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Title Towns: Bennington: Surveyor's field book, 1765
Dates of Creation 1761-65
Scope & Content Eleven page typed transcription of survey notes by an unknown New York surveyor dated between September 20, 1761 and 1765. Many pages of the original are dated with a detail of the area surveyed on that day. The transcription starts with 1765 and then on page 12 of the original document there seems to be a date of May 6, 1761, earlier than the preceding material. Places mentioned include Bennington and Pownal, Vermont; Saratoga, Cambridge, Pittstown and Hoosic, New York; the Batten KIll; Paggumpekack Creek and the Green Mountains. There are descriptions of the quality of the land) e.g., "4 or 5000 acres of vast & useless mountains"), physical features, types of trees, people encountered, and size of some New York patents. This is clearly a New York surveyor based on language used (patents and "manor") and one recorded comment by a land owner indicating willingness to "take a Patent under New York provided they can have all the quantity they have bought."
Administrative/Biographical History An early survey leading to the 1765 land dispute with New York and the formation of the Green Mountain Boys. Original is 2016.22.7.
Related People Bleeker, Jonathan
Colden, David
Garner, Paul
Hicks, Edward
hicks, George
Pratt, Noel
Slawtor, Michael
Smith, John
Snyder, Hendrick
Sweet, Jonathan
Sweet, Samuel
Wood, Ebenezer
Wood, John
Credit line Bequest of Hall Park McCullough
Catalog Number 2009.163.113.1