Administrative History

In 1779, the State Legislature authorized confiscation of lands belonging to loyalists and provided for commissioners of forfeitures to sell or otherwise dispose of the lands. The commissioners of forfeitures were abolished in 1788 and the surveyor general assumed responsibility for disposing of estates forfeited by loyalists. Assembly committees approved transactions relating to land confiscated from loyalists or suspected loyalists. The committees approved sale of the land, considered requests to restore land to its original owner, reviewed creditors' claims for payment, and considered various other compensation requests.