The transcription of the early "Certificate Book" by Lucas shows the record to be blurred leaving the name "....... Rees". It has been felt by Collins to be "Azor Rees" who with a Joel Rees is the only other by this surname in the records. At any rate, Azor Rees seems the most likely to have made a settlement lying dear the "Knob Lick". It reads:
"------- Rees this day claimed a preemption of 1000 Acres of Land in the district of Kentucky on Acc't of Marking and improving the same in the year 1774 & 1775 lying near the Knob Lick Isaac Shelby having Obtained a Cert. for the------"
[ p. 260, Certificate Book of The Virginia Land Commission 1779 - 1780, published by The Kentucky Historical Society, 1981.] Collins notes can be found in his Kentucky History, Vol. 2, p. 517.
Knob Lick was a distinctive land mark found on Filson's first map of 1784. Isaac Shelby would certainly have something to say about this new land. This land mark is just south of what was to become the town lands of Danville.
For this early map see post of December 13, 2012 which shows the central Kentucky area. See if you can find this "Knob Lick".