The Great Land Patents: The Ten Towns — Macomb’s Purchase — Scriba’s Patent — “Grand Rapides’ Promised Land” — The Era Of Settlement
FamilySearch has placed online the Washington County, New York mortgage records in the form of images, without an index, in their New York Land Records, 1630-1975 collection. Land records usually contain the following information: Names of interested parties; Date of transaction; Legal description of the property; Monies exchanged; Details of the transaction; Names of witnesses.
This manuscript was reprinted from the appendix of the author’s “History of the Somonauk United Presbyterian church near Sandwich, De Kalb County, Illinois: with ancestral lines of the early members” published in Chicago in 1928. While we don’t have online access to this manuscript we do have online access to the original. The appendix covering the Argyle Patent can be found on pages 297-346. The Washington County New York Families can be found on pages 347-358: Clark, Gillespie, Livingston, McNaughton, and Savage.
One of the most useful New York genealogical records is the type that deals with land, because, especially early in its history, New York was heavily involved with agriculture. One type of land record involves transfers from the colonial government to the first private owners. What follows is an index to the earliest years of the New York Land Grant Application Files from the New York Secretary of State’s Office. We have alphabetized this list to make it easy to find names, but we included the variable Record #, so that the original order of the data can be determined.