Bullitt County History

Original Shepherdsville Lots

On 21 Dec 1793, the Kentucky General Assembly approved an act establishing the town of Shepherdsville on 50 acres of land owned by Adam Shepherd. At that time it was still a part of Jefferson County.

Benjamin Stansberry was given the task of laying out the boundaries of this new town. We have not located his original survey but it is reproduced on page 624 of Bullitt County Deed Book B.

Then in 1809, James Shanks was called upon to resurvey the town's boundaries. Again, the original survey has not been located, but it is reproduced on pages 625-627 of that deed book. In 1811, the General Assembly made Shanks' survey the official version. (Read these acts on another page.)

We have reproduced his survey below. The two surveys each used a different numbering system to number the town's lots. The official lot numbers are printed in black; the numbers used in the Stansberry survey are in red print for comparison.

The map below gives an approximation of where the lots would be on a modern map. For example, the square marked A would contain lots 1-4 and 17-20.

The information we have about the owners of these lots is taken from Bullitt County Deed Books A-D. It is likely that the very first sales were recorded in Jefferson County deed books. We also know that there are additional records in later Bullitt County deeds.

Below is a table repeating the names of purchasers, and providing references to the deed books where the information is recorded. For example, A-17 refers to Deed Book A, page 17. There are places where two or more names and deeds are listed for the same lot. Further research will be needed to explain this. Please note: the names are spelled as they are recorded in the deeds.

If the purchaser is identified as "undetermined" this means that we have not yet located a deed for that lot.

LotOwnerDateDeed
1undetermined  
2undetermined  
3John Hugh26 Jun 1797A-17
4Ezekiel Magruder18 Jun 1818C-478
5James Holbert3 Apr 1818C-459
6Thomas C. Brashear
Samuel Crow
10 Jan 1797
2 Aug 1814
A-4
C-177
7James Holbert3 Apr 1818C-459
8Samuel Crow2 Aug 1814C-177
9James Holbert22 Jan 1819D-27
10Christian James Saunders25 Jun 1819D-146
11John Graham22 Apr 1816C-290
12John Graham22 Apr 1816C-290
13Benjamin Standsberry17 May 1819D-107
14Benjamin Standsberry17 May 1819D-107
15Benjamin Standsberry17 May 1819D-107
16Joshua Stansbury2 Sep 1818D-68
17undetermined  
18undetermined  
19undetermined  
20Ezekiel Magruder18 Jun 1818C-478
21Benjamin Summers
James Holbert
27 Jun 1797
22 Apr 1816
A-15
C-291
22Daniel Wilson27 Jun 1797A-14
23undetermined  
24 (north half)James Holbert3 Apr 1818C-459
25Francis Blondell26 Jun 1797A-22
26James Brown27 Jun 1797A-12
27undetermined  
28William Jewell2 Aug 1814C-176
29undetermined  
30James Holbert3 Apr 1818C-459
31James Holbert3 Apr 1818C-459
32Hannah Robinson
Benjamin Standsberry
2 Sep 1818
17 May 1819
D-65
D-107
33undetermined  
34undetermined  
35Nathan Cockran31 Jan 1822D-485
36William Jones22 Apr 1816C-290
37James Simpson27 Jun 1797A-16
38Benjamin Standsberry17 May 1819D-107
39James Brown27 Jun 1797A-12
40James Brown27 Jun 1797A-12
41Benjamin Summers27 Jun 1797A-15
42Benjamin Summers27 Jun 1797A-15
43William de Rohan26 Jun 1797A-14
44Armsted Moorhead and James Lathem27 Jun 1797A-13
45Benjamin Summers27 Jun 1797A-15
46Benjamin Summers27 Jun 1797A-15
47Benjamin Summers27 Jun 1797A-15
48Benjamin Summers27 Jun 1797A-15
49undetermined  
50undetermined  
51James C. Graham2 Sep 1818D-46
52William Graham1 Apr 1814C-162
53Benjamin Standsberry17 May 1819D-107
54Edward Frye26 Jun 1797A-12
55James Simpson27 Jun 1797A-16
56John Scott
Thomas McGee
27 Jun 1797
3 Mar 1817
A-18
C-440
57Benjamin Summers11 Feb 1818C-441
58John Collins, heir to James Collins26 Jun 1797A-18
59Thomas C. Brashear
John Hugh
10 Jan 1797
26 Jun 1797
A-3
A-17
60undetermined  
61John Hugh26 Jun 1797A-17
62John Moore27 Jun 1797A-20
63Benjamin Summers27 Jun 1797A-15
64Benjamin Summers27 Jun 1797A-15
65undetermined  
66undetermined  
67undetermined  
68undetermined  
69undetermined  
70undetermined  
71undetermined  
72undetermined  
73undetermined  
74undetermined  
75undetermined  
76undetermined  
77John Moore27 Jun 1797A-20
78undetermined  
79Benjamin Summers
Benjamin Summers
27 Jun 1797
4 Jun 1812
A-15
B-578
80James Robinson2 Sep 1818D-65

This is an ongoing project, and we hope to add to it at a later time.


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The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 19 Aug 2015 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/bchistory/sheplots.html