Cedar County (Utah). County Court Minutes
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Dates: i 1858-1862.
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
This minute book records the actions of the county court, the governing body of the county equivalent to a county commission. The court was authorized to manage all county business and county property. This included taxation and auditing all claims against the county. They created election precincts, road districts, and school districts and appointed superintendents of such districts. They also appointed other county officials such as the assessor/collector and water masters. Liquor licenses, herd grounds, timber rights, and water rights were all obtained through the county court. All these activities are noted in the minutes.
Liquor licensing is a common activity noted in the minutes from the beginning of the volume in 1858 although the legislature did not officially authorize the counties to grant liquor licenses until 1860. The legislature recognized this fact in the 1860 law by specifically mentioning those breweries at Fairfield near Camp Floyd. The county court also granted water rights, timber rights, herd grounds, and mill sites and the individuals gaining those rights and the area encompassed are detailed in the minutes.
Other common activities in the minutes include the purchase of supplies and the payment of claims. The court levied taxes. The county court created precincts, specifically Fairfield and Fort Cedar, and oversaw elections.
The court appointed numerous officials, sometimes directly, and sometimes to fill a vacancy in an elected position. Appointments noted in the minutes include justices of the peace, constables, grand and petit jurors, assessor/collector, water masters, road supervisors, fence viewers, and a board of teacher examiners.
Cedar County was dissolved by the legislature in January 1862 with its territory divided between Tooele and Utah counties. The final meeting of the Court took place 14 January 1862. The Probate Judge signed a statement swearing that the foregoing minutes were an accurate record of the county on 6 March 1862.
Chronological by date of meeting
Minutes from Cedar County (Utah). Probate Court, Series 17493, also includes some applications for herd grounds.
Deeds from Cedar County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 17494, is the series to which the consecration deeds and other property transfers which appear at the beginning of this volume belong.
With the dissolution of the county in 1862, the records passed to Utah County where they were microfilmed in 1958. The volume was transferred from the county to the State Archives in March 2003.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
Gaps in Series
Cedar County was created in 1856, but it is unknown if minutes existed prior to 1858.
This volume was microfilmed in 1958 by the Utah County Clerk's office. The series was processed by A.C. Cone in February 1996. Hard copy was transferred to the State Archives by Utah County in March 2003 and this inventory updated.
- School districts—Utah—Cedar County.
- Election monitoring—Utah—Cedar County.
- Land use—Utah—Cedar County.
- Roads—Utah—Cedar County.
- Tax collection—Utah—Cedar County.
- Water resources development—Utah—Cedar County.
- Cedar County (Utah)—Officials and employees—Selection and appointment.
- Cedar County (Utah)—Politics and government.
- Cedar County (Utah)—Appropriations and expenditures.
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