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Petition from inhabitants of South Carolina concerning land grants
Thomas, Robert; Et Al.
1775
Volume 11, Pages 250-254

[B. P. R. O. America & W. Indies. Vol: 229.]
In Lieut Gov: Bull's (No 90.) of 15th May. 1775.

To the King's most Excellent Majesty in Council.

The humble Petition of sundry of your Majesty's dutiful and loyal subjects, being Freeholders of Lands, by virtue of your Majesty's Letters Patents under the Great Seal of the Province of North Carolina, which Lands by the extending and establishing the late Boundary Line between the Provinces of North and South Carolina in pursuance of your Majesty's Orders in Council have fallen within the limits of the said Province of South Carolina.

Sheweth,

That until the extending and establishing the said Boundary Line to the Westward, as far as the above said Lands the same Lands were generally deemed and taken by the Inhabitants of both the said Provinces to be within the limits of the said Province of North Carolina.

That prior to any extension of the said Boundary Line, as far Westward as the said Lands your Petitioners in order to settle and subsist themselves and their Families, applied for and obtained Grants of the same Lands by your Majesty's Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the said Province of North Carolina and in consequence thereof did settle cultivate and improve the same.

That by the late Establishment of the said Boundary Line the same Lands thus granted by your Majesty to your Petitioners have fallen within ths Limits of the said Province of South Carolina.

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That your Petitioners thereupon most humbly conceived that no further authentication of your Majesty's said Grants were necessary for the quieting them in the peaceable enjoyment of their said Lands than the entering a Memorial thereof and of the mesne conveyances thereupon in the Office of your Majesty's Auditor General of the said Province of South Carolina as this Measure must effectually assertain where and by what authority your Majesty's Quit Rents and the Arrearages thereof due for and accruing on the same Lands are to be collected and received.

That your Petitioners have in consequence thereof procured Memorials of the said Grants and of the mesne Conveyances thereupon to be entered, or have tendered the same to be entered, in the said Office of your Majesty's Auditor General of the said Province of South Carolina. But

That your Petitioners to their Great concern are notified by Proclamation and Instruction from your Governors of South Carolina that the Officers employed in your Majesty's Land Office in that Province do require that your Petitioners should be at the further trouble and expence of surrendering your Majesty's said Letters Patent for granting the said Lands under the great Seal of the said Province of North Carolina and of procuring thereupon new Grants of the same Lands from your Majesty under the Great Seal of the said Province of South Carolina, or otherwise that the said Lands shall be deemed vacant and liable to be granted to any other Persons applying for the same.

That your Petitioners are apprehensive that such surrender of your Majesty's said old Grants and procuring of such new Grants will not only be attended with great trouble and expence but with manifest injustice and oppression to your Petitioners as such a measure will probably open a door to great litigation suits and controversies relative to the Title of the said Lands by reason that Grants thereof may have been obtained by other Persons under the Great Seal of the said Province of South Carolina subsequent to your Majesty's said old Grants but prior to such new Grants.

That your Petitioners conceive that in consequence of such new Grants the Revenue arising to your Majesty from the Quit Rents due and accruing on the said Lands may suffer considerable diminution as many years Quit Rents on some of the said old Grants

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are now in arrears and therefore that the aforesaid Officers employed in your Majesty's said Land Office in South Carolina will be the only persons benefitted thereby.

Your Petitioners thereupon most humbly pray that in consideration of the Premises your Majesty will be graciously pleased to make such order in Council for the relief of your Petitioners as may effectually tend to quiet and establish them in the peacable possession and enjoyment of their said Lands and their Habitations and Improvements thereon. And your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray &c

