Source: Local laws of The State of Indiana, passed at the thirty-fourth session of the General Assembly (Indianapolis: John D. Defrees, 1850)
In Acts of 1850, Chapter 324 [approved January 8, 1850], the town of Belleville in Hendricks County (located in Liberty Township) was officially incorporated. The act specified that Jonathan Cope, Anthony W. Shiveley, Lawrence A. Johnson, John E. Johnson and David E. Carter were appointed trustees of the town until its first official election could be held on the 4th Monday of January, 1850. Subsequent elections would be held each year on the 4th Monday of January, with 7 trustees to be elected. Every white male who lived in the town limits and had resided there 3 months prior to the election was eligible to vote. All males in town limits who were not exempted were to work on the town's roads between 2 and 4 days each year, under the auspices of the town marshal.