Bullitt County History

John Bell to Valentine Nicholas, 125 Acres

On 5 Feb 1802, John Bell sold a large part of his 800 acre survey to four different men including Valentine Nicholas. This 800 acre survey was located west of the West Fork of Cox's Creek in Bullitt County. The divisions of the 800 acre survey are shown here.

Nicholas' portion lay along John Bell's northwest line, and between the tracts allotted to William Shoptaugh and Edward Thurman. His boundary measure begins at [5] Shoptaugh's corner of poplar, mulberry and dogwood in Bell's line, and follows that line northeast 130 poles to [6] Truman's corner of hickory and 2 dogwoods. It then turns southeastward 166 poles to [8], a dogwood bush in a glade. Next it travels southwest 90 poles to a blue ash, sugar tree and black walnut in Kirby's line. Turning northwest for 41 poles to [11] a stake in a glade, then southeast 40 poles to [12] four dogwoods on the side of a hill, it finishes northwestward 125 poles to the beginning.

A transcription of this deed, and an image of it both appear below.

You may read more about John Bell's survey, and about the deeds of the remaining purchasers by following these links.


Bullitt County Deed Book A2, pages 239-240

This indenture made this fifth day of February in the year 1802 between John Bell and Margaret his wife of Bullitt County and state of Kentucky of the one part, and Valentine Nicholas of the county and state aforesaid. Witnesseth that they the aforesaid John Bell and Margaret his wife for and in consideration of the full and just sum of one dollar to them in hand paid at and before the sealing and delivering of these presents, the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and themselves therewith satisfied, have given, granted, aliened and confirmed unto him the above named Valentine Nicholas and his heirs forever all their right, title, claim and interest of in and to a certain tract or parcel of land in Bullitt County containing 125 acres by survey and bounded as followeth viz. Beginning at Shoptaugh's corner of poplar, mulberry and dogwood in Bell's line, thence with said line N 45° E 130 poles to a hickory and two dogwoods corner to Truman, thence with Truman's line and course continued S 45° E (crossing Truman's corner at 148 poles) in all 166 poles to a dogwood bush in a glade, thence S 45° W 90 poles to a blue ash, sugar tree and black walnut in Kerbey's line, thence with said N 45° W 41 poles to a stake in a glade, thence S 45° W 40 poles to four dogwoods on the side of a hill, thence N 45° W 125 poles to the beginning to have and to hold all and singular the premises above described unto him the above named Valentine Nicholas and his heirs forever to his or their proper use, benefit and behoof, and they the above named John Bell and Margaret his wife the above described piece of land with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging from them & their heirs &c unto him the said Valentine Nicholas & his heirs shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents. In witness whereof they have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and date as above written. (signed) John Bell, Margaret (her X mark) Bell.
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us: James Shanks, Valentine (his X mark) Nicholas, George Bell (mark).

Bullitt County Sct
I James W. Thornsberry, Deputy Clerk of the Court of the County aforesaid do certify that on the 10th day of March 1802 the within indenture was acknowledged before me by the within named John Bell & Margaret Bell, his wife, to be their acts and deed, and the said Margaret being examined by me privily and apart from her said husband did voluntarily relinquish her right of dower to the land mentioned in the foregoing indenture & I also certify that the said intenture is recorded in the Clerk's office of the said court. (signed) J. W. Thornsberry, D.C.B.C.


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