The county border change between Bourbon and Fleming Counties in Kentucky actually impacted more than just the heirs of Thomas Sledd. It impacted the farm of his son-in-law Augusta Newman as well. Augusta’s land transactions were also impacted by this border change as well and I originally wrote about this change in 2012 and have included that post here:
“I took a look at the maps on Randy Major’s site in an attempt to better figure out the boundary changes between Bourbon and Nicholas Counties that are alluded to in a 1819 era deed of my ancestor, Augusta Newman.
The first map drawn was as of 1810:
The second map was drawn as of 1820:
One can easily see that the border between Bourbon and Nicholas Counties was originally a straight line and that in 1817 the border was apparently changed to partially match a creek or stream in the area.
Based upon a deed I located for Augusta Newman in Nicholas County, his property was originally in Bourbon, but was in Nicholas County after the move. The area that changed from Bourbon to Nicholas County was fairly small, but since Newman’s property was in the moved area, it helps me to pinpoint where his farm was located.”
That’s the end of my 2012 post, but there is an update.
The acts of the first session of the twenty-fifth General Assembly of Kentucky, published in 1817, include the text of the 17 January 1817 act that changed the Bourbon-Nicholas County line. I’ll have to go back and read the metes and bounds description for the deeds of these two property owners to see if the geographic features mentioned in the published act are also mentioned in the deed.
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Nick Cimino says:
It appears that we share William Newman and Cassandra Tippet as common ancestors. I have been working on the Nicholas County tax lists. William Newman begins to appear in Nicholas County in 1820 but he does not own land. Here is what I have found so far:
William Newman ( 1765 – 1840 • Family Search ID# LX7G-9WB) in Nicholas County, Kentucky Tax books 1800-1841 (Missing 1828, 1832, 1837); Family History Library United States & Canada Film # 8185, DGS # 7834493
• Total Images: 1430; Years are shown with large block numbers; Used 1820 as a starting point which begins on Image #571 and ends on Image #611. 611-571=40 images
• Names are alphabetical. In 1820, William Newman is on image 598 of 1430. The following shows the column headings and the entries for William Newman:
o Person’s name chargeable with Tax: William Newman
o No. of Acres of Land and land rating 1st, 2nd or 3rd: None
o District and Regiment in which the person resides: 4th Dist.
o County in which the land resides: Nicholas
o Water Course on which the land lies: None
o In whose named entered: None
o In whose named surveyed: None
o In whose named patented: None
o White males over 21: 1
o Blacks over 16: 1 (Note that the 1820 census says two blacks and tax records show two blacks beginning in 1822)
o Total blacks: 1
o Horses, mares and …: 1
o Steed horses: None
o Rates pr. Season (sp?): None
o Tavern license: None
o Retail stores: None
o Wheel carriages: None
o Billiard Tables: None
o Value of Land per Acre:
o Total Value Except Steed Horses: $789
• 1819 William Newman was not listed
• 1821 (Image 639) William Newman is in 4th district of Nicholas County. Again, there is one male over 21, 1 black over 16 and 1 total black with one horse. Total value is $530.
• 1822 (Image 684) William Newman listed on Image 684. He had no land. It appears that he is in the 4th district of Nicholas County. He is still the only white male over 21. There are now two total blacks both over age 16 and two horses with total value of $710.
• 1823 (Image 727) William Newman is in 4th District of Nicholas County. There is one voter, one white male over 21, two blacks over 16, two total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $780.
• 1824 (Image 767) William Newman is in 4th District of Nicholas County. There is one white male over 21, two blacks over 16, two total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $710.
• 1825 (Image 816) William Newman is in 4th District of Nicholas County. There is one white male over 21, three blacks over 16, three total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $1600.
• 1826 (Image 857) William Newman is in Nicholas County. There is one white male over 21, three blacks over 16, three total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $1000.
All of the above records have been attached to the profile of William Newman in the FamilySearch.org Family tree: William Newman ( 1765 – 1840 • Family Search ID# LX7G-9WB)
Thanks for posting that Nick. There are trees that have names of ancestors before William, but I’ve not really delved into that enough to know how reliable those names are or aren’t. William left a will, as you probably know, but it mentions no real estate. Thanks!