Bullitt County History

Bullitt County Public Roads - 1829

In May 1829, the County Court redefined who was responsible for working on the various public roads in the county by dividing these roads up into 21 sections, defined by specific boundaries, and assigning all the eligible workers within these boundaries to specific sections of road. The following descriptions give us a fair picture of the major public roads within the county at that time, and identify many of the names of people who lived along the boundaries.


Bullitt County Court, Order Book E, pages 208-214; 18 May 1829

The commissioners appointed for that purpose made report of the precincts assigned to the following roads -

Road from Shepherdsville to Key's ferry on Salt River - precinct #1, commences within a half mile of Shepherdsville and extends to John Myer's house on said road - and the hands living in and included in the following boundary are assigned to work in said precinct - Beginning at Benjamin Stansbury's old place including it, thence to Mary McDaniels' old place including it, thence to Jacob Horine's old place including it, then to Oliver Graham including that place, thence to William Welch's on the ridge including him and all the hands on the ridge, thence to John Myers' including Myers' place, thence to Moses Hoagland's, excluding him, thence to John Graham's including him, thence to the river and up the same to the mouth of [page 209] Bullitt's Lick Run and up said run to the beginning to include all persons within said boundary. And it is ordered that John Hashfield be appointed overseer of said road in said precinct.

Same road - precinct #2 - and begins at John Myers' house and extends to the ferry at Key's on Salt River - Beginning at John Myers excluding him, and then to Moses Hoagland's excluding him, then to Jeremiah P. Hinton's excluding him, then to William Rizner's excluding him, and then to the mouth of Brown Runn in Salt River and then down the river to Samuel Nichols' including him, and then to Jeremiah Orm's place including him, thence to William McAhron's including him, thence to Owen Goldsmith's including him, thence up the ridge including all the hands on the ridge to Myers' the beginning including all the hands in said boundary - and George Key is appointed overseer of said road in said precinct.

Road from John Myers to the mouth of Brown's Run on Salt River opposite Dowdal's ferry - precinct #1 including the whole road - Beginning at the east end of Myers' land and then to Moses Hoagland including him, then to Stinston Wells including that place, then to Jeremiah P. Hinton including him, thence to William Rizner's including him, then to the mouth of Brown's Run on Salt River and up the river to John Graham, and from thence to the beginning on a straight line - and including all the hands in said precinct - and it is further ordered that John Flick be appointed surveyor of said road in said precinct.

Road from sign post at Maloney's to Pond Creek. Precinct #1 from the sign post at Maloney's to Shelton's old mill, bounded thus - Commencing at Martin Harshfield Jr. including him, and from thence to Jacob Horine's excluding it, and thence to Hamilton's place including that, thence to McKain's place including it, and from thence down the Knob Creek including all persons on the creek (also Feguson's place) to James Welch's old place including that, from thence to William Welch's on the ridge excluding him, and from thence to the beginning - including all persons living within that boundary - and it is ordered that Martin Harshfield be appointed overseer of said road in said precinct.

Same road, 2nd precinct - from Shelton's old mill to the county line at Pond Creek - Beginning at Joel Vaughan's including that place, thence including all the hands on the hills on the northwest of Knob Creek to the Bullitt County line at the head of Brier Creek, thence with the county line to the mouth of Brier Creek, thence down Pond Creek [page 210] to its mouth, thence up Salt River to a creek called Cedar Point, thence up said creek to Isaac Skinner's place including it, thence to the beginning - including all the hands in said boundary - and it is ordered that Joel Vaughan be appointed surveyor of said road in said precinct.

Road to Louisville - precinct #1 from half mile of Courthouse to Brooks' Run. Boundary as follows - Beginning at the mouth of Blue Lick Run, thence up Floyd's Fork to Sousley's ford, thence to the William Whitledge old place or John Smith's including that place, thence to Seth B. Thornberry including that place, thence to Thomas Whitledge's old place to include that, thence to Jacob Yannowine's including that place, thence to Martin's old place including that, thence to Jesse Willson's including that place, thence to Thomas Gilmore including that place, thence to Joseph A. Brooks excluding him, thence to John Scott's including that place, thence to Christian James Saunders including him, thence to John Stonebraker's at Brooks' old furnace including him, thence with the east side of the Knobs to Blue Lick Run and to John Dunn's including him and down Blue Lick Run to the beginning - Including all hands in said boundary, and John Rowland is appointed overseer of said precinct.

