Historic 1800's Land Documents Discovered
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From: Lynda Webster
Date: Sun Mar 2, 2003 12:53:24 PM US/Eastern
Subject: [NCROOTS] Fw: WNC Speculation Lands
Thought some of you might find this of interest.
According to Dan Pierce, a Southern history expert and
UNCA professor, "Among historians of early America
there is an important and hotly debated set of
questions about how people got land, who controlled
the land and what that means. And among
Appalachian historians there's been a recent debate
about land ownership. There's a notion, which helped
to build beliefs about Appalachian heritage, that
everybody owned their own land, but in recent years that
notion has been challenged." His comment was in
reference to a recent discovery in Hendersonville, NC.
Some 800 historic documents that had been locked in
a safe for decades relating to land ownership in
Western North Carolina have been purchased with
donated funds by UNCA from a private individual. The
documents dating to the early 1800s represent work by
a family who were land surveyors and agents fo the
Speculation Lands, 400,000 acres that were
bought for resale by native Philadelphian Tench Coxe in
1795-96. He was one of the wealthy and politically
powerful land speculators operating after the
The records will help analyze land
acquisition/distribution, gold mining, and international
banking practices. The find includes maps, land
surveys and notes, deeds, ledgers, and letters of
correspondence with foreign investors. Among
signatures in the collection are those of Samuel Ashe,
who was the NC governor in 1795-98; Pierre Estienne
DuPonceau, who fought with Washington at Valley
Forge; and Smith Thompson, the US Supreme Court
judge who presided in the Amistad Case. I am thrilled
to know of the discovery since my direct line paternal
ancestor was also a surveyor in the area at that time.
Ramsey Library Special Collections
The Transylvania Times, Brevard, NC
Issue of Monday, February 24, 2003, Page 10A
I would love to see the actual documents!
Great discovery!!! Wonder what else is 'out-there'??
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