Bullitt County History

Bullitt County Manufacturing Company

In 1861 the Kentucky General Assembly passed an act to establish the Bullitt County Manufacturing Company, a business involved in the production of leather products. If you can share any additional information about this company, please use our "Contact Us" link at the top of this page and write to us.


AN ACT to incorporate the Bullitt County Manufacturing Company.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

§ 1. That James F. Gamble, James M. Doom, Robert Taliaferro, and Robert B. Hopkins, and their successors, are hereby created a body politic and corporate, under the name and style of "The Bullitt County Manufacturing Company," and by that name shall have perpetual succession; may contract and be contracted wiih; sue and be sued; plead and be impleaded, in all courts and places; have a common seal, and alter the same at pleasure; may make all necessary by-laws and regulations for the government of the said company, not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of this Commonwealth.

§ 2. That said company shall have power and authority to appoint or elect any number, not exceeding nine, of its members, or other persons, to manage, control, and direct the business of said company, according to the by-laws, rules, and regulations which may, from time to time, be adopted by said company for its government and the transaction of its business.

§ 3. The capital stock of said company shall not exceed two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, to be divided by said company into shares of one hundred dollars each, which may be subscribed and paid for in such manner and at such times as may be prescribed by said company in their by-laws; and said shares may be transferred in such manner as the said company, by its by-laws, may direct.

§ 4. Said company shall have power to hold such real estate in the State of Kentucky, by lease, purchase, or otherwise, and such personal property, as they may deem necessary and proper for carrying on the manufacture of leather into any and all articles they may think proper to make and manufacture at their tan-yard in Bullitt county, Kentucky, or in the city of Louisville; and also for the manufacture of lumber, staves, laths, shingles, and every description of cooperage, at the places above named, with full power to sell and convey any and all of said real or personal estate, and every thing manufactured by them under this charter.

§ 5. The General Assembly reserves the right to alter, amend, or abolish this grant.

§ 6. This act to take effect from and after its passage.

Approved February 6, 1861.

From Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Frankfort, Ky., J.B. Major, State Printer, 1861, pages 37-8.

The following related information, provided by Betty Darnell, comes from the 1850 Bullitt County census, Manufacturing Schedule:

Jas. M. & W. H. Doom, tanners, capital invested: $10,000 real, $2,000 personal; raw materials: raw hides, $6,000; Kind of motive power: horse; average number employed: 10 males, 0 females; Wages, average monthly cost, $100; Annual product: 3,000 skins, value $12,000.

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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/bcmanufacture.html