|Land Grants in the Buffalo
|At the bottom of the page is a map showing some of the land grants in
Buffalo area. Ten grants are represented. A quick note about acreage: It is
very ususual for the acreage on the grants to be exact. It's usually an
estimation and can be off by 20 percent or so.
Caldwell and John Campell (orange area). Their 1,500-acre grant was
actually two: 1,000 acres issued on 21 Aug 1848 and 500 acres on 8 Aug 1849.
The survey date was 13 Nov 1849. Chainmen were Solomon Reynolds, Ezekial
Decker, Holbert McClure, and Joseph Cromer. The marker was Nathaniel McClure.
The northern-most corner of the Campbell survey joined the
Buckner grant and
shared a boundary going southwest (as did two of Alfred Warren's surveys). To
me, it's amazing to consider there could be 1,500 contiguous unpatented acres
left in KY in 1849.
William and Rhoda Decker (blue area). The Decker land is also two
grants. The first, (left) was 50 acres issued to William 11 Mar 1836. Chainmen
were Larkin and Harvey Langford. William served as marker. The second was to
Rhoda 29 Sep 1845 (she was a widow by then). Chainmen were John Decker and
Solomon Reynolds. The marker was Elisha Renner. In Rhoda's survey, a mark just
south of where her grant and the Campbell grant intersect is called "a
white oak at the Pulaski Salt Works road."
John McKinney (bright green area, top left). The earliest dated grant on
the map, John's 50 acres was surveyed 6 Mar 1822. It's starting point (bottom
left corner) was supposed to be about 495 feet from Elkhorn Branch, on the west
side. It lay inside the
which was still in limbo in 1822, although if Buckner was actually
where it was supposed
to have been, McKinney's (and Nichols's below) grant would not have
overlapped Buckner. Chainmen: Stephen Eaton and Charles Brush. Marker: John
Robert E. Nichols (purple area). This 50-acre grant was surveyed 19 Dec
1845. Chainmen were Samuel Evans and George Decker. Marker was Robert E.
Nichols, who lived on the property at the time: "...including the
improvements whereon said Nichols now lives, said improvements being at or near
the centre of the survey." This land was infringed upon by two later
Alfred Warren grants. From one of Warren's surveys, we know Robert owned land
on the Rockcastle River, too.
Thomas Nichols (top red area). This is one of the more interesting
grants in the area. For one thing, like the McKinney grant, it is inside the
However, Holbert McClure had taken possession of Buckner by this date, 6 Apr
1838. I believe this 100-acre grant represents two-thirds of Jacob Renner Sr's
150-acre Line Creek grant which is mentioned on the 1826
tax list. Inside
this property is the "the place formerly occupied by Elisha Renner."
It also mentions "Renner's old cabin." Jacob claimed this land while
the Buckner grant issues were still unresolved. He had taken the first steps in
officially obtaining the grant, but apparently died before the process was
completed. This may help explain why the grant was ultimately made even though
it was inside Buckner. Elijah Grider and Nathan Arnold were chainmen on the
survey, Thomas Nichols was the marker.
Alfred Warren (green areas). Alfred received at least five grants in the
area, four of which are on this map (the other was on Line Creek in Pulaski
County and joined Martha Warren):
1. 100 acres, 21 Jul 1845, joined Buckner, Campbell, and Robert Nichols.
Chainmen: James Leach and Hiram Duncan. Marker: A. Warren (most likely his
brother, Andrew). For some reason, part of this land went back into the public
domain. In 1867 Pleasant G. Decker received a 100-acre grant that encompased
the southern and central portions of this Warren grant.
2. 200 acres, 29 Jul 1845, joined Campbell, Robert Nichols, and William Decker.
When surveyed, this grant infringed upon both Nichols and Decker. It began
"...about 50 yards on the south side of a hollow that leads down through
the apple orchard at the late residence of Mathew Warren desd and about 3/4 of
a mile up said hollow from said orchard and dwelling house." Chainmen:
John and Gabriel Isaacs. Marker: Cyrenius W. Warren. You can view a photo of
the Mathew Warren land
3. 100 acres, 26 Aug 1849, (this is the southern-most green area near the
Rockcastle River on the map below). It began "at a hickory & white oak
corner to a survey made for Robert E. Nichols & on a ridge about 120 poles
south westwardly from Evan's Ferry." This, and a mention in the Campbell
survey, places Evan's Ferry in the same approximate location as today's bridge
over the river at Billows. Chainmen: George Decker and Solomon Reynolds.
Marker: A. Warren.
4. 250 acres, 13 Nov 1849, joined his land, Buckner, the Pulaski County line,
and Robert Nichols. Chainmen: George Decker, Solomon Reynolds, Holbert McClure,
and Joseph Cromer. Marker: Nathaniel McClure.
William Warren or Warson (red square). It's unclear whether the last
name is Warren or Warson. This grant, for 50 acres which was surveyed 17 Jan
1834, is, I believe, the other 1/3 of Jacob Renner Sr's land. The survey, like
that for Thomas Nichols, references Elisha Renner's home--"...on the
branch below where Elisha Renner now lives..." Chainmen: John Evans and
John Waddle. Marker: Adam Renner.
On the map below, the individuals on the outside boundaries of the above grants
were mentioned in the surveys as owning the adjoining land at the time.