Bullitt County History

Peter Philips' Surveys

Peter Philips had two surveys done in June 1784 that were combined into one document as shown below.

We have transcribed this document below.

"Surveyed for Peter Phillips 400 acres of land in Jefferson County by virtue of a certificate for settlement lying on Long Lick Creek, a south branch of Salt River about five miles from Bullitt's Lick. Beginning at a sugartree and elm standing on the west bank of Long Lick Creek about one mile on a direct line above Long Lick North East corner to John Cockey Owings 400 acre survey, running thence S 65 E 120 poles to a sugartree and two beeches, thence N 25 E 200 poles to a sugar tree and beech crossing Long Lick Creek at 16 poles, thence N 65 W 320 poles to two beeches, thence S 25 W 200 poles to a sugartree and beech, thence S 65 E 200 poles to the Beginning.

Also 1000 acres by virtue of a presumption warrant No 725 adjoining ... his settlement. Beginning at a sugartree & elm beginning corner to the said settlement and running with the line of John Cocky Owings 400 acre survey S 50 E 240 poles to a poplar and beech, thence N 25 E 384 poles to three small beeches standing on the point of a ridge crossing Long Lick Creek at 200 poles, thence N 65 W 540 poles to a white oak, black oak and pine, thence S 25 W 340 poles to a black and ash standing on the east bank of Long Lick Creek, thence up with the meanders thereof 500 poles to the beginning corner of the settlement, thence with a line thereof S 65 E 120 poles to a sugartree and two beeches corner to the said settlement, N 25 E 200 poles to a sugartree and beech another corner thereof, N 65 W 320 poles with a line of said settlement to two beeches a... thereof, S 25 W 200 poles with another line thereof to a sugartree and beech corner thereof, thence with another line thereof S 65 E 200 poles to the Beginning. June 28th 1784.

Bayn Patton
Geo May

A discussion of the relationship of this survey with adjacent ones may be found on another page.

It is not yet clear what became of Philips, but by 1802 Matthew Thompson had obtained the majority of the original surveys and had assigned it to Matthew Patton Sr. A transcription of the deed that passed the land into Patton's hands is shown below.

Kentucky Grant Book 2, page 156
James Garrard Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to all to whom these presents shall come, greeting. Know ye that by virtue of a final decree of the ... General Court at their November term 1802, and in consideration of a certificate of settlement, there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto Matthew Patton Senior, assignee of Matthew Thompson who was assignee of Peter Philips, a certain tract or parcel of land containing three hundred and forty six acres by survey bearing date the twenty eighth day of June one thousand seven hundred and eighty four, and lying and being in the county of Bullitt on Long Lick Creek and bounded as followeth towit. Beginning at two large hickories on the north side of Long Lick Creek thence north twenty five degrees east two hundred and fifty two poles to a stake in John Essarys field, thence south sixty five degrees east two hundred and fifty three poles to three beech trees, thence south twenty five degrees west two hundred and forty three poles to an elm and beech in Spilman's line, thence with said line north fifty degrees west one hundred and fifty four poles to Spilman's corner of sugar tree and elm on the south branch of Long Lick Creek, thence down the same and binding thereon to the Beginning. Also one other tract containing seven hundred sixty nine and three quarters acres in consideration of a presumption warrant No. 725, bounded as followeth towit. Beginning at three beech trees on the north bank of Long Lick Creek, thence north twenty five degrees east four hundred thirty six poles to a beech, white oak and elm, thence south sixty five degrees east four hundred seventy three and two tenths poles to two beech trees, thence south twenty five degrees west three hundred and sixty eight poles to an elm and three beech trees in Spilman's line, thence with said line north fifty degrees west ninety poles to an elm and beech corner to said Philips' settlement, thence with the settlement line north twenty five degrees east two hundred and forty three poles to three beech trees, thence north sixty five degrees west two hundred and fifty three poles to a stake in Essary's field, thence south twenty five degrees west two hundred and fifty two poles to two large hickories and course continued ten poles to the creek, thence down the same and binding thereon to the Beginning with its appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said Matthew Patton Senior and his heirs forever. In witness whereof the said James Garrard Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky hath hereunto set his hand and caused the seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Frankfort on the fifteenth day of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and two and of the Commonwealth the eleventh.
By the Governor, James Garrard


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