Bullitt County History

Joseph Brooks' Louisville Lot

On 5 Sep 1783, Joseph Brooks purchased a lot in the new town of Louisville, as shown by the deed below. Then on 5 Dec 1785, he sold the lot to James Francis Moore, the first of several financial transactions that would happen between them. That second deed is also shown on this page.


Jefferson County Deed Book 1, Page 99

This indenture made this fifth day of September 1783 between William Pope, Marsham Brashear, James Patten, and Benjamin Pope, gentlemen, trustees of the town of Louisville of the one part and Joseph Brooks of the county of Jefferson and state of Virginia of the other part.

Whereas by a late act of Assembly for establishing the town of Louisville at the Falls of Ohio, one thousand acres of land, the confiscated property of a certain John Connelly, was vested in John Todd Jr., Stephen Trigg, George Slaughter, John Floyd, William Pope, George Merriweather, Andrew Hynes, James Sullivan and Marsham Brashear, gentlemen trustees to the said town of Louisville to be by them or any four of them laid off accordingly.

This indenture witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of three shillings current money of Virginia to the said trustees in hand paid by the said Joseph Brooks, the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and thereof do exonerate the said Joseph Brooks, his heirs, executors and administrators by these presents. They the said trustees have granted, bargained, sold, aliened and confirmed and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell, alien and confirm unto the said Joseph Brooks, his heirs and assigns, forever a lot of land in the aforesaid town of Louisville number 128, and all the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining, and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents, issues and profits thereof.

To have and to hold the said lot of land hereby conveyed to the said Joseph Brooks, heirs and assigns, forever, and the said trustees doth covenant and agree to and with the said Joseph Brooks, his heirs and assigns, that the said lot of land hereby bargained and sold shall be free and clear from all incumberances whatever (subject only to the conditions recited in the aforesaid act of Assembly) and also the said trustees do hereby warrant and defend the aforesaid lot of land free from the claim and demand of all and every person claiming by, from or under them or any of them.

In witness whereof they have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written. (signed) W. Pope, Marsham Brashear, James Patten, Ben Pope.

Jefferson County Deed Book 1, Page 157

This indenture made this sixth day of December 1785 between Joseph Brookes of the County of Jefferson and State of Virginia of the one part and James Francis Moore of the county and state aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of fifteen pounds current money to the said Joseph Brookes in hand paid, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge, and thereof doth release and discharge the said James F. Moore, his heirs and assigns, forever, a certain lot of land situated in the town of Louisville, number 128, and all the appurtenances thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents, issues and profits thereof and of every part thereof.

To have and to hold the lot of land hereby bargained and sold to the said James F. Moore, his heirs and assigns, forever to the only proper use and behoof of him the said James F. Moore and of his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Joseph Brookes doth covenant and agree to and with the said James F. Moore, his heirs and assigns, that the lot of land hereby conveyed shall be free from all incumberances whatever, and he doth warrant and defend the same from the claim of all and every person or persons claiming by, from or unde him, his heirs &c forever. And he the said Joseph Brookes for himself and his heirs doth agree to give any further or other conveyance that may at any time hereafter become necessary for the full and effectual securing the said lot and premises to the said James F. Moore, his heirs and assigns, forever, according to the true intent and meaning of these presents.

In witness whereof he hath hereto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written. (signed) Joseph Brooks

Sealed, signed and delivered in presence of Will Johnston, Mary Pendergrass.

In a court held for Jefferson County, December Seventh 1785, the above deed from Joseph Brookes to James F. Moore was duly proved by the subscribing witnesses and admitted to record. (signed) Will Johnston, CJC


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