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List of New York Patents and Paper Towns

Between 1765 and 1776, the colony of New York issued 107 patents of town-sized parcels of land in what is now called the state of Vermont. Most were issued after New Hampshire stopped selling its own grants of Vermont land. Twenty-four were never given town names. Of the remaining 83 patents, only five towns would remain with their names unchanged. Twenty more were reissues of New Hampshire grants. The remainder -- fifty eight patents -- were little more than tiny short-termed settlements, if that. Since they really only existied on paper, they were called "Paper Towns".

Township 
(Other names and Description)
Present
County
Charter 
Date 
Paper 
Town?
(James) Abeel tract (Jamaica-Wardsboro)
(John) Adair tract (Athens)
Windham
Windham
September 4, 1770
March 16, 1767
(Humphrey) Avery tract (Lincoln-Warren) Addison September 6, 1774
(Samuel) Avery tract (Ripton-Hancock) Addison August 16, 1774
Bamf (Sutton-Sheffield-Wheelock) Caledonia December 24,1774 Yes
Beekman (North Hero) North Hero March 27, 1769 Yes
(Adolphus) Benzel tracts (Addison-New Haven) Addison March 13, 1771
Besborough (Lyndon-St. Johnsbury) Caledonia March 29, 1770 Yes
Bradford (Mooretown) Orange May 3, 1770 
Camden (Jamaica-Dover-Wardsboro) Windham November 13, 1769 Yes
Cavendish Windsor June 6, 1772 
Charlotte (Chelsea, not same as Charlotte) Orange March 13, 1770 Yes
Chester (same as Chester) Windsor July 14, 1766
Chimney Point (Addison) Addison March 26, 1771 Yes
(Ebenezer) Cole tract (Shaftsbury) Bennington March 13, 1771
Corinth (same as Corinth) Orange March 2, 1772
Deerfield (Burlington-Richmond-Williston) Chittenden June 20, 1771 Yes
Dunmore (Concord-St. Johnsbury)
Durham (Clarendon-Wallingford)
Essex-Caledonia
Rutland
August 8, 1770
January 7, 1772
Yes
Yes
(Philip) Embury tract (Arlington) Bennington October 31, 1765
Eugene (Pawlet-Rupert) Bennington-Rutland June 14, 1771 Yes
(William) Farquhar tract (Benson) Rutland September 8, 1770
Fincastle (Sherburne-Stockbridge) Rutland-Windsor June 11, 1771 Yes
Gageborough (Vershire) Orange May 10, 1770 Yes
(Harry) Gordon tract (Fletcher-Fairfield)
(Peter) Gordon tract (Fletcher-Fairfield)
Franklin
Franklin
September 1, 1774
December 1, 1774
Grand Isle (South Hero-Grand-Isle) Grand Isle July 11, 1769  Yes
Halesborough (Danville-Walden) Caledonia June 12, 1771 Yes
Hertford (same as Hertford) Windsor July 23, 1766
Hillsborough (Danville-Walden) Caledonia August 10, 1770 Yes
Hoosick (Hoosack, Bennington-Pownal)
(Thomas) Howard tract (Vernon)
Bennington
Windham
June 2, 1688
November 23, 1771
Yes
Hulton (Shrewsbury-Mt. Holly) Rutland August 1, 1770 Yes
Isle La Motte (same as sle La Motte) Grand Isle June 27, 1786 Yes
Kellybrook (Fletcher) Franklin July 20, 1774 Yes
Kelso (Ira-Clarendon-W. Rutland)
Kempeton (Orange)
Kent (same as above)
Rutland
Orange
Windham
May 21, 1770
November 24, 1769
February 13, 1770
Yes
Yes
Kersborough (Concord) Essex October 13, 1770 Yes
Kilby (Berlin-Middlesex-Moretown)
King's College tract (Cambridge-Johnson)
Kingsborough (Calais-Plainfield-E. Montpelier)
Washington
Lamoille
Washington
July 3, 1771
August 16, 1774
June 25, 1770
Yes
Yes
Yes
Kingsland (Washington)
(John) Lawrence tract (Whiting)
Orange
Addison
March 14, 1770
November 17, 1772
Yes
Leinster (Glastenbury-Somerset-Woodford)
Leyden (Northfield)
Bennington-Windham
Washington
July 4, 1771
August 7, 1770
Yes
Yes
Mapleton (Bennington) Bennington March 24, 1762 Yes
(Alexander) McClure tract (Leicester-Salisbury)
Meath (Fairfield)
Mecklenbergh (Ferrisburg-Monkton)
Addison
Franklin
Addison
July 8, 1771
February 11, 1775
June 26, 1771

