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Deeds going into Land Company

Much of the Pennsylvania land John Nicholson and Robert Morris put into the North American Land Company (N.A.L.C.) came from land given to Revolutionary War Veterans.   In 1780, a year before the war ended, the Pennsylvania General Assembly approved a plan to pay soldiers with land for the amount of money they had lost through depreciation in the value of currency. A second plan called for donating land to veterans of the Pennsylvania brigades that fought in the war to encourage their future enlistment in the Continental Army.

NOTE: Some of the land outlined below may have gone into other Morris land ventures.

William Fischer to Sam Wallis in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania for 300 acres.    (P-1)

Deed poll from Henry Antes to Aaron Levy for 400 acres in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  Signed by H. Antes and probably Frederick Antes. (P-2)

Patent from Richard Soderston to Robert Morris for 430 acres in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  Signed by A. J. Dallas and Thomas Mifflin. (P-3)

Deed for 400 acres in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania between Christopher Dilworth and Robert Morris. (P-4)

Agreement signed by Robert Morris and Walter Stewart with Aaron Levy for 200,000 acres in Pennsylvania.  Counties of Northumberland, Mifflin, Huntingdon, and warrants for 50,000 acres. Signed by Robert Morris, General Walter Stewart and James Rees.

Note: This land probably went into the Holland Land Company  (P-5)

Late purchase for 900 acres to Wilhem Willink et al for 900 acres within the last purchase by the Indians.  Willink represented the Holland Land Company.   (P-6)

Late purchase to Joseph Thomas for 1000 acres for last purchase by the Indians. (P-7)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between Edward Brooke and John Nicholson. (Nicholson conveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.)  (P-8)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between John Shock and J. Nicholson. (Nicholson coveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.) (P-9)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between William Aaron and J. Nicholson. (Nicholson coveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.) (P-10)

P-11Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between Ben. Snyder and J. Nicholson. (Nicholson coveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.) (P-11)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between John Snellhard and J. Nicholson. (Nicholson coveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.) (P-12)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between Henry Snell and J. Nicholson. (Nicholson conveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.)  (P-13)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between Valentine Smith and J. Nicholson.  (Nicholson conveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.)   (P-14)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between Philip Sink and J. Nicholson. (Nicholson coveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.) (P-15)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between Henry Shieve and J. Nicholson. (Nicholson coveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.) (P-16)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between Henry Sheppard and J. Nicholson. (Nicholson coveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.) (P-17)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between John Sheppard and J. Nicholson. (Nicholson coveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.) (P-18)

Deed poll for 400 acres in Allegheny County between John Sink and J. Nicholson. (Nicholson coveys property to T. Willing, John Nixon, and John Barclay in trust for shareholders of the North American Land Company / N.A.L.C.) (P-19)

Harvey Lee to Joseph Thomas for 400A in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Probably depreciation lands awarded to Revolutionary War soldiers for their service.   (P-20)

Daniel Lee to Joseph Thomas for 400A in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  Probably depreciation lands awarded to Revolutionary War soldiers for their service. (P-21)

P-22Patent from John Everhart to Robert Morris for 401 acres in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  Signed by Thomas Mifflin. (P-22)

Andrew Cochran to Robert Morris for 404 acres in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Signed by Thomas Mifflin. (P-23)

P-24Warrant for 1,100 acres in Northumberland County, PA from Thomas Willing to William Bingham, Robert Morris and John Nicholson. Signed by William Bingham, US Senator from Pennsylvania, and Thomas Mifflin. (P-24)

The following documents are probably depreciation lands given to Revolutionary war soldiers or their widows for service in the army.

NOTE: These deeds may have been part of the reason why the creditor George Eddy pursued Robert Morris and eventually put him in prison.

  1. Deed from Robert Tims to George Eddy for 400A in Northumberland County, PA (P-25)
  2. Deed from John Holmes to George Eddy for 400A in Northumberland County, PA (P-26)
  3. Deed from Peter Budd to George Eddy for 400A in Northumberland County, PA (P-27)
  4. Deed from Daniel Holmes to George Eddy for 400A in Northumberland County, PA (P-28)
  5. Deed from Elizabeth Stocks to George Eddy for 400A in Northumberland County, PA (P-29)
  6. Deed from Wilson Burd to George Eddy for 400A in Northumberland County, PA (P-30)

The following documents are probably depreciation lands sold to Sam Wallis then to James Wilson

