Tuesday, September 25, 2007

More Land Records

Both brothers, Alexander B. Sanchez and George W. Sanchez, received Military Bound land from the U.S. government.

The one on the right is for George W. Sanchez. I copied the original (primary source) document. I found it at the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, Gainesville, FL [UF Campus]; Manuscript Collection, call# 99,028, Sanchez Family Papers, folio 22. It was in a box of papers 99.9% dealing with the lawyer E.C.F. Sanchez and his brothers in St. Augustine. The document is held together with some old cellophane tape.

Posting Alexander B. Sanchez' recorded Military Bounty Land grant here would just show an illegible document. Alexander Sanchez recorded his land grant in the Alachua County, Deed Record Book E, page 124 on 14 Jan 1860. You can see it [and copy it] online at the Alachua Ancient Records website, "Deed Record E" on page "124". Alexander Sanchez created a secondary document that is recorded as a legal document.

The U.S. government begrudgingly gave these land grants to the volunteer militias in the Second Seminole War that were not paid for their service.

There is a trick here. If you look closely, you will see a frequently exercised feature of the bounty land grant. The answer will be in the comments.


Tom Santa Cruz said...

George W. Sanchez sold his bounty land rights to 17 arces to Mr. Halliday for $21.90. Many veterans by the time the Bounty Land became available already had their land and cash was always welcome.

rareflorida said...

I wasn't sure where to post this or if you had it.
151. G&S, VI, 57.
152. Infra, S 29; T 27; W 13, 21, 23, 24, 25. Although Clarke’s explanation to the Commissioners of verbal instructions from the governor to himself does not appear in the Spanish Land Grants, he must have made such explanation. Francisco Roman Sanchez states that during the MacGregor invasion Governor Coppinger assembled the militia in the square in Fernandina on October 20, 1817, and urged the men against the invaders; the Governor confessed that he had no money to pay them, but promised to each a service grant based on the headrights, Infra, Vol. V, p. 24 and footnote.
153. The U.S. was bound after the cession to the same extent that Spain had been bound before ratification.—U.S. v. Wiggins, 14 Peters 334.