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Subject: Re: [Sc-Ir] Maps for Penn acquisition of Indian lands by treaty?
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 14:26:41 +0000
Hi Knut, there's a huge amount of information as well as maps. Some you can find on the Internet. One way is to go through www.usgenweb.com to the county. There is huge amount of information also on Pennsylvania land acquisition. As a general rule, they didn't build forts illegally. However the term 'fort' is used ambigiously in the 1700s. There were forts built by our government to protect us from the French and the Indians. There were also small places of shelter constantly built by settlers for protection. Often these were quite small and often they were 'manned' by settlers. They could quite possibly be illegal.
If you spend some time googling you will find a lot. There's a website that identifies every known French and Indian War fort and gives a history of it.
I googled for Fort Bingham and found this:
http://www.geocities.com/naforts/panorcentral.html#bingham as well as countless others.
Also check our archives as we've discussed PA land acquisition several times. No time to regurgitate it again! You can also check the free guide to PA research at LDS (www.familysearch.org). The definitive work is "Pennsylavani Land Records" by Munger -- if you google for it you'll find plenty of references. Not only details land acquisition but also the records and how to find them in Harrisburg (and LDS as many are in LDS).
Best of luck!
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From: "Knut W. Barde" <>
> Are there any maps that show when particular portions of land within the
> British grant to Penn were ceded (sic) by the legal representatives of the
> native American owners to the colonial government by purchase and treaty?
> For example, in 1756, was Fort Bingham on land recognized by the colonial
> government as Indian territory or on land rightfully (sic) purchased by the
> government through a treaty with the legal representatives of native