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B.5.b. Robert Nesbit {B.5.b.}

 

     Robert Nesbit was born in Augusta County, Virginia in the spring of 1773, and spent his early years on the family farm in the northern part of the Borden Grant. In the fall of 1787, when he was about 13 years old, the Nesbit family moved to Fayette County, Virginia, and, a few years later, about 1794, to Harrison County, Kentucky. In 1795 he married Elizabeth Brown, a daughter of John and Mary Brown in Harrison County, Kentucky, and they raised a fairly large family, composed of two sons and eight daughters. Robert and family remained in Harrison County until 1829 when they removed to Calloway County, Missouri, then Boone County and eventually to the portion of Ralls County, in northeastern Missouri that was later carved out to form Monroe County. Robert passed away in the winter of 1849 in Palmyra, Monroe County, Missouri, and was probably buried in a local cemetery. The date that his wife, Betsy, passed away is not known with certainty at this time, although, from various source records it can be determined that she was still alive at the time of the federal census in 1840. She had probably passed away by 1849, when her husband, Robert, died at the home of his daughter. In all likelihood, it seems probable Betsy that remained in the Monroe County area with family members until her death.282,618,622,625,631,633

 

Timeline of Robert Nesbit and Elizabeth "Betsy" Brown

 

1830631 Federal Census, Marion County, Missouri, page 34 Washington Twp Robert Nesbit 1 male 30 - 40 John (29) 1 male 50 - 60 Robert (56) 1 female 5 - 10 1 female 15 - 20 2 females 20 - 30 1 female 40 - 50 Elizabeth

Mar. 1773622

The Missouri Whig, Vol. X, Palmyra, MO
Birth of Robert Nesbit in Augusta County, Virginia

1794282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Samuel Nisbet
2 white males > 21 Samuel (?), Robert (20)
6 horses
27 cattle

1795282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Samuel Nisbet
2 white males > 21 Samuel (?), Robert (21)
7 horses
20 cattle

264 acres of 1st Rate land on Gray’s Run
Amout of Tax: 0£/4s/6d

Taxed in 1793 and 1794, not in 1792

1796282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Neisbet      (22)
No land
1 horse
2 cattle

24 Aug. 1797282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbit
1 white male > 21      Robert (23)
No land
1 horse

6 Sept. 1797623

Harrison County, Kentucky, Marriage Bond
Know all men by these presents that we William Wardlaw and Robert Nisbet are held and firmly joined unto James Garrard Esq. Governor of Kentucky & his Successors in the ---?-- sum of fifty Pounds Current money & for payment well and truly to be made & done to our s.d Governor his Successors & we bind ourselves our heirs & C jointly & Severally firmly by these Presents Sealed with our seals & Dated this 6th day of September 1797.
The condition of the above Obligation is such that whereas William Moore Clerk of Harrison County hath this day issued a License for the marriage of William Wardlaw & Isabell Nisbet now should there by no lawfull cause to obstruct s.d marriage then the above Obligation to be void else remain in full force.
Teste W. Moore
William Wardlaw (seal)
Robert Nisbet

22 June 1799282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nisbet
1 white male > 21      Robert (25)
100 acres of 2nd rate land on Grays Run
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Saml. Haws
1 horse

1 April 1800282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nisbet
1 white male > 21      Robert (26)
100 acres of 2nd rate land on Grays Run
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Saml. Haws
2 horses

1801625,631

Authentic Official and Private Sources, Including a History ofTheir Townships, Towns and Villages, Together with a Condensed History of Missouri .... Biographical Sketches of Prominent Citizens, page 583
Birth of John T. Nesbit in Harrison County, Kentucky

3 June 1801282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nisbet
1 white male > 21      Robert (27)
100 acres of 2nd rate land on Grays Run
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Saml. Haws
2 horses

15 April 1802282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbett
1 white male > 21      Robert (28)
100 acres of 2nd rate land on Grays Run
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Saml. Haws
3 horses

6 April 1803282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbit
1 white male > 21      Robert (29)
100 acres of 2nd rate land on Grays Run
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Saml. Haws
3 horses

11 June 1804282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbit
1 white male > 21      Robert (30)
100 acres of 2nd rate land on Grays Run
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Samuel Haws
4 horses

21 Jan. 1805283

Harrison County, Kentucky Deed Book 2, page 71
THIS INDENTURE made this twenty first day of January one Thousand Eight hundred and five Between Samuel Nisbet of Harrison County and State of Kentucky of the one part & Robert Nisbet of the County and State aforesaid of the other part WITNESSETH that the s.d Samule Nisbet for and in Consideration of the sum of five shillings Current money and for the Natural Good will and affection which he doth Bear towards his son, the s.d Robert Nisbet doth give grant Bargain Sell alien Convey & Confirm unto the s.d Robert Nisbet his Heirs and assigns forever all That Certain tract or Parcel of Land Situate lying and Being in the County afores.d on the waters of Grays run being part of a Tract of land Entered Survey and Patented for Samuel Haws & Bounded as follows to wit, Begining at a white ash & Sugar tree near the Road leading to Cynthiana Thence North Sixty Degrees west fifty six poles to two Sugar trees thence South 30 degrees west nine poles to a hickory and Walnut Thence North sixty west forty poles to a Stake thence South thirty degrees west twenty six poles to a hickory & White oak thence north Sixty degrees west one hundred poles to a White ash hickory & ironwood thence South forty five degrees west Seventy one poles to a Stake near Masseys fence thence South Sixty Degrees East two hundred and nine Poles to a Sugar tree Buckeye & Ironwood on the Road to Cynthiana Thence with the same North 28 1/2 Degrees east ninety nine & Third Poles to the Begining Containing by Survey one hundred acres which s.d tract of land and premises with all the Appurtenances thereunto Belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the s.d Robt Nisbet & to his heirs and assigns from me & my Heirs and all persons Claiming under me shall and will warrent and forever Defend and should the s.d land be lost or Taken by any Better Claim or Tittle that the Claim of the s.d Haws the s.d Robt. is to have his recourse to Lewis Craig of whom I the s.d Samuel purchased the same and I herby authorize him the s.d Robert to look up to the s.d Craig and Receive from him his whole or an equal proportion of what will be lost if any should be out the tract I purchased from the s.d Lewis But if s.d land is lost as afores.d the s.d Robt. is to have no Recourse to me or my Heirs to Recover any Thing for the same, IN Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Date above written
Harrison County Jany the 21 1805 [?]
Saml. Nisbet L.S.
This Indenture of Bargain & Sale from Saml. Nisbet, to Robt. Nisbet was acknowledged Before me by the s.d Saml. Nisbet & ordered to be Recorded.
Att. W. Moore, C.H.C.

10 May 1805282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbit
1 white male > 21      Robert (31)
100 acres of 2nd rate land on Grays Run
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Saml. Haws
4 horses

30 April 1806282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Neisbit
1 white male > 21      Robert (32)
100 acres of 1st rate land on Grays Run
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Saml. Haws
100 acres of 3rd rate land in Camble County
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Buler
2 horses

1 April 1807282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Neisbitt
1 white male > 21      Robert (33)
100 acres of 1st rate land on Grays Run
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Saml. Haws
100 acres of 2nd rate land in Camble County
2 horses

15 Mar. 1808623

Harrison County, Kentucky, Marriage Bond
Know all men by these presents that we James Nisbet and Robert Nesbit are held & firmly bound unto Christopher Greenup Esq. Governor of Kentucky & his successors with just & full sum of fifty pounds Currant Money of Kentucky & for payment well & truly to be made & done to our s.d Governor his Successors we bind ourselves & Every of our Heirs jointly & severally firmly by these presents Sealed with our seals & dates this fifteenth day of March 1808.
The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above cound James Nisbet and Hannah Journey now should there be no lawfull Cause to obstruct s.d marriage then the above obligation to be void Else remain in force.
Seal.
W. Moore CHC
James Nisbet (Seal)
Robert Nisbet (Seal)
This is to sertify that Hannah Jane Jurney is twenty wan years of age this mach and that Moath and myself James Leech setestyed theat she might be mared with James Nisbet.

