Saturday, August 5, 2017

Collins Dedicated Wharton To Jefferson

According to a historic document hand-written by the founder of Covington, the town now known as Covington was originally dedicated to President Thomas Jefferson. 

In 1814, John Wharton Collins filed legal papers with the local court that spelled out his dedication intentions for the original plan for Wharton, the town he founded in 1813. The name was changed to Covington by the state legislature a few years later, against his wishes.

Thomas Jefferson

The document stated the following:

State of Louisiana
Parish of St. Tammany
Be it remembered, that on this nineteenth day of March in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourteen John W. Collins, deposited in this office the plan of a portion of land, laid out under the title of the division of St. John of Wharton, founded the fourth of July 1813, and humbly dedicated to the late President of the United States Thomas Jefferson, and thereby reserving to the purchasers of Lots the right in commons, of all Streets, Alleys, Water Courses and Timber Trees that are within the Plan and extent of said portion of land, and reserving to himself the privilege of extending any Square, and forming new ones according to the said Plan.

In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and Seal the day and day above written J.W. Collins

Sign'd, Seal'd and Acknowledged,
Before me, the date above written James Tate (J.D.) for St. Tammany
(Recorded 19th March, 1814)

Above is a photograph of the original document. Click on the image below to enlarge it.

Thanks to Jack Terry for sending a copy of the document to my attention.