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Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] Revolutionary War Bounty Land
Date: Thu, 5 May 2011 18:47:24 EDT

The book Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments
by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck DOES list several Fletchers with service in NC
who received Bounty Land Grants...but no Reuben. William is in the book. He
was a Sergeant. On 26 Apr. 1784 he received 1000 acres. There are also:
Thomas Fletcher, Robert Fletcher, Joshua Fletcher, Joseph Fletcher (land
grant to heirs), Jeremiah Fletcher (land grant to heirs). NC Soldiers had to
serve a minimum of 2 years to receive bounty land grants and the service had
to be in the North Carolina Continental Line--no militia duty was allowed
even if that duty was performed under Continental orders.

The bounty lands were in Tennessee bordered by the Holston River, the
Powell River, and the Virginia state line. However, settlement of some of this
land by others prior to implementation of the bounty land policy resulted
in some/many soldiers being assigned land in middle Tennessee south of the
Kentucky border.


In a message dated 5/5/2011 6:01:16 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,

I wonder if someone can help me (I'm sure someone can). I was told my
ancestor, Reuben Fletcher, received bounty land for his service in the
Revolutionary War. I checked on Ancestry the book "Revolutionary Ward
Bounty Land Grants" and did not find his name (this is for the bounty
grants given by the individual States). Then I went to familysearch and
checked the index for the "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land
Warrant Applications Files" which is from the NARA holdings and
available through Footnote. I found about 15 pages there but nothing
referring to bounty land, just affidavits regarding service and pension
and correspodence with the War Dept. requesting information, etc. I was
also told that Reuben's brother, William, received bounty land but
again, could not find any such record. William died in 1815 in Alabama.
They both joined up in Caswell County, NC and a third brother, Nathan
Fletcher, and Reuben can be found in the recoeds of Captain Robert
Moore's Company in Col Archibald Lytle's NC Regiment. Do the files on
Footnote contain records of bounty land received or just pension files?
Where can the bounty land files be found, if not? Thank you.

Barton Lewis

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