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Kentucky Connections / Land 
Until 1792, Kentucky was a part of Virginia, initially known as Kentucky County, Virginia.  In 1779 the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation creating a land patenting process for appropriating land in Kentucky County.  A variety of land warrants and special legislative acts could be used to initiate a patent. Under the terms of an agreement with Virginia, Kentucky continued to honor patents issued prior to June 1, 1792, when Kentucky achieved statehood. 

In 1780 it was divided into the counties of Lincoln, Jefferson, and Fayette.  Subsequent divisions occurred with greater frequency. Early land grant records will refer to Lincoln County, which was the largest of the three county divisions.  Sometimes the land warrants  were not recorded for years. In some cases the owner was deceased, and the heirs had to submit a copy of the will to get the land recorded.

Many early Southern Indiana residents had Kentucky roots.  The Harbison (Harbeson / Harberson), Blagrave (Blackgrove / Blackgrave), and Treadway (Treadaway / Tredway) families were among them. James Harbison Sr, below was killed by Indians February 28, 1783 near Harbison Station, in what is now Kentucky. His son James Harbison,  a proven Revolutionary War Patriot, is buried in Devine Cemetery, Dubois County, Indiana.  Other Harbison burial sites are Cooper Cemetery and Harbison Cemetery.

Harrison Blagrave was James and Rachel (Porter) Harbinson's son-in-law. Harrison married their daugher Esther Harbison  11/20/1792 in Mercer County, Kentucky.

Rachel (Porter) Harbison's Will Courtesy of Donna Gagliano

James Harbison 1,400 Acres Lincoln County, Kentucky /Virginia 1781  

James Harbison 400 Acres Lincoln County, Kentucky /Virginia 1786 (Heirs)

James Harbison 1,043 Acres Lincoln County Kentucky /Virginia 1782

Harrison Blagrave, Mercer County, Kentucky 1807

Moses Treadway, Kentucky / Virginia 1781

John Treadway, Lafayette County Kentucky / Virginia 1786

Henry Blagrave / Harrison Blagrave Campbell County Kentucky, 1805 Courtesy of Cathy Clark