Administrative History

Philip Embury and others petitioned the governor and council on September 5, 1764, for a grant of 1000 acres of land in Albany County, adjacent to lands previously granted to Ryer Schermerhorn. A certified survey was returned on October 8, 1765 and letters patent were issued to Philip Embury and others on October 31, 1765. The quantity of lands actually granted was not 1000 acres, but 8000 acres.

The lands granted were located in what was formerly Albany County, now Washington County, New York and Bennington County, Vermont, straddling the present state boundary line. The land patent is sometimes called the "Embury-Wilson Patent" because four of the additional grantees were James Wilson, John Wilson, George Wilson, and Samuel Wilson. The other grantees were Moses Cowen and Thomas Proctor.