Balloting Book 1925
(see also Bounty Lands - Revolutionary War)
This book, printed in 1825, begins with the laws relative to Revolutionary War bounty lands.
First is an extract from the Journal of Congress dated September 16, 1776 pertaining
to the pay of officers and soldiers for service in the war. The payment includes
monetary bounties and a schedule for land grants according to rank. This is followed
by several pages of New York State law, and extracts from the minutes of the Land Office.
The surveyor-general was directed to lay out twenty-five townships which were each subdivided
into 100 lots, as square as possible, of 600 acres each. The commissioners of the Land Office
then examined the claims on the lots, adding 3 more townships to meet with the
amount of unsatisfied claims.
At this point the book begins an alphabetical listing of names of soldiers in each regiment.
The columns list name and rank, company (where applicable), township number, lot number, acres
and date of patent. The next section lists commissioned officers, followed by a list of the dead,
and a miscellaneous listing of persons who also had claim to land. The next segment details
Lieutenant Michael Connolly's return of names taken from the muster rolls of the Continental
Army, with an accompanying list of names from the return of Colonel John Lamb. Connolly's
return also lists the dead, officers resigned, invalids and discharged. The information is
then listed in numerical order by each military township and lot. The included "Book of Delivery of
Patents for Lands in the Military Tract" is an alphabetical listing of the patentee's name
and to whom the patent was delivered, as the original patent may have been sold or in some
way passed on to a different person. The final section lists alphabetically the names and
lots of Canadian and Nova-Scotia refugees.