On 4 Jan 1880, James Guthrie appeared before the commissioners and obtained a certificate for 400 acres based on his improvement in the country in April of 1779. Then, on 25 Apr 1786, he had the tract surveyed by Sam Bell. He then obtained his deed on 10 Feb 1789.
Kentucky Doomsday Book Entry
4 Jan 1880 - Kentucky Doomsday Book, page 126
James Guthrie this day claimed a preemption to 400 acres of land at the state price in the District of Kentucky lying on a small branch of Floyds fork of Salt River about 5 or six miles East from Bullitt's Lick to include his improvement by settling in the country in the year 1779 in the month of April satisfactory proof being made to the court, they are of opinion that the said Guthrie has a right to a preemption of 400 acres of land to include his improvement & that a certificate issue accordingly.
Surveyed for James Guttery 400 acres of land by virtue of preemption warrant No. 2638 in Jefferson County on Cedar Creek a branch of Floyd's Fork including his improvement. Beginning at A two white oaks & hickory in a flat, running S 15° W 240 poles crossing a branch of Cedar Creek 360 poles to B white oak, ash and dogwood sapling on a ridge, thence S 75° E 146 poles crossing Cedar Creek 178 poles to C white oak, black walnut & sugar tree, thence N 15° E 200 poles crossing a large branch of Cedar Creek 360 poles to D two poplars & sugar tree on a ridge, thence N 75° W 78 poles crossing Cedar Creek 178 poles to the beginning. Surveyed 25th April 1786. Sam Bell, surveyor. William Cummings & John Cummings, chain carriers.
Virginia Grant Book 13, pages 573-4
Beverly Randolph Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all to whom these presents shall come, greeting. Know ye that by virtue and in consideration of a preemption treasury warrant No. 2638, issued the 8th day of February 1785, there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto James Guttery a certain tract or parcel of land containing 400 acres by survey bearing date the 26th day of April 1786, lying and being in the County of Jefferson on Cedar Creek a branch of Floyd's fork and bounded as followeth, to wit. Beginning at two white oaks and hickory in a flat, running South 15° West 240 poles crossing a branch of Cedar Creek 360 poles to a white oak, ash and dogwood sapling on a ridge, thence South 75° East 146 poles crossing Cedar Creek 178 poles to white oak, black walnut & sugar tree, thence North 15° East 200 poles crossing a large branch of Cedar Creek 360 poles to two poplars & sugar tree on a ridge, thence North 75° West 78 poles crossing Cedar Creek 178 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 James Guttery and his heirs forever. In witness whereof the said Beverly Randolph Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath hereunto set his hand and caused the lesser seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the tenth day of February in the year of our Lord 1789, and of the Commonwealth the 13th. (signed) Beverly Randolph
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