Creek History – Early Land Grants, Thomas Jefferson

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Underground springs from the rich limestone soils bubble into the tributaries that run into Harrods Creek. The creek begins in Henry County making most of its 33 mile course through the northern section of Oldham County before it empties into the Ohio River. The creek meanders down in some sections with overhanging cliffs in narrow gorges while in other places it passes through meadows of farms with historic beginnings created from Revolutionary War land grants.

Attested copies of these grants are archived at the Oldham County History Center and demonstrate the desirable acquisition of the properties in the Harrods Creek watershed.

An example is as follows:

Thomas Jefferson, Esq: Governour of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all to whom these presents shall come greeting: Know ye that in consideration of military service performed by George Weedon as Captain Lieutenant in the second Virginia Regiment in the late war between Great Britain and France according to the terms of the King of Great Britain’s proclamation of 1763 there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto the heirs of Hugh Mercer deceased who was assignee of the said George Weedon a certain tract or parcel of Land containing three thousand acres by survey bearing date the fourth day of June, one thousand seven hundred and seventy four, lying and being in the County of Kentucky formerly Fincastle and bounded as followeth to wit,

Beginning at three beeches and a sugar tree on the bank of the Ohio river about sixteen or seventeen miles above the falls of the Ohio; thence down the meanders of the river and binding on the same three hundred and fifty poles to two beeches and some sugar tree saplins, thence south thirty eight degrees, east one thousand four hundred and forth eight poles to a sugar tree, buckeye and lyn, thence north fifty two degrees, east three hundred and forty poles to a white oak on the edge of a hill near Harwoods [Harrods] creek; thence north forty nine degrees west seven hundred and fifty poles, the thence north forty eight degrees west five hundred and forty poles to the beginning, with its appurtenances to have and to ho9led the said tract or parcel of Land with its appurtenances to the said heirs of the said Hugh Mercer deceased and their heirs for ever. In witness whereof the said Thomas Jefferson Governour of the Commonwealth of Virginia hath hereunto set his hand and caused the lesser seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty and of the fifth year of the Commonwealth.

Thomas Jefferson
Copy from Record
Teste
Chas Blagrove 20th April 1812

Historic records provided by:
Nancy Stearns Theiss, PhD
Oldham County Historical Society

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