Bullitt County History

William Christian's 1000 Acre Warrant

William Christian was the first English owner of the tract of land that contained Bullitt's Lick. Thomas Bullitt had originally surveyed it for Christian in 1773, but it was re-surveyed in 1774 by James Douglas and this is the survey on which Christian's patent was granted.

Below is a digital image of the original plat drawn by Douglas and first recorded in Plat Book A, page 220 of Fincastle County, Virginia of which Kentucky was then a part.


Surveyed for William Christian by virtue of the governor's warrant to him as a captain in the Virginia regiment 1000 acres of land in Fincastle County on Salt River, a branch of the Ohio, about 20 miles from the Great Falls, which tract includes a salt spring & buffalo lick. Beginning at four maple trees on the river bank at letter A, the mouth of a small gut running up the meanders of the said river 442 poles to a white oak & sugar tree at B, thence N 39° W 380 poles to two walnuts and an honey locust near a small creek at C, thence S 55° W 380 poles to a white oak at the foot of a hill at D, thence S 39° E 488 poles to A the beginning. June 12th 1774. James Douglas, assistant surveyor. Wm. Preston, surveyor of Fincastle County.

Note that this plat was drawn facing the south instead of the north, so Christian's land was on the north side of Salt River.

Although Douglas completed the survey in 1774, it was not until 1779 that Christian's patent was granted. A digital image of that patent, as written in Grant Book 5, pages 13-14, is shown below.


Virginia Grant Book 5, Pages 13-14
William Christian 1000 acres
Thomas Jefferson, Esq. governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, To all to whom these presents shall come greeting. Knew ye that in consideration of Military service performed by William Christian in the late war between great Britain & france according to the terms of the King of great Britains Proclamation of 1763 there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto the said William Christian a certain tract or parcel of land containing one thousand acres in Kentucky County on Salt River a branch of the Ohio about twenty miles from the great falls which tract includes a Salt Spring and Buffaloe lick. Beginning at four Maple trees on the river bank at the mouth of a small gutt running up the meanders of the said river 442 poles to a white oak and sugar tree thence North 39 degrees West 380 poles to two Walnuts & honey Locust near a small break thence south fifty five degrees west 380 poles to a white oak at the foot of a hill thence south 39 degrees East 488 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 William Christian, his heirs forever. In Witness whereof the said Thomas Jefferson Esq. governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia hath hereunto set his hand and caused the seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Williamsburg on the 24th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seventy-nine and of the Commonwealth the fourth.
Thos Jefferson

Below is an image insert from Google showing the approximate location of this tract Please note that while the location of its boundary is an estimation, we believe it is reasonably close to the original lines.

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