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West of Tennessee River Military

On October 19, 1818, the Chickasaw Indian Nation signed a treaty relinquishing to the United States all lands east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi state line in exchange for $300,000 at the rate of $20,000 annually for 15 years. The treaty was ratified by the U.S. Senate and confirmed by President James Monroe on January 7, 1819.

The states of Kentucky and Tennessee were enlarged by approximately 2,000 and 6,000 square miles, respectively. The Kentucky addition, running from the Tennessee River to the Mississippi River, became known as the Jackson Purchase. (Source: Hancock, Hunter M., "Jackson Purchase," published in The Kentucky Encyclopedia.)

A number of Revolutionary War soldiers, their heirs or assigns had settled in the Jackson Purchase without benefit of clear title to their land holdings. In 1820 the Kentucky General Assembly approved legislation that established a patenting process for using the Virginia Revolutionary War Warrants in the Jackson Purchase.

Disclaimer: The text of these Acts was entered manually; researchers should consult the published versions of the Virginia and Kentucky Acts for official use. Those Acts can be researched at the Kentucky History Center Library, the Department for Libraries and Archives, and the Supreme Court Law Library, all in Frankfort. Enrolled Bills and Governor's Journals (1792-1927) are available on microfilm at the Department for Libraries and Archives.