Watkins and Flint Purchase

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Map of the military lands in 1796; Watkins and Flint purchase in SW corner (numbered 1-12) NY-1796map.jpg
Map of the military lands in 1796; Watkins and Flint purchase in SW corner (numbered 1-12)

The Watkins and Flint Purchase is a tract of land, approximately 300,000 acres (1,200 km2), in the Southern Tier of New York State granted to John W. Watkins and Royal Flint and associates of New York City, in 1794, following an application to the New York Commissioners of the Land-Office in 1791. It is bounded on the north by the Central New York Military Tract, on the east by the Boston Ten Townships, on the west by the Preemption Line which separates it from the Phelps and Gorham Purchase and on the south by an east-west strip north of the Pennsylvania border at 42 degrees north (approximately), which was the original Township of Chemung.

Southern Tier Region in New York, United States

The Southern Tier is a geographic subregion of the broader Upstate New York region of New York State, consisting of counties west of the Catskill Mountains in Delaware County and geographically situated along or very near the northern border of Pennsylvania. Definitions of the region vary widely, but generally encompass localities in counties surrounding the Binghamton and Elmira-Corning metropolitan areas. This region is bordered to the south by the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and both these regions together are known as the Twin Tiers.

Central New York Military Tract

The Military Tract of Central New York, also called the New Military Tract, consisted of nearly two million acres (8,100 km2) of bounty land set aside in Central New York to compensate New York's soldiers after their participation in the Revolutionary War.

Boston Ten Townships

The Boston Ten Townships refers to an area of 230,400 acres (932 km²) in Tioga County and Broome County, New York State, between the Chenango River and Tioughnioga River and the west branch of Owego Creek, from the Susquehanna River about twenty-five miles northwards; it includes the northern half of the town of Owego and the towns of Newark Valley, Berkshire, and Richford in Tioga County, and a portion of the Broome County towns of Lisle, Nanticoke and Maine east of these. It is bounded on the west by the Watkins and Flint Purchase and a small portion of the original Chemung County, and on the north by the Central New York Military Tract. The boundary between Tioga County and Broome County is very irregular.

It was originally part of Tioga County and today includes parts of Schuyler County, Chemung County, Tioga County, and the Tompkins County towns of Newfield, Danby and Caroline (not including the northernmost line of lots, which was taken from the Central New York Military Tract town of Dryden).

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Tioga County is a county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 51,125. Its county seat is Owego. Its name derives from an American Indian word meaning "at the forks", describing a meeting place.

Schuyler County, New York County in the United States

Schuyler County is a county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,343, making it the second-least populous county in New York. The county seat is Watkins Glen. The name is in honor of General Philip Schuyler, one of the four major generals in the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War.

Newfield, New York Town in New York, United States

Newfield is a town in Tompkins County, New York, United States. The population was 5,179 at the 2010 census. The town's name is derived from the many unoccupied tracts of land that were once in the town.


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