On 20 Sep 1798, James Shanks, then Bullitt County's surveyor, surveyed a tract of 2000 acres for David Leitch's widow, Kitinah Taylor which adjoined the 14,000 acres she had inherited from her late husband. A deed for this 2000 acres was issued on 8 May 1812, but there seems to have been some question about the tract's ownership. We know that a court case regarding it made its way to the Kentucky Court of Appeals which issued a ruling that you may find on another page. The drawing shown here shows the relationship of this tract to the 14,000 acre tract. The letters and numbers shown in red in the survey description below refer to those on this drawing.
Surveyed for Kitinah Taylor, late widow & devisee of David Leitch, assignee of Joseph Weisiger, 2000 acres of land in Bullitt County by virtue of part of a treasury warrant No. 18780 entered November the 17th 1783 on the north side of Salt River adjoining his former survey of 14,000 acres and beginning at [a] the southeastwardly corner thereof at two hickory, elm and honey locust, thence with the line of the 14,000 acres survey N 60° W 1058 1/3 poles to [b] a dogwood, hickory and white oak, corner to the 14,000 acre survey, thence S 30° W 302 1/3 poles to [c] three black oaks and four dogwoods in a brushy thicket, thence S 60° E 845 poles to [d] a sycamore and two beeches on the bank of Salt river about twenty poles below David Hawkin's house, thence up the river with the meanders thereof and binding thereon 335 poles to [e] a honey locust and hoop ash on the bank of the river, thence N 30° E 132 poles to the Beginning. September 20th 1798. James Shanks, surveyor. David Hawkins & Simeon Harris, chain carriers. Joseph Lewis, marker.
Charles Scott 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 the treasury warrant number 18,780, enter the 17th day of November 1783, there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto Keturah Taylor, late widow and devisee of David Leitch, assignee of Joseph Weisiger, a certain tract or parcel of land containing 2000 acres by survey bearing date the 20th day of September 1798, lying and being in the County of Bullitt on the north side of Salt River, adjoining his former survey of 14,000 acres and bounded as followeth, to wit. beginning at the southeastwardly corner thereof at two hickories, elm and honey locust, thence with the line of the 14,000 acres survey North 60° West 1058 1/3 poles to a dogwood, hickory and white oak, corner to the 14,000 acre survey, thence South 30° West 302 1/3 poles to three black oaks and four dogwoods in a brushy thicket, thence South 60° East 845 poles to a sycamore and two beeches on the bank of Salt river about twenty poles below David Hawkin's house, thence up the river with the meanders thereof and binding thereon 335 poles to a honey locust and hoop ash on the bank of the river, thence North 30° East 132 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 Keturah Taylor and her heirs forever. In witness whereof the said Charles Scott 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 8th day of May in the year of our Lord 1812, and of the Commonwealth the 20th. (signed) Charles Scott
The drawing below shows our best estimate of the location of Leitch's 2 tracts with the locations of Mt. Washington, and of Richard Johnson's claims along McCollough Run.
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