30 April 1808282

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Neisbitt
1 white male > 21      Robert (34)
100 acres of 2nd rate land on Grays Run
In Whose Names Entered/Surveyed/Granted: Saml. Haws
4 horses

6 June 1809618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nisbet
1 male > 21      Robert (35)
5 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Samuel Haws

1810487

Federal Census Harrison County, Kentucky
Robert Neasbit

1 white male < 10

John (~9)

1 white male 10 – 15

Samuel (?)

1 white male 26 – 44

Robert (36)

3 white females < 10

 

1 white female 10 – 15

 

1 white female 26 – 44

Elizabeth (26 - 30)

30 June 1810618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nisbet
1 male > 21       Robert (36)
7 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Samuel Haws

30 Aug. 1811618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nisbett
1 male > 21      Robert (37)
10 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Samuel Haws

1812618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nisbet
1 male > 21      Robert (38)
8 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run

1813618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbett
1 male > 21      Robert (39)
8 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Captain Gray’s Company
50 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Smith
8 stud horses

1814618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbett
1 male > 21      Robert (40)
9 horses
150 acres on Gray’s Run (one 50 acre plot/one 100 acre plot)
Original Owner: Haws
Value of land per acre: $9
Total Value: $2550

7 Mar. 1814276

Harrison County, Kentucky, Will Book A, page 244
In the Name of God amen, I Samuel Nisbet of Harrison county & State of Kentucky, being weakly in body but in perfect mind & memory thanks be to God for his mercies & Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make & ordain this my last will & Testament by me made and first of all I do commend my soul to God who Gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be decently buried & as touching my worldly Estate that is has pleased God to bless me with I do dispose of in the following way & manner I do order all my Lawfull Debts to be paid and my funeral charges and as for the balance of my Estate I do dispose of in the following way & manner that is to say to John my son I do Give one hundred & twenty Dollars and to Robert my son I do Give ten Dollars as he had Got his Share before and to Samuel my son I do Give the piece of Land that is laid off to him adjoining Roberts line supposed to be twenty acres more or less and to James my son do Give thirty Dollars as he had Got his share before and to William my son I do Give the plantation whereon I now live with all the plantation, tools & 2 horses and the waggon to be Be---?-- [possibly between] William & Sam and Each of my Daughters now living at home is to have a horse or Mare & for my other three that is Married I do Give ten Dollars to each one & the balance of the Estate I do leave the Sole disposal of to Mary my wife and she is to have a Good Sufficient living on the place and to keep possession of the house and that three un Married Daughters to have their living on the place while un Married and I do leave Mary my wife and William my son Sole Executors of this my Last will & Testament by me made I do revoke all other wills or Testament by me made __ Given under my hand this 7th day of March 1814.
Samuel Nisbet L.S.
Test
W. Moore
A. Moore
Henry C. Moore

1815618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbet
2 blacks > 16
3 total blacks
5 horses
Robb Caty admin of I. Robb dec.

19 Oct. 1815626

Fleming County, Kentucky, Set, file 3431, page 1
These leases or articles were used as evidence for the plaintiff to prove his right to the possession of the premises in contention.
I Francis Brown & Robert Nisbit of the County of Harrison and Commonwealth of Kentucky as attorney in fact for John Brown of the same place do agree to lease & let and set to farm whereon they now live in the County of Fleming on the waters of Triplett Creek under a Survey of 750 acres entered survey’d and patented in the name of the said John Brown for the term of one year time to Commence the 19th of October 1815 at the rate of five shillings p. year at expiration of the above term called upon by said Brown or agents to give up quiet & peaceable possession without any trouble or cost thereon as witness our hand the day and date in the preamble above mentioned.
Witness:
Francis Brown
Jno. McIntire
Will. Ringo
John Royse
Robert Nisbet
Joseph Lee

1816618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbitt
1 male > 21      Robert (42)
8 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Samuel Hawes
50 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Hlensdo (?)
Value of land per acre: $20
Total Value: $3300

1 April 1817627

Fleming County, Kentucky File #5986
It is agreed between Robert Nisbit, attorney in fact, for John Brown and John Royce as follows that the said Royse is to have the place whereon he now lives with all the Cleared land to tend for his own use to tend this ensuing year on his paying the said Nesbit &C. Twenty dollars. Time to commence on the first day of March last past and at the expiration of the above time and then to deliver up said place in good order under the penalty of one hundred pound unto said Nisbit & C. as witness any hand this first day of April 1817. NB . all improvements made in a farmer like manner to be deducted out of the rents of said place.
Robert Nisbit
Test.
John McIntire
John Royce

1817618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbitt
1 male > 21      Robert (43)
9 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Samuel Hawes
Value per acre: $20
50 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Grant Allen
Value per acre: $20
1000 acres in Fleming County on Triplett Creek/River
Value per acre: $1
Total Value: $4450

31 Mar 1818627

Fleming County, Kentucky File #5986
It is agreed between Robert (sic) Attorney in fact for John Brown and John Royse as follows that the s.d Royse is to have the place whereon he now lives with all the Cleared land to farm for his own use the present year on his paying the said Nisbit thirty dollars current money of ---?- time to commence on the first day of the present month March & at the expiration of the above time then to deliver up said place in good order under the penalty of one hundred pounds unto said Nesbit witness there hands & seals the 31st day of March 1818.
In presence of
John Royce (seal)
Moses Clack _________ (seal)

1818618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbitt
1 male > 21      Robert (44)
9 horses
150 acres on Licking River
Value per acre: $20

1819618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbit
1 male > 21      Robert (45)
3 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Samuel Haws
Value per acre: $25
50 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Allen
Value per acre: $20
Total Value: $4275

29 Feb. 1820626

Fleming County, Kentucky, Set, file 3431
It is agreed between Robert Nisbit of Harrison County and John Royse of Fleming County to wit said royse agrees to leese a small farm of s.d Nisbet on the east fork of triplets Creek for the term of two yeast it being the same place that Brown & Nisbet least to Joseph Lee in October 1815 for which said Royse is to pay said Nisbit twenty Dollars ten to be paid twelve month after date and tenat the end of the above term s.d Royse is to make note or notes of timber to make any waste of timer or sails and is to give said Nisbit peaceable possession at the end of said lease in the ----?-- sum of one hundred pounds as witness our hands this 29th day of February 1820.
Robert Nisbit
Test
Robert Nichell
John Royse

1820488

Federal Census Harrison County, Kentucky
South Side of Licking River
Robert Nisibutt

1 male 16 – 26

John (~20)

1 male > 45

Robert (46)

4 females < 10

 

2 females 10 – 16

 

1 female 26 – 45

Elizabeth (36 - 40)

2 people engaged in agriculture

1821618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbit
2 males > 21      Robert (47), John (~21)
9 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value per acre: $20
50 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Grant
Value per acre: $20
Total Value: $4200

23 Mar 1821626

Fleming County, Kentucky, Set, file 3431
Memorandum of an agreement made and entered into This 23rd day of March 1821 between Robert Nisbet of the County of Harrison and state of Kentucky of the one part and James Thomas of the County of Fleming and state aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the s.d Nisbit hath rented unto the said Thomas the place on which he now lives for which said Thomas agrees to pay thirty Bushels of sound Corn by the 25th November delivered on the land to Moses Clack said Thomas will hold the possession until the first day of March 1822 then to deliver the premises to said Nisbit witness our hands and seals the date above written.
Robert Nisbit
attest
Plilip D. Clack
James Thomas
Moses Clack

1822618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbitt
1 male > 21      Robert (48)
8 horses
5 children between the ages of 4 and 14
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value per acre: $20
50 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Grant
Value per acre: $20
700 acres in Fleming County on Triplet Creek
Original Owner: Brown
Value per acre: $7 (probably $1)
Total Value: $4300

