Memorandum from Hubbard Taylor
[ca. 22 August 1794]
Memo. for Colo. James Madison Jur.
A Madison 1000 Acres of Land On panther Creek adjoining Majr John Lee.
A. Madison, 1000 Acres Do. Do. adjoining his other tract, both of the Tracts lies, 4 Miles from Green River, about 20 Miles from the Mouth, & about 6 Miles from the Ohio, the Land is of a good quality lies level, & the extream part from the Creek is inclinable to be sandy, it is well adapted to raising Corn, Flax Cotten, Indigo, and the Lands on the Cre[e]k will make good Meadow.
A. Madison 1000, abt. 3 Miles from the Mouth of Elk, of this tract Samuel McMullin1 has One half, it is of but little value, being very brocken as I am told by Colo. Jno. Finney, and also very poor.
A Madison 3000 Acres by entry on Sandy, this is reported also to be very hilly & poor. Benja Cooper2 knows the beginning, & promised Wm. Green3 to go with him to shew it. Henry Green Decd. was to have had ½. I have wrote to Cooper to go, & get it surveyed if Wm Green should not go & I wd. settle with him for the expences.
A. Madison 1000 Acres by purchase of Colo. Richard Taylor in the Military Lands, of which Colo. Taylor promises to give you particular acct. as also respecting the bargain with your late brother. I expect this tract will be very valuable in a few years as the Country of Green river is settling very fast is well watered, & will Afford lasting range.
As well as my Memory serves me your brother when at my house in the year 1792, informed me you was equally concerned with him in the Lands he held in this Country, & gave me a power to act for him which I copyed from one given by you to him, on which I have not thought prudent to make use of. McMullin has listed his part of the Land that was alloted him by Colo. Finny by my directions, Majr Lee approving the same. Should any further information in future come to my knowledge you shall be sure to recieve it. I propose to visit Green River in the course of the next Winter, and will endeavour to see your Lands. Any Commands you will be pleased to lay on me shall be carefully attended to by
RC (DLC). In the Index to the James Madison Papers this document is described as an enclosure in Hubbard Taylor to JM, 9 Aug. 1795 (see PJM description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (1 vol. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986—). description ends , 16:46 and n.). The memorandum is in the hand of Hubbard Taylor, and it is unlikely therefore that it is “the Memdm. your brother Ambrose gave me” described by Taylor in his 9 Aug. 1795 letter to JM. More probably, the memorandum was enclosed in Taylor to JM, 22 Aug. 1794 (calendared as letter not found in PJM description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (1 vol. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986—). description ends , 15:354, and acknowledged in JM to Taylor, 15 Nov. 1794, PJM description begins Robert J. Brugger et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (1 vol. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1986—). description ends , 15:377).
1. Samuel McMullin had land patents and claims totaling 19,500 acres in Fayette and Jefferson counties (Jillson, Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds, pp. 122, 244; Jillson, Kentucky Land Grants, p. 99).
2. Benjamin Cooper patented 2,042¾ acres of Kentucky land, 1781–98 (Jillson, Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds, pp. 24, 88; Jillson, Kentucky Land Grants, p. 164).
3. William Green (1762–1835) was the brother of Willis and Henry Green. He patented 62,672 acres, and for his military service Virginia awarded him about 4,000 acres, of Kentucky land. After the Revolution he moved from Virginia to Woodford County, Kentucky, and married Lucy Ann Marshall (DAR Patriot Index description begins National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Patriot Index (Washington, 1966). description ends , p. 284; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly. description ends , 1st ser., 6 [1897–98]: 211–12; Jillson, Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds, pp. 212, 335; Jillson, Kentucky Land Grants, pp. 54, 180).