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18830413 - HOLDING ( ot'KT IN I'lTTSHI KUH. The Mrst court...
HOLDING ( ot'KT IN I'lTTSHI KUH. The Mrst court held in Pittsburgh was February, 1775, under the authority of Virginia. When the country we.-t of the mountains began to be settled there was a dispute between Pennsylvania and Virginia as to who owned it. Virginia authorized Ir. John Connolly as her representative in Pittsburgh He issued a jiiauiiesto as "Captain ami Commandant of the militia of Pittsburgh and its Ue-endencies," and Arthur S Clair, then a J list ice of the Peace of Westmoreland county arrested and imprisoned Connelly, who after his release obtained a commission as Justice of the Peace of Augusta county, Virginia, of which all territory between the Ohio and Mononga-heia rivers was claimed to be a part and in time ousted sev ral of the justices of Westmoreland county. The first Virginia court held in Pittsburgh was by Geo. Grogan, John Campbell. J !in Connolly, 1 orsey Pente-4-ost, Thomas SmaUmau and John Gibson, Justices of the Peare. The courts were continued until Noveinlw-r 177i, the territory then being called West Augusta county. It was then divided into Ohio, Vohogartia and Monongalia counties, Pittsburgh being iu Vohogania -ountv. 0urr. was beld iu this ,-ounty until 180, in Pittsburgh, Washington and on the farm of Andrew Heath on the Moiiou-gaheta river. In 177:t the curt of Westmoreland comtTy found a true, bill for misdemeanor against the notorious Simon Girty. He ewaped to Pittsburgh ami was cmimis-siobed a Lieutenant of utUiria by Virginia, i Felonry 22, 177,Y in the same day Rolen Hanna was heid in l.Ooo pounds eririty for refn-ing to take tin- oath of allegiance to Virginia. The Sheriff on this rtate was ordered to erect a ''1 tucking retool" for scolding wives in th- Monon-gabela river, the tirst pnbiic work erected in Pittsburgh. From 1773 to 17 the jurisdiction of Virgitda was supreme, init on SenTemb-er Ci, 17sO, connniH-sioJiMrs w-re appointed to nnd Mswid A: tMx in'a line and Virginia withdrew her claims. Wa-hington county was erec ted iti Man-b, l-sl, 1'iTts-bttrgh remaining in W-t more; and ciMinty. Allegheny coiinry wa- eiab!i.-hfd S-p-tetititer lit, 177. enibra ing part of West-moreiand and M'ashington counties and ail the territory north of the Ohio-ami wet of the Allegheny. From thisthe counties of Armstrong, Beaver, lintier, Crawford. Erie, Lawrenie, Mep-.-r. Venango fd Warren nnd parts of Indiana and ; Ciari'.ri eonnT.es wer- ereateil. i t 1 A 12 a t of "f for c

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  1. Pittsburgh Daily Post,
  2. 13 Apr 1883, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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