James Sullivan (1690 - 1750)

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• ID: I096393 • Name: Sarah Sullivan • Sex: F • Birth: ABT 1710 • Note: Abstracts of Deed Books 11-14 of Rowan Co., NC Deed Book 14. #3251, p. 871 1dec1794 John DAVIDSON to Overton PENIX, both of MECKLENBURG CO., NC, for 106 pounds, 380ac on MIREY BRANCH adj JOSEPH HUGHES, Being a grant to Edward HILL on 17aug1779, who conveyed to William BRANDON of Salisbury on 29feb780, on 2nov1784, Sheriff John BREVARD sold the land to this Grantor. Wits: James SULLIVAN, WILLIAM (X) PENNIX. Proved by WILLIAM PENNIX at Feb. Court 1797. ___________

Halifax, NC Deeds, Book 13, page 238, 20 Feb. 1775, William & Eliza Sullivant to William Harvey, 17 lbs 10 shillings, 120 acres which came to Eliza Sullivant by inheritance from JAMES HOGAN Esq. Adjacent lands of Thomas Williams, Meads, Jeremiah Sullivant, Spencer Hurst. Witnesses: Jere. Sullivant, John Pritchett.

The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy Chapter 8: Research in Land And Tax Records Summary of Land Records by State Maine Szucs and Luebking, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, p.272 Here is a drastic simplification of history: The Kennebec River was a dividing line, the area west (i.e., south) being in the Ferdinando Gorges proprietary (granted 1622 and 1639) that was purchased by Massachusetts in 1677, while the area east (i.e., north) of the Kennebec to the Saint Croix River was granted to James, Duke of York, in 1664. Reverting to the crown upon his overthrow, this eastern area was granted to Massachusetts in 1691 with reservation to the crown of rights to grant first titles. Thus, until the American Revolution, Massachusetts granted Maine lands west of the Kennebec as proprietor, while it granted lands east of the river only with crown confirmation. Also scattered along the coast were those large and small overlapping early grants, which land developers/speculators purchased and resurrected by many lawsuits. A fifteen-mile strip on each side of the Kennebec itself was an outstanding example as described in Gordon E. Kershaw, The Kennebec Proprietors, 1749–1775 (Portland: Maine Historical Society, 1975). In 1783 Massachusetts created the Committee for the Sale of Eastern [i.e., Maine] Lands. The Maine State Archives considers these records to be the beginning of the Maine Land Office [p.273] that is now a division of the archive in Augusta. The enabling act for Maine’s 1820 statehood reserved half its public lands for disposal by Massachusetts, these lands being surveyed into blocks intermixed with Maine’s half. In 1853, Maine bought Massachusetts’ remaining Maine lands. The Maine Land Office, State Capitol—Station 84, Augusta, ME 04333, has essentially the records since the revolution, including microfilms of Massachusetts land sales. Both Massachusetts and Maine issued military bounty warrants, but no specific reservation was established. Revolutionary War veteran land grants are microfilmed in thirteen reels. See also Charles J. House, Names of Soldiers of the American Revolution Who Applied for the State Bounty under Resolves of March 17, 1835, March 24, 1836 and March 20, 1836 as Appears of Record in Land Office (Augusta: by order of the Governor and Executive Council, 1893). The various Maine and Massachusetts genealogical journals have useful lists as well. York County was created in 1640 and was Maine’s only functioning county until 1760. Its deeds (1642–1737) were published as York Deeds, 18 vols. (Portland: John T. Hull, et al., 1887–1910). The counties of Aroostook and Oxford each have two deed-registration districts. See also James Sullivan, History of Land Titles in Massachusetts (Boston: I. Thomas and E.T. Andrews, 1801); Note by the Commissioner on the Sources of Land Titles in Maine in Revised Statutes of Maine, 1883; Frederick S. Allis, ed., William Bingham’s Maine Lands, 1790–1820 (Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1954), vols. 36–37 in Collections, Colonial Society of Massachusetts; and the microfilm publication of papers of Bingham’s estate agent, John Black, in Lawrence Donald Bridgham, “Maine Public Lands 1781–1795: Claims, Trespassers, and Sales” (Ph.D. dissertation, Boston University, 1959).

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