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New York State Department of State Military Patents

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of records of land grants by letters patent for military service. Grants were made to individuals holding land bounty rights originally issued to commissioned officers and private soldiers who served in New York Continental regiments during the Revolutionary War. Series also includes records of land grants to demobilize British officers and private soldiers who had served in America during the Seven Years' War.
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Quantity:
4 cubic feet (8 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1764-1797
Series Number:
A0447

Scope and Content Note

Militia officers and privates were not eligible for these land grants, but men drafted into the Continental Line from the militia (Levies) were eligible. Many of the grantees were assignees who had purchased rights from soldiers. Lands granted during the period 1764-1775 were primarily located in the Champlain Valley and the upper Susquehanna Valley. Lands granted in the period 1790-1797 were located in the new Military Tract in central New York State.

This series consists of records of land grants by letters patent for military service. Grants were made, pursuant to a royal proclamation of 1763, to demobilize officers and private soldiers of British regiments that served in America during the Seven Years' War. Grants were later made, pursuant to a 1790 New York State law, to individuals holding land bounty rights originally issued to commissioned officers and private soldiers who served in New York Continental regiments during the Revolutionary War.

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There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series 12943 Letters Patent, 1664-2010, contains records of land grants by letters patent for military service after 1797

Series A3124 Abstracts of patents for lands in the military tract, including a copy of the "Balloting Book", partially indexes this series (1790-1797)

Series A3123 Index and abstracts of military patents, indexes and abstracts this series

Series A0272 Applications for land grants, contains applications filed under names of individuals to whom military bounty rights were transferred

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Dates Contents Box Roll

Accretion: A0447-79
1764-1766 Volume 1 1 1
1766-1774 Volume 2 2 1
1774-1775 Volume 3 3 2
1790 Volume 4 4 3
1790 Volume 5 5 3
1790 Volume 6 6 4
1790 Volume 7 7 4
1790-1797 Volume 8 8 5