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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.

Western District  Tennessee - 1788

2987-3000. Edward Harris
3001. Samuel Harris
3002. William Sharpe
3003. Abner Sharpe
3004. Thomas Rice Sharpe
3005. John Whitt Alexander
3006. James Purveyace
3007-3008. James Patterson
3009. John Setgreaves
3010. William Hughlett
3011. Martin Armstrong
3012. Elijah Patten
3013. Martin Armstrong
3014. Alexander Reed
3015. Benjamin Smith
3016. George Doughterty
3017. Robert Weakley
3018. Henry Rutherford
3019. George Rutherford
3020. John Stokes
3021. Griffith Rutherford
3022. Martin Armstrong
3023. James Martin
3024. George McLain
3025-3026. Alexander McCulloh
3027. James Hall
3028. Thomas Davidson
3029. Augustus Harvey
3030. Thomas Rice Sharpe
3031. Thomas Polk
3032-3033. William Polk
3034. George Houser
3035. George Dougherty
3036. Jane Davidson
3037. Augustus Harvey
3038. Wickoff & Clarke
3039. John Rights
3040. William Polk
3041. Wickoff & Clarke
3042. John Stokes
3043. Edward Sharpe
3044. missing
3045. Richard Blackledge
3046. John Dugan
3047. Robert Patton
3048. Jonathan Drake
3049. Ephraim Davidson
3050. Robert Goodlor
3051. Alexander McKee
3052. Martin Armstrong
3053-3054. George Doughterty
3055. James Robertson
3056. James Coar
3057. William Davidson
3058. Griffith Rutherford
3059. Robert Martin
3060. James Robertson
3061. Richard Fenner
3062. Benjamin McCulloch
3063. Edward Cox
3064. John Rice
3065. Micajah Green Lewis
3066. Wickoff & Clarke
3067. Anthony Sharpe
3068. Benjamin Smith
3069. James Coor
3070. Richard Cross
3071. James Coor
3072. Spruce McCoy
3073. Benjamin Smith
3074. William Terrell Lewis
3075. Robert Goodlor
3076. Adam Boyd
3077. George Cathey
3078. George Daugherty
3079. Henry Clarke
3080. Martin Armstrong
3081. James Dever
3082. George Daugherty
3083-3089. James Coor
3090. Thommas Tolbott
3091. William Alston
3092. James Martin
3093. Downham Clarke
3094. George Daugherty
3095. Henry Rutherford
3096. John Carter
3097. William Hughlett
3098. Henry Rutherford
3099. Mary Davidson
3100. John Brown
3101. William Hawkins
3102. Ephraim Davidson
3103. George Davidson
3104. Shadrach Hargess
3105. Martin Armstrong
3106. Benjamin Sharpe
3107. Ephraim McLain
3108. James Templeton
3109. Archibald Murphey
3110. Richard Blackledge
3111. James Dugan
3112. David Shelton
3113. James Davidson
3114-3137. Abner Nash
3138. Stokeley Donaldson
3139-3140. William Terrell Lewis
3141. Benjamin Smith
3142. Ephraim McLain
3143. Joseph Setgreaves
3144. George Dougherty
3145. Martin Armstrong
3146. William Terrell Lewis
3147. Martin Armstrong
3148. Benjamin Smith
3149. William Terrell Lewis
3150. Jesse Steed
3151-3252. John Gray Blount and Thomas Blount
3253. William Barry Groves
3254. William Moore
3255. Daniel Mallett

Western District Tennessee - 1789

3256. James Porterfield
3257. David Hart
3258. John Windsor
3259. Solomon Kitt
3260. John Rice
3277. David Flowers
3278. John Brown
3279. Thomas Brown
3280. John Brown
3281. Thomas Brown
3282. Joseph Greer
3283. Robinson Mumford
3284. Joseph Greer
3285. Robinson Mumford
3286. Joseph Greer
3287. Jacob Blount
3288. Adrian Vatch
3289. Robinson Mumford
3290. Abraham Phillips
3291. John McKee
3292-3307. Landon Carter
3308. Philemon Hawkins
3309. John Gray Blount, Thomas Blount
3310. same
3311. William Terrell Lewis
3312. William Hughlett
3313. Edward Harris
3314-3316. John Estes
3317-3318. Elijah Robertson
3319. Archibald Murphey
3320. William Terrell Lewis
3321. John Rice
3322. James Patterson
3323. John Gray Blount
3324. David Crawford
3325. Joseph Greer
3326. John Estes

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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