Bullitt County History

Michael Garnheart to Thomas Smith - 365 Acres

On 12 Jun 1789, James F. Moore surveyed a tract of 365 acres for Charles Williams in what is now north-central Bullitt County, and located east of Brook's Spring. Then on 22 Jun 1789, Williams signed the tract over to Michael Garnheart who obtained a deed for it on 20 Apr 1792. Then in 1796, Garnheart sold the tract to Thomas Smith as shown here.

Following Thomas Smith's death, his heirs were required by the Bullitt Circuit Court to sell this tract at auction, and it was purchased by Henry Crist on 13 Oct 1808. Then Crist sold it to John Beckwith on 7 Apr 1804.

According to James Shanks' 1811 plat drawing, by that time that drawing was made that tract was numbered as #13 and owned by John Beckwith.

Jefferson County Deed Book 4, Pages 394-395

This indenture made this eighth day of March in the year of our Lord 1796 between Michael Garnheart and Mary his wife of the County of Jefferson and State of Kentucky of the one part and Thomas Smith of the same county and state of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Michael Garnhart and Mary his wife for and in consideration of the sum of 600 pounds lawful money of Kentucky to them in hand paid, hath and by these presents doth grant, bargain and sell unto the said Thomas Smith, his heirs and assigns, a certain tract of land in the County of Jefferson and State of Kentucky, bounded as follows, viz.

Beginning at two white oaks standing near the Buffaloe Road about four miles northeastwardly from the Blue Licks, corner to Thomas Hardin, thence with his line South 55° East 253 poles to his corner a beech and elm, thence South 35° West 400 poles to three beeches in a line of Edward William's preemption, thence with a line of the same, North 434 poles to a red oak and water beech, thence North 35° East 49 poles to the beginning, it being the same tract of land whereon Peter Kerns lately resided, lying on the waters of Floyd's Fork and on Cedar Creek, containing by estimation and survey the full quantity of 365 acres, be the same more or less.

To have and to hold the said tract of land with its appurtenances unto the said Thomas Smith and his heirs and assigns to their proper use and behoof forever, and the said Michael Garnhart for himself and his heirs the said tract of land, with the appurtenances, to the said Thomas Smith and his heirs and assigns shall and will forever warrant and defend against all and every person or persons whatsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same. In witness whereof the said parties have hereunto set their hands and seals on the day and year above written.

(signed) Michael Garnhart, Mary Garnhart Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Robert Matthews, Ev. Moxie, Thomas Sanders, Abner Hornbeck, Daniel Hilley

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