Early Certificates of Settlement and Preemption Warrants

Under the Virginia Land Law of 1779, residents of the Kentucky District could purchase Certificates of Settlements and Preemption Warrants if they met certain residency requirements. This database is indexed by Preemption Warrant number, the individual acquiring the Warrant and Certificate of Settlements, immediate assignees, and tract location. We have included information on the resulting patent number and series for the Kentucky Preemption Warrants. Some counties in present-day Virginia and West Virginia are also included in this index.

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