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Friday, October 5, 2012

Sales of Forfeited Property in Kings Co. Deeds, Lib. 6

Volume 6 of Kings County, New York Deeds includes abstracts of the sales of land that was forfeited by and confiscated from Loyalists after the Revolutionary War. They are found in volume 6 between pages 44 and 45. Here are digital images of the six pages.

Kings Co. Deeds Lib 6 Forfeitures

The abstracts include the following (in order of appearance):
Forfeited By               Sold To
Abraham Rapalje       Alexander Whaley
John Rapalje              Comfort and Joshua Sands
not stated                   Aquila Giles
John Rapalje              Henry Will and John Maley
John Rapalje              John Johnson
John Rapalje              James Bates
not stated                   Aquila Giles
Volkert Spring*          John Lawrence
John Rapalje              Morgan Lewis
not stated                   Samuel Striker
John Rapalje              Malachi Treat

*The surname "Spring" may be an error for Sprong.

Six of the forfeitures involve land that belonged to John Rapalje. He fled the area during the Revolution and went to England, taking with him many of the records of the Reformed Dutch Church at Brooklyn. The records, which would have contained many baptisms from about the year 1720 up to the Revolutionary War period, have never been seen since. The missing records have created some terrific challenges for researchers trying to re-construct families from colonial Kings County.

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