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Title Deed and maps [manuscript]: 1762-1774
Author Stiles, Ezra (1727-1795)
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: 1762 copy, presumably by Ezra Stiles, then a minister in Newport, R.I., of the 1732 deed from Mohawk chiefs living on the Mohawk River to John Henry Lydius of Albany, N.Y., of specified lands east of Lake Champlain, with a map of "Col. Lydius’s Patent 1732" on the verso. Also a sheet dated Feb. 11, 1774, containing two maps. One side shows the locations of the Lydius Vermont claims. Outline map on verso, of the British middle colonies, highlights the Susquehanna Claim in Connecticut and northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as tracts in Vermont.
Names Lydius, John Henry (1694-1791)
Places New York, New York, Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania, Vermont, United States
Keywords Susquehanna Company, land grant, land tenure, land claim, property, deed, map, territory, British Colonialism, British North America
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Scholar, Congregational clergyman, and president of Yale College. Stiles was also a small-scale land speculator who purchased proprietary rights of dubious validity in unsettled areas, including the region east of Lake Champlain claimed by Col. John Henry Lydius and the northern Pennsylvania lands of the Susquehanna Company, whose claims were based on the supposition that the region belonged to Connecticut.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT oversize Ayer MS 3173
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue