John Pike to John D. Keith, 1849

Submitted by Ed Pike.

This document spelled exactly as written. When a letter was in doubt a (?) was used. Capitols and punctuation noted as used.

This Indenture made and entered into this 13th day of May 1849 between John Pike of the County of Bracken and State of Kentucky of the one part and John D. Keith of the county of Pendleton and same state of the other part venture forth (?) That the said John Pike for and in consideration for the some of four hundred dollars to him in hand fully paid by the said John D. Keith his heirs and assgins forever all that tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the county of Pendleton the water of Blancket creek and bounded as follows to wit. Beginning at a stone on the East edge of Eclers old road and in the line of John Robert Todds survey of 3000 acres from which a mulberry bears south 34 East 13 links thence South. 87 degrees East 264 poles croping some Branches of Blanket creek. Branches of Main Licking river to an - Ironwood two dogwoods and white oak thence North 70 poles to two small sassafras's and two Hickories in McKenneys line of his ten acres thence with McKenneys and McCartys and wheelers lines North 88 degrees west 151 poles to a Poplar McCartys and wheeler corner and again with their line North 2 degrees west 82 poles to two Beeches on a branch thence North 87 degrees west. 5 poles to two beeches in the line of John Earles 50 acres thence with his line south 48 poles to a large ash in his corner thence west with his line 80 poles to an Ironwood. ash and Beech thence North 16 poles to a Beech in said Earles line corner to Rbt ? Hume and Thomas Lowes land Thence with their line South 79 degrees west 28 poles to a stone in a branch Hickory Bears North 38 East 30 links thence North 67 degrees west 67 poles to a sugar tree and Black walnut on a branch thence South 28 degrees west 40 poles to sugar tree and 2 black Locust in said Toods line and with the same south 50 degrees East. 161 poles to the beginning containing within said boundary two hundred acres being the same land entered by said Pike and patented to him by the Govenor of the commonwealth of Kentucky on the 29th day of November 1845 to have and to hold the said tract of land with all Improvements and appurtenances Therunto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto him the said John D. Keith his heirs will and doth by these presents forever warrant and defend against the claim or claims of all and Every persons claiming the same by through or under him the said John Pike but not against the claimer claims of any other person or persons In testimony wherer f (?) he the said John Pike together with Mary his wife who hereby relinquishes all claim to Dower in said tract of land have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and date first above written

John Pike seal
Mary Pike Seal


Commonwealth of Kentucky

Pendleton County {Sct

I Rueben McCarty clerk of the county court for the county aforesaid do certify that this deed from John Pike and Mary Pike his wife to John D. Keith was produced to me in my office on the 12th of May 1849 and acknowledged by the said John Pike to be his act and deed and the said Mary Pike being Examined by me prively apart from her said husband declare that she did freely and willingly sign seal and deliver said writing and wishes not retract it. and Explain to her to be her act and deed and censutheth that the same may be recorded which is accordingly done Given under my hand this 21st day of May 1849.

R McCarty clk
} Per S.H. McCarty DC

Additional information from the KY Land Office:

Surveying Measurements:
1 pole or 1 rod = 16.5 feet or 25 links
1 link = .66 feet or 7.92 inches
1 chain = 100 links, 4 rods or 66 feet
80 chains = 1 mile, 320 rods, 1760 yards or 5280 feet
1 acre = 1 sq. chains, 160 sq. rods, 4840 sq. yards, or 43,560 square feet
1 square mile = 1 section of land or 640 acres
Township - 36 sq. miles (36 mile sq. sections)

Metes' defines distance, usually in poles. 'Bounds' defines the next corner or point. Trees, stakes or rocks are frequently cited in the survey description. Each survey includes the following information:
Surveyors and engineers were among Kentucky's first historians. Countless entries and survey descriptions include notations and drawings of great importance to the history of the Commonwealth. The Wilderness Road (or Old Trace), for example, is depicted by drawings of footprints on early surveys. Daniel Boone is one of many surveyors who worked the Kentucky frontier. Others, to name a few, included John Floyd, William Preston, John Crooke, William Croghan, Richard Anderson, Robert Todd, James Thompson, Thomas Marshall and George May.


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