In many of the documents, especially land records, you may come across reference to the Scriba Land Patent. This refers to the 500,000 acres of land acquired by George Scriba in the late 1700s. It is difficult to imagine a single individual owning such a vast amount of land today. To help with the visualization, note the 1794 map above (if you click on the map you can see a larger image).
Scriba, a German immigrant merchant and banker from New York City, served in the militia under General George Washington. We went on to acquire a vast amount of land, much of which originated from the Native Americans of the area. As you can see from the illustration above, this patent encompasses the entire north shore of Oneida Lake.