When Were Mat and Nick Leased?

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.

Entrance_to_Mammoth_Cave,_Ky,_by_Styles,_A._F.,_1832-1910

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,.

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My name is Edward Frank. By training I am a geologist with published research on caves found in the United States, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. I am the webmaster, BBS administrator, and run the Facebook Page for the Native Tree Society and am involved with tree research with the group. I am the author, or coauthor, of a number of tree related articles and publications available for download from the NTS website and NTS BBS. I edit the monthly magazine for the group - eNTS Magazine. I write science fiction and fantasy stories reflecting a lifelong love of the genres. Most recently I published a fantasy role playing game Knarf 4, available through Amazon Kindle. I have an extensive science fiction and fantasy library and have long enjoyed table top role-playing games. Not satisfied with commercially available games, I started creating my own game variations in the mid 1980's. Knarf 4 is latest version best version of those games. I also write non-fiction. I currently am working on a book on "The Old-Growth Forests of Cook Forest State Park, PA" targeting older children and teens. I am suave, sophisticated, funny, kind, considerate, thoughtful, brilliant, devilishly handsome, and above all modest.
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