In compliance with the act creating the new county, the first county court convened at the house of Alfred Beauchamp, in the town of Elizabeth, on the 23d day of May, 1848. The following justices were present, viz.: Henry Steed, Charles Rector, William Shepherd, Thomas Boggs , John P. Thomasson, William R. Goff, Silas B. Seaman, William P. Rathbone, Daniel Wilkinson and Alfred Beauchamp. The court at once proceeded to an election of clerk. Daniel Wilkinson, Samuel Shepherd and William Smith were placed in nomination. Beauchamp, Rector, Rathbone, Boggs and Steed voted for Wilkinson; Goff, Seaman, William Shepherd and Tom- asson for Shepherd.; no votes were cast for Smith. Daniel Wil- kinson having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared to be elected clerk of the court for the time prescribed by law. He at once came into court and qualified "as the law directs," taking "the oath to support the constitution of the United States, the oath of fidelity to the commonwealth, the oath against dueling, and the oath of office." John J. Jackson, jr., was then elected to the office of prosecu- ting attorney to prosecute causes in behalf of the State in this court; J. C. Rathbone was then elected to the office of surveyor of lands, and J. P. Thomasson was chosen commissioner of the revenue; Selden S. Coe, Benjamin Baker, Alfred Cain and Wil- liam Parril were chosen constables, or tipstaffs, as they are called in the records of this county. Then the following attorneys, several of whom had before secured a license to practice in the circuit court, presented themselves and were duly licensed to prac- tice in this court, viz.: Arthur I. Boreman, Alfred S. Kenaird, William S. Bird, William H. Safford, John G. Stringer, P. G. Van Winkle, Joseph Spencer, Albert G. Stringer, John F. Snod- grass, Cabell Tavener, John E. Hays, J. J. Jackson, jr., J. B. Blair, Clermont E. Thaw, Joseph C. Moore, J. M. Jackson and Thomas Hall. John Foster then made application for license to keep an ordin- ary in the town of Pribble Mills in this county, and "the court being satisfied that the applicant was a person of good character, not addicted to drunkenness or gaming; and will keep an orderly and useful house of entertainment, his bond was taken and filed, and his license granted." Henry Steed was recommended to his excellency the governor as a suitable person to be appointed to the office of sheriff, after which the court adjourned having put in complete working order the machinery of Wirt county, named in honor of William Wirt, one of Virginia's most gifted and hon- ored sons.