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From the earliest years of its history, the United States has had programs for making land available to its citizens at no cost or a very low price. For example, many veterans of the Revolutionary War received free land as reward or payment for their service to their country.

Many of the records of the conveyance of Federal government land to private citizens under a number of programs (such as the Homestead Act) have been maintained by the General Land Office (GLO) of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The GLO has recently posted these records on a website along with a search function for the records. A search of the GLO website for the Grimshaws who received Federal land found 41 recipients of Federal land in 17 states.

Tabulation of Grimshaws Who Received Federal Land

Additional Information on the General Land Office Website

More Detail on the Records for Grimshaws Who Got Federal Land

Frequently Asked Questions on the GLO Webpage

Tabulation of Grimshaws Who Received Federal Land

The GLO website for conducting searches is at www.glorecords.blm.gov. The results of the search for Grimshaws are shown in Table 1, which has 63 entries (a separate search for “Grinshaw” found no entries). A total of 41 Grimshaws (some of them received more than one grant) received land in 17 states:

 

ArkansasMississippiOhio
CaliforniaMissouriOregon
IdahoMontanaSouth Dakota
IllinoisNebraskaUtah
LouisianaNew MexicoWisconsin
MinnesotaNorth Dakota 

Most of the grants were in sections (160 acres) or half or quarter sections (80 or 40 acres). Additional information on these grants is provided further down on this webpage. Many of the Grimshaws who received land are described on other webpages on this website. Links to these webpages will be provided in the future.

Table 1. List of Grimshaws who received land from the U.S. Government, as indicated by a search of the GLO website. Note that George and Jonathan Grimshaw received multiple grants in Mississippi and Missouri.

 

