Thursday, May 7, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 261: 1827 Bounty Land Warrant Claim of Martin Carringer

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the  1827 Land Warrant claim by William Marks for the land awarded to Martin Carringer for his service in the Revolutionary War:

The column headings for this record are on an earlier page:

The transcribed information for the Martin Carringer record is:

*  When presented at the Treasury:  April 17 [1827]
*  By whom presented:  Wm. Marks /Senate/
*  Number:  1259
*  Name of soldier  Martin Carringer:
*  Grade:  Pr[ivate]
*  Name of patentee:  Martin Carringer
*  Acres:  100
*  Location - Lot:  3
*  Location - Section: 3
* Location - Township:  8
*  Location - Range:  6
*  Remarks:  17 April 1827, sent to Wm. Marks Senate same day

The source citation for this record is:

"U.S. War Bounty Land Warrants, 1789-1858," digital image, ( : accessed 30 April 2015), 1806 Warrants: 1100-2119; 1835, 1842, and 1848 Warrants: 1299-2479 (Partial Collection), No. 1259, Martin Carringer, awarded 8 December 1827, image 369 of 1069; citing U.S. Revolutionary War Bounty Land Warrants Used in the U.S. Military District of Ohio and Relating Papers (Acts of 1788, 1803, and 1806), 1788-1806; Microfilm Publication M829, 16 rolls; ARC ID: 635444. Records of the Bureau of Land Management, Record Group 49; National Archives at Washington, D.C.

The database description provides information about this dataset:

"The warrants for Revolutionary War service were issued under acts of July 9, 1788, March 3, 1803, and April 15, 1806.
"The 1788 act gave free land in the public domain to officers and soldiers who continued to serve during the Revolutionary War or, if they were killed, to their representatives or heirs. The resolution provided that a private or noncommissioned officer would be entitled to 100 acres of bounty land, an ensign to 150 acres, a lieutenant to 200 acres, a captain to 300 acres, a major to 400 acres, a lieutenant colonel to 450 acres, a colonel to 500 acres, a brigadier general to 850 acres, and a major general to 1,100 acres.
"A 4,000 square mile tract was located in the Northwest Territory and was set aside for these land warrants. This area came to be known as the U.S. Military District of Ohio. Originally the lands in this district were to be distributed by January 1, 1800. By the end of 1802 about 14,000 warrants had been issued. However, additional time was needed to locate warrants and to grant warrants to soldiers with late applications or uncompleted claims. Congress passed the act of 1803, which was later amended by the act of 1806, to extend the time limit."

It appears to me that Martin Carringer received Bounty Land Warrant 1259 for his Revolutionary War service as a private, and in 1827 he sold or gave it to William Marks who presented it to the U.S. Treasury to claim the land in what was the U.S. Military District of Ohio.  Martin Carringer's 100 acres was in Lot 3 of Section 3 in Township 8 in Range 6.  

Now I need to find out where that was.  I found a map of the U.S. Military District of Ohio on Wikipedia (

If the Range is the circled numbers along the bottom boundary of the District, and if the Township number is the number in each square, then Township 8 in Range 6 is in the southern part of Holmes County, Ohio.

Martin Carringer did not settle on this land.  He probably received the warrant in about 1800, and  saved the warrant until he sold or gave it to William Marks in 1827.  

Who was William Marks?  He was a United States Senator for Pennsylvania from 1825 to 1831, according to Wikipedia (   

Martin Carringer is my 4th great-grandfather, and served as a private for several years in the Revolutionary War.  He received a Revolutionary War Pension in 1820.  This record indicates that he received 100 acres of land in the Military District of Ohio for his service, and sold or gave it to Senator William Marks in 1827.

Well, that was fun!  

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