Same road, precinct #2 from Brooks' Run to the county line - Beginning at Sousley's ford on Floyd's Fork, running thence up said fork to the Jefferson County line, then down the Jefferson line to John Stonebraker's at Brooks' old furnace excluding him - from thence passing Ch. J. Saunders, John Scott, Joseph A. Brooks, Thomas Gilman, Jesse Willson, Martin's old place, Yannowine's mill, Whitledge's old place, Seth B. Thornberry, Widow Whitledge's or John Smith's excluding them all to the beginning - Including all the hands in said boundary except Peter Smith and the hands living with him on his farm, and Thomas J. Saunders is appointed overseer of said precinct.

Smith's Mill road - from the fork, Louisville road to the mill, boundary including Peter Smith and all the hands living with him and in his farm, and Peter Smith is appointed overseer of said road.

Mans Lick road - from the forks Louisville road to the county line; boundary includes Joseph A. Brooks and all his hands and Joseph A. Brooks is appointed overseer of the same.

[page 211] Road from Shepherdsville to Shelbyville. Precinct #1 from a half mile of the court house to Floyd's Fork bridge - boundary - Beginning at the bridge and down Floyd's Fork to the mouth, thence down Salt River to Maraman's ferry, thence to the Shelbyville road within a half mile of the courthouse, thence to the Louisville road within a half mile of the courthouse, thence to John McDowell's including him, thence to John Reed's old place including that, thence to the beginning, including all hands in said boundary - and it is ordered that Alfred Phelps be appointed overseer of said precinct.

Same road, precinct #2 from Floyd's Fork bridge to John Trunnell's. Boundary - beginning at the mouth of Jones' Run on Floyd's Fork, thence down the same to the mouth, thence up Salt River to Thomas Thornberry's line, thence with said line to the beginning - including all hands within that boundary - and it is ordered that Asa Bogard be appointed overseer of said precinct.

Same road, precinct #3, from John Trunnell's to within a half mile of main cross street in Mt. Washington. Boundary - beginning at a stone marked H near the mouth of the land between Blaxton Genrty and William Stephens, thence to Blaxton Gentry's spring, thence with his spring branch and down McCullock's Run to Salt River, thence down Salt River to Thomas Thornberry's line, thence with said line to the mouth of Jones' run, thence up the said run to Wyatt Gentry's to include him, thence on a line so as to exclude Joseph Thixton and Felie Owen and to include Blaxton Gentry to the beginning - including all hands in said boundary - and it is ordered that Hugh Brown be appointed overseer of said precinct.

Same road, precinct #4 from the upper corner of David Halderman's dwelling house, being a half mile from Mt. Washington to Crook's Run - boundary - Beginning at said Halderman's, thence a straight line to the mouth of the lane between Rachael Swearingen and Jesse Swearingen, thence with the lane to Hugh Stewart's excluding him, thence in a straight line to the Jefferson County line, thence with said line to opposite the mouth of Crooks Run, thence up said run with its meanders to where the Shelbyville road crosses the same, thence to Abraham Sill's on the Spencer line so as to include Nelson King, Seth Wigginton, Lameth Barbee and said Sills, thence on a line to the beginning so as to exclude Daniel Clarke and Benjamin Clarke and to include Albert E. Hubbard and Richard Stringer - including all the hands in said boundary - and it is ordered that Archibald Brown be appointed overseer of said precinct.

[page 212] Same road, precinct #5 from Crooks Run to the Spencer County line. Boundary - beginning at the mouth of Crooks Run, thence to the Jefferson County line, thence up the line to the Spencer County line, and down Spencer line to Abraham Sill's excluding him, thence to the beginning so as to exclude Lameth Barbee and Nelson King and Seth Wigginton - including all the hands in said boundary, and it is ordered that David Pound be appointed overseer of said precinct.

