I need a Land Grant expert!

+6 votes
My Thomas had a NC LG surveyed on 7 May 1755 and recorded the next year in Oct.  I have extensive records showing where he was during 1754-1765. Problem:  trying to see if this 7 May grant is for him or for another man of the same name around the same area same time.

The question is:  when a soldier is awarded a LG does he have to be on the land to personally select it and get the surveyor or was it "assigned" to him?  The records indicate he may have been there at the time but ALSO may have been with his unit in a nearby state within 2 weeks of the Grant date.
WikiTree profile: Thomas McManus
in The Tree House by Barbara Roesch G2G6 Mach 4 (43.6k points)

2 Answers

+4 votes
I know some Revolutionary War grants were granted to soldiers who lived nowhere near the state the land grant was in.  So maybe they did the same earlier as well.
by Living Anonymous G2G6 Mach 4 (47.5k points)
Mikey, that's a good clue to know and fits with what I think may be correct. Thanks for the enlightenment!!  Barb
+3 votes
My 6th Great Grandfather who was living in Virginia had a Revolutionary war land grant in Kentucky that his Grandsons claimed.So I guest it could be passed on also.
by John Noel G2G6 Pilot (713k points)
I think you two have hit the nail on the head.  I just saw a reference a possible "land grant by proxy" . . . . I think my worries are over on this one.

Thanks to you all for your comments!! Barb
John, I don't know about KY but in NC they did have a way to pass them on - albeit for a different reason - their grants were in NC but in time the border changed and the land became part of SC.  The importance was getting the "heir" of a NC grant to have it transferred by "Memorial" to make it legally registered in SC.  And my Thomas did - unfortunately, I still don't know WHICH Thomas he is - the huge conundrum continues.  Getting there though - about to stick my neck out with a solution.  LOL. Thanks for the comments!  Barb
I'm no expert, that's just what I ran across. The three Grandsons claimed their Grandfather's land, while their father claimed his own land about 2 counties south in Kentucky. Thank you! and you are welcome

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