On 21 Dec 1793, the Kentucky General Assembly approved an act establishing the town of Shepherdsville on 50 acres of land owned by Adam Shepherd. At that time it was still a part of Jefferson County.
Benjamin Stansberry was given the task of laying out the boundaries of this new town. We have not located his original survey but it is reproduced on page 624 of Bullitt County Deed Book B.
Then in 1809, James Shanks was called upon to resurvey the town's boundaries. Again, the original survey has not been located, but it is reproduced on pages 625-627 of that deed book. In 1811, the General Assembly made Shanks' survey the official version. (Read these acts on another page.)
We have reproduced his survey below. The two surveys each used a different numbering system to number the town's lots. The official lot numbers are printed in black; the numbers used in the Stansberry survey are in red print for comparison.
The map below gives an approximation of where the lots would be on a modern map. For example, the square marked A would contain lots 1-4 and 17-20.
The information we have about the owners of these lots is taken from Bullitt County Deed Books A-D. It is likely that the very first sales were recorded in Jefferson County deed books. We also know that there are additional records in later Bullitt County deeds.
Below is a table repeating the names of purchasers, and providing references to the deed books where the information is recorded. For example, A-17 refers to Deed Book A, page 17. There are places where two or more names and deeds are listed for the same lot. Further research will be needed to explain this. Please note: the names are spelled as they are recorded in the deeds.
If the purchaser is identified as "undetermined" this means that we have not yet located a deed for that lot.
The lot numbers in the first column are listed in the order of the second survey. The number of the first survey is given in parentheses.
We have also begun identifying some of the people who purchased lots from the original owners. You may view an image of the original deed by selecting it from the righthand "Deed" column, and view images of the deeds granted the second purchasers by selecting their names in the right hand column.
|3 (78)||John Hugh||26 Jun 1797||A-17|
|4 (77)||Ezekiel Magruder||18 Jun 1818||C-478|
|5 (25)||James Halbert||3 Apr 1818||C-459|
|6 (26)||Thomas C. Brashear||10 Jan 1797||A-4|
|6 (26)||Samuel Crow||2 Aug 1814||C-177|
|7 (27)||James Halbert||3 Apr 1818||C-459|
|8 (28)||Samuel Crow||2 Aug 1814||C-177|
|9 (29)||James Halbert > John Caddic||22 Jan 1819||D-27|
|10 (30)||Christian James Saunders||25 Jun 1819||D-146|
|11 (31)||John Graham||22 Apr 1816||C-290b|
|12 (32)||John Graham||22 Apr 1816||C-290b|
|13 (33)||Benjamin Standsberry||17 May 1819||D-107|
|14 (34)||Benjamin Standsberry||17 May 1819||D-107|
|15 (35)||Benjamin Standsberry||17 May 1819||D-107|
|16 (36)||Joshua Stansbury||2 Sep 1818||D-68|
|20 (76)||Ezekiel Magruder||18 Jun 1818||C-478|
|21 (24)||Benjamin Summers||27 Jun 1797||A-15|
|21 (24)||James Halbert||22 Apr 1816||C-291|
|22 (23)||Daniel Wilson||27 Jun 1797||A-14b||John Scott Jr.|
|23 (22)||Sarah Beckwith||1 Oct 1832||G-410|
|24 (21)||James Halbert (north half)||3 Apr 1818||C-459|
