Bullitt County History

John May's 200 & 300 Acre Tracts

On 25 May 1789, Adam Shepherd conducted two connected surveys on the waters of Long Lick Creek for John May as shown below.

Survey

Surveyed for John May 200 acres of land lying in Nelson County by virtue of part of a treasury warrant No. 4104, lying on the had of Wilson's Fork of the Long Lick Creek. Beginning near a sinking spring, at a sweet gum & two beeches at a branch, thence West 120 poles to three white oaks, thence South 267 poles to two buckeyes & a small mulberry, thence East 120 poles to three sycamores, thence North 267 poles to the beginning. May the 25th 1789. Adam Shepherd, assistant surveyor; chain carriers: Weathers King, Yellow Bratwell; marker: Michael Shepherd

Surveyed for John May 300 acres of land lying in Nelson County by virtue of three treasury warrants to 100 acres entered out of each No. 4866, 2994, & 6136 lying on the waters of Long Lick Creek and joining his 200 acre survey on Wilson's Fork. Beginning at sweet gum & two beeches beginning corner of the 200 acres of the said Mays, thence East 180 poles to three small beeches, thence South 267 poles to two sugar trees, thence West 180 poles to three sycamores, thence North 267 poles to the beginning. May the 25th 1789. Adam Shepherd, assistant surveyor; chain carriers: Weathers King, Zelow Bratwell.

It would not be until 1 Aug 1796 that John May obtained deeds to the two tracts, as shown below.

Deed

Kentucky Grant Book 2, page 5
James Garrard 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 part of a land office treasury warrant No. 4104 there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto John May a certain tract or parcel of land containing two hundred acres by survey bearing date the twenty fifth day of May one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine lying and being in Nelson County on the head of Wilson's fork of the Long Lick Creek and bounded as followeth to wit. Beginning near a sinking spring at a sweet gum and two beeches at a branch, thence West one hundred and twenty poles to three white oaks, thence South two hundred and sixty seven poles to two beeches and a small mulberry, thence East one hundred and twenty poles to three sycamores, thence North two hundred and sixty seven 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 John May or 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 Commonwealth to be affixed at Frankfort on the first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six and of the Commonwealth the fifth. (signed) James Garrard

Deed

Kentucky Grant Book 2, page 6
James Garrard 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 part of a land office treasury warrants No. 4866, 2994, 6136 there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto John May a certain tract or parcel of land containing three hundred acres by survey bearing date the twenty fifth day of May one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine and being in Nelson County on the waters of Long Lick Creek & adjoining his 200 acres on Wilson's fork and bounded as followeth to wit. Beginning at a sweet gum and two beeches beginning corner of the 200 acres of the said Mays, thence East one hundred and eighty poles to three small beeches, thence South two hundred and sixty seven poles to two sugar trees, thence West one hundred and eighty poles to three sycamores, thence North two hundred and sixty seven 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 John May 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 Commonwealth to be affixed at Frankfort on the first day of August Anno Domini 1796 and the Commonwealth the fifth. (signed) James Garrard


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