Quit Rents

Payment to land proprietors for the privilege of living on patented tracts of land.  These records are also called tax records, and or "debt books" in Maryland. Occasionally when a land was surveyed in Maryland, the patent was delayed until the owner gathered together enough money to pay the quit rents, because until the patent was recorded, quit rents were not collected.  The downside is that when the land was finally patented, quit rents could be assessed from the date of survey.