Guide to the New York State Department of State, Military Patents
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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.
Geographic Name: New York (State)
Subject: Land settlement--New York (State)
Subject: Bounties, Military
Genre/Physical Characteristic: Patents
Genre/Physical Characteristic: Land grants