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Lot 84: Early Kentucky Pioneer Document
29 October 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: [OLD KENTUCKY] Jacob Van Meter Jr. (Jacob Vanmetre Jr. 1762-1850) Kentucky Pioneer. Jacob came to Kentucky with his father's party as a youth and later inherited his father's homestead. He continued to live at the old home place until about 1806, when the farm was sold to the Geohegan family. Jacob Van Meter was a very religious man and reared his large family of ten sons and four daughters to take an active interest in the work of the church. Seven of his ten sons were deacons in the Baptist church. At the time of his death he was the last survivor of the old pioneers of the Severn's Valley Baptist Church of Elizabethtown, having been a member for 78 years. As a Mill Creek church elder he founded the Hill Grove Baptist Church, 1822, Radcliff, Hardin Co., KY. Offered here is a 4 page manuscript document that concerns land transaction[s] with Geohegan dating back to 1781. Jacob Vanmetre Jr. has signed at the conclusion. On verso there is a docket with signature of Ben Helm, dated 1811. Approx. 7-5/8 x 12-3/8 in. Ben Helm (1767-1858) known as "Kitchen Knife Whetted on a Brick." (See the Manuscript magazine, Winter, 1991, p. 24). He was a surveyor, state senator, clerk of Hardin Co. courts; major in War of 1812; purchased the farm owned by Christopher Bush, father of Mrs. Sallie [Bush] Johnston Lincoln, step-mother of Abraham Lincoln. He was a partner, in the general store business, with Duff Green [laterstatesman] in the early frontier days of Kentucky. It is likely that young Abe Lincoln visited his store often in his early youth. VG.
Condition Report: VG