Land rental agreements were not always recorded in early Kentucky and, thus, are sometimes hard to find. The following document between Edward Mitchusson Senr. and William M. Phelps affords us a look at the terms of a rental agreement in early Caldwell County . It was located in the loose county court bundles of 1819. The original spelling and punctuation have been retained.
"Articles of agreement made & Entered into this 14th day of January 1819 between Edward Mitchusson Senr. of the one part & William M. Phelps both of the county of Caldwell & State of Kentucky Witnesseth that the Said Mitchusson hath this day Rented & let unto the said Phelps the farm on which he now lives together with all and Singular the priviledges & appurtenences thereunto belonging for & during the term of three years from & after the first day of february next on the following terms to wit the Said Phelps binds himself to repair the fences and to leave the Same in good repair at the End of Said term, for which he is to have the Said farm & all the appurtences for the term of two years rent free and for the third year he is to pay Said Mitchusson two barrels of Corn or two dollars in Cash per acre for all the lands now under Cultivation and Should Said Phelps Clear any more ground on Said land he is to have it two years rent free & pay rent the third year the same as or the lands now under Cultivation and leave the fences of the same in good repair, and Should Said Phelps make any improvements on the buildings on Said farm Said Mitchusson is to pay him a reasonable price for the Same at the End of Said term Witness our hands Seals this date aforesd. Teste: Reuben Rowland. [signed] Edwd. Mitchusson, Wm. M. Phelps.
Published 18 February 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/