From land records online at the Kentucky Secretary of State's office -- results for the name 'Evans' (example below):
|23.)||Preemption Warrant #: 1500 Cropped Image |Original Scanned Image|
|Name: Evans, David||County: Monongalia|
|Type #1: Preemption||Acreage #1: 1000|
|Location/WaterCourse: Spring Creek||Assignee #1: McCleary, William|
|Issue Date: 4/3/1781|
Also from the Kentucky SOS office:
"Early Kentucky settlers who made an improvement and planted a crop prior to January 1, 1778, were entitled to a 400-acre certificate of settlement and could purchase an additional adjacent 1,000 acres under a preemption warrant. Persons who made an improvement and planted a crop in Kentucky County, Virginia from January 1, 1778, through May 1779 could purchase a 400-acre preemption warrant. This office maintains a database of settlers whom the Land Commission deemed qualified for Certificates of Settlement and Preemption Warrants."