  1. Sam Wallis, Esq. To James Wilson, Esq. for 900A. Last purchase made by Indians east of  Alleghany River and Coneweango Creek. #4148 (P-31)
  2. Sam Wallis, Esq. To James Wilson, Esq. for 900A. Last purchase made by Indians east of Alleghany River and Coneweango Creek. #4171 (P-32)
  3. Sam Wallis, Esq. To James Wilson, Esq. for 900A. Last purchase made by Indians east of Alleghany River and Coneweango Creek. #4174 (P-33)
  4. Sam Wallis, Esq. To James Wilson, Esq. for 900A. Last purchase made by Indians east of Alleghany River and Coneweango Creek. #4172 (P-34)
  5. Sam Wallis, Esq. To James Wilson, Esq. for 900A. Last purchase made by Indians east of Alleghany River and Coneweango Creek. #4167 (P-35)

SC-1Beautiful Deed measuring 22″ x 62″ with 2 seals. R. Smock, E. Shotwell, Abraham Morhouse to John Nicholson for various tracts of lands totaling 50,000 acres in Orangeburgh, District of South Carolina.  Signed twice by Thomas Mifflin and once by Clement Biddle. (SC- 1)

Deed from Chas. Young to Sam. Price and Samuel Yorke, appointees of Footman & Company. Deed for 24 tracts in Orangeburg district of South Carolina. Signed by Philadelphia Mayor John Inskeep. (SC-2)

These documents represent all of the land that went into the North American Land Company (N.A.L.C.) from Mason County, Kentucky.

K-1Deed for 246,900 acres, 4 tracts of land along the Ohio River, between Richard Graham to Robert Morris, John Nicholson and James Greenleaf for $61,725 in Mason County, Kentucky.   Signed by R. Graham. (K-J)

Notary signed by Thomas Mifflin and Clement Biddle. Mentions Robert Morris and John Nicholson, and land from Richard Graham. “Has great seal of Pennsylvania.” (K-2)

K-3Plan for 246,900 acres in Mason County, Kentucky along the Ohio River. Beautiful sketch of rivers and land in the Northwest Territories. Surveyed by General Thompson. (K-3)

Agreement for 246,900 acres between Richard Graham,  John Nicholson and Robert Morris.  Mentions meets and bounds.  Signed by Graham.   (K-4)

Revolutionary War soldiers from Virginia were granted land in Kentucky.

David Allison sold much land in Moore County, North Carolina, to Robert Morris.

NC-1Beautiful partially printed deed with state seal and separate survey. J. Porterfield to David Allison for 640 acres on both sides of Conners Road in Moore County, North Carolina, signed by Allison.  Has enclosed but unopened plan and legal description. Signed by Richard Dobbs Spaight. Allison was a land speculator who did business with Robert Morris. (NC-1)

The North American Land Company (N.A.L.C.)  had 44,155 1/2  acres in Harrison County, Virginia (now West Virginia near Clarksburg).

Richard Mason to Peter Williamson for 300 acres in Harrison County near the west banks of the Mangahela River.  Signed by Plunkett Fleeson and Edward Shippen.  With survey. (V-I)

Richard Mason to James Garwood for 303 acres in Harrison County. With survey. (V-2)

V-3John Davisson to Henry Phillips and John Ketland for 1,000 acres on Tiger Valley River in Harrison County.  Signed by Matthew Clarkson, mayor of Philadelphia. (V-3)

Ezekiel Rose to Grace Hendrickson for 500 acres on Hughes River. With survey. (V-4)

Isaac Hendrickson to Alex McMullen for 500 acres on the Hughes River. With survey and separate plan. (V-5)

LD-17See interesting Robert James Letter written from Greenbrier Courthouse November 7, 1798 under Letter or documents relating to the land company. (LD-17)

At no time did Robert Morris, John Nicholson and James Greenleaf have a clear title to all the lands they incorporated into the North American Land Company (N.A.L.C.) from Georgia.

G-1Coded letter from Augusta, Georgia. Letter to Joseph Tatem from John Caldwell referencing condition of land in Montgomery County, Georgia.  Mentions M’s lands and titles to 1 million acres. Mentions Mr. Fit. .. s of Philadelphia. (G-1)

Other interesting Georgia deeds, possibly part of the Yazoo Georgia Land Company.

  1. September 1799
    • Conveyance from Edmund Hale to T. Ketland, Clement Cotterill and William Cotterill for 100 tracts of land in Franklin County, Georgia. Contains 100 acres each. (G-2)
  2. July 27, 1811
    • Robert Eaglesfield Griffith to Walter Sims for approximately 600 square miles along the Mississippi River. The land was paid to Revolutionary Troops. Mentions James Greenleaf. Signed by Robert Wharton, mayor of Philadelphia. (G-3)
  3. September 22, 1813
    • Robert Eaglesfield Griffith to Walter Sims for 8 shares in Georgia company. Signed by J. Barber, mayor of Philadelphia. (G-4)
  4. September 22, 1813
    • Robert Eaglesfield Griffith to Wade Hampton for 8 shares in Georgia company. Signed by J. Barber, mayor of Philadelphia. Wade Hampton was an active agent of the Blount family of South Carolina. (G-5)