Foundations of Colonial America: A Documentary History - Vol. 3

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LAWS AFFECTING PROPERTY OWNERSHIP

Virginia

Virginia Council Provision for Land Grants for Freed Servants
January 13, 1626/7

(H. R. McIlwaine, ed. Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial
Virginia,
pp. 135-136.)

The court, taking into consideration that the next ensuing year there will be many tenants and servants freed unto whom, after their freedom, there will be no land due whereby they may, without some order taken to the contrary, settle and seat themselves dispersedly and in no such convenient order, whereby to be a strength to the colony, have hereupon thought fit and accordingly ordered that the Governor and Council may give unto the said servants and tenants leases for term of years of such quantities of land as shall be needful, proportionably to the families of such as is that nature shall take leases, of any common lands as yet undertaken up by any adventures or planters within the colony; yielding and paying yearly for every acre one pound of tobacco.

Laws Concerning Head Rights and Settlements
1642, 1644

(W. W. Hening, ed. Statutes at Large of Virginia, Vol. I, pp. 274, 285-286.)

March 1642/43

Act LVIII

Whereas it was enacted at an assembly in June 1642 that if any person or persons whatsoever claiming land as due by importation of servants, they or each of them shall prove their title and just right either before the Governor and Council or produce certificate from the county courts to the Secretary's office before any grant be admitted, and that no patents be made without exact survey produced in the Secretary's office as aforesaid, Rappahannock River expected, which is confirmed by this present Grand Assembly.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Foundations of Golonial America *
  • Preface v
  • Foundations of Colonial America *
  • Contents xi
  • Colonial Charters *
  • The Structure and Function of Government *
  • The Regulation of the Status and Activities of Individuals *
  • Taxation *
  • Regulation of Economic Activity *
  • Ecclesiastical Affairs *
  • Acts of Parliament and Royal Pr Oclama Tions *
  • Local Government *
  • Land Acquisition *
  • Laws Affecting Property Ownership *
  • Public and Private Records of Land Distribution Deeds, Grants, Patents *
  • Public and Private Records of Land Distribution: Wills and Estates *
  • Glossary *
  • Table of Regnal Years *
  • Bibliography *
  • Index *
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