Blunston licenses

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Based on Helms Research Group.
Additional data, including an indication of where the property involved was located, is presented in Donahoo, 1930.

Discussion

At the time of his death in 1718 William Penn, the Propriator of Pennsylvania, had not obtained at treaty with the Indians to permit settlement in western Old Chester County. [1] As a result, his descendants were not sure they had authority to issue Land Patents or other deeds. Effectively, the Pennsylvania Land Office was closed. This did not stop the tide of immigrants to the area, who choose to settle (squat) whether they had permission to do so or not. This circumstance persisted for the next fifteen years. In 1730 the Penns gave Samuel Blunston authority to issue land deeds in the form of Licenses. These were called "Blunston Licenses". They were really promissory notes to issue a proper deed whenever they were able to do so legally.

A listing of the so-called "Blunston Licenses" is given at Index to the Blunston Licenses.

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