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Did the revolutionary war affect ownership of ground rents granted 1749 and earlier in Pennsylvania?


The War itself did not change the legal structure of ground rents im Pennsylvania.  However, a number of wealthy loyalists had their property confiscated from them during the war as punishment.  This may have affected some specific ground rents.  The legal status of such ground rents was greatly altered in the 1850's when irredeemable ground rents were outlawed.

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Michael Troy


I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.


I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.


J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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