Bullitt County History

John Gaither to Joseph Ridgway - 150 Acres

On 26 Dec 1797, John Rogers Gaither and his wife Mary sold 150 acres of land lying along Floyd's Fork to Joseph Ridgway. This was part of a 1000 acre tract surveyed and patented to Jacob Harmon. According to this deed, Harmon had signed this tract over to Gaither earlier.


Bullitt County Deed Book A1, Pages 15-16

This indenture made this 26th day of December 1797, between John Rogers Gaither and his wife Mary Gaither of Bullitt County and state of Kentucky of the one part and Joseph Ridgway of Bullitt County and state aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that the said John R. Gaither and his wife Mary Gaither for and in consideration of the sum of 37 pounds ten shillings, money of Virginia, to them in hand paid, the receipt whereof they do acknowledge and confess, hath given, granted, bargained and sold, and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, and sell unto the said Joseph Ridgway, his heirs and assigns, 150 acres of land situate laying and being in Bullitt County, being part of a survey of 1000 acres on Floyd's Fork of Salt River, entered and surveyed in the name of Jacob Harmon by the said John R. Gaither and laid off to him the said John R. Gaither by commissioners appointed by the court of Jefferson County according to an instrument of writing given by the said Jacob Harmon to the said John R. Gaither. Beginning at an ash, white oak and sugar tree on the bank of Floyd's Fork, the beginning trees of the original survey, and running down the fork South 20° West 80 poles, thence North 87° West 56 poles to an elm and lynn trees, thence South 30° East 137 poles to a black gum, beech and dogwood trees, thence South 60° West 50 poles to a forked beech and sugar tree, thence South 30° East 87 poles to two beeches, ash and poplar trees in Harmon's line, thence North 60° East 160 poles to a poplar, gum and dogwood trees, thence North 30° West 224 poles to the beginning trees, to have and to hold the said 150 acres of land with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining or belonging unto the said Joseph Ridgway, his heirs and assigns to the only proper use, benefit and behoof of him the said Joseph Ridgway, his heirs and assigns, forever. And the said John R. Gaither do hereby covenant that they are ceased of an absolute indisputable, indubitable estate of inheritance in the said 150 acres of land and that they will warrant and forever defend the same unto the said Joseph Ridgway, his heirs and assigns, the claims of all persons whatsoever. In witness whereof the said John R. Gaither and his wife Mary Gaither hath hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year above written. (signed) John R. Gaither, Mary Gaither. Witnesses: Levi Brashear, Thomas C. Brashear, Maurice Miles.

Mary R. Gaither, being examined apart from her husband by us, justices of the peace for Bullitt County, doth relinquish all her right of dowry to the within convence of land. (signed) Moses Moore, Thomas Sanders.


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