Bullitt County History

James Shanks' 200 Acre Tract

James Shanks surveyed 200 acres of land in Bullitt County for Richard Johnston on 24 May 1798. Johnston then assigned the tract to Shanks the next day, and Shanks received a deed to it on 20 Nov 1805. Most of the tract's boundaries were lines of other surveys already taken. The various corners of the tract are indicated on this drawing, and in the survey description below.


Survey

Surveyed for Richard Johnston 200 acres of land in Bullitt County by virtue of part of a treasury warrant number 15615 entered the 18th day of December 1783 and bounded as followeth to wit. Beginning at [A] a black oak & beech northwestwardly corner of John Whitaker's 460 acre tract, thence with Whitaker's line North 80° East 288 poles to [B] a stake in said line, corner to Johnston's 500 acre tract, thence with Johnston's line North 100 poles to [C] a beech, white oak & black oak, corner to John Dowdall's 500 acre tract, thence with Dowdall's line West 170 poles to [D] a line of Whitaker's 178 acre tract, thence with said line South 10 poles to [E] his southeastwardly corner, thence with another line of said 178 acre tract West 172 poles to [F] Alexander Miller's line of his 425 acre tract, thence with said line South 21° East 25 poles to [G] Miller's corner of two chestnut oaks, thence with another of Miller's lines South 69° West 63 poles to [H] William Alexander's line, thence with Alexander's line South 94 poles to [I] a line of John Whitaker's 200 acre tract, thence with said line East 68 poles to [A] the beginning. May 24th 1798. James Shanks, surveyor. Zachariah Harris & Walter Harris, chain carriers.

For value received I do hereby assign unto James Shanks all my right, title, claim and interest of in & to the within described lands, and the register is requested to issue the patent in th name of said Shanks & for his benefit, given under my hand and seal this 25th day of May 1798. (signed) W. Johnson, attorney for Richard Johnston.

Deed

Christopher Greenup 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. 15615 entered the 18th of December 1783, there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto James Shanks assignee of Richard Johnston a certain tract or parcel of land containing 200 acres by survey bearing date the 24th day of May 1798, lying and being in the county of Bullitt and bounded as follows, to wit. Beginning at a black oak & beech northwestwardly corner of John Whitaker's 460 acre tract, thence with Whitaker's line North 80° East 288 poles to a stake in said line, corner to Johnston's 500 acre tract, thence with Johnston's line North 100 poles to a beech, white oak & black oak, corner to John Dowdall's 500 acre tract, thence with Dowdall's line West 170 poles to a line of Whitaker's 178 acre tract, thence with said line South 10 poles to his southeastwardly corner, thence with another line of said 178 acre tract West 172 poles to Alexander Miller's line of his 425 acre tract, thence with said line South 21° East 25 poles to Miller's corner of two chestnut oaks, thence with another of Miller's lines South 69° West 63 poles to William Alexander's line, thence with Alexander's line South 94 poles to a line of John Whitaker's 200 acre tract, thence with said line East 68 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 James Shanks and his heirs forever. In witness whereof the said Christopher Greenup Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, hath hereunto set his hand and caused the seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Frankfort on the 20th day of November in the year of our Lord 1805, and of the Commonwealth the 14th. (signed) Christopher Greenup


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