Bullitt County History

Nicholas Ray Brashear's 400 Acre Warrant

Nicholas Ray Brashear, son and heir of William Brashear, patented a 400 acre tract north of Salt River and east of his 1000 acre tract on Floyd's Fork based on a Virginia settlement grant in his father's name. The first image below is of the Virginia Commissioner's recognition that William was entitled to a 400 acre settlement, as well as an additional 1000 acres preemption due to the earlier settlement there by his brother Joseph Brashear.

Below is a digital image of the original plat and description drawn by Thomas Whitledge. Beneath it is a copy placed in Bullitt County Plat Book I.

Although Whitledge completed the survey in 1783, it was not until 1798 that Brashear's patent was granted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A digital image of that patent, as written in Kentucky Grant Book 2, pages 26-27, is shown below. A transcription appears beneath the image.

Here is a transcription of that grant.

"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 a certificate for settlement right there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto Nicholas Ray Brashear heir at law to William Brashear Decd a certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres by survey bearing date the second day of October one thousand seven hundred and eighty three lying and being in Jefferson County on the waters of Salt River on the north side lying in the forks of Floyd's fork and Salt River and bounded as followeth towit Beginning at a white oak and two Beeches sixty poles below the mouth of Mill branch and opposite to the upper end of the island against Cedar Creek running thence North 15 degrees East 240 poles to a Sugartree, Elm and small Poplar tree near a small drain of Floyd's Fork waters thence South 75 degrees East 267 poles to two Beeches on a ridge thence South 15 degrees West 240 poles to a large Beech, Poplar and Sugartree on the bank of Salt River, then down and binding on Salt River with the meander thereof North 75 degrees west 267 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 Nicholas Ray Brashear Heir at Law to William Brashear Decd and his Heirs forever. In witnesseth 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 14th day of May anno Domino 1798 and of the Commonwealth the Sixth."

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