Floyds Fork Purchase
John Floyd had purchased the rights to two 1,000-acre tracts in
the Louisville vicinity before the expedition began. While in the area in 1774, he
laid them out adjacent to each other. His land encompassed what is now St. Matthews
and the area southward to a point a little beyond the present-day Watterson
Expressway. John Floyd was the first person to occupy land in what is now Jefferson
County who had a clear title to his property. When he arrived at the Falls of the
Ohio, on November 8, 1779, intent upon occupying his land, he found that 11 cabins had
already been built by squatters.
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