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Fordson, Ford land swap affects Linefork acreage

Fordson Coal Company, which at one time owned the unincorporated coal camp towns of Stone and Hardy, the Pond Creek mines in Pike County and thousands of acres across eastern Kentucky, has transferred its Kentucky lands to its sole owner, Ford Motor Company.

Fordson has been dissolved as a corporation.

Documents filed in the Letcher County Clerk’s office show the company issued a quitclaim deed for property in Letcher, Harlan, Leslie, Perry, Bell and Clay counties, relinquishing all claim on lands here to Ford Motor Company, which owned 100 percent of Fordson.

The deed was filed August 23, about two months after Fordson and Ford filed another quitclaim relinquishing any claim to property covered by several oil and gas leases across eastern Kentucky to Berkeley Oil and Gas LLC of Pikeville for “nominal consideration and resolution of certain disputes.”

That deed includes at least 2,144.9 acres in the Turkey Creek area Letcher County, adjoining the Big Leatherwood and Little Leatherwood areas of Leslie and Perry counties. The leases transferred to Berkeley include documents dating back to 1967 when Fordson leased the first tract of land to Kentucky West Virginia Gas.

Berkeley is part of the Ross Harris group, a group of 30 companies with common ownership that its website says “has a diverse array of assets including: a unique metallurgical coal development opportunity, vast thermal coal reserves, over 160,000 acres of oil and gas holdings, thousands of acres of timberlands and significant real estate suitable for commercial, industrial and residential development.”

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