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1 1 J 1 1 1 1 kl i 1 1 V I II I IVIa Ikllli 1 1 A LI IliN I II A I 1 ill Methods Bj Whirh Titles To Eastern Kcntnekj Lands , Are Clondedt A CLAY COUHTY INSTANCE Cairns To Thousands of Acres That HaYeBecn Peaceatly Held For Years. DEPRESSES THE VALUE OF USD Manchester. Kr. Jan. 16. (Special.) One of the greatest drawbacks to the prosperity of Eastern Kentucky has been the clouds cast upon land titles by fraudulent or unjust claims, based, or alleged to be bared, upon old land grant issued while Kentucky waa a part of Virginia. The title to thousand of acre of tbe best timber and mineral lands in Eastern Kentucky have in this way been made to appear so doubtful that many investor have hesitated to buy this property. An instance of this sort of thing ha Just come to light here. A gentleman undertook undertook to make a sale of a tract of land in Clay county containing 320 acres, and found that a title to the property waa asserted through parties in Missouri Missouri dating back to the old land grant issued in 178by tbe State of Virginia. The party who how claims to own the property under this old grant 1 W. C. Brown, of Mexico, Mo., who purchased it from one H. B. Miller. Miller's title is based upon the following abstract: Abstract of title to 25,000 acres of land In Clay county, Ky. The titlo to said 2S.0C0 acres Is based on and devised from a grant of hind containing &O.U0O acres made by the Commonwealth of Virginia to Benjamin Wynkoop. The survey of said land was done on the llith day May. 1784. and letters letters patent Issued on the loth day of May, 1736, at Richmond! Vs., aa appears by order order of the General Court, and is duly entered entered in the records of said court at Richmond, Richmond, Va. This land was at one time In Lincoln county, Ky., from- from- which county Jackson and Clay counties were taken. It lies on the south fork of the Kentucky river, and Is located and bounded as follows: follows: Theto measures embrace the whole of the Wynkoop grant of 60.UUU acres, the) south one-half one-half one-half of which was conveyed by William W. Gitt to Benjamin Best, as shown In abstract. State of Virginia to Benjamin Wynkoop By letters patent, dated on the loth day of May, 17SM. at Richmond, Va.. - book "P." pages 10$ and lut This patent contains contains the 50.000 acres of land described in caption. Benjamin Wynkoop, unmarried, to Samuel Samuel Younjr Warranty deed, dated November, November, 8, 12k, recorded at Richmond, Va, book "C," page 129. This deed conveys the U.fKni acre of land in the Wynkoop grant described In caption. Samuel Young and wife to William W. GK Warranty deed, dated November U. 1821, recorded In Jackson county, Ky., book 42, page Sti. This deed conveys the south one-half one-half one-half of the Wynkoop grant de-described de-described de-described in caption and containing 25,000 acres. ' William W. Cltt and wife to Benjamin Beat Warranty deed, dated June 11'. 1W8. recorded at Manchester, Clay county, Ky.. book "ii," page 4s. This deed conveys all the tlUe and interest of William W. Gltt to the south one-half one-half one-half of the 50.0UO acres of the Wknkoop grant. Benjamin Best and wife to H. B. Miller-Warranty Miller-Warranty Miller-Warranty deed, dated December 15, litil. recorded in book "I," page 11. This deed conveys all the title and interest of Ben jamin Beet to tbe south halt of the B0. (W0 acres of the Wynkoop grant. MCKee. Jackson county. Ky., Sept. 1, 1S78. William W. Gltt Dear Sir: Yours of March 22.- 22.- with deed inclosed, end two dollars to pay for recording deed is received. There la no record in my office office of any deed or other papers adverse to your title to the land you claim. Your title is clear as any in Jackson county; Clay county, but recently waa organ ized, and that portion in which the Ben jamin Wynkoop tract of S0.W0 acres lie. with which I am well acquainted, was taken from this county. Thla land has tbe finest and beet coal.tlmber and iron ore on it. with some good soil. (Sigued.) JAMES TANNER.. Clerk of Court and Register of Dueus, Jackson county, Ky. There follows also a certficate from one who calls himself tbe abstractor and who says he has' carefully exam ined the records of Clay and Jackson county and finds the above statements correct. A notary publio also certifies that he ha compared this abstract with the original and finds it a true copy. It is not stated where the original is to be found, and the postofnee address of the "abstractor" Is not riven. "That look perfectly regular," said a Clay county man. "and is an ab stract that would fool almost anybody. But I have reason to believe that it is not worth the paper it Is written on. Miller and Brown are probably Innocent Innocent parties and victims. This land. alleged to be covered by this abstract, ha been held for years by people who came by it honestly and can make out good titles to It. There are a number of reasons for denouncing this abstract as worthless if not fraudulent. In the first place the transfer from Samuel Young and wife to William W. Gitt. alleged to have been made In IS II, 1 said to be shown by a deed recorded in Jackson county in deed book 42. page 36. The present Clerk of the Jackson County Court certine that there is no sucb record book a number 42. and that tber is no such record aa claimed by the abstract. Jackson county waa not organized until after 1&5S. Conse quently no deed could have been recorded recorded in Jackson county in 1821. The records records also show that there never wis such a party in Jackson county aa "James Tanner." who certifies that he was Clerk, etc Furthermore, the origin al owner. Benjamin wynkoop, transferred transferred his land, and a suit in the United States Courts as far back a fifty year ago settled the title to all his land, and the same I possessed by parties who have been holding adverse IKissusaion ever since, and thirty years adverse possession is the bent title according according to tbe laws of Kentucky." - The result of the circulation of false abstracts is, of course. Injurious to the last degree to this section. Every man who is induced to buy on a false show of title and subsequently discover it worth lestinesa becomes a constant warning warning to others against Investment . In Eastern Kentucky lands. Letters of Inquiry- Inquiry- concerning the lands covered by such abstracts are constantly beintc received in Manchester, and from these It appears that many people in the NortVwest have been defrauded by bogus bogus Kentucky land tltlea. The perpetrators perpetrators of such fraud ought to be run dvwn and exposed,

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 17 Jan 1895, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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