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Re: Who was eligible to receive land patents
Posted by: Graham Louer (ID *****0572) Date: May 25, 2012 at 17:42:18
In Reply to: Who was eligible to receive land patents by ross smith of 699

Ross,

There were probably other ways as well, but what seems to be the most common way was to "import" people into the VA colony. A certain number of acres was given for each person, called a headright, who was imported.

This seems to have been a very corrupt system, since, apparently, the person imported:

++Could be from another colony
++Could be a resident of VA returning from abroad, or another colony
++Could be making his / her 1st, 2nd or 20th trip to VA ... from anyplace

As I said, those "seem" to have been how the rules were permitted.

Also I think that the person using these patents and the names of headrights found in them keep a few "probables" in mind:

++The headright might not be making his / her first trip
++The headright was very likely an indentured servant, especially in the 1600s
++The headright may or may not have any connection with the grantee
++Land was granted in a specific county to the grantee, but there is no reason to think that the headright also settled or resided in that county
++In my opinion, names might easily have been fabricated ... although I would like to learn more details about the system's measures, if any, to prevent fraud as I probably do not yet know enough to indict the system

Graham Louer
Plano TX
Married 60 years November '11


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