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Guide to the American Indian Collection
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Series II: Legal and Financial Documents, 1651-1787

Scope and Contents note

This series contains various legal and financial documents relating to negotiations and sales of land with Indians. Geographically, the documents include New York and its vicinity, as well as Canada and Georgia. The first folder of the series is composed of a conveyance, order for payment, receipt, deed, mortgage, boundary agreement, two lists of expenses and disbursements, and a fragment of a deed.

The remaining material is a small collection of papers relating to the interests of speculators who purchased pre-emptive rights to Indian Reservation land in New York, through the Ogden Land Company. The rights involved property on the Buffalo Creek, Cannadea, Cattaraugus, Tonnewanda, Tuscarora and Seneca reservations. The documents specifically relate to the share held by the Murray family, including John R. Murray, Mary Murray, Hannah Murray and Susan Ogden.

The papers are composed of various types of documents; among them are accounts, a plan of division, a list of lots, a report of a meeting of proprietors, an agreement of exchange of lots, a certificate of redemption of land, and estimates. Additionally, there are copies of documents concerning the disputed Treaty of 1838 between the United States government and Indian tribes of New York. Many of the items contain information concerning property, including taxes, township location, lot number and acreage.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Copy of an affadavit concerning the sale of land of the west shore of the North River to Andries de Voss and Arent Andriessen, by Naenkopquieck and Naenemari
1651 April 29
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Agreement concerning the bounds of West Hook
1703 October 2
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Conveyance of property in Georgia from Malatchi Opiya Mico to Thomas and Mary Bosworth
1747 January 4
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Fragment of a deed from New York Indians to John Christopher Hartwick
1756 July 15
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bill of Louis Van Vechten for expenses in treating with Indians of German Flatts
1775 September 11
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Pay and Disbursements in the Indian Department
1777 March 25 - September 24
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Order on the State Treasurer to pay William Van Ingen
1785 November 10
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Receipt by Joseph Hamilton for negotiation of land purchase from Western Indians
1787 May 29
Box: 1 Folder : 3 New York Indian Reservation Papers

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