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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.

Tennessee County, Tennessee - 1789

1153-1155. James Cole Montflorence
1156-1159. Richard Fenner
1160. William Ramsey
1161-1162. Jesse Rhymes
1163. William Green
1164. Robert Nelson
1165. James Gloster Brohon
1166. Lewis Conner
1167. Theodore Mullett
1168. Joseph & James Gray
1169. John Eaton
1170. Gootleb Hrouve

Tennessee County, Tennessee - 1791

1417. Anthony Foster
1418. John Devers
1430-1431. Thomas Blount
1437. Cornelius Callingham
1439-1442. William Alford
1443. John Darden
1448. Willoughby Williams

Tennessee County Tennessee - 1789

85. Thomas Clark 99. John Dixon & James Russell

Tennessee County, Tennessee - 1791

110. Thomas McIntosh
112. Robert McCray
113. Benjamin McIntosh
114. Joshua Baker
115. William Wikoff
116. Robert Weakley
117-118. Adan Lynn
119. John Shelby
120. Martin Armstrong

This group was mixed and separated by the compiler, and therefore the grant numbers are not consecutive.

An Estimate of the Lands Granted to the Commissioners, Surveyors, Officers, and Guards for the ascertaining of the Bounds of the Lands Allotted to the Officers and Soldiers of the Continental Line.

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