Road from Mt. Washington to Louisville - precinct #1 from a half mile of main cross streets in Mt. Washington to the Jefferson County line - boundry - Beginning at a stone marked A, half mile from town, thence to the mouth of the land between Jesse and Rachael Swearingen so as to include Samuel Evans, thence with said lane passing Hugh Stewart's, including him, to the Jefferson County line in a straight line, thence down said line to Floyd's Fork and down the fork to Wyatt Gentry's excluding him, thence to Blaxton Gentry's including Joseph Thixton and Felie Owen excluding said B. Gentry, thence to the beginning - including all hands in said boundary and it ordered that William Buzan be appointed overseer of said precinct.

Road from Mt. Washington to Bardstown - precinct #1 - from half mile of main cross streets to Salt River - boundary - Beginning at a half mile from town on said road, thence to a stone in the land of Blaxton Gentry and William Stephens half mile from town on Shelbyville road, thence to Blaxton Gentry's spring, thence with said spring branch to McCullock's run and with the same to its mouth, thence up Salt River to the Spencer County line, thence with the county line to Abraham Sill's excluding him, thence to David Halderman's including Daniel Clarke and Benjamin Clarke and excluding Albert E. Hubbard and Richard Stringer and thence to the beginning, including all hands in said boundary. And it is ordered that Charles Hall be appointed overseer of said precinct.

Road from Shepherdsville to Bardstown and Delaney's ferry - precinct #1, from half mile of courthouse to Butcher's Run - boundary - beginning at the forks of the road beyond Maraman's, thence southeastwardly passing by and including James Coomly, F. Peneabaker Sr, and Philip Wilson, thence eastwardly from Wellers to Butcher's Run so as to include the place in which Joshua Shirley lives, thence to Cedar Creek passing by James A. Deacon and William Temply including them, thence down said creek to Salt River - and with Salt River to [page 213] F. Maraman's excluding him, thence to the beginning all hands in said boundary - and it is ordered that all hands in said boundary be included, and that Elisha James is appointed overseer of said road.

Same road, 2nd precinct from Butcher Run to Tavern Spring Branch of Cedar Creek on the fork to Delaney's ferry - boundary - Beginning at Butcher's Run and running northeastwardly to J. S. Simmons' including him, fron thence on a line to Salt River so as to include Moses Rouse, thence up said river to Greenwell's ford, thence up a creek that runs between E. Simmons and J. Greenwell to Cosby Crenshaw including him, thence with the road from Crenshaw's to the Delaney's road so as to include Juleas C. James to the beginning - including all hands in said boundary, and it is ordered that Charles Moore be appointed overseer of said precinct.

Precinct #3 on Delaney's road - from Tavern Spring Branch to the county line - boundary - Beginning at the road leading from Cosby Crenshaw's to the Delaney's road, thence to a creek between E. Simmons and J. Greenwell, thence down said creek to Greenwell's ford on Salt River, thence up the river to the Bullitt County line, thence with said line to the mouth of the West Fork of Cox's Creek, thence down the main creek to Delaney's road, thence down said road to the beginning, so as to include Richard G. Head's place, Martin Bodine's place, and John E. Head's place - and it includes all hands in said boundary, and it is ordered that Martin Bodine be appointed overseer of said precinct.

Fork to Bardstown - precinct #1 from the forks of Delaney's road to the county line towards Bardstown - boundary beginning at George W. Jenkins' tan yard, thence down the West Fork of Cox's Creek to its mouth, thence down the main creek to Delaney's road, thence with said road to the forks of said road excluding R. G. Head, Martin Bodine, John E. Head and Julius James, thence with the Bardstown Road to the county line so as to include the place where Moses Rouse formerly lived, H. Brooks and Lewis Brown, and including all hands in the boundary, and Charles Ratcliffe is appointed an overseer of said precinct.

Road from Shepherdsville to Elizabethtown, precinct #1 from a half mile of Shepherdsville to the south bank of Long Lick Creek - boundary - beginning at half mile and running past William Simmons' old place including that, passing Coombs and Pennebaker's excluding them, from thence to Elijah Cochran including him, thence to Samuel [page 214] Shepherd's on bank long Lick Creek including him, and down said creek to its mouth, thence up Salt River to F. Maraman's excluding him, thence to the beginning, including all hands in said boundary, and Frederic Travis is appointed overseer of said precinct.

Ordered that all the hands heretofore required to work on Floyd's Fork Creek be required now to work on the precincts on the several roads in whose boundaries they are now severally included.


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