By Jeannette Holland Austin
A number of clues exist in public records which help the genealogist to locate lost relatives. One ancestor which I had researched for many years was discovered by reading Revolutionary War Pensions for that surname. It was Joseph Lane, resident of Missouri whose application stated that he had two sons who'd left home years ago, one who went west and the other to either Kentucky or Georgia. Although no given names were provided, my detailed notes provided two brothers in Georgia fitting that description. From there, I studied their estate records, viz, inventories, sales, annual returns and vouchers to see who was listed and where they resided. The names given in these types of records bear close relationships to the deceased. I found one lost ancestor by searching Jasper County annual returns (for everyone with that surname) and discovered that a trip to Kentucky was an item paid for and listed in the annual returns. This linked "the origin" of the family. Other great digs are deed records where heirs sell their inheritance and name other heirs in the deed. Every single record of that surname must be researched for little clues.
Bullitt County Wills, Estates, DeedsBullitt County was founded in 1796 and the county seat is Shepherdsville. It was named after the nephew of Thomas Bullitt, Governor Alexander Scott Bullitt, who served as the first Lieutenant Governor. The land was taken from Jefferson and Nelson counties through an act approved on December 13, 1796 by the Kentucky General Assembly. In 1811, the northwestern area of the county expanded to include land given by Jefferson County and in 1824 an eastern area of the county was given to help form Spencer County.
Bullitt County Wills and Estates available to members of Kentucky Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Wills, Estates, Inventories 1796 to 1823
- Wills, Estates, Inventories 1823 to 1838
Testators: Allender, Thomas | Allison, Enoch | Allison, Richard | Anderson, Josiah | Ash, Jacob | Baird, David | Bane, Thomas | Baugh, Richard | Bayne, Henry | Beats, John | Beckwith, Daniel | Beckwith, John | Botches, Thomas | Brashea, Marsham | Brasheans, Mary | Bredwell, George | Brown, Benjamin | Brown, Hugh Brown, James | Brown, John | Buckner, Marsham | Buscoe, Samuel | Carpenter, Joel | Carpenter, Margaret | Carrell, Samuel | Carter, Mesheck | Cartmell, Nathan | Case, Samuel | Chalfont, Abner Charles, James | Cofer, William | Collings, Isaac | Collings, Spencer Collins, Thomas | Cornell, Solomon | Cornell, William | Coyle, Patrick | Crenshaw, James | Cross, Jeremiah | Crow, Samuel Sr. | Culver, Benjamin | Cunningham, James | Davis, Jonathan Davison, John B. | Deats, John | Dooly, George | Dragos, Ephraim Dragos, Jane Duvall, Dennis Dyson, Samuel | Emerson, Henson Evans, Josiah Everall, William | Fidler, Francis Field, Henry | Fuguay, Henry | Gamble, William | Gentry, Martin | Glenn, John | Graham, Samuel | Grafton, James | Griffin, James | Griffin, John | Gunterman, Henry | Gunterman, Peter | Hain, William | Hall, David | Hall, Elizabeth | Hall, Simon | Hall, William | Hardman, Jonathan Harris, David | Harris, Zaddock Hart, Henry | Hickston, John | Holbert, James | Hook, Daniel | Hough, Joseph | Hughs, C. | Irons, Jonathan | Irwin, Joseph | James, Jesse | James, Richard | Jenkins, William | Jennings, William | John, James | Jones, Henry | Jones, Jesse | Jordan, John | King, Alexander King, John | King, Weathers Kitchen, John | Lashhook, William | Lemaster, John | McClelland, Robert Metgel, Frederick Miles, Jonathan Sr. Miles, Nathan Morgan, Samuel | Musgrove, Henry | Myers, Jacob Newboult, Sarah Newkirk, Peter | Orme, Ellie Overall, John | Payne, C. Payne, John | Peak, Thomas | Peyton, William | Purcell, Isaac | Quick, Samuel | Ramon, Andrew Ralph, Thomas | Raymon, William | Reed, Joseph | Relf, Thomas (could be Ralph) | Richards, George | Rickets, Peter | Robards, Lewis | Roby, Lawson Rogers, Edward | Sanders, George | Shain, Charles | Shane, William | Shanklin, Richard | Shanks, Elizabeth | Shanks, James | Shanks, Mentor | Shepherd, Adam | Sherin, Francis | Simmons, Griffin | Simmo1838ns, Humphrey | Simmons, Jesse | Simmons, Lilburn | Simmons, Richard | Simmons, Robert | Simmons, Tabitha | Simmons, Thomas | Simmons, William Sr. | Slack, John | Smith, James | Smock, Mathias | Snowden, Jacob | Stallings, Samuel | Stebbins, Benjamin | Steele, Jonas | Stone, Edward | Stringer, Edmund | Stringer, Reuben | Summers, Noah | Troutman, Michael | Vaughn, Richard | Weaver, Richard | Welsh, James | Welsh, Samuel | Welsh, William | West, John | Whitley, William | Williams, James | Withers, Benjamin | Wood, Norborne | Yeiser, Jacob
Images of Bullitt County wills, Estates, Inventories, Book B, 1823 to 1838
Testators: Alexander, Abigail | Alexander, Frederick | Allen, Elizabeth | Allen, Martin | Allen, Thomas | Allison, Enoch | Allison, Isaac | Audd, Joseph | Beckwith, John | Beckwith, John W. | Beckwith, Sarah | Berkley, Hugh | Blandford, Mary Ellen | Blandford, Walter | Brashear, Benjamin | Brashear, Ignatius | Brashear, Marsham | Briscoe, Samuel | Brooks, Thomas | Burch, Eli | Burditt, William Sr. | Caldwell, James | Caldwell, John | Cameron, John | Carpenter, Joel | Cartwell, Henry C. M. | Chandler, William | Chappell, Jesse | Charles, Ezekiel | Clevance, Elizabeth | Collings, Isaac | Connell, James | Cornell, William | Crandell, Thomas | Crenshaw, Bluford Crenshaw, James | Crenshaw, Joel | Crow, Elizabeth | Crutchler, John | Deats, Catharine | Deats, Michael | Dodd, John | Dooly, John | Dragos, Jane | Dunn, John | Eden, John | Falker, Mary | Field, Henry | Fox, Philip | Froman, Susanna | Gentry, Martin | Glenn, John | Green, Joshua | Groce, Jacob | Halbert, James | Hamilton, George | Hamilton, Samuel | Hardman, Jonathan | Harris, Geddy | Hart, Mary J. | Hatfield, Jonah | Hedges, Wesley | Helton, Alexander | Hill, Augustus | Hodges, Joseph | Hornbeck, Hiram Hornbeck, Samuel | Hornbeck, Solomon Jr. | Hubbard, Oppa | Hugh, John | Irons, Agnes | Irwin, Henry | Irwin, Thomas | Johnson, Ephraim | Johnson, Felix | Jones, Jesse | Jones, John | Kennett, Joshua | Kennison, John | King, Henry | King, John | King, Polly | Lack, Joseph | Lee, John | Masden, Benjamin | Masden, James | McNutt, Thomas | Middleton, John | Middleton, Thomas | Moore, Elizabeth | Moore, Evans | Moore, George W. | Moore, Lewis | Moore, Moses Moore, Washington | Morder, Thomas | Morrow, William | Nelson, Donald | Nicholas, Joseph | Orme, Philip | Overall, Partheny | Overall, William | Owens, John | Polly, Joseph | Pope, Benjamin | Price, Isaac | Purcell, Isaac | Purcell, John | Ralph, Thomas | Reed, John | Robards, Lewis | Roberts, Granville | Roby,Lawrence | Roby, William | Rogers, Edward | Russell, Nicholas | Sanders, George | Sanders, Thomas | Sands, Isaac | Shain, Abel | Shain, Charles B. | Shain, Mary | Shanklin, Richard | Shawler, Jacob | Shawler, Mary | Shepherd, Adam | Simmons, Elisha | Simmons, Levi | Simmons, Nancy | Simmons, Rhoda | Simmons, Robert | Simmons, Tabitha | Simmons, William | Sirman, Joseph | Smith, Isaac | Smith, Peter W. | Stallings, John | Stallings, Samuel | Staples, Josiah | Steger, Lewis | Stringer, Reuben Stringer, Richard | Summers, Thomas | Swearington, Obediah | Thomas, Francis | Thornberry, Samuel | Thurman, James | Travis, James | Troutman, Michael Waters, William | Webb, Augustine | Welch, Samuel | Wells, James M. | Wells, Richard | Wells, Thomas | White, Brittain | Williams, John | Williams, Zealy | Wise, Richard | Wright, William | Younger, Benjamin
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