Bullitt County History

Henry Spelman and John Cockey Owings'
400 Acre Survey

On 27 Feb 1784, Henry Spelman and John Cockey Owings paid Thomas Whitledge and George May to survey a 400 acre plot for them along Long Lick Creek. Less then a month later both men signed over their claim to the land to Adam Shepherd (Owings on March 20, and Spelman on March 23). Shepherd received a formal deed to the land from Virginia on 19 May 1785.

Transcriptions of this survey, and of the deed granting this tract to Adam Shepherd are transcribed below.

"Surveyed for Henry Spelman and John Cockey Owings 400 acres of land by virtue of a presumption warrant No. 800 in Jefferson County on the south side of Long Lick Creek on the waters of Salt River and bounded as followeth, to wit. Beginning at a white oak and gum standing on the bank of Long Lick Creek about thirty poles above the mouth of Cunningham's spring branch, thence running up the creek binding on the same with the meanders thereof three hundred and sixteen poles to a sugar tree and elm in the line of Charles Chin's one thousand acre survey, thence along the said Chin's line south fifty degrees east three hundred poles to two beaches and a large poplar on a ridge, thence south forty five degrees west two hundered and fifty poles to two ashes and a walnut at a sinking branch, thence north twenty eight degrees west one hundred and twenty poles to three beaches a corner of Jesse Rude's four hundred acre survey, thence along his line north sixty five degrees west sixty poles to a while oak and beach, thence leaving the said Rude's line north forty five degrees west two hundred and thirty four poles to the Beginning.
Thos Whitledge
Geo May
February 27th 1784"

"Grant Book 5, page 242
Patrick Henry Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia to all to whom these presents shall come, greeting. Know ye that by virtue and in consideration of a presumption treasury warrant number 800 and issued the 20th day of April 1780 there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto Adam Shepherd, assignee of Henry Spelman, John Cockey Owings a certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres by survey bearing date the 27th day of February one thousand seven hundred and eighty four, lying and being in the county of Jefferson on the south side of Long Lick Creek on the waters of Salt River and bounded as followeth to wit, Beginning at a white oak and gum standing on the bank of Long Lick Creek about thirty poles above the mouth of Cunningham's spring branch, thence running up the creek, binding on the same with the meanders thereof three hundred and sixteen ples to a sugar tree and elm in the line of Charles Chin's one thousand acre survey, thence along the said Chin's line south fifty degrees east three hundred poles to two beaches and a large poplar on a ridge, thence south forty five degrees west two hundred and fifty poles to two ashes and a walnut at a sinking branch, thence north twenty eight degrees west one hundred and twenty poles to three beaches a corner of Jesse Rude's four hundred acre survey, thence along his line north sixty five degrees west sixty poles to a white oak and beach, thence leaving the said Rude's line north forty five degrees west two hudnred and thirty four poles to the Beginning with its appurtenances, to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said Adam Shepherd and his heirs forever. In witness whereof the said Patrick Henry Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia hath hereunto set his hand and caused the lesser seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the nineteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five and of the Commonwealth the ninth.
Patrick Henry "

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


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