No Last First ST County Acres Issue Date Land Office 
1Grimshaw George AR Drew 19207/28/1838 Helena 
2Grimshaw Benjamin CA Merced 159.627/1/1861 ** 
3Grimshaw Jonathan W CA Solano 1602/1/1868 ** 
4Grimshaw George H ID Washington 803/30/1908Idaho 
5Grimshaw John N IL Pike 4011/3/1840 Quincy 
6Grimshaw John W IL Pike 808/6/1838 Quincy 
7Grimshaw Gideon F LA Caldwell 79.837/1/1859 Monroe 
8Grimshaw Walter E LA La Salle 120.2110/20/1902New
Orleans 
9Grimshaw Benjamin MN Steele 406/1/1859 Winona 
10Grimshaw George W MN Wadena 406/1/1859 Winona 
11Grimshaw Henry MN Polk 805/4/1885 St. Cloud 
12Grimshaw John N MN St. Louis 402/25/1896 Crookston 
13Grimshaw Samuel MN Hinds 804/15/1875 Duluth 
14Grimshaw George MI Hinds 42.289/25/1835 Mt. Salus 
15Grimshaw George MI Hinds 80.039/25/1835 Mt. Salus 
16Grimshaw George MI Hinds 40.019/25/1835 Mt. Salus 
17Grimshaw George MI Hinds 84.569/25/1835 Mt. Salus 
18Grimshaw George MI Hinds 84.5910/20/1835 Mt. Salus 
19Grimshaw George MI Hinds 84.5610/20/1835 Mt. Salus 
20Grimshaw George MI Hinds 80.032/20/1837 Mt. Salus 
21Grimshaw George MI Hinds 84.562/10/1840 Mt. Salus 
22Grimshaw George MI Hinds 80.032/10/1840 Mt. Salus 
23Grimshaw George MI Hinds 84.592/10/1840 Mt. Salus 
24Grimshaw George MI Hinds 81.627/20/1826 Jackson 
25Grimshaw George MI Hinds 79.8711/1/1836 Jackson 
26Grimshaw George MI Hinds 84.564/1/1831 Mt. Salus 
27Grimshaw George MI Hinds 80.064/1/1831 Mt. Salus 
28Grimshaw George MI Hinds 80.031/10/1832 Mt. Salus 
29Grimshaw Jonathan MO Bates 40.6957/5/1866 Booneville 
30Grimshaw Jonathan MO Bates, Vernon 40.47/5/1866 Booneville 
31Grimshaw Jonathan MO Bates 407/5/1866 Booneville 
32Grimshaw Jonathan MO Bates 407/5/1866 Booneville 
33Grimshaw Jonathan MO Bates 4010/10/1866 Booneville 
34Grimshaw Jonathan MO Bates 4010/10/1866 Booneville 
35Grimshaw Jonathan MO Bates 4010/10/1866 Booneville 
36Grimshaw Jesse W MT Carbon 3204/5/1920Billings 
37Grimshaw Edward S NE Arthur 477.766/27/1913North Platte 
38Grimshaw Fitzhugh L NM Lincoln 6405/21/1938Las Cruces 
39Grimshaw James Henry ND Williams 1606/26/1911Williston 
40Grimshaw Michael H ND Divide 1606/25/1913Williston 
41Grimshaw Ragnhild ND Divide 316.028/1/1918Williston 
42Grimshaw William C ND Divide 1606/5/1911Williston 
43Grimshaw Richard OH Scioto 38.682/1/1851 Chillicothe 
44Grimshaw John W OR Lane 1604/12/1921Roseburg 
45Grimshaw Leonard H OR Lane 156.81/30/1923Roseburg 
46Grimshaw Lloyd M OR Linn 1604/17/1907Roseburg 
47Grimshaw Edward S SD McCook 1604/2/1901Mont.State Off. 
48Grimshaw George T SD Lyman 16010/12/1908Chamberlain 
49Grimshaw Kate E SD Pennington 1609/19/1889 Mont.State Off. 
50Grimshaw Mae SD Clark 1601/18/1896 Mont.State Off. 
51Grimshaw Winton SD Corson 1601/18/1919Lemmon 
52Grimshaw Arnold UT Iron 32010/13/1924Salt Lake City 
53Grimshaw Clarence UT Beaver 1601/13/1922Salt Lake City 
54Grimshaw Estella Jones UT Iron 320.85/12/1931Salt Lake City 
55Grimshaw George W UT Iron 2407/6/1927Salt Lake City 
56Grimshaw L W UT Iron 158.565/9/1929Salt Lake City 
57Grimshaw Randolph UT Iron 2807/21/1922Salt Lake City 
58Grimshaw Ray UT Iron 16012/26/1913Salt Lake City 
59Grimshaw William H UT Iron 1609/14/1911Salt Lake City 
60Grimshaw Andrew B WI Juneau 4010/15/1908Wausau 
61Grimshaw Eli WI Monroe 8011/25/1879 La Crosse 
62Grimshaw Henry WI Waukesha 409/10/1844 Milwaukee 
63Grimshaw Robert WI Clark 809/5/1866 La Crosse 

**Assigned for Automation

Additional Information on the General Land Office Website

The GLO website provides the following information in the introduction.


The Official Federal Land Patent Records Site

Welcome to the new Bureau of Land Management (http://www.blm.gov), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site. We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. We also provide image access to more than two million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Images of Serial patents (land titles issued between 1908 and the mid-1960’s) are currently being added to this web site. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States.

Search Federal Land Patents Databases

This site offers researchers a source of information on the initial transfer of land titles from the Federal government to individuals. In addition to verifying title transfer, this information will allow the researcher to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) and time (Issue Date).

Obtain Certified Copies of Land Patents

With our on-line shopping cart, users may request certified copies of land patents electronically or through the mail. To search for land patents, click on Search Land Patents on the menu near the top of the page. A series of pages will guide you through viewing and ordering land patents.

More Detail on the Records for Grimshaws Who Got Federal Land

Table 2 contains additional information, including General Land Office document references, on the 63 entries presented in Table 1.

Table 2. Tabulation of 63 entries showing reserves, authority for granting the land, and document reference numbers at the GLO.

 

No

 

Last

 

First

 

ST

 

U.S. Reserv.

 

 

Mineral Reserv.

 

Authority

 

Document No.

