Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau of Archives and History
Pennsylvania State Archives
Below are links to scanned materials relative
to the Depreciation Land program in Pennsylvania. The program was enacted to
help reimburse Pennsylvania's Revolutionary War troops who had received depreciated
currency for their pay during the conflict. Veterans who had served in the Continental
forces in the Pennsylvania Line, Pennsylvania Navy, or who had been prisoners
of war, were eligible to receive what were known as "depreciation certificates."
Lands in the area immediately north of Pittsburgh, located between the Ohio
and Allegheny Rivers, were sold to raise money to underwrite these depreciation
certificates. The Depreciation Lands were divided into five districts, encompassing
present-day Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence Counties. For
a full synopsis of the Dpreciation Land program, please consult Donna Munger's
Pennsylvania Land Records - A History and Guide for Research, pages 159-162.
The volume contains three distinct sections, namely:
The listing of purchasers by surveyor district is organized by district and
arranged numerically by lot number, with the index grouped alphabetically by
surname of the patentee. The final section is grouped alphabetically by the
surname of the purchaser, then arranged numerically by depreciation ticket number.