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New York State Department of State Abstracts of Letters Patent

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of a partial set of volumes containing summary information about land patents awarded by New York Colony and New York State. The volumes abstract, in rough chronological order, patents awarded from 1664-1679 and 1695-1842; however, patents awarded to veterans of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War as payments for military service are not included. Patents granting lands that New York ceded to Vermont, circa 1820, are scattered throughout the volumes.
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2.75 cubic feet (12 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1664-1679, 1695-1842
Series Number:
B1892

Arrangement

Chronological.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of a partial set of volumes containing summary information about land patents awarded by New York Colony and New York State. The volumes abstract, in rough chronological order, patents awarded from 1664-1679 and 1695-1842; however, patents awarded to veterans of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War as payments for military service are not included. Patents granting lands that New York ceded to Vermont, ca. 1820, are scattered throughout the volumes.

Each abstract states the date on which the patent was granted, the name(s) of the patentee(s), the name of the locality in which the land parcel was situated at the time the patent was issued, the number of acres granted, the lot number, and the names of the town and county in which the parcel was located at the time these volumes were compiled (ca. 1850). Volume 1 identifies purchasers of designated "negro lots" on Manhattan Island in the 1660s. The part of Volume 9 which includes out-of-sequence transactions from 1812-1842 appears primarily to cover lands released to the state and mortgage defaults.

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Related Materials

Series A3123 Abstracts of military patents, contains abstracts of patents awarded to veterans of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War as payment for service

Series 12943 Letters patent, contains the original patents from the Secretary of State's office from which these abstracts were prepared.

Other finding aids

Each volume contains an alphabetical name index of lead patentees and a geographical index of towns (as they existed ca. 1850) in which the patents were granted.

Custodial History

Collation date ca. 1850.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box

Accretion: B1892-05
1664 October 3-1667 June 19 Volume 1, abstracts of letters patent in volumes 1-2 of the patent books #1-515 1
1667 June 18-1679 August 20 Volume 2, abstracts of letters patent in volumes 3-4 of the patent books #516-1108 2
1695 December 12-1730 August 14 Volume 4, abstracts of letters patent in volumes 8-10 of the patent books #1486-1808 3
1731 June 8-1770 February 3 Volume 5, abstracts of letters patent in volumes 11-14 of the patent books #1809-2089 4
1770 February 13-1802 October 30 Volume 6, abstracts of letters patent in volumes 15-18 of the patent books #2090-2451 5
1786 July 11-1789 November 30 Volume 7, abstracts of letters patent in volumes 19-21 of the patent books #2452-3441 6
1789 November 30-1797 August 2 Volume 8, abstracts of letters patent in volumes 22-23 of the patent books #3442-4320 7
1802 October 30-1842 October 11 Volume 9, Abstracts of letters patent in volumes 24-25 of the patent books #4321-5149 8
1813 February 16-1824 November 24 Volume 10, abstracts of letters patent in volumes 26-27 of the patent books #5150-6518 9
1822 October 16-1828 March 8 Volume 11, abstracts of letters patent in volumes 28-29 of the patent books #6519-7705 10
1828 March 8-1836 February 9 Volume 12, abstracts of letters patent in volumes 30-32 of the patent books #7706-9483 11