county that the full amount of the purchase money hath been paid; and when the inhabitants in said town shall amount unto thirty as aforeSaid, they shall meet at the court house in said town, and proceed to elect five trustees and a town clerk, to supply the place of the aforesaid trustees and clerk, whose time shall then expire; the officers thus elected and qualified, shall be vested with the same powers and be liable to the same duties as their predecessors, and shall continue in office one year and until their successors are chosen and qualified as aforesaid, and annually thereafter, the said inhabitants shall meet at the court house and elect the officers aforesaid.

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Trustees and clerk to take an Oath.

The board of commissionerS to reIn OWe or dispose of the public propeTty at the mouth Of Brush Creek,

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of the said county, the public property belonging to the said county, in the town of Washington, at the mouth of Brush creek, in the said county, and the money arising from such disposition, to pay into the county treasury for the use of the said county.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the court of common pleas for the aforesaid county, are hereby authorized and required, so soon as they may think it convenient and necessary, to cause the records and papers of the said county to be removed from the town of Washington in the said county, to the place fixed upon by the aforesaid commissioners for the permanent establishment of the seat of justice in the said county, and the court in the said county to be held thereat; and all public officers are hereby required and enjoined to govern themselves accordingly.

ELIAS LANGHAM, Speaker of the house of representatives.

Speaker of the senate.

January 16th, 1804.

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An act, res/ulating the right of dower.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the general assembly of the state of Ohio, That the widow shall be entitled during her life, to the use of one-third part of all the real property that her husband was seized of during coverture, unless she shall have joined with her husband in the conveyance, the widow shall tarry in the chief house of her husband and have a reasonable support out of the estate of her husband, until her dower be assigned her, and shall be entitled to one-third part of the remainder of the personal property after the debts are paid.

Sec. 2. And be it forther enacted, That if any estate shall be conveyed to a woman for a jointure instead of her dower, to take effect immediately after the death of her husband and to continue during her life, such conveyance shall bar her right of dower to the lands and tenements which were her husband's, but if the jointure or conveyance was nuade when the femé was in infancy, or if made after marriage, in either case the widow, at her election, may waive her jointure and demand her dower.


Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the judges of the court of common pleas, on application of the widow, shall appoint three appraisers to appraise the property of the deceased, any two of whom shall assign to the widow her dower therein.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That whenever any person shall leave any part of his property to his wife by will, she shall, within six months after the death of her husband, make her election, whether she will hold by the will or by her right of dower, unless the husband shall specially set forth in his will, that such provision was made and given in addition to the widow’s right of dower; and in case all the heirs to the estate are of age, and the widow and the heirs can agree on a division and on settlement of the estate, they shall make return of such their agreement to the court of common pleas, which settlement and agreement shall be valid and binding on the widow and the heirs.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That no contract of the husband or recovery against him of any lands, tenements or hereditaments, being the inheritance or freehold of his wife, during the coverture between them, shall in any wise deprive the wife, after the death of the husband, of any right which she had or might have to

The manner of assigning to Widow her dower.

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