Bullitt County History

Basil Beckwith's Store Inventory - 1805

Basil Beckwith was the proprietor of a general store in Shepherdsville around 1805. He was a son of John and Martha Beckwith, and according to family lore he had returned to Maryland to sell the remaining family property there, and was returning home when struck by lightning and killed.

His father was responsible for settling Basil's affairs and, along with his son John W. Beckwith, James Sturgus, and Frederic Grayson, he set out to inventory his son's possessions which were extensive. It took over ten pages in the will book to list everything Basil had in his store, along with the names of those who owed him money.

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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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday appointments are available by calling 502-921-0161 during our regular weekday hours. 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: 12 Jan 2024 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/bchistory/basil-beckwith-inventory/basil-beckwith-inventory.html