Bullitt County History

Peter Shepherd's 600 Acre Tract

Peter Shepherd patented a 600 acre tract that was opposite his 900 acre tract. His son, Adam Shepherd appears to have been the one who was actually present in Kentucky to do things in his father's name.

Below is a digital image of the original plat and description drawn by Benjamin Stansbury. It and the following patent are provided by the Kentucky Secretary of State's web site.

Note that this plat was drawn facing northwest instead of north. Shepherd's land was on the south or lower side of Salt River.

Although Standbury completed the survey in 1781, it was not until 1782 that Shepherd's patent was granted. A digital image of that patent, as written in Grant Book 4, page 37, is shown below. A transcription appears beneath the image.

Grant Bk 4, p. 37
Peter Shepherd 600 Acres in Jefferson County
Benjamin Harrison Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know ye that in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds paid by Peter Shepherd into the treasury of this Commonwealth there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto the said Peter Shepherd a contain tract or parcel of land containing six hundred acres, Surveyed the twenty third day of March, one thousand, seven hundred and eighty one. Three hundred of which is by virtue of a Treasury Warrant, the residue by virtue of a military warrant, assigned to him by Jacob Myers, lying and being in the County of Jefferson, and bounded as followeth to wit. Beginning at a beech on the upper side of Salt River near the upper parts of the Falls of said river, running South thirty six degrees West three hundred thirty three and one third poles across the river to a beech and elm North fifty four degrees West three hundred forty six and one third poles to a honey locust and hickory North thirty six degrees East three hundred thirty three and one third poles to two white oaks and elm on the bank thence running up Salt River the following courses with the line of said Shepherd South eighty degrees East sixty poles South twenty seven degrees West sixty four poles South six degrees East twenty six poles South thirty two degrees East twenty poles South sixty four degrees East twenty poles South eighty degrees East eighty six poles North eighty three degrees East sixty six poles South seventy three degrees East ninety eight poles to the beginning with its appurtenances to have to to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said Peter Shepherd and his heirs forever. In witness whereof the said Benjamin Harrison Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia hath hereunto set his hand and caused the seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty two and of the Commonwealth the seventh.
Benjamin Harrison


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