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North Carolina Land Grants in TN 1778-1791

transcribed by Virginia L. "Ginny" Keefer

When North Carolina gave up her claim to TN, the Secretary of State of the U.S. requested a list of the lands that had been granted in that territory so the right of ownership could be protected. Microfilm # 68, Roll # 1 is a microfilm copy of this report as it was reported to the President by Thomas Jefferson. ( The original report from NC has not been found). There is also a note that 2,275 more warrants had been issued to officers and soldiers of the Continental Line for which grants had not yet been made.

From Goodspeed's History of TN -1887- the following information was given on the grants. A soldier received 640 acres; Non Commissioned Officer 1,000 acres; Lt Col. 5,700; Commandant 7,200; Col. 7,200. Brig. Gen. 12,000; Chaplin 6,200; soldier who had fallen in the defense of his country received the full amount of his grant.

Any family that had previously moved into the area reserved for grants was given a grant of 640 acres. Nothing indicated that residence was required to receive a grant, therefore, it is possible grants were given to many people who never were residents of TN. There were also many peolpe who lived in TN but received the title to their property in some other manner and do not appear on this list; i/e purchase or other land acts.

Location of grants was very vague, such as on the back of Lick Creek.

Middle District  Tennessee - 1788

2814. James Brown
2815. William Gilbreath
2816. Griffith Rutherford
2817. James Hardin
2828. Ezekiel Polk
2829. George and Richard Martin and one unable to read.
2830. John Sevier
2831. Alexander Robertson
2832. James Bradshaw, Charles McCannon, James Balch
2833. Elijah Robertson
2834. Robert Carmick
2835. William Rainey
2836. Amos Balch
2837. Hezekiah Balch
2838. Joseph Kerr
2839. James Polk
2840. Thomas Polk
2841. Thomas Temple Armstrong   
2842. Joseph Dickson
2843. William Hardin
2844. James Watt
2845. Martin Armstrong
2846. Thomas and Samuel Thompson and John Coots
2847. Matthew Lock
2848. David Vance
2849. Richard Loche
2850. Michael Robertson
2851. Martin Phifer
2852. Thomas Polk
2853. Samuel Pattens
2854. Thomas and Alexander Greers
2855. John Marr
2856. Ebenezer Alexander
2857. James Robertson
2858. Thomas Pollk
2859. Wickoff & Clarke
2860. William Sherrin
2861-2862. Thomas Polk
2863. Thomas Sharpe
2864. Stokeley Donaldson
2865. John Nelson
2866. George Doughterty
2867. Thomas and Robert King
2868. Robert Fanner
2869. John ___un sure
2870. Samuel Patten
2871. Robert Weakley
2872. Joseph Hardin
2873. Samuel Lockhart
2874. John Graham
2875. William Galbreath
2876. Theophilus Hunter
2877. Anthony Sharpe
2878. Charles Polk Jr.
2879. William T. Lewis
2880. Samuel Lockhart
2881. William T. Lewis
2882. Martin Armstrong
2883. Mark Robertson
2884. Robert & Thomas King
2885. Martin Armstrong
2886. Joseph Kilpatrick
2887. James Howard
2888. Ezekiel Polk Jr.
2889. Joshua Nichols, John Webb
2890. Anthony Sharpe, Thomas Dugin
2891. listed twice Benjamin Herndon
2892. Henry Montford
2893. Thomas Gillaspie
2894. Robert Hays
2895. Joseph Hinds
2896. James Brandon
2897. Joseph Kerr
2898. Thomas Gill
2899. William T. Lewis
2900. David Vance
2901. Richard Graham
2902. Henry Montford
2903. James Brandon
2904. James Kerr
2905. Thomas and Ezekiel Polk
2906. Walter Braley
2907. Thomas Allison
2908. Elijah Robertson
2909. Martin Armstrong
2910. James Robertson, Hugh Leeper
2911. David Wilson
2912. George Hamilton
2913. Nathaniel Jones
2914. Samuel Barton
2915. Caleb Phifer
2916. Richard Trotter
2917. Martin Phifer
2918. Robert Hayes
2919. Elijah Robertson
2920. George Cathey Sr.
2921. Robert Weakley
2922. John Rutherford
2923. William Gilbert
2924-2925. Thomas Polk
2926. William Cocke
2927. James McKissick
2928. John Nelson
2929. John Armstrong
2930. Thomas Polk
2931. John Nelson
2932. Micajah G. Lewis
2933. William Terrel Lewis
2934. William Cathey
2935. Robert Walker

Middle District  Tennessee - 1789

2936. Felix Robertson, John Jackson
2937. Martin Armstrong
2938. William Lanier
2939. Anthony Nunan
2940. Martin Armstrong
2941. Thomas Sharpe
2942. William Hardy Murfree
2943. Tignall Jones
2944. Peter Short
2945. George Cathey Sr.
2946. Joel Laine
2947. Thomas Polk
2948. John Wilson
2949. Henry Rutherford
2950. William Terrell Lewis
2951. George Davidson
2952. James McCueston
2953. James Huggins
2954. Samuel Graham
2955. Thomas Templeton Armstrong
2956. Robert Irvin
2957. Nicholas Long
2958. John Armstrong
2959. Jesse Maxwell
2960. William Polk
2961. William Dobbins
2962. Robert Beak, William McLain
2963. Ephraim McLain
2964. Stokeley Donaldson
2965. Richard Dallam
2966-2967. Stokeley Donaldson
2968. James Grant
2969. William Polk
2970. Robert Irwin
2971. John Bigham

Middle District Tennessee - 1790

2972. John Cooper
2973. Gilbert Christian
2974. Henry Conway
2975. John Porterfield
2976. Landon Carter
2977-2978. Caleb Tate
2979-2980. James Cooper
2981. Edward Armstrong
2982. Elias Langham
2983. John Haywood
2984. Martha Sheppard
2985. Thomas Routhledge Sr.
2986. William Sheppard, Joseph Phillips

Most of the missing grants were missed when two pages were put together for microfilming and may be found in original grant papers

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