Found livestock or other items, including boats, were appraised before the local justice of the peace. If no one claimed the item within a specified amount of time, the item became the property of the "finder." The following entries have been abstracted from Livingston County Stray Book A (1799 - 1852), Livingston County Clerk's Office, Smithland, Kentucky.
12 January 1810: West Harris on Hurricane waters posts before Robert Kirk, Justice of the peace, a grey mare and sorrel colt valued by Wm. T. Power, Zach. Duncan & John Brown.
22 January 1810: John S. Young, living on Hurricane Creek, posts before Robert Kirk, J.P., a dark brown filly appraised by Anthony Graves, James Tremble & Nathaniel Dial, housekeepers, to $35.
27 January 1810: Hugh Carethers, living on Deer Creek, posts a brown mare appraised to $20 by John Given, Robert Scott & James Tremble, housekeepers.
[no date]: Taken up by William Little, living on Deer Creek, one sorrel horse appraised to $10 by Robt. Coffield & Peter Larue before Jos. Reed, J.P.
19 February 1810: Taken up by James Price, living on Pigeon Roost Creek, waters of Trade water, a dunn bull appraised to $3 by William Clark. Joseph Miller, J.P.
24 January 1810: Taken up by Wm. Hughes on Crooked Creek, a red cow & calf appraised to $10 by Leroy Buford & David Jarrard. S. Fowler, J.P.
24 January 1810: Taken up by Leroy Buford on Crooked Creek, a brown steer appraised to $10 by Wm. Hughes.
12 February 1810: Taken up by Wm. G. Pickens on Clay Lick Creek, a brown bay colt appraised to $28 by James Cozby & Alexr. M'Cleskey. S. Fowler, J.P.
19 February 1810: Taken up by Wm. Pickens on Crooked Creek, a barrow appraised to $2.50 by Wm. Dickey.
[no date]: Taken up by Wm. Pickens on Crooked Creek, a mixed coloured bull appraised to $2.50 by Israel Pickens.
3 March 1810: Taken up by John Harrington Senr., one bull appraised to $6 by Howell Harrington & Drewry Harrington. Robt. Kirk, J.P.
19 March 1810: Taken up by William Boggs on Cumberland River about 5 miles from Smithland, a bay horse appraised to $25. William Rice, J.P.
3 March 1810: Taken up by Alexander M'Cleskey on Crooked Creek, 4 sows appraised to $2 each and 17 shoats appraised to 50 cents each by Andrew Stevenson.
21 April 1810: Taken up on William Woods living on the waters of Trade water, a bay horse appraised to $50 by James Kirkwood & John Hall. Joseph Miller, J.P.
31 March 1810: Taken up by Jonah Hibbs near the Ohio about 5 miles from the mouth of Cumberland River, a dark brindle steer appraised to $5. William Rice, J.P.
20 April 1810: Taken up by Wm. Thompson on Deer Creek, a pale dun horse appraised to $18 by Richd. Peal & Jno. Tolly.
25 May 1810: Taken up by Robert Duff living on dry fork of Livingston Creek, one sorrel yearling colt appraised to $5 by John Hardin & Jas. Dunn.
21 August 1810: Taken up by John Starnes near the mouth of Crooked Creek on the Ohio River, a flat bottom boat which was a drift and which is made of poplar and ash wood 25 feet 6 inches long, 12 feet 6 inches wide and a bow 5 feet 6 inches high without any cover, appraised by Charles Coleman.
26 August 1810: Taken up by Joseph Scott living near Smithland, one sorrel horse appraised to $41.25. Joshua Scott, J.P.
19 November 1810: Taken up by James Noell, a black mare appraised to $25 by Van Lofton & Stephen Perkins.
2 November 1810: Taken up by Moses Shelby on Livingston Creek near Centreville, one red cow appraised to $6 by R.S. Caldwell & Wm. Shelby. H. M'Daniel, J.P.
12 November 1810: Taken up by Jacob Adams living on Sandy Creek, onw brown horse appraised to $12.50 by Thomas Terry & Hugh Blythe.