Sufferers’ Lands - 1805 Legal Notice Transcribed by Ginny - Dec. 17, 2006!
Connecticut Gazette, published as Connecticut Gazette and the Commercial Intelligencer - 03-06-1805 - New London, Connecticut
Transcribed by Ginny - the version I have of this is hard to read - many of the names transcribed here are not clear. Spacing inserted by transcriber for clarity. In transcribing this I see it now appears that the folks listed had not paid the taxes and their rights were to be sold at vendue sale May 27, 1805 - so it appears this is a legal notice of the sale.
Whereas the Board of Directors of the company incorporated by the Legislature of the State of Ohio known by the name of “The proprietors of the half million acres of land lying south of Lake Erie called Sufferers’ Land” at their meeting holden on the 13th day of September 1804, and by adjournment continued to the 20th, on which day they assessed a tax of twenty-five cents on the pound of the original rights or __?__ as __?__ in the grant of said lands by the Legislature of Connecticut, made payable to the treasurer of said company on the 15 day of Februrary, 1805.
And whereas the owners and proprietors of the original rights and losses in land grant, let the name of Samuel ALK,
John CLAPP jun,
Odie CLOLE adm’r,
Reuben COE, Jonathan COE,
Joseph CHAMBERS, Daniel CARTER,
Thomas HOBBY jun,
Joseph HOBBY jun,
Jonathan HUBBARD jun,
Moses HEUSTED jun,
Joseph HOBBY jun exec’r,
James LYON jun,
Caleb LYON jun,
John MEAD jun,
Nathaniel MEAD 3rd,
Nehemiah MEAD jun,
John MELNARD jun,
Jeremiah MEAD jun,
Caleb MEAD jun,
Theophilus PECK jun,
Jere & Julia Wood PALMER,
Nathaniel REYNOLDS jun,
Ambrose & Jonathan REYNOLDS,
Benjamin Sutton GOLD,
Michael Cox TIMPANY,
HAVE WHOLLY NEGLECTED to pay said tax to me, the subscriber.
This therefore is to give notice to the several owners and proprietors of the original rights and losses in said grant viz, . . . . . . . . . . .[and then it goes on to list what appears to be all the above names again - although I have not compared them all. Ginny]
That said original rights and losses, or so
much as shall be necessary to raise sums sufficient to pay said tax, and all reasonable charges arising ___?_____ will be sold at PUBLIC VENDUE, to the highest bidder, at the dwelling-home of SAMUEL SEYMOUR, in said Greenwich, on the 27th of May next, at __?__ o’clock, afternoon.
Dated at Greenwich, February 19, 1805.
Collector of said Tax for said Town of of Greenwich.
From transcribing this it appears to me that those listed did not pay their taxes on the lands and therefore their rights were to be sold a public sale May 1805.
I imagine most folks thought it not worth it to pay the taxes as the lands were not readily hospitable due to Indian Hostilities or on the other hand I suppose many of the folks listed simply could not afford to pay the taxes.
***Wikipedia******However, very few of the original "Sufferers" ever settled in the Firelands, as the land was not given for settlement until many years after the war. Even then, the land was not readily hospitable due to Indian hostilities prior to and during the War of 1812 and the necessity of clearing dense forests from most of the land so that it could be used for farming purposes.
It would be interesting to see just whose rights were actually sold at the sale and who bought the rights in addition to seeing if these folks had to file an app. detailing their losses during the Revolution to be a part of this in the first place.
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