Lot of 26 land deeds to property in Western Pennsylvania given as bounty to Revolutionary War soldiers. Each deed is for 400 acres. Each deed, except one, is made out to Solomon Maxfield and printed by Joseph Cruickshank, and dated in 1794. The one exception is also for 400 acres, Godfrey Gold to Samuel Wallis, and dated 1785 (no month or day). The majority of the others were paid on 14 December 1792, with another half-dozen or so dated 25 February 1793. Most were filed in 1794, and witnessed by Peter Notley. These 25 are all in the County of Luzerne or Northumberland, State of Pennsylvania. The other one is also Northumberland Co.
Solomon Maxfield is stated as being a Merchant from New Castle, Delaware. We have been unable to find him in any other records, but it was not uncommon for land speculators to buy up war Bounty Lands, and it was a way to turn the land grants into cash for those with no intention of moving hundreds of miles from home. It would appear that Mr. Maxfield was one of those speculators. Luzerne County was formed from part of Northumberland County in 1786, which is probably why some deeds say "Luzerne or Northumberland" - boundaries were not clear. (Later three other counties were formed from Luzerne County.) This region would become a center of anthracite coal mining after the turn of the 19th century.
Most very good. A few with water stains and a bit of toning.
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