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Courtney-Lazell Family Papers

Collection Number: A&M 1875


The collection includes photocopies of land grants (1798, 1801, 1802, and 1832), treasury warrant records (1779-1780), survey maps, and property maps (two originals, ca. 1966) relating to landholdings, family farms, and tracts in Monongalia County, West Virginia containing Pittsburgh coal seams owned by Thomas Lazzell, Robert Courtney, Michael Courtney, and their descendants in Monongalia County, West Virginia. There are also photocopies of church baptism records (1756-1825) and a War of 1812 militia payroll record (including the company commanded by Captain Robert Courtney); and there are several genealogy charts and correspondence regarding court records, repository materials, and family history (1963-1966). Material covers the years 1756-1994.


  • Creation: 1966-1994


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Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.

Biographical / Historical

In 1779 the Virginia Land Office was established by the General Assembly. The Office was headed by a Register who was responsible for the procedure for obtaining waste and unappropriated lands. Under this legislation any person could buy as much land as desired, priced at forty pounds per 100 acres. A warrant was issued by the Register, authorizing a surveyor to lay off the land. The purchaser or warrantee entered a claim to the land by depositing the warrant with the surveyor of the county where the land was located. After the completion of the survey, the warrantee returned the land warrant and survey to the Land Office. The papers were filed for at least six months. If no caveat was entered, the plat and a certificate of survey were recorded and the grant was issued by the Register. After the grant was written it was signed by the Governor, sealed, recorded, and delivered to the grantee.

Reference: Library of Virginia website section: About Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants/Northern Neck and Surveys.


0.1 Linear Feet (Summary: 1/2 in. (42 pages in one folder) (all photocopies except for two maps and one letter))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Courtney-Lazell Family Papers, 1756-1994
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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US