On 6 Apr 1861, Sheriff Westley Phelps, in his official capacity, deeded 100 acres of land on the waters of Long Lick Creek to Archibald, William and Elizabeth Maraman, heirs of George W. Maraman. The land had originally been patented to Benjamin Stansbury, had been in the hands of William Caldwell for a time, and had then been passed to Francis Maraman who passed his interest to his sons among whom H. O. Maraman ultimately secured full interest in the land which was then passed to his son George. All of this had taken the better part of three decades, as you will read in the deed below.
Bullitt County Deed Book P, Pages 54-55
This indenture made this 6th day of April in the year 1861 between Westley Phelps, Sheriff of Bullitt County in the state of Kentucky, of the one part and Archibald Maraman, William Maraman and Elizabeth Maraman, heirs at law of George W. Maraman dec'd of the county and state aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that whereas Henry Horine [see transcription following this deed] of the county and state aforesaid sued out of the clerk's office of the Bullitt Circuit Court a writ of fieri facias against the estate of Benjamin Stansbury for the sum of fifteen dollars, also ten dollars 38 1/2 cents bearing date the 12 day of March 1833 returnable to the 11 day of May then next following which fieri facias was directed and delivered to the then Sheriff of said county and the said Sheriff by his deputy, by virtue of the fieri facias aforesaid levied the same on a certain piece or parcel of land as the estate of the said Benjamin Stansbury, and he failing to pay off and discharge or reply said execution, the said Sheriff by his deputy in pursuance of said writ and according to the law of said state having legally advertised and made known the same did on the 20 day of May 1833, being County Court Day, at the courthouse door in the county aforesaid expose to sale at the public vendue or auction the aforesaid tract of land with the appurtenances and all the estate right, title, claim and demand whatsoever of him the said Benjamin Stansbury in, to and over the same, and whereas William Caldwell did then and there bid the sum of five dollars and 75 cents and no person bidding more, the aforesaid tract or parcel of land and appurtenance was in due manner openly struck off and sold to the said William Caldwell for the sum of five dollars and 75 cents.
And whereas said Caldwell (who is now dead and without any lineal descendants living) by his attorney William R. Grigsby conveyed said land to Francis Maraman Sr. (reference to the power from Caldwell to Grigsby and deed from Grigsby to Maraman of record in the office of the Bullitt County Court will show) and said Francis Maraman by will devised said land to his sons Francis Jr., W. W., G. W. and H.O. Maraman, and the said Francis Jr. and W. W. Maraman conveyed their interest in the same to G. W. and H. O. Maraman, and the said H. O. Maraman subsequently conveyed his interest to said G. W. Maraman who died leaving the said named children his heirs at law, all of said conveyances are referred to and of record in the Bullitt County Court Clerk's Office, and the said heirs claiming to have the said land conveyed to them and the said Rodolphus D. Bukey, the then Sheriff of said county being now dead, and as his succession for the purpose of confirming the said purchase to the said heirs of G. W. Maraman (who hold the right of said Caldwell.)
This indenture witnesseth that the said Westley Phelps, Sheriff of the County aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of five dollars and 75 cents heretofore paid by the said Caldwell as appears by endorsement on the back of the execution aforesaid made part hereof and referred to, hath given, granted, bargained, sold, released, conveyed and confirmed, and by these presents does give, grant, bargain, sell, release, convey and confirm unto the said Archibald, William and Elizabeth Maraman, heirs at law of said George W. Maraman dec'd, their heirs assigns &c, all that said tract or parcel of land situate in teh county aforesaid on the waters of Long Lick Creek, containing one hundred acres more or less, being the same patented in the name of said Benjamin Stansbury, by him sold and conveyed to William Stansbury; afterwards sold under execution as the property of said William and purchased by the said Benjamin and conveyed to him by the Sheriff of Bullitt County, all which conveyances are referred to as part of this deed, with the appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining with all the estate right, title, interest, property claim and demand of the said Benjamin Stansbury in, to and over the same and every part and parcel thereof.
To have and to hold all and singular the above granted and bargained premises and appurtenances to the said Archibald, William and Elizabeth Maraman, heirs at law of G. W. Maraman dec'd, their heirs and assigns, and to their only proper use, benefit and behoof is as full and ample a manner as I the said Westley Phelps, Sheriff of said county, and successor to said Bukey by virtue of the authority aforesaid, might convey or ought to convey the same. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and date first above written. (signed) Westley Phelps, Sheriff of Bullitt County.
State of Kentucky, Bullitt County Sct. I Robert F. Samuels, clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid, do certify that on the 12th day of April 1861, the foregoing deed was produced to me in my office and acknowledged by Westley Phelps, Sheriff of Bullitt County, to be his act and deed. Whereupon the same was ordered to be recorded which together with this certificate is truly done in my said office this 19th day of April 1861. (signed) R. F. Samuels, clerk, by J. W. Stoner, Deputy Clerk
Bullitt Circuit Court, Order Book K , Page 277
August 16, 1825
Henry Horine, plaintiff, against Benjamin Stansbury, defendant, on appeal.
This day came the parties by their attorneys and the defendant in his proper person acknowledges plaintiff's cause of action against him for the sum of fifteen dollars in damages which is accepted by the plaintiff. Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover of the defendant the sum of fifteen dollars in manner and form as above confessed, and also his costs by him herein expended. And the said defendant in mercy &c. And the plaintiff agrees to take notes on the Bank of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in discharge of this judgment.
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