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Fig 1. Counties Owned by The Holland Land Purchase, State of New York.

I was intrigued by the latest issue of New England Ancestors, which I receive via mail. The front page article was on the Holland Land Purchase, when the Dutch bought a ton of land in Western New York and how families from Vermont migrated there in the early 19th century, when people had ‘Genesse Fever”. [1] Vermont was in a state of economic crisis, Vermont sold extra produce to Canada until  the Jefferson embargo of 1808. Prices sky rocketed and the Vermont central bank collapsed. The land out in western New York sounded quite promising from testimonies of settlers. The article was quite interesting followed the diaries of one man from Middletown who settled out in Willink in 1812. But what most intrigued is that many of my ancestors migrated from Vermont to New York.

I instantly thought of my Freeman ancestors as I know quite well they moved form Norwich, Vermont to Westville, Franklin, New York. Franklin County wasn’t part of the Holland land purchase. However, on my mom’s side the Stout and Bare families lived in Niagara County, New York. At the NEHGS Library, I searched in Western New York Land Transactions, 1804-1835 by Karen E. Livesey for Jonathan Stout and John Bare of Vermont and Pennsylvania, respectively. I found records of both of them here are the entries [2]

John Bare, 23 Jan 1826, Lot 19, Township 15, Range 8, Original Article, Ref 504, page 0063 [2]

 

The Holland land Company essentially gave these people free land that they would pay back over time, no one would get a full deed until the debt was paid, therefore the transaction was an article

 

Jonathan Stout, 08 Dec 1810, Lot 54, Township 15, Range 02, Original Article. Ref 489, page 0020 [3]

Jonathan Stout, 08 Dec 1810, lot 54, township 15, range 02, Reversion, Ref 500, page 0035 [4]

 

A reversion happens when a particular piece of land went back up for sale. This happened usually because the settler abandoned the land or could not pay back his debt.

 

Jonathan Stout, 08 Dec 1810, lot 54, township 15, range 02, Reversion, Ref  508, page 0172 [5]

 

I also copied from the index all the Freemans, but did not have to go into the book to get more info on each one. I figure a lot of  my Freeman cousins were involved in the Holland land company so it may be of interest later on. See [Gershom Bartlett Freeman in the 1820 Census].

 

[1] Karen E. Livsey, “The Records of the Holland Land Company in Western New York,” New England Ancestors, (Vol.10, No.3).

[2] Karen E. Livsey, Western New York land transactions, 1825-1835 : extracted from the archives of the Holland Land Company, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996), 49.

[3] Karen E. Livsey, Western New York land transactions, 1804-1824 : extracted from the archives of the Holland Land Company, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), 67.

[4] Karen E. Livsey, Western New York land transactions, 1804-1824 : extracted from the archives of the Holland Land Company, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), 286.

[5] Karen E. Livsey, Western New York land transactions, 1825-1835 : extracted from the archives of the Holland Land Company, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996), 328.

 

 

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