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(4) Virginia Military Reservation.*
Sec. 1. The act of Congress of the seventeenth 1. 2d 40. of July, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, 10th August, relative to certain locations and surveys made by, or
Act of former on account of the Virginia troops, on continental es. Congress, retablishment, upon lands between the little Miami and pealed. Sciota rivers, north-west of the Ohio, is hereby repealed.
And whereas the agents for such of the troops of Recitál. the state of Virginia, who served on the continental establishment, in the army of the United States, during the late war, have reported to the executive of the said state, that there is not a sufficiency of good land on the south-easterly side of the river Ohio, according to the act of cession from the said state to the United States, and within the limits assigned by the laws of the said state, to satisfy the said troops for the bounty lands due to them, in conformity to the said laws : to the intent therefore that the difference between what has already been located for the said troops, on the south-easterly side of the said river, and the aggregate of what is due to the whole of the said troops, may be located on the north-westerly side of the said river, and between the Sciota and little Miami rivers as stipulated by the said state :
Sec. 2. The secretary of the department of war shall Secretary of make return to the executive of the state of Virginia, war to make of the names of such of the officers, non-commissioned return to the officers and privates, of the line of the said state, who Virginia of served in the army of the United States, on the con- those entitled tinental establishment, during the late war, and who, to bounty in conformity to the laws of the said state, are entitled to bounty lands ; and shall also in such return state and of the the aggregate amount, in acres, due to the said line, amount of by the laws aforesaid.
acres due. Sec. 3. It shall and may be lawful for the said Agents to loagents to locate, to and for the use of the said troops, cate for the
Virginia line, The lands appropriated for that object were reserved in con
between Sciformity with the articles of cession by the state of Virginia, and are
ota and little not donations by the United States. The resolutions of Congress,
Miami, under the articles of confederation on that subject, are omitted, as they were not carried into effect, and are repealed by the act of 10th August, 1790.
between the rivers Sciota and little Miami, such a number of acres of good land, as shall, together with the number already located between the said two ri. vers, and the number already located on the south easterly side of the river Ohio, be equal to the aggre. gate amount, so to be returned, as aforesaid, by the se.
cretary of the department of war. and to enter Sec. 4. The said agents, as soon as may be, after in a book the the locations, surveys and allotments are made and each location completed, shall enter, in regular order, in a book, to and survey. be by them provided for that purpose, the bounds of
each location and survey between the said two rivers, annexing the name of the officer, non-commissioned officer or private originally entitled to each ; which entries being certified by the said agents, or the majority of them, to be true entries, the book containing the same shall be filed in the office of the secretary of
state. President to Sec. 5. It shall be lawful for the President of the cause letters United States, to cause letters' patent to be made patent to be
out in such words and form as he shall devise and die made out to those entitled rect, granting to such person so originally entitled to to bounty bounty lands, to his use, and to the use of his heirs lands.
or assigns, or his or their legal representative or representatives, his, her or their heirs or assigns, the lands
designated in the said entries : Provided always, That Forms, in is- before the seal of the United States shall be affixed suing the patent.
to such letters patent, the secretary of the department of war shall have indorsed thereon, that the grantee, therein named was originally entitled to such bounty lands, and that he has examined the bounds thereof with the book of entries filed in the office of the se. cretary of state, and finds the same truly inserted; and every such letters patent shall be countersigned by the secretary of state, and a minute of the date thereof, and of the name of the grantee, shall be entered of record in his office, in a book to be specially
provided for the purpose. Secretary of Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of the secretary of state to trans- state, as soon as may be after the letters patent shall mit the patent be so completed and entered of record, to transmit tive of Vir- the same to the executive of the state of Virginia, to ginia. be by them delivered to each grantee ; or in case of
his death, or that the right of the grantees shall have
been legally transferred before such delivery, then to his legal representative or representatives, or to one of them. *
Sec. 7. No fees shall be charged for such letters Letters papatent and record, to the grantees, their heirs or as, tent obtained signs, or to his or their legal representative or repre, without feas. sentatives.
Sec. 1. All and every officer and soldier of the 111. 62. Virginia line, on continental establishment, his or 9th June, their heirs or assigns, entitled to bounty lands on the 1794.
