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TIP #660 – PETITIONS OF THE EARLY INHABITANTS OF KENTUCKY, PART 1

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TIP #660 – PETITIONS OF THE EARLY INHABITANTS OF KENTUCKY, PART 1

Posted: 4 Oct 2007 6:41AM GMT
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Surnames: Robertson, McGary, Henderson, Calloway, Clark, Campbell, Morton, Doran, Lytle, Hogan, Crews, Steele, Holloway, Todd, Ervin, Askins, Mitchell, Buchanan, Scott, Muter, McDowell, Wallace, Innes, StevensonCleveland, McKenzie, Craig
In the summer of 1910 a wonderful find was made. James Rood Robertson from Berea College was visiting in Richmond, VA. And, there, hidden in the archives were found 110 petitions from the early inhabitants of Kentucky to Virginia. These were not of course all the petitions but are believed to be fairly complete. A vast amount of these opens up the door to the names of Kentucky’s earliest residents. Many of the old petitions were torn, dirty, faded and the handwriting not the easiest to read. But to actually read what our pioneers were addressing before statehood is priceless. The oldest petition found was dated in 1769 and the last in 1831 – years after Kentucky reached statehood. During this early date, Kentucky was merely a Virginia County which had been passed between various counties there over the years.

In this tip I will list the petitions by name and number which will give the subject of the petition. Upon completion of this next week, in following weeks, the names of the signers to each of these petitions will be shown. Keep this list of petition numbers as I begin to list the names of the signers; there will be numbers following their name. This is the name of the petition or petitions on which their name is signed along with the date signed.