17 Apr 1822626

Fleming County, Kentucky, Set, file 3431, page 1
To the Sherriff or Coroner of Fleming County, Whereas Robert Nisbet hath made complaint to me John McIntire a Justice of the pease for the said County that John Rust & Ignatius Rust did on the 18th day of March forcibly enter in to and detain two houses and one field from the said Robert Nisbit lying on the waters of the east fork of triplett Creek in the county afsd. which were in the peaceable possession of the Robert (sic) You are therefore in the name of the Commonwealth of Kentucky commanded to summon twelve good and lawful men housekeepers of your baliwick to meet on the premises on the 27th of June 1822 to enquire in the the forceable entry and detainor of s.d ____ and give to the said John Rust & Ignatius Rust at least three days notice of the time & place of the meeting of the Jury and have them there this writ given under my hand this 13th day of April 1822
Which Writ was returned executed the 17th April 1822.
E. H. Powers for W. P. Fleming S.F.C.
Mr. John Rust & Ignatius Rust take notice that I shall attend on the 27th day of April 1822 on your premises in the County of Fleming on waters of Triplett ---------?---- under a writ of possession with a Jury wherein I am plaintiff and you are defendants where and when you may attend if you please
Robert Nisbet
April 17th 1822.
which notice was returned executed by delivering a copy to John & Ignatius Rust the 17th of April 1822
E. H. Powers for W. P. Fleming, FC
page 2
27 April 1827 and the following men were empanneled for the Jury, viz, Barnet Seamands, Aron McIntire, Thomas Crosthwait, Henry W. Rabowan, Benjamin Johnson, John Johnson, Zachariah Johnson, Wm. Hopper, Levi Hopper, Basil Johnson, James Hopper & James McIntire, which Jury Bro’ in the following virdict, We the Jurors do find John Rust guilty of the forcible detainor complained of by Robert Nisbit. Witness our hands this 27th day of April 1822.
William Hopper
To which virdict John Rust and Mace Rust filed the following Traverse
Robert Nisbit vs. John Rust & Mace Rust On a writ of forcible entry or detainor
The defendants saith that the inquisition returned in this cause is not true wherefore they pray that proceedings thereon may be stayed till the same can be tried according to law.
John Rust
Mace Rust
which Traverse was filed on the same day of the inquisition, viz, on the 27th day of April 1822 and on the 29th of the same month John Rust and Mace Rust come together with William Hopper and gave the following bond Know all men by these presents that we John Rust, Mace Rust & William Hopper of the County of Fleming and state of Kentucky are held and firmly unto Robert Nisbit in the just and full sum of five hundred
[rest of document not copied]

1823618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbitt
2 males > 21      Robert (49), John (~23)
8 horses
150 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Houston
Value per acre: $20
2 town lots
700 acres in Fleming County on Triplet Creek
Original Owner: Brown
Value per acre: $1 (?)
Total Value: $4300

1824618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbit
1 male > 21      Robert (50)
1 black > 16
1 total black
10 horses
150 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value per acre: $20
1 town lot
700 acres in Fleming County on Triplet Creek
Original Owner: Brown
Value per acre: $1
Total Value: $4800

1825618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbitt
2 males > 21      Robert (51), John (~25)
2 blacks > 16
4 total blacks
8 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value per acre: $20
50 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Grant
Value per acre: $20
700 acres in Fleming County on Triplet Creek
Original Owner: Brown
Value per acre: $1.50
Total Value: $6000

16 Sept. 1825629

Harrison County, Kentucky Deed Book 9, pages 394, 395
This Indenture made and entered into this 16th day of September between Robert Nesbitt of Harrison County and State of Kentucky of one part and Samuel Nesbitt of the County and State aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the said Robert Nesbit for and in consideration of Six Shillings in hand paid by the said Samuel to the said Robert granted bargained and sold & by these presents doth grant [missing] sell unto the s.d Samuel all that parcel of land [missing] County of Harrison on Grays run which has been [missing] to my by George Reading and which lies in the boundary of [missing] following survey viz Beginning at a hichory and ash [missing] to Wm. Moore thence N 56º W 176.6 p.s to two Sugars & hickory [missing] to Sam Nesbitt & D. Tebbs thence N 45 1/4 º W. 90 poles to a [missing] white ash & hickory thence S. 60 º to a hickory & white [missing] Corner to Robert Nesbitt thence N. 80 º E. 24.2 p.s to a stake [missing] Robert Nesbitt thence [unreadable] to a stake corner to [missing] N 30 º E. 7.7 p.s to a Stake near a branch thence S. 60 º E. 54 to a stone on the side of the road corner to R. Nesbitt thence N 31 1/2 º E ? to Beginning. To have & to hold the said parcel of land unto the said Samuel Nesbitt his Heirs & c forever the same Tract being one [unreadable] there part of 17 acres 1 rood which is contained within the above described tract and it is understood that I relinquish all the interest which I have in the above described tract by virtue of a deed made to [missing] by said George Reading bearing date 25th April 1825 and the premises hereby conveyed unto the said Samuel his Heirs & c against Claim of him the said Robert and against the Claim of all persons this or under him. In Testimony whereof the said Robert Nesbitt hath hereto set his hand & seal this date above written.
Robert Nesbitt L.S.

16 Sept. 1825629

Harrison County, Kentucky Deed Book 9, pages 394, 395
Harrison County Clerks Office Set
This Deed of Conveyance from Robert Nesbitt to Samuel Nesbitt was acknowledged before and by the said Robert Nesbitt and ordered to be recorded.
Att. H. C. Moore CHC

1826618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbitt
2 males > 21      Robert (52), John (~26)
1 black > 16
2 total blacks
7 horses
150 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value per acre: $20
700 acres in Fleming County on Triplet Creek
Original Owner: Brown
Value per acre: $2
Total Value: $4930

1827618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbitt
2 males > 21      Robert (53), John (~27)
1 black > 16
2 total blacks
8 horses
150 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value per acre: $18
700 acres in Fleming County on Triplet Creek
Original Owner: Brown
Value per acre: $2
Total Value: $4950

1828618

Harrison County, Kentucky Tax Books
Robert Nesbitt
2 males > 21      Robert (54), John (~28)
1 black > 16
1 total black
7 horses
100 acres on Gray’s Run
Original Owner: Haws
Value per acre: $15
700 acres in Fleming County on Triplet Creek
Original Owner: Brown
Value per acre: $3
Total Value: $4400

6 Nov 1828630

Fleming County, Kentucky, Nesbit & Brown To Deed of Partition
Be it remembered that on the sixth day of November in the year 1828, that we Robert Nesbit & Francis Brown of the one part and Rachel Patterson late Rachel Bell of the other part being willing to liquidate our respective claims to a tract of land lying and being in the county of Fleming and State of Kentucky and on Triplett Creek. On the easiest and cheapest plan have mutually agreed that should be laid off to the said Rachel Patterson one hundred acres to extend clear a crop the lower end of Browns survey of seven hundred and fifty acres to be laid off equal in breath both ends and the said Nesbit and Brown doth hereby relinquish their title to the same to the said Rachel Patterson doth hereby reliquish to the said Nesbit and Brown all her title and interest in and to the balance of said Survey of Browns claimed by her as one of the heirs of James Bell dec’d It being well understood between the parties aforesaid that these presents as to and from each respectively to the others. On testimony the contracting parties have here unto set their hands and seals the day and date above written.
In presence of Francis Brown (seal)
H. S. Powers Rachel Patterson (seal)
I. A. Cassity Robert Nesbit (seal)
James F. Jones
page. 484
[beginning of document not copied]
174 poles to two beech trees and a white oak the south East corner of said 250 acre tracts Thence down the creek Binding with the hills SVP E. 160 poles S79 degree 80 poles S 2 W 236 poles crossing two large branches S 15 degree West 30 poles S62 West 140 poles crossing a branch to three white oaks. Thence N 28 degree W 270 poles to a pine white oak and dogwood trees crossing Triplatt at one hundred and ten poles thence up the creek. Binding with hills N 65 E 60 poles thence N 23 degree E 164 poles by estimation seven hundred and fifty acres except one hundred acres of the above tract of land heretofore sold and conveyed to Mrs. Patterson wife of Israel Patterson and heir of James Bell dec’d excepting also fifty acres of land to be laid off of said seven hundred and fifty acres according to the bond of said patterson and according to the deed to said Clack with all and singular the appertenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining to him the said Cassidy and his heirs forever And the said Nesbit and Betsy his wife for themselves their heirs executors and administrators convenant to and with said Cassidy that they will warrant forever defend the title to the aforesaid seven hundred and fifty acres of land except the above named tracts of one hundred and of fifty acres to him the said Cassidy and his heirs forever from the claim or claims of all persons claiming in or through them but from the claim or claims of no other person.
In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seal this day and year.
Robert Nesbit
Betsy Nisbit (mark) (seal)

