Bullitt County History

Heirs of John Larue Survey

In an 1831 court case described on another page, a survey of land for John Larue was in dispute. We have located a deed that refers to that survey.

Here is a transcription of the original land deed that granted the heirs of John Larue a tract of 21,000 acres lying mostly in present day Bullitt County, but extending northward into southern Jefferson County today.

Significant landmark descriptions are highlighted in the document, and those marked on the Google map below are indicated with red letters.

Isaac Shelby Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know ye that by virtue and in consideration of two land office Treasury warrants number 14139 and 14786 there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto the heirs of John Larue Decd a certain tract or parcel of land containing twenty one thousand acres by survey bearing date the third day of August one thousand seven hundred and ninety two lying and being in the County of Jefferson and bounded as followeth towit. Beginning at the mouth of a small branch where the knobs come to Floyds fork above Nicholas Brashear's on the north side of said Knobs at a hickory, maple and white walnut standing on the bank of Floyds fork running up with the meander and binding on said fork on the west or lower side the following courses, North 8 degrees East 16 poles, North 38 degrees East 60 poles, North 25 degrees East 40 poles, North 46 degrees East 40 poles, North 85 degrees East 30 poles, North 61 degrees East 30 poles, South 64 degrees East 40 poles, South 75 degrees East 12 poles, North 89 degrees East 40 poles, North 74 degrees East 32 poles, North 85 degrees East 176 poles, North 65 degrees East 25 poles, East 66 poles, South 62 degrees East 14 poles, North 87 degrees East 84 poles, North 56 degrees East 34 poles, North 31 degrees West 20 poles, North 48 degrees West 26 poles, North 73 degrees West 22 poles, North 50 degrees West 22 poles, North 10 degrees West 16 poles, North 55 degrees East 30 poles, South 72 degrees East 32 poles, North 61 degrees East 22 poles, North 15 degrees East 86 poles, North 1.5 degrees West 10 poles, North 14 degrees East 10 poles, North 48 degrees East 35 poles, North 37 degrees East 24 poles, West 26 poles, South 65 degrees West 123 poles, North 65 degrees West 20 poles, North 31 degrees West 60 poles, North 21 degrees East 16 poles, North 37 degrees East 20 poles to a sugar tree twelve poles above where the old road crosses Floyds fork from the falls of Ohio to the mouth of Coxes Creek marked I.B. North 30 degrees West 34 poles, North 5 degrees East 24 poles, North 26 degrees East 80 poles, North 56 degrees East 56 poles, North 40 degrees East 124 poles, North 36 degrees West 152 poles, North 11 degrees East 32 poles, East 24 poles, South 62 degrees East 193 poles, North 55 degrees East 48 poles, North 8 degrees West 222 poles, South 72 degrees East 120 poles, South 13 degrees East 92 poles, North 50 degrees East 122 poles, South 47 degrees East 120 poles, South 6 degrees West 93 poles, South 35 degrees East 115 poles, North 32 degrees East 82 poles to where the waggon road from the Falls of Ohio to Beards town crosses Floyds fork thence North 15 degrees West 151 poles, North 15 degrees East 66 poles, North 33 degrees East 24 poles, North 67 degrees East 80 poles, North 96 poles to a large hoopwood and a large beech standing on the bank of Floyds fork,[A] thence North 72 degrees West 2655 poles to two ashes and two elms standing on the south bank of Fern creek where the old road from Bullits lick to the falls of Ohio cross said creek thence with the road[B] South 25 degrees East 610 poles, South 41 degrees West 20 poles, South 13 degrees West 30 poles, South 5 degrees East 14 poles, South 3.5 degrees West 21 poles, South 19 degrees East 10 poles, South 3.5 degrees East 38 poles, South 2.5 degrees West 62 poles to Col Moores spring [C] and the same course continued 228 poles, South 17 degrees West 103 poles, South 100 poles, South 18 degrees East 152 poles, South 13 degrees West 448 poles to Brooks Spring [D] South 20 degrees West 934 poles to two beeches gum walnut & elm standing on the east side of said road in a flat on the northwest side of a branch thence with the Knobs [E] North 73 degrees East 180 poles, South 49 degrees East 320 poles to the beginning with its appurtenances to have and hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said heirs of John Larue Decd, and their heirs forever. In witness whereof the said Isaac Shelby Equire Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky hath here unto set his hand and caused the seal of the Commonwealth to be affixed at Lexington on the sixteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three and of the Commonwealth the first.
Isaac Shelby

Below we have placed an image of the original survey drawing on the left, and an image insert from Google showing the approximate location of this survey on the right. Please note that the locations of borders are only rough estimates. This side by side comparison will allow you to see the shape of the survey both ways.

You can use the arrows in the upper left corner of the Google map to move the map image, or use the plus and minus signs to zoom in or out. You may also put the cursor on the map and drag the image to where you want it.

The letter markers on the map point to locations identified in the deed. Keep in mind that these map locations are approximations based on the available data and some guesswork.

An image of the original survey, and a larger Google map showing the survey on a modern map may be viewed on another page.


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