I have a possible ancestor who was in Lamb's Artillery during the Revolution. He was
awarded land and is recorded in "The Balloting Book", which lists the bounty
lands that were awarded to that group. Each regiment was grouped together within a
township in the Military Tract.; each township was divided into 100 lots. Acreage was
determined by rank. This land was awarded by NEW YORK STATE as added incentive when only
half of NY's quota was met, not by the Federalist government. Federal land was
different. Many soldiers never actually lived on the land, but instead sold it to others.
The Tract formed all or part of these counties: Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego,
Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, and Wayne.
The upshot is that it doesn't look like Delaware County was part of that Military
Tract. Perhaps it was part of another military tract? Somebody mentioned in an earlier
post about a patent being surveyed and sold. That seems like the best bet for the sale of
"The Balloting Book" has chapters that explain the bounty land process as it
evolved over time and lists the names of the soldiers who were awarded land (not the
people who may have purchased it and actually moved there). There's no index. -
*** OR *** this version, where you can search, though imprecisely - scroll down to
"Balloting Book" - http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/scandocs/revolution.htm
Military Tract - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_New_York_Military_Tract
I believe that the Bureau of Land Management has databases that have Federal bounty lands
listed - http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/land_records.html
From: Jacques Voris via <nydelawa(a)rootsweb.com>
It is a plausible scenario that so many men were getting land grants for service in the
Revolution. . .