13 Nov. 1828810

Harrison County, Kentucky, Deed Book 11, pages 106, 107
To all whom it may concern be it known that I Robert Nesbit of Harrison County Kentucky have this day constituted and appointed my brother William Nesbit of same county my agent and attorney in fact for me & in my name to transact all my business of every kind in Kentucky- But to be more particular be known that I have sold the tract of land on which I live to Mr. Wm Novis & have made him a deed therefore and whereas I have also sold to Danl Tibbs a small piece of land of six or eight acres & have executed to him a bond for a conveyance and whereas I am unable to make the Title to S'd Tibbs at this time I also could not make the title complete to Novis for a little upwards of eight acres of the land contained in his deed because Robert Trimble through whom I am to derive the legal Title to s'd two small slips of land has departed this life without having obtained the legal title to the same? from the heirs of Wm Allen dec'd- And whereas I have brought in con¬junction with my brothers Wm & Sam'l Nesbit a suit in chancery in the Bourbon Circuit Court against the heirs of s'd Trimble & Alien to obtain the legal title to said two slips of land & am. about removeing from Kentucky - Now be it known that so soon as said Court may decree a conveyance of said land from Trimble & Aliens heirs & a deed shall be made under s'd decree to me, I then authorize my said agent in my name & on my behalf to convey to s'd Novis said eight acres & upwards by deed with such warranty as is contained in s'd Deed already made him that is with general warranty and also to convey to said Tibbs by deed with such warranty as called for by said bond said six acres or whatever is called for in s'd bond and I do hereby authorise him in my name & on my behalf to do every thing necessary to complying with my contracts as aforesaid & I hereby give as full validity to his s'd acts in this behalf as if done by myself in person In testimony whereof I have hereunto set rny hand & seal the day & year first above written that Is to say this 11th Novem. 1828.
Robert Nesbitt L.S. Harrison County Clerks Office Set.
November 15th 1828
This power of Attorney from Robert Nesbitt to William Nesbit was acknowledged before me in my office by the s'd Robert Nesbit & was ordered to be recorded.
Att E.G. Moore C.H.Co

1830631

Federal Census, Marion County, Missouri, page 34
Washington Twp
Robert Nesbit

1 male 30 - 40

John (29)

1 male 50 - 60

Robert (56)

1 female 5 - 10

 

1 female 15 - 20

 

2 females 20 - 30

 

1 female 40 - 50

Elizabeth (46 - 50)

10 Nov. 1830797

Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Document Number: 1208, MO0270__.208
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:
WHEREAS, Robert Nisbet, of Monroe County, Missouri, has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Palmyra, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Robert Nisbet according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled "An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands," for
The south east quarter of section twenty nine in township fifty seven of range six west in the district of lands offered for sale at Palmyra, Missouri, containing one hundred and sixty acres
according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been purchased by the said Robert Nisbet.
NOW KNOW YE, That the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress, in such cases made and provided, have given and granted, and, by these presents, do give and grant, unto the said Robert Nisbet and to his heirs, the said tract above described.
To Have and to Hold the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature thereunto belonging unto the said Robert Nisbet and to his heirs and assigns forever.
In testimony whereof, I, Andrew Jackson, President of the United States of America, have causes these Letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office, to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand at the City of Washington, the tenth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty, and of the Independence of the United States the fifty fifth.
Andrew Jackson,
By the President:
Ethan A. Brown, Commissioner of the General Land Office by: A.J. Donelson, Sec'y.

25 Nov 1830632

Marion County, Missouri Deed Book ___, Page ___
Know all men by these presents that I Robert Nisbit Marion County in the State of Missouri am held and bound unto John Sage and Tilmon Phelps of Lincoln and State aforesaid in the just and full sum of Eighteen hundred dollars, to the payment whereof will and to be made I bind myself my heirs executors an administrators firmly by these presents, sealed with my seal at Palmyra this twenty fifth day of November year of our Lord 1830.
Whereas the said Robert Nisbet hath agreed to sell and convey to the said John Sage and Tilmon Phelps a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Marion aforesaid containing three hundred and twenty acres to be the same more or less and described as the South half of section twenty in Township fifty seven of range Six West of the fifth principal meridian, and the said John Sage and Tilmon Phelps and consideration thereof have paid in paid in hand to the said Robert Nisbet the sum of six hundred dollars and have given to the s.d Robert Nisbet their note of hand for the sum of Two hundred and fifty dollars payable twelve months from the date hereof Smith Felps as Security.
Now the condition of this obligation is such that if after payment of the said note and at of the said John Sage & Tilmon Pelps the said Robert Nisbet shall make and execute to the said John Sage and Tilmon Felps their heirs and assigns and deliver to the said John Sage and Tilmon Felps a good and sufficient deed of conveyance of the said tract of land and it appurtenances and therein warrant and assure the them and their heirs and assigns free from all incumbrance and shall also permit and suffer the said John Sage and Tilmon Felps their heirs and assigns peaceably & quietly to receive and take to their own use the rents and profits of the premises and of every part thereof until such conveyance and assurances shall be made and executed as aforesaid any let, suit, molestation and disturbance and denial of [----] the said Robert Nisbet his heirs, executors, administrators, or any of them or of any other person or persons by his, their or any of their means rights title or procurement, then this obligation shall be void and none effect, or therwise to be and remain in full virtue.
Robert Nisbet
State of Missouri
County of Marion, Sct
Be it remembered that on this twenty fifth day of November in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty before me Theodore Jones, Clerk of the Circuit Court for the County aforesaid appeared Robert Nisbet who is personnally known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within and foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same, and acknowledged the said instruments to his act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned.
L.S. Given under my hand and Official Seal the day and year last above written.
Theodore Jones Clerk
Files for record November 25th 1830.
Theodore Jones Clerk

24 Apr. 1832798

Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Document Number: 2909, Accession/Serial #:MO0300__.352
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:
WHEREAS, John Nisbet, assignee of Robert Nisbet, has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Palmyra, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Robert Nisbet according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled "An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands," for
The east half of the North East quarter of Section thirty four in township fifty six, of range nine west in the district of land subject to sale at Palmyra, Missouri, containing eighty acres
according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been purchased by the said Robert Nisbet.
NOW KNOW YE, That the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress, in such cases made and provided, have given and granted, and, by these presents, do give and grant, unto the said John Nisbet and to his heirs, the said tract above described.
To Have and to Hold the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature thereunto belonging unto the said John Nisbet and to his heirs and assigns forever.
In testimony whereof, I, Andrew Jackson, President of the United States of America, have causes these Letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office, to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand at the City of Washington, the twenty fourth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two, and of the Independence of the United States the fifty sixth.
Andrew Jackson,
By the President:
Elihah Howard, Commissioner of the General Land Office by: A.J. Donelson, Sec'y.

19 June 1833799

Monroe County, Missouri, Deed Book B, page 140
This indenture made this nineteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred end thirty three between Robert Nesbit and Elizabeth his wife of the County of Monroe and State of Missouri of the one part and John Nesbit of the County and State aforseid of the other part Witnesseth that the said Robert Nesbit and Elizabeth his wife for and in consideration of the sum of fifty dollars to them in hand paid, the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge, have granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell unto the said John Nesbit his heirs and assignes forever, a certain lot or parcel of land situated lying and being in the County of Monroe aforesaid and described as follows, To Wit:
The N.E.1/4 of the S.E. graf section No thirty four, township fifty six Range No. nine West containing forty acres be the same more Or less.
To have and to hold to him the said John Nesbit his heirs and assignes forever, the Lot or parcel of land above described together with all and singular the privileges and appuntanances Thereunto belonging, and the said Robert doth hereby convenant and agree to and with the said John Nesbit that the lot or parcel of land and its appurtanances unto the said John Nesbit his heirs and assigns, he the said Robert Nesbit his heirs executors and administrators will and do by these presents forever warrant and defend against the claim or claims of all persons whatsoever. In witness whereof we the said Robert Nesbit and Elisabeth his wife hereunto set their hands and seals this year and date first above written.
Robert Nesbit
Elizabeth Nesbit
State of Missouri County of Monroe
Be it remembered that on this 14th day of November 1824 before me a Justice of the Peace within and for the County aforesaid personally came Robert Nesbit and Elizabeth his wife both personally known to me to be the persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same and severally acknowledge the same to be their act end deed for the purposes therein mentioned. She the said Elizabeth being by me first made acquainted with the contents thereof and examined separate and apart from her husband, whether she executed the said deed and relinquished her dower in the lands and tenements therein mentioned voluntarally freely and without compulsion or undue influence of her husband acknowledged and declared that she executed the said deed and relinquished her dower in the lands and tenements therein mentioned voluntarily freely and without compulsion or undue influence of her husband Taken and certified the day and year aforesaid.
Edward M. Holden J.P.
Filed for Record on the 20th day of November 1835 and is duly recorded.
Edward M. Holden Mo. Co.

