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Records of the Commission which sold lands seized from Loyalists during the American Revolution through the abolishment of their civil rights and confiscation of their property. In Westchester County, this land primarily belonged to Frederick Philipse and his Philipsburg Manor. Entries include the name of the buyer, the amount paid, and the property boundaries. The volume ends with a description of the capture of Major André and the land presented to one of his captors as a reward (pages 137-141).

 

For ease of reference, a name index has been created for each purchaser named in the Proceedings (the handwritten index in the book itself is not in exact alphabetical order and has not been transcribed). This name index is the best way to find the purchase document(s) associated with a particular individual. Additional references to these same individuals and others may be found throughout the Proceedings, and have been indexed in this collection because the property boundaries were described by referring to property owners.

 

For a visual overview of the division of Philipsburgh Manor in what became the city of Yonkers and the town of Greenburgh, see the "Map of [the southern] part of the Manor of Philipsburgh..." revised in 1880 by M.K. Couzens, which shows the owners and acreage of the parcels sold in those communities.

 

See the New York State Archives for additional information on forfeited estates in New York State.

 
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