Tennessee Records Repository

Sumner Co. TN

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.

Sumner County Tennessee - 1790

1174. Robert Nelson
1188-1189. Joshua Hadley
1190. David Wilson
1200-1209. Alexander Mebane
1210. Robert Bell
1210. Alexander Mebane
1232. James Breston
1233. Daniel Anderson
1234. Howell Tatum
1249. Daniel Anderson
1250. Richard Fenner
1251. Thomas Hamilton
1262. David Shelley
1263. James Brown
1264. John Brown
1265. Thomas Hagg
1266. Philip Phillips
1267. Bradley Gambill
1271. Phillips & Campbell
1272. William Ray
1305. Samuel Barton
1306. Elias Fort
1307. Mann Phillips
1308. Phillips & Campbell
1309-1310. same
1394. John & James Bonner
1402. Abraham Jones
1403. John Buchanan
1404. John Devers
1408. John Eaton
1409. Samuel Gainer
1410. James Dean
1411. John Nicholls
1412. John Rice & Co.

Sumner County Tennessee - 1791

1415. Samuel Barton
1416. John Francks
1419. John Buchanan
1420. Philip Shackler
1432. James Williams & John Boyd
1433. Thomas Taylor
1434. William Dillon
1435. Ephraim Payton
1436. Adam Miller
1444. Philip Shackler
1445. John Hamilton
1446. James Mulherrin
1447. Isaac Bledsoe

2275 warrants to officers and soldiers to which grants not yet issued.

Estimates of the Lands granted to Colonel Martin Armstrong, Surveyor of the Lands allotted to the Officers of the Continental Line and his assigns and for his service.

Sumner County Tennessee - 1789

71. James Douglass
73. Thomas Jones
77. James Saunders