2 Sept. 1833628

Fleming County, Kentucky Fleming Circuit, St.
Exhibit A
Article of agreement made & entered into this 2nd day of September 1833 between James F. Jones of the County of Bath, State of Kentucky of the one part & James A. Cassity of the county of Fleming & State afforesd. of the other part. Witnesseth that I the sd. Cassity for & in consideration of one hundred & fifty dollars have bargained & sold to the sd. Jones one hundred acres of land lying in the county of Fleming & State of Kentucky & one the Eastfork of Triplett coundered on the west by Thatcher Hiatts Eastwardly line of 100 acres crossing John Browns survey of 755 acres thence with the lines of sd. Brown survey Eastwardly direction an equal distance at both ends to include the above hundred acres & I, the sd. Cassity bind myself when I obtain a deed of Francis Brown & Robert Nesbit to convey to sd. Jones by refunding deed the above 100 acres of land . Sd. deed shall be conditioned to bind the s.d Cassity to pay back to the s.d Jones if s.d land shall be taken by any prior or better claim the same some of one hundred & fifty dollars withe out in trust seventy five dollars in --?- & seventy five in trade in testimony where of we the contracting parties have here unto set our hands and seals this day & date above written in presence of Witnesses for Jones Maddison Broin
William Cassity has the original ----?-- in his possession -- he and Adam Friembo signed their names as witnesses. Both live in Bath County.

13 Oct. 1835800

Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Document Number: 4662, Accession/Serial No. MO0340__.040
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:
WHEREAS, Robert Nisbet, of Monroe County, Missouri, has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Palmyra, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Robert Nisbet according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled "An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands," for
The North East Quarter of the South East quarter of Section thirty four, in Township fifty six, North, of Range nine west, in the District of lands subject to sale at Palmyra, Missouri, containing forty acres,
according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been purchased by the said Robert Nisbet.
NOW KNOW YE, That the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress, in such cases made and provided, have given and granted, and, by these presents, do give and grant, unto the said Robert Nisbet and to his heirs, the said tract above described.
To Have and to Hold the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature thereunto belonging unto the said Robert Nisbet and to his heirs and assigns forever.
In testimony whereof, I, Andrew Jackson, President of the United States of America, have causes these Letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office, to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand at the City of Washington, the thirteenth-day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five, and of the Independence of the United States the sixtieth.
Andrew Jackson,
By the President:
Ethan A. Brown, Commissioner of the General Land Office by: A.J. Donelson, Sec'y.

13 Oct. 1835801

Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Document Number: 4498, Accession/Serial No. MO0330__.385
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:
WHEREAS, Robert Nisbet, of Monroe County, Missouri, has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Palmyra, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Robert Nisbet according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled "An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands," for
The north east quarter of the south west quarter of section thirty four in township fifty six of range nine west in the District of lands subject to sale at Palmyra, Missouri, containing forty acres
according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been purchased by the said Robert Nisbet.
NOW KNOW YE, That the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress, in such cases made and provided, have given and granted, and, by these presents, do give and grant, unto the said Robert Nisbet and to his heirs, the said tract above described.
To Have and to Hold the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature thereunto belonging unto the said Robert Nisbet and to his heirs and assigns forever.
In testimony whereof, I, Andrew Jackson, President of the United States of America, have causes these Letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office, to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand at the City of Washington, the thirteenth-day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five, and of the Independence of the United States the sixtieth.
Andrew Jackson,
By the President:
Ethan A. Brown, Commissioner of the General Land Office by: A.J. Donelson, Sec'y.

7 June 1837627

Fleming County, Kentucky File # 5986
James F. Jones vs. Andw. Casity & James A. Casity
The answer of James A. Casity to a bill in Chancery in the Fleming Circuit Court exhibited by James F. Jones against him and others. This respondent admits the facts set forth in complainants bill, and says he is willing the legal title to the land therein mentioned shall be conveyed to said complaintant. He charges that he has paid Nesbit & Brown named in complainants bill and therein made defendants to this suit, the sum of (blank) part of the purchase money for said land according to the tenor of the written agreement made for the purchase thereof by your respondant from said Nesbit & Brown, and the balance of the purchase money therefor this respondent has tendered to said Nesbit & Brown, but they have refused to receive the same and to make the title of said land over to your respondent. Your respondent therefore prays your honor to order and decree that said Nesbit & Brown receive the balance of the purchase money from this respondent, which he is now, and has been at all times since it became due ready and willing to pay over to said Brown & Nesbit. We pray for --?-- ----?-- and further relief as to equity belongs and this case may require. We herewith file the written obligation from Brown & Nesbit and make the same a party to this answer.
Andrew for Casity

27 Nov. 1837802

Monroe County, Missouri, Deed Book C, pages 369, 370
Robert Nesbit & wife to William Fowler
Deed
This Indenture, made and entered into this Twenty seventh day of November in the year of our Lord, 1837 between Robert Neisbit and Elizabeth his wife of the County of Monroe and the State of Missouri of the first part, and William Fowler of the County and State aforesaid of the second part witnesseth, that we the said Robert Nesbet and Elizabeth his wife for and in consideration of the sum of Eight hundred and twenty five dollars, to us in hand paid, by the said William Fowler the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge- have granted bargained, and sold, and do hereby grant, bargain, sell, alien, confirm and convey, unto the said, William Fowler his heirs and assigns the following described tract of land viz
the West half of the North East quarter, and the West half of the South East quarter of section thirty four, in Township fifty six, of Range nine west of the fifth principle rnaredeen containing one hundred and sixty acres,
be the same more or less together with all the previleges and appurtenances to the said premises or in any wise appertaining or belonging To have and to hold the above granted premises to said William Fowler his heirs and assigns, to his and their use and behoos forever And we the said Robert Nesbit and Elizabeth his wife for our heirs, executors, and administrators, do covenant with the said William Fowler his heirs and assigns that we are lawfully seized, in fee of the afore granted premises, that they are free from all incomberances that we have good right to sell and convey the same to the said William Fowler as aforesaid, and that we will warrant and defend the title to the same to the said William Fowler, his heirs and assigns, forever against the lawful demands of all persons. In testimony whereof, we the said Robert Nesbit and Elizabeth his wife have hereunto set our hand and seal on the day and year aforesaid,
Robert Nesbet
Elizabeth X (her mark) Nesbit
Be it remembered, that on this twenty seventh day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty seven before me, Caleb Wood, a Justice of the peace within and for the County aforesaid personally known to me to be the persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing as having executed the same and severally acknowledge the same to be their act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned; She the said Elizabeth being by me first made acquainted with the contents thereof and examined separate and apart from her husband whether she executed the said deed & relinquishes her dower to the land and testaments therein mentioned, voluntarily freely and without confusion or undue influence of her said husband, acknowledged and declared that she executed the said lands and tenements therein mentioned, voluntarily freely and with¬out confusion or undue influence of her said husband Taken and certified the day and year aforesaid.
Caleb Wood,Justice of the Peace
filed for Record on the 27th day of November AD 1837 and duly recorded
Tho S. Miller, Recorder