ROBERT THOMAS.
ELIJAH WELLS.
JOHN PORTMAN.
TOBIAS POASTLAT.
GEORGE ANSON.
JOHN GRINDLE.
THOs NICHOLS.
CHARLES HAMES.
ROBERT WILKINS.
WILLIAM FAWCETT.
JONAS EVANS.
JOHN DENARD.
JOHN SCRAGS.
JOHN TIMMONS.
THOs TIMMONS.
JOSEPH BURTCHFIELD
JOHN WEDINGMAN.
DAVID ALLIN
JOSs M COOLL
CHRISTOPHER SNEAD
JOHN YOUNG
JAMES WOOD
JOHN WOOD
MOSES WOOD
WILLIAM WOOD
JEAMES BURTCHFIELD.
OBEDIAH OLIPHANT
ROBERT MORE
JOHN CLARK
ALEX: MARTIN.
SAMl SPENCER.
JOHN FAGERT.
Jno KIRKCONELL.
THOs NEEL.
JOHN DUNN.
JAMES COOK.
HENRY WRIGHT.
ROBt LUSK.
JOSEPH MOON.
JAMES LUSK.
WILLIAM SMITH.
JOHN GOUDYCOCK.
TOBY DOCOBERRY.
JAMES McDADE.
HUGH ROSS
WILLIAM JOHNSON
GEORGE WEBB.
ADAM GOUDYCOCK.
HUGH QUIN
Wm SOLDIE
WILLIAM GASTON.
JOHN THOMAS.
ROBERT PATTON
PETER PATTERSON.
JAMES PATTERSON.
ROBERT BLACK
ROBERT LOONEY
THOMAS WADE
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ALEXANDER KILPATRICK
JOHN McGIN
PATRICK MORY
JOHN MAYFIELD
JAMES STEIN
MATTHEW ROBERTSON
JOHN MOOSE
ROBERT EVANS
JAMES McBEE.
ELIJAH WATTS
JOHN STEON
JOHN SHIPPEY
THOMAS MORTON
SAMUEL BLAN
ROBERT McMILLUM
THOMAS KEEN
MATTHEW PORTER
WILLIAM VINES
JOHN MOSS.
MATTHEW MOSS.
SAMUEL MOSS
MOSES QUAWLE
EPHRAIM CLARK
HENRY CLARK JUNr
ISAAC PARKER.
JACOB BARNS
JONATHAN KILKEE
Jno Mc ALEXANDER.
ROBt PATERSON
ROBt PATERSON JUNr
WILLIAM LAMPLIN
NATHANIEL PORTER
JAMES REED
WILLm McADOW SENs
WILLm McADOW JUNr
DAVID McADOW
ARTER McADOW
JAMES McADOW
DAVID BYERS
JOHN BEARD
WILLIAM CLINTON
NUBERY STOCKTON
DAVID NEEL
ROBERT LOWRY
MATT: FLOYD.
JAMES HOPE.
JAMES WILSON.
DAVID WATSON
JAMES PATERSON
Wm McELVEE
JAMES TEMPELTON
THOMAS CLARK
JOHN WATSON.
WILLIAM WATSON
JOHN CHAMBERS
JAMES SMITH
RICHARD PRICE
WILLIAM WILSON.
JOHN MANER
JOHN DORTIN
THOs MANER
HUGH HORTON
ROBERT BLACK
GEORGE JULIAN
WILLIAM CARR
HENRY SMITH
ABRHAM SMITH
WILLm SMITH
Jno SMITH.
GIDE SMITH
DANEL SMITH
Jno SHIPEY
JASCOB GARNER
WILLm WILLSON
JOSEPH KILPATRICK
MATT: FLOYD
WILLm McMULON
NATHANIEL GITES
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DANEAL McCAPON
DANIEL McCLEWEN
DAVID PORTER
CHARLES GILLHAM
EZEKIEL GILLHAM
GILBERT DUNLAP
THOMAS GILLHAM
WILLIAM GILLHAM
JAMES GILLHAM
THOMAS GILLHAM SENr
MATTHEW CLARK
JOHN DAVIDSON
ROBERT McCORDAY
ROBERT LOIKEREG
JAS: DAWEN
THOs BRANDON
JAMES SCOTT.
Jno LOVLADAY
MARSHEL LOVELEDAY
FRANCES WILLKEY
DAVIS MITCHEL
FRANCES MITCHEL
JOHN McMULON
Wm McCOUN
GEO: McCOUN.
JOHN MORHEAD
RICHARD ROSE
HUH ROSE
Jno THOMPSON
JAS: STEN. Jno STEN.
WILLm STEN.
ROBERT LUSKE
Jno HINDMAN.