1 – Request by those living east of the Alleghany Mountains for 60,000 aces of land in the upper
valley of the Cumberland River. (December 1769)
2- Request by the inhabitants of Kentucky at Harrodsburg to be taken under jurisdiction of
Virginia. (June 7-15th, 1776)
3 – Request of the Committee at Harrodsburg to be taken under the jurisdiction of Virginia. (20 June 1776)
4 - Request of Thomas Slaughter and other inhabitant of Kentucky for a method of defense. (11 Oct 1776)
5 – Request of Hugh McGary for compensation for services rendered as a messenger to Fort Pitt. (22 Aug 1777)
6 – Request of the inhabitants of Kentucky for salt manufactories. (25 Nov 1777).
7 – Request of Nathaniel Henderson for compensation for a negro slave killed at Fort Boone. (24 Nov 1778)
8 – Statement of grievances by inhabitants of Kentucky in regard to land laws and request for a remedy. (14 Oct 1779)
9- Statement of grievances by the inhabitants of Boone’s Fort and a request for a grant of 640 acres for town site and a board of trustees. (16 Oct 1779)
10 – Request of Richard Calloway for the right to establish a ferry across the KY river at Boonesborough. (25 Oct 1779)
11 – Request of the inhabitants at the Falls of the Ohio River for an act to establish a town at that place. (1 May 1780)
12 – Request of the inhabitants north of the KY River for a division of the County of Kentucky. (1 May 1780)
13 – Request of George Rogers Clark for confirmation of a grant of 36,000 acres of land northwest of the Ohio River, given to him by the Indians. 27 May 1780)
14 – Request of the inhabitants of Lexington for a grant of land for a town site. (7 Dec 1781)
15 – Statement of grievances by the inhabitants of KY and a request either for a better government or independence from Virginia. (30 May 1782)
16 – Request of the inhabitants of the three counties of KY for the old land law which required cultivation; also for the creation of a Superior Court.(1 June 1782)
17 – Request of the inhabitants of Lincoln County for laws to secure better military protection, care of orphans, civil marriage, and stray stock. (19 June 1783)
18 – Request of the trustees appointed to hold forfeited land, used for school purposes, for an extension of power. (3 June 1783)
19 – Request of John Campbell that the act creating the town of Louisville be repealed.(1 Dec 1783)
20 – Request of John Morton for aid in securing title to land pre-empted in Fayette County. (26 May 1784)
21 – Request of Patrick Doran for a warrant on a tract of land pre-empted in Lincoln County. (28 May 1784)
22 – Request of William Lytle for aid in securing the title to a tract of land at a place called Dry Run. (4 June 1784)
23 – Request of the inhabitants of the District of KY for the establishment of Circuit Courts. (5 June 1784)
24 – Requests of the inhabitants of KY either for a better government by Virginia or a statement of that Commonwealth. (No date)
25 – Request of the inhabitants of Jefferson, Fayette, Lincoln, and Nelson Counties for an act acknowledging the independence of Kentucky from Virginia. (23 Sept 1785)
26 – Request of the inhabitants of Lincoln County for a grant of land for a town site. (No date)
27 – Request of the inhabitants of Lincoln County for a division of the county. (23 Nov 1785)
28 – Request of the inhabitants of Fayette County for a division of the county. (25 Nov 1785)
29 - Request of James Hogan for the right to establish a public ferry across the Kentucky River near Hickman’s Creek. (1 Oct 1785)
30 – Request of David Crews for the right to establish a public ferry across the Kentucky river near Jack’s Creek. (1 Oct 1785)
31 – Request of William Steele for the right to establish a public ferry across the Kentucky River at Stone Lick. (11 Oct 1785)
32 – Request of the inhabitants of part of Bourbon County at Limestone Settlement for division of the county. (25 Aug 1786)
33 – Protest of the inhabitants of Bourbon County against a division of that county. (26 Oct 1786)
34 – Request of the inhabitants of Washington, in Limestone Settlement of Bourbon County, for grant of land for a town site. 22 Aug 1786)
35 – Request of James Holloway for land in payment of services in the Revolutionary War. (21 Sept 1786)
36 – Request of the inhabitants of Lincoln County for the establishment of the town of Stanford. (28 Sept 1786)
37 – Request of Jane Todd for the appointment of trustees for an estate left by John Todd of Fayette County. (28 Oct 1786)
38 – Request of Mary Ervin to be allowed to inherit the land of John Askins. (11 Oct 1786)
39 – Request of Christopher Greenup, Clerk of Supreme Court of Kentucky, for change in procedure in regard to taxes arising from legal processes. (6 Nov 1786)
40 – Request of the inhabitants of Fayette County for the inspection of tobacco at the mouth of of Hickman’s Creek on north side of Kentucky River. (17 Sept 1787)
41 – Request of Ignatius Mitchell for the establishment of a town to be called Charlestown, on his land on the Ohio River near Lawrence’s Creek. (20 Oct 1787)
42 – Request of the inhabitants of the District of Kentucky for establishment of a Commission to settle pay rations and other claims under expeditions of Clark and Logan. (19 Sept 1787)
43 – Request of the inhabitants of Fayette County for the establishment of tobacco inspection on the Kentucky River near the mouth of Stone Lick. (12 Sept 1787)
44 – Request of James Buchanan of Bourbon County that a public ferry be established on his lands across Licking Creek. (20 Sept 1787)
45 – Request of sundry inhabitants of Fayette County for the establishment of tobacco inspection on the land of General Scott on the Kentucky River near Craig’s Creek. (12 Sept 1787)
46 – Request of the inhabitants of Lexington for an act incorporating the town. (6 Nov 1787)
47 – Request of sundry inhabitants of Fayette, Bourbon, and Madison Counties for a new county to be created from them, with courthouse at Boonesborough. (6 Nov 1787)
48 – Request of the inhabitants of Limestone Settlement and other parts of Bourbon County for a division of Bourbon County. (19 Sept 1787)
49 – Protest of the inhabitants of Bourbon County against a division of the county. (1 Nov 1787)
50 – Request of the Trustees of Transylvania Seminary for one-sixth of the Surveyor’s legal fees, for support of the Seminary. (22 Nov 1787)
51 – Request of the inhabitants of Fayette County for tobacco inspection on Kentucky River near the mouth of Stone Lick Creek. (10 Sept 1788)
52 – Request of the inhabitants of Fayette County for a division of the county. (22 Sept 1788)
53 – Protest of the inhabitants of Fayette County for a division of the county. (24 Oct 1788)
54 – Request of the inhabitants of the Limestone Settlement of Bourbon County for a division of the county. (28 Aug 1787)
55 – Protest of the inhabitants of Bourbon County against a division of the county. (25 Oct 1788)
56 – Request of the inhabitants of Bourbon County for a tobacco inspection on Licking Creek. (25 Oct 1788)
57 – Request of the inhabitants of Bourbon County for the establishment of a town at Bourbon Courthouse. (2 Sept 1789)
58 – Request of the inhabitants of the District of Kentucky for a repeal of the Act of Separation. (No date)
59 – Request of George Muter, Samuel McDowell, Caleb Wallace, and Harry Innes that taxes be made payable in specie. (22 Oct 1789)
60 – Request of the inhabitants of the District of Kentucky that Lexington and Bardstown be appointed as places for sittings of the Supreme Court. (No date)
61 – Request of Benjamin Stevenson, that he be relieved from the penalty of the law against bringing slaves into Kentucky without notice. (28 Oct 1789)
62 – Request of the inhabitants of Bourbon County for the establishment of the town of Hopewell. (28 Oct 1789)
63 – Request of inhabitants north of the Kentucky River for tobacco inspection on the Kentucky River near Tate’s Creek. (2 Nov 1789)
64 – Request of the inhabitants of Kentucky for appointment of Commissioners by Supreme Court or County Courts for locating places for tobacco inspections. (3 Nov 1789)
65 – Request for the inhabitants of Fayette and Bourbon Counties that a new county be created from parts of the same. (6 Nov 1789)
66 – Protest of sundry inhabitants of Bourbon County against a division of the county. (6 Nov 1789)
67 – Request of the inhabitants of Fayette County for the establishment of tobacco inspection on lands of Eli Cleveland on the Kentucky River. (No date)
68 – Request of the inhabitants of the town of Louisville for the appointment of trustees who live in the town. (12 Nov 1789)
69 – Request of the inhabitants of Kentucky that the Supreme Court be not removed. (4 Nov 1789)
70 – Request of William McKenzie for value of forfeited lands of Robert McKenzie which were taken for a public school. (16 Nov 1789)
71 – Request of Anna Craig that the right of escheat of lands of James Douglass may be set aside in the interest of a debt to her. (16 Nov 1789)
72 – Request of some inhabitants of Fayette County for tobacco inspection opposite Boonesborough and on Howards Creek. (30 Nov 1789)
73 – Memorial of the Convention of the District of Kentucky which asks for an amendment to the act separating Kentucky from Virginia. (Nov 1789)
74 – Request of the inhabitants of Lincoln County living on lands reserved for officers and soldiers, for a division of that county. (21 Oct 1790)
75 – Request of Jane and Robert Todd, executors, for powers in regard to sale and conveyance of estate of John Todd. (21 Oct 1790).

Note: Some dates are dates of signatures; some of endorsements. To be continued next week. Source: Filson Club Publication No 27 taken from Petition of Early Inhabitants of Kentucky To the General Assembly of Virginia 1769 to 1792 by James Rood Robertson, M.A.Ph.d. 1914.

© Copyright 4 Oct 2007, Sandra K. Gorin

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