Officers and north-west side of the river Ohio, between the Scio- soldiers of ta and little Miami rivers, by the laws of the state of Virginia line, Virginia, and included in the terms of cession of the how to ob
tain patents. said state to the United States, shall, on producing the warrant, or a certified copy thereof, and a certificate under the seal of the office where the said war. rants are legally kept, that the same, or a part thereof, remains unsatisfied, and on producing the survey, agreeably to the laws of Virginia, for the tract or to produce tracts to which he or they may be entitled, as afore- survey to sesaid, to the secretary of the department of war, such cretary of officer and soldier, his or their heirs or assigns, shall war. be entitled to, and receive a patent for the same from the President of the United States, any thing in any former law to the contrary notwithstanding : Provid. ed, That no letters patent shall be issued for a greater quantity of land, than shall appear to remain due on such warrant, and that, before the seal of the United States shall be affixed to such letters patent, the secre. tary of the department of war shall have endorsed thereon, that the grantee therein named, or the person Patents to be under whom he claims, was originally entitled to such endorsed by bounty lands, and every such letters patent shall be him, countersigned by the secretary of state, and a minute signed by seof the date thereof, and the name of the grantee, shall cretary of be entered of record in his office, in a book to be specially provided for that purpose.
The third, fourth and sixth sections of this act never carried into effect, and virtually repealed by the first section of the following act, of 9th June, 1794.
VI. 59. Sec. 1. It shall be lawful, and the proper officer 13th May, is hereby authorised to issue patents on surveys, which 1800. Provision for
have been, or may be made within the territory resatisfying re- served by the state of Virginia, north-west of the river solution war- Ohio, and being part of her cession to Congress, on rants for Vir: warrants for military services, issued in ginia military
any resolution of the legislature of that state, previous to the passing of this act, in favor of persons who had served in the Virginia line, on the continental esta
blishment: Provided, That the whole quantity of Toan amount not exceed- land for which patents shall issue, by virtue of this ing 60,000
act, shall not exceed sixty thousand acres; and that acres.
the surveys aforesaid shall be completed and deposit. ed in the office of the secretary of war, on or before
the first day of December, one thousand eight hunEntries under dred and three: And provided also, That this
act shall these war. not give any force or validity to the entries, locations rants not va. or surveys, heretofore made in pursuance of these lid, so far as warrants, so far as such entries, locations or surveys with entries interfere, in any manner, with those of persons claim. under former ing the same lands under entries, locations or surveys warrants. heretofore made in pursuance of warrants, granted by
the state of Virginia, to the officers and soldiers in the
line of that state on continental establishment. In case of Sec. 2. In every case of interfering claims under eviction, war. military warrants, to lands within the territory so rerants may be served by the state of Virginia, when either party to and located such claims shall lose, or be evicted from the land, elsewhere. every such party shall have a right, and hereby is au
thorised to withdraw his, her or their warrant, re. spectively, to the amount of such loss or eviction, and to enter, survey and patent the same, on any vacant land within the bounds aforesaid, and in the same manner as other warrants may be entered, surveyed and patented.
VII. 83. 3d March, Sec. 8. Where any warrants, granted by the state 1803.
of Virginia, for military services, have been surveyPatents, how to be obtained ed on the north-west side of the river Ohio, between when the the Sciota and the little Miami rivers, and the said warrants are warrants, or the plats and certificates of survey made lost or de
thereon, hart becn lost or destroyed, the persons en
titled to the said land may obtain a patent therefor, by producing a certified duplicate of the warrant from the land office of Virginia, or of the plat and certific cate of survey, from the office of the surveyor in which the same was recorded, and giving satisfactory proof, to the secretary of war, by his affidavit, or otherwise, of the loss or destruction of said warrant, or plat and certificate of survey.
Sec. 1. The line run, under the direction of the 23 March
; surveyor-general of the United States, from the source 1804. of the little Miami, towards the source of the Sciota, Western and which binds on the east the surveys of the lands boundary of the United States, shall, together with its course Virginia mili. continued to the Sciota river, be considered and held tary donation as the westerly boundary line, north of the source of lands fixed, the little Miami, of the territory reserved by the state of Virginia, between the little Miami and Sciota ri. vers, for the use of the officers and soldiers of the continental line of that state: Providid, That the state of Virginia shall, within two years after the passing of if recognised this act, recognize such linc as the boundary of the by Virginia. said territory
Sec. 2. All the officers and soldiers, or their legal re- Officers and presentatives, who are entitled to bounty lands within soldiers to the above mentioned reserved territory, shall compleat their loca. their locations within three years after the passing of tions in three this act; and every such officer and soldier, or his legal years, representative, whose bounty land has or shall have been located within that part of the said territory, to which the Indian title has been extinguished, shall make re. and make return of his or * their surveys to the secretary of the turns of their department of war, within five years after the passing secretary of of this act, and shall also exhibit and file with the said war in kve secretary, and within the same time, the original war. years. rant or warrants, under which he claims, or a certi. fied copy thereof, under the seal of the office, where
Warrants the said warrants are legally kept; which warrant, or filed to be evi. certified copy thereof, shall be sufficient evidence, dence of title.
Time for making locations extended, by subsequent laws, to 16th March, 1915; and that for returning surveys, to 16th March, 1817.