04 June 2012

Changing that Bourbon-Nicholas County Border

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.

It is indicated that border changes are discussed in the Kentucky Acts of 1816-1817. I've found this item on WorldCat and am trying to obtain a copy on interlibary loan. Stay tuned.

We'll have a brief blog post when I get the Kentucky Acts of 1816-1817 and will follow up with a more detailed discussion in a future issue of Casefile Clues.