This is a Pennsylvania Land Warrant for Cornelius Feather (1777-1853), my 4th great-grandfather, in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
The transcription of this document is (handwritten portions in italics):
THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, SS
WHEREAS, there hath been surveyed and returned into the Surveyor General's Office, agreeable to the acts of ^the 27th day f March 1813
And Whereas, it appears from the depositions now presented, that the said settlement and improvement is such as is required by the above mentioned acts.
And Whereas, The said Jacob Layman, who by deed dated the 25th day of October AD 1823, Conveyed all his right and title unto Cornelius Feather
and the said Cornelius Feather having paid the purchase money, at the rate of twenty dollars per hundred acres, together with the interest due thereon. I have, therefore, accepted said survey,and direct a Patent to issue thereon, agreeably to the acts of 17th day of April, 1843, and 29th day of April, 1844.
In witness whereof, John Laporte Surveyor General, hath hereto set his hand, and caused to be affixed the Seal of said office, at Harrisburg, the Seventeenth day of April A.D. 1846.
I recently found this document in the Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952 database on Ancestry.com. The database description says:
"This database contains land warrants, and warrant applications for the state of Pennsylvania.
The Ancestry source citation for this collection is:
Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: Warrant Applications, 1733-1952. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania State Archives.
My interpretation of this document is that Jacob Layman was granted the original land warrant on Lot No. 963 in the 5th Donation district located in Salem township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and sold the land to Cornelius Feather in 1823 by deed. Cornelius Feather received this document in 1846. I located the land in Finding Pennsylvania Donation District Land Maps (posted 21 February 2013).
I need to obtain the deed for Jacob Layman selling this land to Cornelius Feather in 1823 in the Mercer County land records on Family History Library microfilm. That's another item on my FHL to-do list! I don't know the first name or last name of Cornelius Feather's wife, but this Jacob Layman is certainly one of his Associates in the FAN Club. There may be a clue in the deed. Or in other deeds.
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