Saratoga Land Patent, New York State. Mr Livingstone Jnr. (Surveyor?) Saratoga Patent.  Schenectady: Copied April 28th 1796.

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Lot 102
Saratoga Land Patent, New York State.
Mr Livingstone Jnr. (Surveyor?)
Saratoga Patent. Schenectady: Copied April 28th 1796.

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Saratoga Land Patent, New York State.
Mr Livingstone Jnr. (Surveyor?) Saratoga Patent. Schenectady: Copied April 28th 1796. Manuscript survey of the Saratoga Patent north of Albany, hand colored in outline, on paper, 440 x 525 mm. The survey showing the Hudson running across the map with plots extending east and west of the river, each plot numbered and with their ownership. Lightly browned, marginal soiling.
Provenance: Owen D. Young Collection. Van Hornesville, New York State.

A rare manuscript copy from 1796 of the Saratoga Patent map (probably 1750s), showing the distribution of land holdings on each side of the Hudson from near Anthony's Kill up to beyond Saratoga. The Saratoga Patent was a grant to purchase land in the Upper Hudson valley from the Mohawk Indians. The grant was authorized in 1685 by Governor Dongan to Peiter Schulyer, Robert Livingston and others, but the petition was confirmed by deed in 1708 with the addition of Jan Jan Bleecker, Johannes Schuyler, Van Dyck. The heirs of these original purchasers, were still the principal holders of the plots figured in this 1796 map, although 10 of the 44 plots had been broken down into smaller units 90 years later. The acreage of the Saratoga Patent was some 150,000 acres, each strip 6 miles deep into the interior, with the 44 land plots, running up both sides of the Hudson. The Albany businessman John R. Bleecker is said to have surveyed and mapped the area in 1750, and this map may well be a copy of his survey, and is noted that it was done by Mr Livingston Jnr, but in fact probably done for Robert Livingston who had inherited a large number of tracts in this area.
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Saratoga Land Patent, New York State. Mr Livingstone Jnr. (Surveyor?) Saratoga Patent.  Schenectady: Copied April 28th 1796.
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