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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Codes, Laws and Taxes

There were four legal systems evident during the life span of Village Charrette. Oral Native American codes were overlaid by Spanish, French and American laws and regulations administered under the appropriate jurisdiction...and to various degrees all were evident during the transition from Missouri Territory into Statehood. These factors are explained at the title link for the State of Louisiana which closely allied the diversity of legal conditions at La Charrette.

A 55-page booklet of new United State laws was published in 1804, and new U.S. taxes were collected by 1805. The sketch pictured here shows Mr. William B. Rice assessing taxes a few decades later. According to the 1876 book, Pioneer Families of Missouri (the source of the picture), Rice was a Revolutionary War veteran, a judge and tavern proprietor on Booneslick Road where one could get corn bread and "common fixins" for 25 cents. Rice was assessing taxes in Montgomery County, the home county of La Charrette Village.

A faint copy (the best available) of the 1814-15 tax assessor's records at La Charrette show Louis Tayon living on the "Charette Creek" watershed as the first entry on page 44. Details regarding the evolution of various slave codes is discussed by Missouri State historians at http://www.sos.state.mo.us./archives/education/aahi/earlyslavelaws/slavelaws.asp Another of their Webpages allows you to search the oldest of Missouri Supreme Court cases dating from 1780 at http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/judiciary/supremecourt/ An 1811 case apparently involved the 'shify' La Charrette neighbor Charles 'Indian' Phillips et al. vs. Silas Bent over $300 damages to two horses, one sorrel and one bay. By 1821 Jose Tebeau had arrested Phillips as a "stray" in St. Charles.


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