Yes
Yes
(Simon) Metcalf tract (Highgate) Franklin July 1, 1771
Middlesex (Randolph, not same as Middlesex) Orange January 22, 1770 Yes
Minto (Bolton-Richmond) Chittenden October 9, 1772 Yes
Moncton (Whiting, not same as below) Addison April 30, 1771 Yes
(James) Montressor (Panton)
Mooretown (Bradford,, not same as below)
Addison
Orange
June 14, 1771
May 3, 1770
Morrisfield (Cornwall-Middlebury) Addison June 21, 1771 Yes
(John) Munro tract (Arlington) Bennington March 19, 1771
(James) Napier tract (Arlington-Shaftsbury) Bennington October 13, 1765
New Fane (Newfane)
Newbrook (Barre-Berlin-Williamstown)
Windham
Orange-Washington
May 11, 1772
June 13, 1770

Yes
Newbury (same as Newbury) Orange March 19, 1772
Newry (Chittenden-Mendon-Shrewsbury) Rutland June 24, 1771 Yes
(Charles) Nicholl tract (Hubbardton)
(William) Nicholl tract (Shoreham)
Norby (Calais-Worcester)
Rutland
Addison
Washington
May 26, 1772
March 3, 1772
April 14, 1772
Yes
Penryn (Groton-Orange-Plainfield) Caledonia-Orange-Wash. March 10, 1772 Yes
Prattsburgh (Highgate-Swanton) Franklin JJuly 6, 1771 Yes
Princetown (Arlington-Dorset-Manchester) Addison-Bennington May 21, 1765 Yes
Putney (same as Putney) Windham November 14, 1766
Readesborough (Readsboro) Bennington April 24, 1770
Reading  (same as Reading) Windsor May 20, 1772
(John) Reid tract (New Haven-Weybridge)
Renssalaerwick (Pownal)
Addison
Bennington
June 7, 1771
November 4, 1685

Yes
Richmond (Poultney-Wells, not same as Richmond) Rutland June 28, 1771 Yes
Royalton Windsor November 13, 1769 
Rutland (Swanton-Sheldon, not same as Rutland) Franklin September 8, 1774 Yes
Ryegate  (same as Ryegate) Caledonia June 20, 1775
Saint Catherines (Poultney-Wells)
(John) St. Clair tract (Addison-Bridport)
Rutland
Addison
February 28, 1771
May 30, 1771
Yes
Saint George (Coventry, not same as St. George) Orleans November 10, 1774 Yes
Saltash (Plymouth, same as Plymouth) Windsor June 8, 1772
Sidney (Cabot-Marshfield)
Skenesborough (Fair Haven)
Smithfield (Bakersfield & Fairfield)
Washington
Rutland
Franklin
September 27, 1774
July 6, 1771
June 21, 1775
Yes
Yes
Socialborough (Pittsford-Rutland) Rutland April 3, 1771 Yes
Springfield (same as Springfield) Windsor May 25, 1772
Stannard (Goshen Gore) Caledonia November 1, 1798 
Sterling (Wheelock) Caledonia December 24,1774
Stratton (same as Stratton) Windham JAugust 22, 1775
Thirming (Canaan) Essex February 16, 1775 Yes
(John) Thompson tract Pawlet-Rupert) Bennington-Rutland June 19, 1775
Topsham Orange January 12, 1776
Townshend (Fairfield, not same as Townshend) Franklin June 5, 1772 Yes
Truro (Calais) Washington March 9, 1772 Yes
Underhill (same as above)
(Henry) Van Vleck tract (Castleton-Ira)
Chittenden
Rutland
November 13, 1775
November 16, 1772
Virgin Hall (Andover-Landgrove-Weston) Bennington-Windsor August 9, 1770 Yes
(Hugh) Wallace tract (Orwell) Addison July 31, 1770
Wallumschack (Bennington) Bennington June 15, 1739 Yes
Warrens Town (Athens, Warrenton, not Warren) Windham November 8, 1769 Yes
Weathersfield Windsor April 30, 1772
Westminister Windham March 26, 1772
Whippleborough (Lincoln-Starksboro) Addison October 28, 1775 Yes
Whitingham
Wickham (Brookfield-Randolph-Roxbury)
Windham
Orange-Washington
March 12, 1770
October 27, 1774

Yes
Windham (Berlin-Duxbury, not same as Windham) Washington March 25, 1772 Yes
Windsor  Windsor March 28, 1772
Woodstock Windsor June 3, 1772


The above information on the New York Patents and Paper Towns comes from the following sources:
Vermont State Papers, Volume VII
by Mary Greene Nye, 1947
Vermont Secretary of State Office
26 Terrace Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Colonial and Land Records
New York Secretary of State Office
Albany, New York

Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
(Second Printing)
by Esther Munroe Swift, published 1996
Vermont Historical Society
Montpelier Vermont


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