Bullitt County History

Lewis Snap and the Mt. Washington Trustees, 1834

In 1834 the Kentucky General Assembly passed an act that relates briefly on the early development of the Mt. Washington community. In it, three individuals are specifically named: Lewis Snap, Samuel Evans, and William W. McCrosky. We have transcribed this act below.


From Acts Passed at the First Session of the Forty-Second General Assembly for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, December 1833, page 697

CHAPTER 495.

AN ACT for the benefit of Lewis Snap, and limiting the powers of the Trustees
of the town of Mount Washington, in Bullitt County.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, That it shall not be lawful for the trustees of Mount Washington, in Bullitt county, to levy and collect any tax on the lots and parts of lots fronting on the street, running east and west through said town, on which Lewis Snap resides, and employ the same to the improvement of the streets. But it shall be the duty of the trustees of said town to employ all the taxes levied on the property on said street to the improvement of the same; and it shall be lawful for Lewis Snap to move the Bullitt circuit court for a summons against Samuel Evans and William W. McCrosky, to shew cause why said street shall not be extended east through their land to the road leading from Bardstown through Mount Washington to Louisville; and on the application of said Evans and McCrosky, the court shall award them a writ of ad quod-damnum, directed to the sheriff of Bullitt county, to be executed as other like writs, for assessing damages for opening public roads; and on the return of said writ executed, if the court shall be of opinion that public convenience would be consulted by opening a road from the termination of said street to the said Louisville road, it shall be lawful for said court to cause said Snap to pay the damages assessed in favor of said Evans and McCrosky, and their costs in the proceeding, and to order and cause the road to be opened, and either party may have an appeal orwrit of error to the Court of Appeals.

[Approved February 22,1834]


Ad quod damnum or ad damnum is a Latin phrase meaning "according to the harm" or "appropriate to the harm." It is used in tort law as a measure of damage inflicted, and implying a remedy, if one exists, ought to correspond specifically and only to the damage suffered.


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