no date628

Fleming County, Kentucky, Fleming Circuit, St.
shortly To the Hon. the Judge of said circuit court in Chancery Sitting. Before Your orator James F. Jones humbly complaining respectfully sheweth to your June 1837) honor that on the 2d day of September 1833 he purchased of James A. Cassity of said county a certain tract or parcel of land lying in said county and on the waters of the East Fork of Triplett creek containing for boundaries of which see exhibit A. That the said James A. Cassity and your orator at the time of said purchase entered into a written article of agreement, signed by them, in substance as follows.
“Article of agreement made & entered into this 2nd day of September 1833, between James F. Jones of Bath county & state of Kentucky of the one part & James A. Cassity of the county of Fleming & State aforesaid of the other part, witnesseth that I the said Cassity for & in consideration of one hunderd & fifty dollars have bargained & sold to the said Jones one hundred acres of land lying in the county of Fleming and state of Kentucky & on the East Fork of Tripletts bounded on the west by Thatcher Hiatts Eastwordly line of 100 acres crossing John Brown’s Survey of 750 acres thence with the lines of said Brown’s Survey Eastwardly direction an equal distance at both ends to include the above hundred acres And I the said Cassity bind myself where I obtain a deed of Francis Brown & Robert Nesbit to convey to said Jones by refunding deed the above 100 acres of land. Said deed shall be conditional to bind the said Cassity to pay back to the said Jones if said land shall be taken by any prior or better claim the above sum of one hundred and fifty dollars without interest Seventy five in cash & seventyfive in trade. In testimony whereof we the contracting parties have hereunto set our hands and seals the day above written.”
Which article of agreement was the by said parties lodged in the hands of William Cassity of Bath county aforesaid, who is one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, to be safely kept, and the same is yet in the possession and keeping of said William Cassity. Your orator charges that the said James F. Cassity on the (blank) day of (blank) has bought the said one hundred acres from Francis Brown and Robert Nesbitt who held the legal title thereto and that the said Cassity holds an obligation in writting on said Brown & Nesbit for the conveyance of the same, a copy of which is herewith filed &C. And your orator is informed and believes that said Robert Nesbitt has executed a deed of conveyances to said Cassity for his interest in said land, but that the said Francis Brown has not yet executed a deed for his interest in the same, but is willing to execute a deed of conveyance therefor to said Cassity so soon as he, said Cassity, shall pay him the purchase money. And your orator charges that the time has long since elapsed when the said Cassity should have paid the purchase money, obtained the legal title, and conveyed the same to your orator. And your orator having paid to said Cassity the purchase money for said land according to his said agreement, and in all respects kept and fulfiled the said agreement, and fraudulently detains the purchase money, and neglects to obtain the full legal title to said land and convey this same to your orator, although he has long had it in his power to do so; which conduct and neglect are inquitable, and oppressive upon your orator. He therefore prays your honor to grant him relief. He prays that said James F. Cassity, said Francis Brown and Robert Nesbitt be made defendants to this bill, and be compelled to answer the same. That said Nesbit may disclose whether or not he has conveyed his interest in said land to said Cassity & C. And on a final hearing he prays your honor may decree and order said Cassity to pay the purchase money for the aforesaid land, and the said Brown to convey the same and if said Nesbit has not conveyed, that he also may be decreed to convey the same, either to said Cassity or directly to your orator, upon receipt of the purchase money & C and that said Cassity either join in the conveyance or convey singly to your orator, according to the condition of the title and your honor deceess &C and he prays for such further relief as his case may require & equity warrant.
Caran for Pltff.

1840624

Federal Census Monroe County, Missouri
Washington Township
Robt Nesbit

1 male 10 – 15

 

1 male 60 – 70

Robert (66)

1 female 60 – 70

Elizabeth (56 - 60)

1842633

Harrison County, Kentucky December Court, page 83
Jno. F. Smith vs Charles Land ------?---
On the motion of Wm. Brown Gard. for Jno. W. Brandon & Cinti Brandon. Abraham North came into Court and made Oath to the following Statements. That Mary Brown, Dec.d, formerly of Virginia died in Harrison County, Kentucky about 12 or 20 years ago. That she left the following children now living, viz, Francis Brown who resides in Harrison County, Kentucky. James Brown who resides in Miami County, Ohio. John Brown who resides in Wayne County, Indiana, and Elizabeth Nesbit, late Elizabeth Brown who intermarried with Robert Nesbit and resides in Marion County, Missouri. That said Mary Brown, dec’d., had a son named Samuel Brown, now deceased, who left Darcas Brown and Benjamin Brandon as his Executors, Executrix and that said Mary Brown, Dec’d., had a daughter named Hester Brandon, formerly Hester Brown, now deceased, who left the following children, viz, Cincinnattus Brandon, John William Brandon & Ruth Jane Moyee, formerly Ruth Jane Moyee, and Montgomery Brandon, which was ord. to be certified to all whom this Land may concern [rest of document not photocopied]

Dec. 1842634

Harrison County, Kentucky Circuit Court in Chancery
To the Honourable the Judge of the Harrison Circuit Court in Chancery sitting 1842 Humbly Complaining sheweth unto your Honour, your Orator and Oratrix, Robert Nesbit and Elizabeth his wife late Elizabeth Brown. That a certain John Brown and Mary his wife is their lifetime entered into an agreement bearing date the 26th day of March 1817 with a certain Samuel Brown, their son in which said agreement the said John Brown & Mary bargain and sell to the said Samuel a certain tract or parcel of land upon which they then lived lying in Harrison County and adjoining the lands of Lewis Reno so their containing by survey two hundred acres upon condition that said Sam.l continued to reside upon said land with the same John & Mary and support them in a decent manner as living as they both lived and in consideration of said land said Samuel also agreed at the disease of the said John & Mary or immediately thereafter and pay the following sums of money & in the following manner (to wit) -- unto William Brown, two Hundred & fifty dollars, unto Robert Nesbit & Elizabeth, his wife, formerly Elizabeth Brown, two hundred & fifty dollars and also to each of his other Brothers & Sisters the sum of two hundred & fifty dollars as will more fully appear by reference to said article of agreement, which will more fully appear by reference to said articles of agreement which will be or as certified when there--?- in due time files, and prayed to be taken as a part of this Bill. And the said John Brown also bound himself insaid agreement to oblige his Excer.s to make a deed of conveyance in fee simple to said Samuel for said land conditioned that each Heir who had received said sum should refund in case any part should be lost -- or will more full appear by reference to said agreement.
Your Orator & Oratrix charge that under & by virtue of said agreement the said Sam.l continues to hold from the said agreement the undisturbed possession of said land and reap all the profits arising thereform, and still continues to keep possession and enjoy the profits of the same. Your Orator & Oratrix would also state, that the said John & Mary have both since the date of said agreement departed this life, the said John on the (blank) day of (blank) and the said Mary on the (blank) day of (blank) leaving your Orator & Oratrix one of their Heirs. Your Orator & Oratrix would also state that since the death of said John & Mary, they have frequently called on the said Samuel for the Two hundred & fifty dollars due them ---?-- & by virtue of said agreement but he has failed & refused to pay the same ---- all which is contrary to equity &C.
To the end therefore that the said Samuel Brown may be made a Deft. to this Bill and that he may upon his corporal oath, true & perfect answer make to the allegations thereof a s fully as if repeated by way of interrogation, &C and the premises considered that your Honour may decree said Sam.l to pay your Orator & Oratrix the said sum of two hundred & fifty dollars with Interest thereon at the rate of six perct. per annum from the death of the said Mary -- the time when said sum was due & payable; and that your Honour grant unto your Orator & Oratrix such other & futher relief as to equity belongs &C and that your Honour grant unto your Orator & Oratrix the Comweth writ of S--?-- Commanding &C, Directd &C and they will we pray &C.
Wale & Warfield for Complts.

23 Jan. 1849622

The Missouri Whig, Vol. X, Palmyra, MO, Thursday, February 22, 1849, No. 23
OBITUARY
Died, on the 23d January, 1849, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Eliza Anderson, of Shelby County, Mr. Robert Nesbit, aged 75 years and 10 months.

