Wayne County Land Grants

Johnson Land Grants

Wayne County, Kentucky

Name Acres Book Page Survey Date Watercourse
James Johnson, Sr. 400 6 275 10-23-1806 Cumberland River
James Johnson, Sr. 50 N 162 2-26-1823 Cumberland River
Samuel Johnson 100 9 219 10-23-1807 Otter Creek
Samuel Johnson 150 17 316 1-19-1813 Otter Creek
Jno Johnson 165 18 501 10-20-1809 none
William Johnson 200 26 141 3-09-1818 Cub Creek
Thomas Johnston 400 13 452 2-26-1804 Otter Creek
Thomas Johnston 225 28 204 11-09-1827 Hancock Fk
Pleasant  S. Johnson 200 H 470 12-11-1821 Cumberland River
Pleasant  S. Johnson 75 H 481 6-01-1821 Cedar Sinking Creek
Martin Johnson 50 U 404 3-24-1824 Little S. Fk Creek



A group of records entered from 1797 to 1866 known as "Grants South of Green River" comprises 29 books and includes 15,730 separate grants. These were

known sometimes as "Headright Claims" and were based upon an act of the Kentucky General Assembly of  12-21-1795.   Prior to the establishment of Kentucky as a state,

Virginia had  reserved for her soldiers all the lands in Kentucky south of Green River.

These were encompassed by a line from the head of this stream to the Cumberland Mountains and with these mountains to the Carolina line, thence to

the Tennessee River, to the Ohio River, and with the Ohio to the Green River. Lands thus located under the Virginia law are of military origin and are

listed in Chapter II (Viriginia Grants). When Kentucky as a sovereign state took charge of her vacant lands, new legisation opened up this great

reservation south of the Green River to any persons possessed of family and over 21 years of age. Such persons were entitled to not less than 100 acres

or more than 200 acres, but must have been bona fide settlers on the land for one year before they came into actual possession. The surveys upon which

these grants are based are recorded in eighteen books in the Kentucky Land Office.



In 1815 the Kentucky State Legislature passed an act relative to land distribution, and the records written in fulfillment of this statute are now known as "Kentucky Land

Warrants, 1816-1873." These grants consist of 43 books and 25,621 grants. The act of the General Assembly governing this group of grants opened for

sale, at $20 per 100 acres, all the vacant lands to anyone in Kentucky, except an alien. The method followed was similar to that originally employed

by Virginia, the purchaser securing receipt from the State Treasurer which was in turn converted into a land office warrant, authorizing the owner to

locate and survey a certain acreage. When this had been completed and returned to the land office it was registered and a land patent was issued to

the owner within about six months. This law, however, did not apply to lands west of the Tennessee River.


The source is "The Kentucky Land Grants: A Systematic Index to All of the Land Grants Recorded in the State Land Office at Frankfort, Kentucky

1782-1924," by Willard Rouse Jillson, Sc.D., State Geologist of Kentucky and Chairman of the Kentucky State Park Commission; published 1925; reprinted

1971, 1994.




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