This dataset was created from a volume listing quit rents due in Philadelphia County, 1 March 1688/9, held within the Penn Family Estates Collection at the American Philosophical Society Library. Quit rents (also quitrents or quit-rents) were fees collected by proprietors of the British colonies, in this case William Penn, to reinforce power and ownership over the land rented by farmers. They also represented a way for the English Crown to keep hold over the colonies. The dataset lists names of individuals and their status (first purchaser, renter, etc.), quantity of land in acres, dates of survey and dates of purchase, amount and form of payment of rent, and other details.
Time Period: Start Date of Data Collection
Time Period: End Date of Data Collection
Time Period: Start Date of Data Coverage
Time Period: End Date of Data Coverage
Date of this Version
Quit Rent Rolls, vol. 1, 1688/9. American Philosophical Society Library.
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American Philosophical Society; Nebiolo, Molly E.; and Heider, Cynthia, "Quit Rent Rolls in Philadelphia County (Penn Family Estates), Due 1688/9," 03/01/20 - 06/01/20. 43. Philadelphia, PA: McNeil Center for Early American Studies [distributor], 2020. https://repository.upenn.edu
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Date Posted:26 August 2020