When did the lease start for Mat and Nick Bransford? Franklin Gorin acquired Stephen Bishop in 1837. I assume Stephen was brought to the cave to learn the routes from Joe Shackleford and Archibald Miller, Jr. in the late spring or early summer when Franklin Gorin took formal possession of the cave deeded in April 1838. In the fall of 1838 in September or October Stephen Bishop crossed Bottomless Pit and found the cave beyond. At what point were Materson and Nick Bransford leased from Thomas Bard Bransford and brought to the cave to work? Was it in the summer of 1838, or after the discovery of significant passage beyond the Bottomless Pit? I am getting mixed messages from the stuff I am reading.
The answer I seem to be getting is they were leased from Thomas Bard Bransford to Franklin Gorin in 1839 after the major discoveries beyond the Bottomless Pit made in the fall of 1838 by Stephen Bishop,.