Bullitt County History

Alexander & Priscilla Bullitt to Their Sons

On the death of Colonel William Christian, "Saltsburg" as he called his Bullitt's Lick property was willed to his son John. Following John's death, the property went to his sisters including Priscilla Bullitt. Then, on 4 Sep 1801, Alexander and Priscilla deeded their one-fifth control of the Bullitt County property to their sons Cuthbert and William. Since the sons were not yet 21, Alexander kept control of their share of Bullitt's Lick in his hands. When they came of age, each would control a tenth share of the salt lick. This deed is transcribed and displayed below.

Cuthbert was the first to sell his share, signing an agreement with Henry Crist in October 1814 to exchange his share for $666. Apparently Crist completed this payment in the form of three female slaves named Henna, Maria, and Juliana. Then in June 1819, Crist transferred ownership of this tenth share to William Newbolt and needed for Cuthbert Bullitt to sign a deed over to Newbolt which he did in May 1822, as shown on another page.

His brother William Christian Bullitt continued to own his tenth share of the lick tract until he sold it to William Congrove in November 1835, after the saltworks had closed down. The purchase price was three annual $88.50 payments. This deed is shown on another page.


Bullitt County Deed Book A, Pages 233-6
Alexander & Priscilla Bullitt to Cuthbert and William Bullitt

This indenture made the 4th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and one between Alexander S. Bullitt and Priscilla his wife who was Priscilla Christian of the one part and Cuthbert Bullitt and William Bullitt, infant sons of the said Alexander S. Bullitt and Priscilla his wife of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Alexander S. Bullitt and Priscilla his wife for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which they have and do bear to their said sons Cuthbert Bullitt and William Bullitt, and for and in consideration of the sum of five pounds current money to them in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledge, have and each of them hath given, granted, bargained, sold, released and confirmed and by these presents do and each of them doth give, grant, bargain, sell, release and confirm unto the said Cuthbert Bullitt and William Bullitt, their heirs and assigns, all the lands, tenements and hereditaments herein hereafter mentioned at the time and in the manner and form and under the reservations and provisos herein after expressed and declared - that is to say two hundred acres (be the same mor or less) being the one undivided fifth part of one thousand acres of land situate lying and being in the County of Bullitt and of the lick called by the name and known of Bullitt's Lick included within the boundaries of the survey and patent of the said one thousand acres, also six hundred acres (be the same more or less) being the one undivided fifth part of three thousand acres situate in the county aforesaid and adjoining the said one thousand acres which said one fifth part of the one thousand acres including Bullitt's Lick and the one fifth part of the said three thousand acres the said Priscilla claims right to as one of the heirs of John H. Christian deceased together with all and singular the woods, waters, privileges, commodities, advantages, emoluments, hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever to the said one fifth part of said lick and the one thousand acres of land thereto appurtenant to the same more or less, and to the said six hundred acres (be the same more or less) being the one fifth part of the three thousand acres aforesaid adjoining the one thousand acres first mentioned beloning or in any wise appertaining, and all the estate, right, title, interest, claim, property, and demand whatsoever doth at law and in equity of them the said Alexander S. Bullitt and Priscilla his wife in to or out of the said lands, tenements, hereditaments, and premises subject to the reservations hereafter mentioned to have and to hold the said one fifth part of Bullitt's Lick and of the tract of one thousand acres aforesaid being two hundred acres more or less and the said one fifth part of the said three thousand acres (adjoining the said one thousand acres) being six hundred acres be the same more or less with the tenements, hereditaments and all and singular other the premises herein before mentioned to be given, granted and released with them and every of their appurtenances unto the said Cuthbert Bullitt and William Bullitt, their heirs and assigns forever under such limitations and reservations and with such remainders and to and for such interests and purposes as are herein after expressed and declared of and concerning the same, that is to say that from and after the date hereof the said fifth parts of the lands, tenements and hereditaments aforesaid shall be and remain to the use and behoof of the said Alexander S. Bullitt for and during the term of his natural life and he shall be entitled to and receive the rents, issues and profits thereof and of every part thereof without accounting therefore and shall and may quietly hold, possess, occupy and enjoy the same without impeachment of or for any manner of waste, and from and after the determination of his the said Alexander S. Bullitt's estate in the lands aforesaid, that is to say at and upon his decease, Priscilla the wife shall be entitled to and have hold and enjoy the one third part of the before mentioned premises with all and singular the emoluments and advantages to the said one third part which may belong to her sole use and behoof for and during the term of her natural life as for her dower and per part at common law and from and after the decease of the said Priscilla Bullitt (when her estate in the lands, tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances before mentioned shall cease and determine) the same one third part shall enure to the use benefit and behoof and be considered and taken as the absolute property of the said Cuthbert Bullitt and William Bullitt as tenants in common in the same manner as the other two thirds parts provided always that in case either of the said children Cuthbert or William shall happen to die before he shall marry or before he shall attain the age of twenty one years, then the estate, right and title of in and to the lands, tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances before mentioned which the child so departing this life might have claimed and his interest in the whole and in every part thereof shall vest in and become the property of the survivor whether it shall be the said Cuthbert or the said William and in his heirs and assigns forever. In testimony whereof the said Alexander S. Bullitt and Priscilla his wife have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first above written. (signed) Alexander S. Bullitt, Priscilla Bullitt. Written, signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Frederick Edwards, Nancy Sale, John Pope.

Jefferson County to wit
This day came Alexander S. Bullitt and Priscilla Bullitt wife of said Alexander S. Bullitt parties to the foregoing and above deed before us the undersigned two of the Justices of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid and she being examined by us privily and apart from her said husband did acknowledge that she had freely and willingly signed and delivered the same and that she consenteth the same together with this certificate may be recorded. Given under our hands and seals this fourth day of September 1801. (signed) Ohl Qurey, JPJC; Treak Edwards, JPJC.

Jefferson County Sct
Clerk's Office, Nov 7th 1801
This day the within indenture was presented to me Worden Pope, clerk of the county court of the county aforesaid and being duly certified was admitted to record in my office. (signed) Worden Pope

I Worden Pope, clerk of the county court of Jefferson do certify that a true copy of this deed has been recorded in my office. As witness my hand this seventh day of November 1801. (signed) Worden Pope

Bullitt County Sct
I Thomas Speed, clerk of the county court for the county aforesaid, do certify that this deed was produced to me in my office on the 4th day of March 1802 being duly certified to have been acknowledged according to law that the same is recorded in my office. (signed) Thomas Speed, CBC


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