• Samuel Haycraft, Lincoln Researcher, Signs 1815 Hardin County, KY, Deed Twice

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    Offering a June 15, 1815, Hardin County, KY, 1814 land indenture, signed twice by SAMUEL HAYCRAFT with provenance from Christie’s, Dec. 5, 2017, from the Norman Boas Estate.


    HAYCRAFT (1795-1878) was born in a double log cabin in Elizabethtown, KY. He was named after his father, a Revolutionary War soldier.  His Mother, Margaret Van Meter, came from one of the old pioneer families of Kentucky.  Young Samuel was a good student and an avid reader. At age 14, he began to write for the Office of the County and Circuit Clerk, Major Ben Helm.  This arrangement continued until 1816 when he was appointed Clerk of both Circuit and County Courts of Hardin County, which he held until 1851.


    On October 27, 1814, Haycraft, as Deputy Clerk, recorded a deed in Harin County Court in which Thomas and Nancy Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln’s parents) sold 200 acres of land to Charles Melton. This was part of a 230-acre parcel Lincoln had purchased from Dr. John F. Stater in 1803.


    Haycraft began practicing law after his retirement from his clerkship. Six years later, he was elected to the State Senate and served for four years.


    Haycraft knew nearly all the citizens of Elizabethtown. In 1869, he wrote A History of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and its Surroundings, an invaluable reference book.  While doing research in May of 1860, Haycraft wrote to Abraham Lincoln concerning his genealogy [research included]. Lincoln responded with some corrections and suggestions. At least six letters followed from Lincoln. In the first, Lincoln wrote, “I don’t think I ever saw you, though I very well know who you are—so well I recognized your handwriting…” This friendly exchange led to an invitation by Haycraft for Lincoln to visit Elizabethtown. In a half jocular response, Lincoln opted not to go lest he might be “lynched.”


    The Hardin County, KY, land indenture offered here is a beautifully written, 3 pp, 8 x 13, document, dated June 15, 1815, and is signed twice by Haycraft attesting, on the verso, to his examination and his recording of the deed, certifying its authenticity.  The document, also signed by Jacob Vanmater, who sells some land to Jospeh Vanmeter for $1. The location of the land is explained in detail.


    Photo of Haycraft, stating that it was taken in September 1877, the 83rd year of his life, is included.


    Folds, light toning, easy to read.


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