|24 (21)||Rufus K. Summers (south half)||14 Apr 1827||F-303|
|25 (20)||Francis Blondell||26 Jun 1797||A-22||Thomas Holt|
|26 (19)||James Brown||27 Jun 1797||A-12b|
|28 (17)||William Jewell||2 Aug 1814||C-176|
|30 (38)||James Halbert||3 Apr 1818||C-459|
|31 (39)||James Halbert||3 Apr 1818||C-459|
|32 (40)||Hannah Robinson||2 Sep 1818||D-66|
|32 (40)||Benjamin Standsberry||17 May 1819||D-107|
|35 (70)||Nathan Cockran||31 Jan 1822||D-485|
|36 (69)||William Jones||22 Apr 1816||C-290a|
|37 (9)||James Simpson||27 Jun 1797||A-16||Edward Frye|
|38 (10)||Benjamin Standsberry||17 May 1819||D-107|
|39 (11)||James Brown||27 Jun 1797||A-12b|
|40 (12)||James Brown||27 Jun 1797||A-12b|
|41 (13)||Benjamin Summers||27 Jun 1797||A-15|
|42 (14)||Benjamin Summers||27 Jun 1797||A-15|
|43 (15)||William de Rohan||26 Jun 1797||A-14a|
|44 (16)||Armsted Moorhead and James Lathem||27 Jun 1797||A-13||James Brown|
|45 (41)||Benjamin Summers||27 Jun 1797||A-15||James Alexander|
|46 (42)||Benjamin Summers||27 Jun 1797||A-15||James Alexander|
|47 (43)||Benjamin Summers||27 Jun 1797||A-15|
|48 (44)||Benjamin Summers||27 Jun 1797||A-15|
|49 (65)||Thomas Shain||4 May 1832||G-369|
|51 (67)||James C. Graham||2 Sep 1818||D-46|
|52 (68)||William Graham||1 Apr 1814||C-162|
|53 (8)||Benjamin Standsberry||17 May 1819||D-107|
|54 (7)||Edward Frye||26 Jun 1797||A-12a||John L. Summers|
|55 (6)||James Simpson||27 Jun 1797||A-16||Thomas Sanders|
|56 (5)||John Scott||27 Jun 1797||A-18b||John Scott Jr.|
|56 (5)||Thomas McGee||3 Mar 1817||C-440|
|57 (4)||Thomas Joyce (northern third of lot)||10 Sep 1832||G-400|
|57 (4)||Benjamin Summers (southern 2/3 of lot)||11 Feb 1818||C-441|
|58 (3)||John Collins, heir to James Collins||26 Jun 1797||A-18a|
|59 (2)||Thomas C. Brashear||10 Jan 1797||A-3|
|59 (2)||John Hugh||26 Jun 1797||A-17|
|61 (48)||John Hugh||26 Jun 1797||A-17|
|62 (47)||John Moore||27 Jun 1797||A-20|
|63 (46)||Benjamin Summers||27 Jun 1797||A-15||John W. Beckwith|
|64 (45)||Benjamin Summers||27 Jun 1797||A-15||John W. Beckwith|
|77 (49)||John Moore||27 Jun 1797||A-20|
|79 (51)||Benjamin Summers||27 Jun 1797||A-15|
|79 (51)||Benjamin Summers||4 Jun 1812||B-578|
|80 (52)||James Robinson||2 Sep 1818||D-65|
|81||Rufus K. Summers||27 Nov 1828||G-40|
|82||Rufus K. Summers||27 Nov 1828||G-40|
|83||Rufus K. Summers||27 Nov 1828||G-40|
|84||Rufus K. Summers||27 Nov 1828||G-40|
|85||Bookey Barker||20 Nov 1827||G-214|
|86||Bookey Barker||20 Nov 1827||G-214|
|87||Jacob Sholler, George Shock||22 Aug 1797||A-23|
|87||Whitlege Overall||16 Jan 1829||G-168|
|88||Jacob Sholler, George Shock||22 Aug 1797||A-23|
|88||George W. Jenkins||1 Dec 1827||G-213|
|89||County Government||7 Jun 1832||G-374|
|91||Elisha W. Simmons||23 Jul 1833||G-506|
|92||Elisha W. Simmons||23 Jul 1833||G-506|
|93||Joseph R. Murray||31 Nov 1828||G-159|
|94||Joseph R. Murray||31 Nov 1828||G-159|
This is an ongoing project, and we hope to add to it at a later time.
If you, the reader, have an interest in any particular part of our county history, and wish to contribute to this effort, use the form on our Contact Us page to send us your comments about this, or any Bullitt County History page. We welcome your comments and suggestions. If you feel that we have misspoken at any point, please feel free to point this out to us.