1884625

Authentic Official and Private Sources, Including a History of Their Townships, Towns and Villages, Together with a Condensed History of Missouri .... Biographical Sketches of Prominent Citizens, page 427
JAMES W. NESBIT (Farmer and Stock Raiser, Post-Office, Hunnewell)
The Nesbit family is one of the oldest in Monroe county, Mr. Nesbit’s grandfather, Robert Nesbit, came from Cynthiana, Harrison County, Ky., to Missouri in 1819, and located with his family, first, in Palmyra. But two years later he came to Monroe county and settled in the north-eastern part of the county, there being then only two other families in this part of the county, or rather in the whole surrounding region of country for miles, for a large district of North Missouri was then known as Ralls county, including what is now Monroe county, Mo. He lived to an advanced age and died in Lewis county, Mo., in 1852, leaving a large landed estate. He had two sons and eight daughters, the two sons being Samuel, now of Kirksville, Mo., and John the father of the subject of this sketch. All the family lived to become heads of families of themselves. John Nesbit settled on land entered by his father on Deer Creek, in this township, and when about 33 years of age, in 1834, he married Miss Catherine Waller, then of Macon county. John Nesbit lived on his farm in this county until his death in 1868. He reared a family of four children, namely: Minerva, now the wife of George Cole, of Montague county, Tex.; William, James W. and John W. The father was a man of a great deal of life and energy and especially fond of hunting. He had the reputation of being the best shot in the county, and generally bore off the prize at all shooting matches. He was a noted hunter and killed more deer and turkeys than any oen throughout the whole surrounding country. While he was a man of the noblest and best qualities of head and heart, generous and kind, and brave-hearted and true, and a man of more than ordinary intelligence and information, he had one ineradicable fault, and that was an overweening fondness for the bowl, or a “dhrop o’ th’ crathur,” as the Irish call it; and often when took a little too much, but never more than he wanted, he would illustrate both an amusing and perilous way the truth of Burns’ hexastich: --
“John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
Of Noble enterprise.
For if you do but taste his blood,
‘Twill make your courage rise;
‘Twill make a man forget his woe,
‘Twill heighten all his joy.”
It was not an uncommon thing for him at such times to swim Salt river when it was swollen out of its banks and its torrents of water surging and hurrying by with almost the speed of lightening -- times when it seemed certain death to enter the stream, a stream whose waters have passed over many a lifeless form whilst the unfortunate were attempting to cross it. But barring this fault, he was a man whom all that knew him respected and admired, and his industry and good, strong common-sense made him successful in the affairs of life, though he never became by any means a wealthy man, for he was too generous and cared too little for money to hoard it. James W. Nesbit was born on the homestead in this county, September 7, 1849, and was reared to the life of a farmer. His father was a man much given to reading and James W. inherited this quality, so that besides receiving a common-school education he has become a man of liberal and wide information. Differing, however, from his father, he has always been a strong temperance man and has long been a prominent worker for the temperance cause. He was for several years, a district organizer for the Sons of Temperance in Macon, Shelby, Randolph, Howard and Monroe counties. Since early manhood he has been engaged in farming and stock-raising for himself. About ten years ago, he had a half interest in 160 acres of land and some $500 or $600 in capital, but such has been his industry and good management that he is now in independent circumstances. He has two good farms aggregating about 500 acres of fine land, both run principally in blue grass as stock farms, and his home place is exceptionally well improved. He has just built a handsome barn at a cost of nearly $1000, and he is now preparing to erect a dwelling to cost nearly double that amount. Mr. Nesbit makes a speciality of feeding stock for the markets, and ships two to three car loads annually. He now has on hand about 60 head of cattle besides considerable numbers of mules, horses, etc. Inasmuch as he is shortly to build a handsome residence it is believed beyond a hinge to hang a doubt upon, that he has found one who has consented to become queen of his heart and home, and of whom he can truthfully say: --
“My Nencia’s beauth hath not any blot,
She’s stately, straight and tall as lass can be;
A dimple in her chin my love hath got,
Which makes her bright laugh lovelier to see.
There is no single charm she boasteth not;
I think dame Nature framer her purposely
So fair, so fine, so noble so tender
That all the world might homage to her render.”

1884625

Authentic Official and Private Sources, Including a History of Their Townships, Towns and Villages, Together with a Condensed History of Missouri .... Biographical Sketches of Prominent Citizens, page 583
JOHN T. NESBIT (Farmer, Post-Office, Holliday)
It was in 1824, when the subject of this sketch was but 10 years of age that his parents removed to Missouri and located in Callaway County. A year later they moved to Boone county and in 1828 settled permanently in what was then a part of Ralls county, but is now Monroe county. They were among the pioneer settlers of this county and Mr. Nesbit’s father hewed the logs to build the first house ever erected to build the first mill established at that place. John T. who was born in Harrison county, Ky, was partly reared in Monroe county and coming up in this new country, he was trained in that school of hardships and adventures, which, if it did not afford its pupils the knowledge of books to be had in modern colleges, it at least gave them greater strength of character and greater fortitude, and made them more courageous and better fitted for the hard struggles of life than does the atmosphere in our college walls. The early training of the wilderness made men of generous and hospitable hearts, or unfaltering courage, or strong arms and willing hands to wrestle with the duties of life, developed such a manhood as is now unfortunately rapidly passing away with the flight of years, a manhood just and true, and noble and brave, such as every country needs and ought to have, but such, when these old pioneers are gone, we shall probably not see again. In 1837, Mr. Nesbit was married to Miss Lucretia Lyon, formerly of Greenwood county, Ky. They have three children: John Y, Anna and William A. Mr Nesbit, whose life has been one of untiring industry, crowned with satisfactory success in accumulation of a neat competancy, has always taken an active interest in church affairs and in the advancement of the cause of education, to both of which he has contributed liberally by personal exertions and of his means on all proper occasions. He has been a member of the Methodist church for the last 40 years, and for many years has been an officer in the church. He is one of the highly respected and honored citizens of this place.

Analysis of the Timeline

     Robert Nesbit was born on the Nesbit family farm in Augusta County, Virginia at the northern end of the Borden Grant in the spring of 1773. Thirteen years later, in the fall of 1787 the family moved to Fayette County, Virginia, on the western side of the Appalachian Mountains, where they remained at least until 1791. They subsequently moved to Harrison County, Kentucky sometime between 1791 and 1794. Robert first appears in the 1794 Harrison County, Kentucky tax records as a male over the age of 21, which was the year he actually reached that taxable age, and was living in his father’s household on Gray’s Run homestead near the town of Cynthiana. He appeared in his parent’s household again in 1795, but during that year he married Elizabeth “Betsy” Brown, daughter of John and Mary Brown, probably in Harrison County, Kentucky. Based on her age ranges in the 1810 through 1840 federal census records, Betsy’s birth date can be calculated as occurring sometime between 1780 and 1784, so she was slightly younger than her husband. By 1796, Robert and Betsy were living in their own household in Harrison County, although, at least for the next two years, they were not landowners. In the fall of 1797 Robert served as a bondsman for the marriage of his sister, Isabell Nesbit.

 

     Either in 1798 or early in 1799 Robert purchased 100 acres of land on Gray’s Run, which was probably not far from the 300 acres his father had purchased along the same creek in 1795 or 1796. In fact, it seems more likely that it had originally been part of Samuel’s 300 acre tract, and several lines of evidence support this view. First, the original patent owner for Robert’s 100 acres was Samuel Haws, the same man who had sold the Grays Run land to Robert’s father. Second, Samuel Nesbit’s taxable land decreased from 300 acres to 200 acres in the intermittent tax records that can be observed for the time period between 1796 and 1800. Third, on the 21st of January 1805, Robert’s father sold him, for the paltry sum of five shillings, 100 acres from his original 300 acre purchase along Gray’s Run, but Robert was not taxed on additional 100 acres of Grays Run land in subsequent Harrison County Personal Property tax assessments. What most likely happened here is that Robert received his share of his inheritance in 1798, but the paperwork was not made official until 1805.

 

     For the next thirty years Robert slowly acquired more land, more livestock and a number of slaves. The last time his taxable livestock appeared in the records he owned around seven or eight horses. He purchased at least three slaves in 1814, but there is no documentation of slave ownership again until 1824, when he obtained at least one, and, soon thereafter, several more. All of the slaves were listed as being over the age of 16.

