The Resource Index to land patents of the Colonial Land Office

Index to land patents of the Colonial Land Office

Label
Index to land patents of the Colonial Land Office
Title
Index to land patents of the Colonial Land Office
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Each of the forty-two patent volumes is indexed individually. In columns under the number of each volume are listed the name of the patentee, the number of acres in the patent, and the page on which the document is recorded. The names are entered in the order in which they appear in each volume
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Colonial Land Office (Search Virginia Colonial Land Office as author).
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Action
  • Described
  • Revised
  • Revised
Biographical or historical data
The secretary of the colony, Colonial Land Office, issued land patents based on importation, treasury and military rights. Two copies were made, one going to the patentee and the other retained by the secretary. These copies were hung on strings in the office and as time was available, they were recorded in bound volumes. A random method of selection of documents to be entered accounts for the haphazard dating in the early volumes, and the method of hanging the patent on strings accounts for loss of documents. The patents were consistent in format. Following a recitation of the titles of the sovereign under whom it was issued, were the consideration on which it was issued, the name of the patentee, size of the tract, county of location, description of the land, any reservation for the crown, and the date signed.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation location within source
entry no. 1
Citation source
Land Office Inventory
Label
Index to land patents of the Colonial Land Office
Note
  • This compilation has been replaced by an alphabetical card file index located in the Archives Reading Room
  • These records are part of the Virginia Land Office record group (RG#4)
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
1 v.
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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000486481

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