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Finding aid to the land grant for military service to William and James Taylor signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, 1807 MS.559
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  • Scope and contents : transcript
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Preferred citation
  • Access
  • Processing Information note
  • Biographical history note
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  • Similar materials
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  • Title: Land grant for military service to William and James Taylor signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.559
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder (1 document)
    Date: 1807
    Language: English

    Scope and contents : transcript

    Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States of America, TO ALL WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME, GREETING: Know ye, That, in consideration of military service performed by William Taylor (a Major for the seventh year of his service) to the United States, in the Virginia Line on Continental Establishment, and in pursuance of an Act of the Congress of the United States, passed on the day of August in the year 1790, intituled “An Act to enable the Officers and Soldiers of the Virginia Line on Continental Establishment, to obtain titles to certain lands lying north-west of the River Ohio, between the Little Miami and Sciota;” and another Act of the said Congress Passed on the 9th day of June, in the year 1794,__________amendatory of the said Act, There is granted by the United States unto James Taylor assignee of the said William Taylor a certain tract of land, containing Eight Hundred and Eighty nine acres_____ ______situate between the Little Miami and Sciota Rivers, north-west of the River Ohio, as by survey, bearing date the fifth day of December in the year one thousand Eight hundred and three. and bounded and described as follows, to wit: Survey of Eight hundred and Eighty nine acres of land on a Military Warrant No. 4947, for a like quantity in favor of the said William Taylor. On the Stonelick fork of Miami Beginning at a Walnut buckeye and two ashes on the east bank of the creek where the most eastwardly line of John Linton’s Survey No. 681 strikes the bend of the creek, thence S34.E444 ½ poles to a white oak, and three beeches thence S56W320 poles crossing a small branch to two beeches an ash and dogwood thence N34, W444 ½ poles to four ashes in Linton’s line thence N56E320 poles with his line to the Beginning.
    With the appurtenances: To have and to hold the said tract of land, with the appurtenances, unto the said James Taylor and his heirs and assigns forever.
    In witness whereof, the said Thomas Jefferson President of the United States of America, hath caused the Seal of the said United States to be hereunto affixed, and signed the same with his Hand, at the city of Washington, the fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord 1807 ; and of the Independence of the United States of America the thirty second.
    By the President, [signed by Jefferson] [signed by James Madison] Secretary of State
    On the reverse side: William Taylor was originally entitled to the bounty land granted by the within patent to James Taylor, who claims under the said William
    War Office III. Dec. 1807 [signed] W. Dearbourn Scry of War
    Recorded in the office of the Department of State Vol IV page 464 of the records of patents granted to the Virginia line on Continental Establishment. Department of State 14 December 1807 [signed] J.W. King

    Scope and Contents note

    Land grant for military service from the United States government to James Taylor, assignee of William Taylor, for seven years of William Taylor’s voluntary service in the U.S. Military. The document is dated 1807 and is signed by Thomas Jefferson and his Secretary of State James Madison.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Gift from Mrs. Mary Thomasset in 1957

    Preferred citation

    Land grant for military service to William and James Taylor signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, 1807, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.559.


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An item-level inventory is available from library staff.

    Processing Information note

    Biographical note prepared by Eloise Nelson, Braun Research Library intern, 2011 May 18. Initial processing performed by Holly Rose Larson, Project Archivist, funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 2011. Final finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas 2011.

    Biographical history note

    Virginia began to raise troops in 1775, raising 15 regiments in the Virginia Continental Line (referred to in the land grant as the Virginia Line on Continental Establishment) by 1777. William Taylor joined the Second Virginia Regiment sometime in 1775 as a private and continued his service through the end of the war, at which time he had advanced to the rank of major (see attached testimonials regarding his military service). Virginia awarded bounty lands to soldiers who had enlisted for at least 3 years in the Continental Line, State Line, or State Navy. Heirs could apply if the soldier died. The amount of the grant was dependent on rank and amount of time served. The process of applying and proving service was lengthy and required proof of service. The documents supplied by soldiers to support their claims are held in the Virginia State Library. Facsimiles of the documents relating to William Taylor are included here. After examining and approving documentation of Revolutionary War military service, the governor issued a certificate on which the Land Office register subsequently issued a warrant for bounty lands; these documents are also held by the Virginia State Library, and can be requested on microfilm via inter-library loan. Once the bounty was approved, the land was surveyed and a grant was issued. All land grants were in Ohio and Kentucky; records of the Ohio surveys and grants are held by the Ohio Historical Society.


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Braun Research Library at the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Similar materials

    Southern Methodist University Library, "Land grant, 1807 December 14, Washington City [to] Thomas Fox and James Taylor, as tenants in common and not as joint tenants."

    Further Information

    Virginia State Library, Ohio Historical Society, Papers of the War Department, The Library of Virginia. “Research Notes Number 8: Revolutionary War Records.”

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Taylor, James
    Taylor, William