOSLEY JOHN SANDERS LAND W. RISK
O.H. BOYKIN SILAS H. BARBER A.C. CRAWFORD
J.H. LOUT GIBSON LAWSON O.I. GARLAND
O.C. MCGASTON JOHN E. MATTHEWS J.H. GRAM
JOHN CHANCELLER PLEASANT RAMSEY A.C. DURRETT
REUBIN MCMILLEN THOMAS MATTESON M.B. FULLER
W.T. MATTESON WILLIAM T. MCDONALD C.H. GARDINER
JAMES B. LAYD JOHN R. LAYD T.C. PERRY
DEMPSLEY AGARTORN ALLEN J. FULLER J.P. LUCAS
WILLIAM BRINSON J.M. KIRKEHAM H.H. WHITE
J.L. MURPHY T.M. BAXTEL V.C. HUGHES
JOHN H. YOUNG J.W. MCKNIGHT JAMES M. SIMS
O.R. REANY T.B. MURPHY A.J. MURPHY
L.M. BUTLER H.A. LOIS R.E. HUGHES
MARIN RUSSELL T.C. WHITE E.L. DICKSON
J. ROLLISON G.H. ROLLISON L.R. GRAM
J.G. HALTOM JAMES M. CHANCELLOR J.G. BIRDWELL
MOSES BOYNTON J.H. ROCKMAN A.F. GINTRY
E.J. DODSON L. FLEMING GEORGE JORDAN
PRESLEY HARRISON BENJAMIN JORDEN J.A. JORDEN
JEREMIAH MARTIN JOHN A. SUTTON F.W. WHITE
P.H. WILLIS NOAH G. FREEMAN E.W. WILSON
SAMUEL WILSON ISIAH ROCKMORE S.C. PERRY
M.T. PATRICK W.F. FREEMAN S.M. HARRIS
GEO. W. NEW A. COCKRELL JOHN S. MERPLE
ALFRED B. HARRIS JAMES M. CHANCELLOR A. RICHARDSON
THOMAS HARWELL FRANCIS A. MCMILLIAN L.D. THOMPSON
L.B. GALLOWY N.L. GRAHAM ELIJAH WATSON
KING PRATER S.H. HUGHES S.F. ALEMS
A.G. DURNELL M.F. REINHAULT S.W. HILLIN
J.R. BURRNWORHT S.B.BUCKER R.B. JONES
A.R. DUNCAN E. HARRIS A.T. FREEMAN
R.B. LOUVICE I.W.E. SMITH S.H. DAVIS
FOSTER PARKER JAMES D. FOSTER JAMES HAYES
FRANKLIN PARKER A. PARKER JOHN WALLACE
BERRY RAINULATIN JAMES N. DILLER J.H. WHITESIE
J.J MOORE H.M. PRATT HUGH KERR
ARCHIBALD TERRY J. BRISON H.N. ASKINS
JAMES RITCHERSON T. M. WHITESIDE C.O. KERR
PRULIN TATE ZENO CYLAS B.F. DIXON
T.A. MILSTEAD GEOR. W. LOCKE T.C. WILSON
HENRY WILSON WARREN FERGUSON JOHN WILSON
D.M. WILSON M. SPARKS J.H. JOHNSON
E.B. ROGERS E.R. MYRICK E.B. TRUITT
V.N. NICHOLSON A.C. MILSTEAD THOMAS DIXON
W.F. FARMER JOSEPH MILSTEAD T. MOORE
W.F. FARMER D.A. FARMER T. M. KERR
W.T.F. MCFADDEN J. M. KERR J.H. DIXON
J.C. ISBELL FRANCIS ISBELL W.H. WYRICK
W.F. REVIS J.E. MYRICK T.A.RIGHT
CHARLES SHAW HARDAMON RIGHT, SR. WM. TERRRY
JAMES RICHARDSON HARDAMON RIGHT, JR. J.W. ASKINS
J.A. CORDRY WILLIAM BLACKBURN W.G. KING
WILLIAM DESMOND JAMES O. EASLEY G.V. MOORE
JAMES HENNTON JONATHAN THAYER A. MOORE

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