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Register of land grant applications, petitions, and correspondence

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The Commissioners of the Land Office were responsible for the approval, rejection, or direction of other actions concerning land grant applications and related land matters. This series consists of a register of actions taken on land grant applications and related land matters. Information includes applicants name, petitioner or correspondent and land applied for or subject of petition or correspondence. Most correspondence apparently concerns actual grant applications, land surveys, or the payment of taxes or rents on land.
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Inclusive Dates:
1829
Series Number:
A3249

Arrangement

Chronological by date application or other document presented to the Commissioners.

Administrative History

The Commissioners of the Land Office were first appointed in 1786 to direct the disposition and granting of unappropriated state lands.

Among the activities preformed to carry out this function were the approval, rejection, or direction of other actions concerning land grant applications and related land matters.

Scope and Content Note

This register is a central record of actions taken on land grant applications and related land matters.

The register provides: name of applicant, petitioner, or correspondent; land applied for or subject of petition or correspondence, such as: "Letter relative to a lot in Orange County mortgaged to the state by J. Conkling", "Lease of a lot at the head of the Albany Pier", "50 acres of Lot 122 Lake Oneida Reservation"; "remarks and decisions," i.e. actions taken, such as: "Ordered that the Surveyor General advertise and sell the same", "Location asked for cannot be granted", "Grant ordered", and "Rejected".

The register provides only vague information on the subjects of the correspondence and other documents listed. Most apparently concern actual grant applications, land surveys, or the payment of taxes or rents on land.

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