 

     In 1806 Robert began to be taxed in Harrison County on 100 acres of land in Campbell County, Kentucky, but not any additional land in Harrison County, which would be expected from the 100 acres of Grays Run land he had just purchased from his father. By 1808, though, he must have sold the Campbell County holdings, as they disappear from the tax ledgers. In 1813 Robert acquired 50 additional acres on Gray’s Run, and according to Harrison County Personal Property tax records from 1813 to 1827, the original patent owner was usually listed as being Grant Allen. In one case, the original owner was listed as Smith, who was a co-purchaser with Grant Allen. In a number of entries, this 50 acre tract is blended with the 100 acres Robert had acquired from his father via Samuel Haws, listing Haws as the original owner of the entire 150 acres. Grant Allen’s land was adjacent to John Hinkson’s 2000 acres of Woods Run property, which also abutted Benjamin Harrison and Samuel Haws’ Grays Run properties, so all of these properties were quite close to each other. In fact, Robert’s older brother, John, lived on Woods Run property that he had purchased from John Hinkson. In 1808 Robert Nesbit served as a bondman in the marriage of his younger brother, James. Robert’s father, Samuel, wrote his will in 1814, granting Robert some cash and nothing else, although it was mentioned that Robert had already received his inheritance, which was probably the 100 acres of Gray’s Run property discussed above. Between 1814 and 1821 this 150 acres increased in value from $9 an acre to $20 an acre.

 

     In the fall of 1815, Robert Nesbit and Francis Brown, the latter, of whom was Robert’s brother in law and acting as an attorney for his father, John Brown, leased out, to a third party, 750 acres of originally patented to John Brown on Triplett Creek in Fleming County, Kentucky. This was, apparently, the land where John Brown lived. By 1817, Robert Nesbit was acting as the attorney for John Brown, and leased out the same property again for one year at an annual lease payment of $20. Sometime during that year, Robert appears to have purchased 700 acres of land on Triplett Creek in Fleming County, most likely the same land that had been leased for his father in law for the past two years. In 1818, Robert leased the land again, although this time, the land appears to have belonged to him and the lease price went up to $30. For some reason, though, Robert’s son, John, who was listed as being under the age of 21, was identified in Harrison County tax records as the owner of the Fleming County property. From 1819 through 1821 there is no association with any Nesbits in Harrison County tax records with the Fleming County property. In 1820, the land was again leased to the same operator as before at a rate of $20 a year. In the spring of 1821, the land was leased to a different farmer with the lease payment to consist of 30 bushels of good corn. From 1822 through 1828, the latter year being the date at which Robert and family moved to Missouri, Robert Nesbit was taxed on 700 acres of land on Triplett Creek in Fleming County, so it appears that he, or someone else, may have sold 300 of the original 1000 acre property. It is certainly possible that his brother in law, Francis Brown, could have been involved.

 

     In the spring of 1822 Robert filed a complaint in the Fleming County Sheriff’s office in regard to a charge of forcible entry and detainment against some local boys, and the court case appears to have terminated in Robert Nesbit’s favor. In 1825 Robert sold his brother Samuel a chunk of land on Gray’s Run, probably in preparation for his upcoming move to Missouri. Mysteriously, though, there was no change in the amount of Robert’s taxable land in the Harrison County records until 1828, when the 50 acre Grant Allen Grays Run land disappears from Robert’s taxable land holdings. Whether this was part of the acreage Robert sold to his brother Samuel in 1825 is not clear.


     In the fall of 1828, Robert Nesbit and Francis Brown sold the bulk of Robert’s 750 acre tract on Triplett Creek in Fleming County. Due to overlapping land claims, a separate agreement was reached on 100 acres of this property. It must not have been long after that land sale that the Nesbits moved to Missouri, and purchased more land, possibly with profits realized from the various Harrison and Fleming County land sales. That fall he also assigned his brother, William, the Power of Attorney to wrap up some legalities associated with another land sale Robert had made. These particular troubles seemed to have stemmed from Robert not having clear title to lands he had sold.

 

     Two biographic sketches of Robert’s grandchildren published in an 1884 Missouri county history note that Robert Nesbit had moved his family from Harrison County, Kentucky to Missouri in either 1819 or 1824, settling at first in Callaway County, then, a year later, moving to Boone County, both, of which, are in central Missouri. Eventually, they moved to Palmyra, in northeastern Missouri, then to Deer Creek in the part of Ralls County that was eventually carved out to form Monroe County. From the tax, deed and census records currently available, however, it appears that the move from Kentucky actually took place in late 1828 or 1829. The sketches also noted that the area was very sparsely settled when the Nesbits arrived, that Robert owned quite a bit of land when he died, that he hewed the logs for the first cabin in the area and helped build a mill. The same articles gives a date of 1852 for Robert Nesbit’s death, but this is in error, since an obituary from a local newspaper article recorded his death as occurring several years earlier.

 

     Robert must have made a number of land purchases when he arrived in Missouri, but not all of them have been located. In early November of 1830 he bought 160 acres from the federal government, and about two weeks later sold 320 acres from a different location. His son John then bought 80 acres as an assignee of his father in the spring of 1832, and in the late spring of 1833, Robert sold John 40 acres of adjacent land. The oddity in this sale is that Robert did not purchase the latter land parcel from the government for another year and a half. In the fall of 1837, Robert sold much of the above land, including land that his son John had purchased.

 

     While all of these land sales were going on, there was some legal activity related to the Fleming County properties that Robert had sold in 1828, specifically involving the 100 acres of land having a history of contested ownership. In the fall of 1833 the final 100 acres of land on the east fork of Triplett Creek, held in joint ownership between Robert Nesbit and Francis Brown, was sold to a man by the name of James Cassity. In the meantime, Cassity had sold the land to James Jones. In 1837 Jones complained that although he had paid the purchase price to Cassity, he had still not received title to the land, so he petitioned the court to determine if Nesbit and Brown were at fault in withholding the deed or if Cassity was causing the problem. It was a confusing series of court actions, and not at all clear from the existing records how the matter was finally resolved.


     As noted in a county history published in 1884, Robert and Mary had two sons and eight daughters. The little information currently available indicates that their oldest son was named Samuel and that the younger son, John, was born in 1801. At the time of the 1810 federal enumeration, Robert was married and had a family that consists of two boys and two girls. The oldest kids are a boy and a girl in the 10 to 15 year age range, placing their birth dates sometime between 1795 and 1800. Quite obviously, Samuel is the older boy and John is the younger one. The 15 year end of this time span probably provides an outer approximation of the date Robert married Betsy Brown, a daughter of John and Mary Brown, in Harrison County, Kentucky. 1795 is about the time Robert left his father’s household and began appearing in his own household, so it seems like a fairly sound interpretation that the reason he did so was because he had just gotten married and was starting a family of his own.

 

     Robert and Betsy were enumerated in the 1820 census in Harrison County, Kentucky, along with their son John and six of their daughters. By the time of the 1830 census, however, the family had moved to Marion County, Missouri, and, once again, their son John and four daughters were enumerated. Part of the family in the 1830 census, however, might be the wife and kids of their son John. Robert’s brother, Samuel Nesbit, and his family also made the move to Missouri at this time. When the 1840 federal census was taken, Robert and Betsy were living in Marion County, Missouri and had an unidentified teenage boy in the household – possibly a grandson.

 

 

     In 1842 there were a series of court proceedings back in Harrison County that enmeshed Robert and Betsy. For the most part it involved Betsy’s siblings and the distribution of land from her parents upon their death. Betsy was supposed to receive $250 in exchange for her share of her father’s land, but her brother wouldn’t pay up. Once again, the existing records don’t indicate a resolution to the affair, but they do provide a great deal of information about Betsy’s immediate family. All of her brothers and sisters were identified, and the fact that her mother had originally come from Virginia.

 

     According to a local Missouri newspaper article, Robert Nesbit passed away in the winter of 1849 when he was living in the household of one of his daughters. No information has been found that documents the time and place of Betsy’s death.

 

 

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