An additional set of miscellaneous papers and deeds and survey files are arranged alphabetically by claimant at the end of the series. Applications were filed pursuant to the Act of Assembly passed April 4, entitled "An Act for offering compensation to the Pennsylvania Claimants of certain lands within the Seventeen Townships in the County of Luzerne, and for other purposes therein mentioned. Information provided is name of applicant, quantity of land, the name of the township where the land was located, date of application, and names of the witnesses.
The claims files contain claimant papers and sworn statements made before justices of the peace attesting to having witnessed execution of deeds on particular parcels of land located within the Seventeen Certified Townships.
The claimant papers generally provide the name of claimant, the township where the tract was located, date of deed, a brief description of the boundaries of the tract, and the acreage encompassed by the tract. The information generally provided in the sworn statements is date of the oath, name of deponent, date the deed was said to have been executed and by whom, lot number, township where the tract was located, name of the person by whom purchased, and name of the justice of the peace.
The deeds provide name of grantor, township where tract was located, acreage of tract, consideration paid, name of grantee, description of the location and boundaries of the tract, signature of the grantor, and the signatures of the witnesses.
The oaths of single title provide the date of the oath, name of the Connecticut Settler, date of settler's application, acreage of the tract, name of the township where the tract was located, and a sworn statement affirming "that he doth not claim title to the lands, or any of them submitted in the application under a joint right of Pennsylvania claimants, and of the Connecticut settlers, but that he holds the said lands exclusively under a Connecticut claim, right or title, and that he hath not directly or indirectly done, or caused to be done, any act or thing to destroy or conceal such joint title, with a view of coming within the provision of the aforesaid act.
The miscellaneous papers include certificates to survey tracts, drafts of re-surveys, statements by members of committees assigned to investigate title to tracts within the township, and lists of the names of early proprietors living within the township. Information provided in the certificates is name of township, name of the person by whom the tract was taken up, name of the person by whom the tract was released to the Commonwealth, acreage of the tract, the class in which the land was rated, the amount paid for the tract, the date the certificate was issued, and the signatures of the commissioners.
The survey drafts provide the name of the tract, name of township where located, acreage and number of perches, date of re-survey, name of the person for whom re-surveyed, signature of the surveyor, date of the original order to survey, and survey number. Statements from committee members assigned to investigate the original grants issued in the township, the names of the proprietors whose names appeared on those applications, and the names of actual settlers living in the township generally reveals whether an original survey for the township was located, the name of the person who did any actual surveys, and any conditions discovered concerning disruption of settlement during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
Other related information recorded in earlier public records relating to the activities of the Susquehanna Company may also be included. Also present are lists of applications providing application number, name of warrantee, number of acres warranted, and name of person to whom the land was released, together with occasional additional notations. There are also some chain of title papers documenting transfers of land via deeds, agreements, and mortgages.
Finally, there are lists of the names of proprietors living in the township as early as , many of whom never formally applied for grants of land.
A series of 49 folders of separate miscellaneous files located behind all of the township files contain alphabetical lists of the names of proprietors living in each of the townships together with miscellaneous lists of claims, records of deed transfers, orphan court records, etc.
An additional 6 folders marked General Deeds and Surveys contain deeds whereby grantors released their interests in tracts located in the Seventeen Certified Townships to subsequent claimants. Also present in these folders are copies of wills and probate records relating to these tracts. The surveys in these files frequently depict overlapping claims and connected tracts.
A listing of the names of landholders living within the seventeen certified townships covered by the Connecticut claims who released their land to the Commonwealth. Also included is John Franklin's map of Luzerne County showing the lines of the seventeen certified townships as accepted by John Shippen on October 13, The dates of warrants cover the period The first three pages of Volume A contain a list of names of warrantees grouped alphabetically by surname, giving for each the number appearing on the draft and the number of acres warranted.
Volume B commences with an incomplete alphabetical list of releasors giving the name of the releasor, the name of the warrantee, and the number of acres.
This is followed by an alphabetical list of the names of adjoining property owners; whether the name appears on a survey, patent or warrant; in what township the tract was located; the name of the person by whom released, and occasional notations indicating whether the title was defective. Finally, an alphabetical list at the back of the book gives the names of warrantees, the number of acres and perches warranted, the name of the township where the tract was located, the date of the warrant, and the date of the survey.
Abstracts of Deeds of Application for Connecticut Claims, [ca.