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From: "jean van horn" <>
Subject: Re: [NYFL] SULLIVANS in Ont. Co.
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 10:02:36 -0500
My understanding of the Pre-Emption line is that it was a boundry line for
bounty land in NY. The Pre-emption road runs in Ontario & Yates Counties and
back then would have been Ontario.
"Few of the colonials who fought for us in our War of Independence received
hard cash for their efforts. Most were paid off in worthless dollars called
Continentals but all were promised a bounty of land. New York State had set
aside 1 ½ million acres east of the Pre-emption Line for this purpose. The
soldiers who had followed Gen. Sullivan through our part of the state soon
forgot the horror and sudden death part of frontier life and remembered only
the rolling forested hills, the fertile valleys and the scenic beauties of
our Finger Lakes and the Genesee country. Many flocked to this area to
settle and even buy up the claims of those who did not care to come. "
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Welch" <>
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2006 6:48 PM
Subject: RE: [NYFL] SULLIVANS in Ont. Co.
>I don't think that there was any federal bounty land in NY so soldiers from
> other states would not have been awarded land in the state. There was
> bounty land but I don't recall reading of any in Ontario Co., which was
> bigger then.
> The federal bounty land applications have been combined with the pension
> files for Revolutionary War soldiers so one search should get either if
> The great majority of Revolutionary War soldiers sold their bounty claims
> others so the actual location of the land is only occasionally relevant.
> have one bounty land application from 1845, more than 60 years after the
> ended. The signature was very shaky. I could just picture the applicant,
> who was over 90, going out and clearing his new land.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kathleen [mailto:]
> Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 10:33 PM
> Subject: Re: [NYFL] SULLIVANS in Ont. Co.
> Hi Lynda -
> I found the following two for William Sullivan ~
> File: BLWT11683-100
> Land Warrant No. 11683
> Pvt. of the Maryland Line
> Entitled to $100.00 per annum (from 24th September 1792 and the bounty
> (Year 1833).
> signature: Niel Gordon
> Atty: W. Henry Coulter, Annapolis, Maryland
> "...entitled to bounty land from the U. States".
> - and / or -
> Delaware service - bounty land warrant May 28, 1790; Warrent No. 10887
> The records do not indicate any state or twp. in particular - only United
> "Tim @ Lynda Minter" wrote: William SULLIVAN Sr. who came to Canadice ca.
> 1810. He had served in the Rev. War with Gen'l SULLIVAN.
> i am searching for his Rev. War record ...
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