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From: Joy Weaver <>
Subject: Re: [GEN-NYS] Land Compensations for Loyalists-NY State process
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2010 08:32:09 -0400
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Phil,

Do you know what unit your Loyalist ancestors served in? Often the
units were formed in a specific locality, so you may be able to figure
it out by learning who the person was who gathered the men to serve with
him and where he lived in NY.

Joy


On 7/7/2010 8:21 AM, wrote:
> Quoting Phil Ainsworth<>:
>
>
>> Does anyone know if the records of land ownership of Loyalists in New York
>> and other colonies/later states were ever kept? It would be interesting to
>> know where my Loyalist ancestors lived before they left for Canada.
>>
>> Phil
>>
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> Hello Phil and any one else that is interested in the general question
> of where are the land records.
>
> This is primarily the case for NY, other states may have used a
> similar model, and I can't speak to how they addressed the land
> question.
>
> My understanding so far:
>
> The act passed in 1779, allowed for the state to confiscate certain
> properties of individuals it deemed appropriate. 59 were listed in in
> the Act itself.
>
> Two committees at the state level were set up to handle the process of
> confiscation and sale by the state.
>
> These were the committee of Sequestration and Forfeiture.
>
> There were three districts set up. Where the land was placed the
> control in one of them.
>
> In my checking with the NYS Archives, the land was sold and deeded by
> the state in the controlling county where the land was located. As I
> am just getting into checking for these deeds, I have found that "The
> People of...." is the place where the state generated deeds should be
> found in Grantors books of the county in question.
>
> It should also be possible using a later name of an owner and trace
> the land back to the State's sale through a land ownership chain based
> on the deeds you might find.
>
> While the state archives has a collection in Albany, it should be
> noted that a fire in the Capital around 1911, destroyed a lot of this
> collection.
>
> Patience will see necessary when tackling this.
>
>
> Rick Porter
>
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