Bullitt County History

Division of Christian Barrall's Land

In 1871, the Bullitt County Court ordered that a tract of land owned by Christian Barrall, deceased, be divided among his heirs. That division helps us to determine with some certainty the names of his children. The ensuing report was placed in the Bullitt County Will Book H, on pages 307-309, and is transcribed below.

We also located a rough drawing (shown below) showing the division of land which may help you visualize it better.


In obedience to an order of the Bullitt Court made at the February term 1871 appointing us the undersigned commissioners for the purpose of making a division between Christian Barrells heirs in a tract of land deeded by John Riely to said Barrell, we proceeded and met on said land, on the 5th day September 1871 and after first were duly sworn by the surveyor, we divided and allotted said tract to the heirs as set out in the petition and order for division as follows and explained in this report.

To Mary Pauley [Mary E. Barrall, married Joseph Pauley] we allotted Lot No. 2 and bounded as follows. Beginning at a stake A on plat where the original corner, sugar tree, ash & elm stood of Jacob Horine's 500 acres, thence with the same N 30 E 69 poles to a stake corner to Lot 1. Thence with the same N 60 W 58 poles to an elm, beech & sugar tree, thence S 72 W 32 poles to an ash, thence S 26 W 28 poles to a black oak & red oak on top of a knob in Peter Millers road line as agreed on by him and C. Barrell, thence with the marked line and said road S. 37 E 18 poles, S 40 E 26 poles, S 61 E 33 poles to the Beginning, containing 29 acres.

To Silas F. Barrell [Silas Field Barrall, married Maria Samuels] we allotted Lot No. 1. Beginning at an elm, sugar tree & beech corner to Lots 2 & 3, B on plat, thence N 13 1/2 E 59 poles to a chesnut, white oak & sourwood, N 60 W 25 poles to three hickories, N 13 1/2 E 75 1/2 poles at a path a stake being N 18 W 14 links from a white oak in Frank Samuels line, thence with his line and Joseph Pauley S 60 E 122 poles to an ash & sourwood supposed to stand in Jacob Horines line of 500 actes, thence with the same S 30 W 129 poles to a stake in said line & corner to Lot No. 2, thence with the same N 60 W 58 poles to the beginning, containing 71 acres.

Lot No. 3 we allotted to Joseph A. Barrall. [Joseph Alden Barrall, married Elmira Martin] Beginning at an ash, sugar tree & beech on the west bank of Cane hollow branch, corner to Lot 2, B on plat, thence S 72 W 32 poles to an ash, thence S 26 W 28 poles to a red & black oaks on top of a knob in a marked line made by Peter Miller and Christian Barrell for a road, thence with said line N 53 W 33 poles to a hickory corner to Peter Millers, thence S 46 1/2 W 26 poles to a chesnut oak and sourwood, thence with Peter Millers line N 44 1/2 W 39 poles to a gum, ash & dogwood saplings on the west brew of a ridge corner to lot 5, thence N 47 E 103 poles to a chesnut & sasafras in a line of Lot 4, thence S 45 E 35 1/2 poles to two beeches at the foot of a knob, thence N 13 1/2 E 32 poles to three hickories corner to Lot 1, thence S 60 E 25(?) poles to a chesnut, white oak & sourwood, thence S 13 1/2 W 59 poles to the beginning, containing 42 acres.

Lot No 4 we allotted to Barbara Samuels [Barbara Ellen Barrall, married Franklin Samuels]. Beginning at two beeches, D on plat, at the foot of a knob corner to Lot 3, thence N 13 1/2 E 107 3/4 poles to a stake at a path being N 18 W 14 links from a white oak in Frank Samuels line, thence with his line N 60 W 79 poles to two chesnuts on top of a knob corner to Lot 6, thence S 47 W 72 poles to two beeches & sourwood corner to Lot 5, thence S 45 E 128 poles to the beginning, containing 52 acres.

Lot No. 5 we allotted to John and Burke Vaughn [sons of Nelson and Amanda F. (Barrall) Vaughn, both deceased]. Beginning at a chesnut & sasafras, E in plat, corner to Lot 3, in line Lot 4, thence S 47 W 103 poles to a gum, dogwood & ash saplings on the west brow of a ridge in Peter Millers line, thence with the same N 44 1/2 W crossing Clarks hollow 92 1/2 poles to a gum & dogwood, corner to Lot 6, thence N 47 E 101 1/2 poles to two beeches & sourwood corner to Lot 4, thence S 45 E 91 1/2 poles to the Beginning, containing 60 acres.

Lot No. 6 we allotted to C. H. Barrell [Christian Harshfield Barrall, married first Ravia Jane Martin, married second Mary Ellen Magruder Samuels]. Beginning at a stake 2 feet north from a white oak c. thence with Peter Millers line S 44 1/2 E 44 poles to a gum & dogwood, thence N 47 E 174 poles to two chesnuts in Frank Samuels line, thence with the same N 60 W 46 poles to two white oaks & black oak saplings, thence S 47 W 169 poles to the Beginning, containing 44 acres.

Lot No. 7 we allotted to Jno M. Barrell [John M. Barrall, married Mildred A. Miller]. Beginning at a stake two feet north from a white c. thence N 47 E 163 poles to two white oaks & black oak, thence N 60 W 48 poles to a small hickory & ash in a deep ravine in Robt M. Millers line, thence with the same S 47 1/4 W 146 poles to a stone & dogwood corner to Peter Millers, thence with the same S 44 1/2 E 47 poles to the beginning, containing 44 acres.

It appears that heretofore May 15th 1851, a survey was made by Peacock for C. Barrell & Peter Miller, Senior in which the parties have agreed on a line F. A. and to Knob Creek in this plat for the purpose of giving said Barrall & Miller a road from the Louisville county road on Knob Creek from about the point 1 & to A, thence up the knob following the marked line made by the parties to E in Peacocks plat, which plat & survey we herewith file marked B and make part of this report.

We have further agreed that the heirs named in this report shall have a passway up or down of all branches or hollows that runs through the original tract, this is in the cane hollow branch down to A and on to Knob Creek in the Clark Hollow down to P. Millers line, and down the Hollow called P. Millers orchard branch to said Millers line.

All of which is respectfully submitted to the court.

Isaac Smith
James Funk
C. Herps, commissioner and surveyor


Christian Barrall had three additional sons who were deceased at the time of this division. They were Francis Marion Barrall who died in 1853, age 13; General Jackson Barrall who died in 1854, age 26 and single; and Martin V. Barrall who died in 1855, age 17, also single.


If you, the reader, have an interest in any particular part of our county history, and wish to contribute to this effort, use the form on our Contact Us page to send us your comments about this, or any Bullitt County History page. We welcome your comments and suggestions. If you feel that we have misspoken at any point, please feel free to point this out to us.

The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 13 Jul 2015 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/bchistory/barrall_division.html