Viewing Edward D. Neill: "The Territorial Court in Houston County." (1882)
On the docket of the first session of the Territorial Court held in Caledonia on August 20, 1855, there were three criminal cases, including two for perjury in making land claims. Chief Justice William Welch presided. At the second, held on June 23, 1856, there were four cases. The first petition for citizenship, by Michael Burke, was granted. Judge Welsh failed to appear at the next term, scheduled for October 20, 1856, and it was adjourned by the sheriff. At the next session, the Chief Justice appeared, and by that time "it seems that quite a respectable docket had accumulated." This is an excerpt from a history of Houston County published in 1882.