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Tract Name Indexes of Patented Land in the PA Archives, Harrisburg, ca 1684-1811

From the years of the Penn Proprietorship until about 1810, tracts were given names to make it easier to track them when they changed ownership. If you only know the name of a tract, these registers will show you the name of the patentee, the date of the patent, the size of the tract, the name of the warrantee, the date of the warrant, the county where it was located at the time, and the volume, book, and page number where the patent is recorded. The volumes cover Patent Books A-AA, P1-19 (1781-1794), P20-P35 (1792-1800), P35-P43 (1799-1800), and P44-P65 (1800-1809).  Each volume contains hundred of pages.

The snippet below shows a page of tract names alphabetically listed under "R" in all Patent Registers numbered P-1 to P-19. The patentee named his or her tract when it was patented; if more than one tract was given the same name, those tracts were listed chronologically.  This page shows that Ann Levins patented "Rag Town" on 23 August 1788.  The tract contained 445 acres 151 perches.  Ann Levins received a warrant to accept a survey (she had settled on the land before it was surveyed) on 5 Jun 1788 and the warrant was recorded in the Washington County Warrant Register.  The patent was recorded in Patent Book P13, pg. 355.  

Note that the Survey Book and page number are not recorded in this ledger.  To find that reference and see the image that has been posted online, consult the relevant county Warrant Register (for Ann Levins, that would be the Washington Co. Warrant Register).

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