Bullitt County History

Rachel Shepherd to Benjamin Summers - Dower Right to 4 Acres

On 28 Jun 1828, William R. Grigsby, acting as attorney for Rachel Shepherd (widow of Adam Shepherd), deeded her dower rights to a 4 acre tract near Shepherdsville to Benjamin Summers as part of a circuit court suit involving Summers' father-in-law John Beckwith. Details are shown in the deed transcription below.

Bullitt County Deed Book F, Page 480-481

This indenture made this 28 June 1828 between William R. Grigsby, attorney in fact for Rachel Shepherd of Bullitt County, Ky., of one part and Benjamin Summers of the same place of the other part. Witnesseth taht said Grigsby for and in consideration of the sum of six dollars to him paid, the receipt of which he has acknowledged, he as the attorney in fact for that purpose has and does sell and convey to said Summers all the right, title and interest of said Rachel Shepherd, she being the widow of Adam Shepherd dec'd, in and to four acres of ground near Shepherdsville, the same conveyed by Adam Shepherd to John Beckwith, now deceased, by deed recorded dated 16th June 1816, which deed was acknowledged by Adam Shepherd only bearing the dower right in his widow which right is the same now transferred by this deed. The said four acres are bounded as follows.

Beginning at a stone, the most north westwardly corner of a lot of one half acre conveyed by said Shepherd to William Mockbee on the 28th May 1799, and running from said beginning S 83 1/2° E 417 feet, 8 inches to a stone, thence N 6 1/2° E 417 feet, 10 inches to a stone, corner of a lot laid off for George F. Pope, thence with a line of said lot N 83 1/2° W 417 feet, 8 inches to a stone, another corner of said lot, thence S 6 1/2° W 417 feet, 10 inches to the beginning with its appurtenances.

To have and to hold the said interest of dower or whatever interest or claim said Rachel Shepherd has of and in said four acre lot of ground to him said Benjamin Summers and his heirs forever against the claim of said Rachel and those claiming under her, and said attorney Grigsby covenants as such to warrant and defend the same to said Summers as aforesaid.

Memo. The true interest and meaning of this sale and conveyance is to pass the title to said Summers who will convey or is willing the said interest here conveyed shall pass on one half of said lot to the legal owner of the bond of John Beckwith de'cd by the Bullitt Circuit Court by a proper decree to be rendered in a suit in chancery of John Beckwith's administrator vs(?) Charles Jones' heirs according to the tenor and affect of said bond. Witness the hand and seal of the attorney in fact.

[Signed by William R. Grigsby, and recorded in clerk's office by Noah C. Summers on 28 Jun 1828.]

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