 

Accession/ Serial No

 

BLM Serial No

 

1

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

AR

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

3218

 

AR1680_.126

 

AR NO S/N

 

2

 

Grimshaw

 

Benjamin

 

CA

 

No

 

No

 

(2)

 

76214

 

CACAAA 108272

 

CACAAA 108272

 

3

 

Grimshaw

 

Jonathan W

 

CA

 

No

 

No

 

(2)

 

104358

 

CACAAA 034396

 

CACAAA 034396

 

4

 

Grimshaw

 

George H

 

ID

 

Yes

 

No

 

(1)

 

3973

 

IDIDAA 016062

 

IDIDAA 016063

 

5

 

Grimshaw

 

John N

 

IL

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

6446

 

IL3980_.311

 

IL NO S/N

 

6

 

Grimshaw

 

John W

 

IL

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

832

 

IL3980_.411

 

IL NO S/N

 

7

 

Grimshaw

 

Gideon F

 

LA

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

18813

 

LA1180_.267

 

LA NO S/N

 

8

 

Grimshaw

 

Walter E

 

LA

 

 

 

No

 

(3)

 

10442

 

LA1510_.149

 

LA NO S/N

 

9

 

Grimshaw

 

Benjamin

 

MN

 

 __

 

No

 

(1)

 

3473

 

MN1200_.203

 

MN NO S/N

 

10

 

Grimshaw

 

George W

 

MN

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

3598

 

MN1200_.283

 

MN NO S/N

 

11

 

Grimshaw

 

Henry

 

MN

 

 

 

No

 

(3)

 

5481

 

MN2010_.045

 

MN NO S/N

 

12

 

Grimshaw

 

John N

 

MN

 

 

 

No

 

(3)

 

8633

 

MN0570_.149

 

MN NO S/N

 

13

 

Grimshaw

 

Samuel

 

MN

 

 

 

No

 

(3)

 

267

 

MN0850_.250

 

MN NO S/N

 

14

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

10439

 

MS0270_.250

 

MS NO S/N

 

15

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

10440

 

MS0270_.251

 

MS NO S/N

 

16

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

10469

 

MS0300_.204

 

MS NO S/N

 

17

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

11470

 

MS0300_.205

 

MS NO S/N

 

18

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

14018

 

MS0350_.079

 

MS NO S/N

 

19

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

14019

 

MS0350_.080

 

MS NO S/N

 

20

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

14020

 

MS0370_.021

 

MS NO S/N

 

21

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

15571

 

MS0390_.186

 

MS NO S/N

 

22

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

15572

 

MS0390_.187

 

MS NO S/N

 

23

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

16984

 

MS1880_.069

 

MS NO S/N

 

24

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

1971

 

MS-110_.487

 

MS NO S/N

 

25

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

2294

 

MS0121_.397

 

MS NO S/N

 

26

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

4284

 

MS0171_.049

 

MS NO S/N

 

27

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

4285

 

MS0170_.050

 

MS NO S/N

 

28

 

Grimshaw

 

George

 

MI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

5013

 

MS0180_.335

 

MS NO S/N

 

29

 

Grimshaw

 

Jonathan

 

MO

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

39043

 

MO3240_.211

 

MO SO S/N

 

30

 

Grimshaw

 

Jonathan

 

MO

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

39044

 

MO3240_.212

 

MO SO S/N

 

31

 

Grimshaw

 

Jonathan

 

MO

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

39045

 

MO3240_.213

 

MO SO S/N

 

32

 

Grimshaw

 

Jonathan

 

MO

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

39050

 

MO3240_.218

 

MO SO S/N

 

33

 

Grimshaw

 

Jonathan

 

MO

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

39161

 

MO3240_.295

 

MO SO S/N

 

34

 

Grimshaw

 

Jonathan

 

MO

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

39162

 

MO3240_.296

 

MO SO S/N

 

35

 

Grimshaw

 

Jonathan

 

MO

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

39163

 

MO3240_.297

 

MO SO S/N

 

36

 

Grimshaw

 

Jesse W

 

MT

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

12347

 

743257

 

MTBIL 0012347

 

37

 

Grimshaw

 

Edward S

 

NE

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

2564

 

280490

 

NENP 0002564

 

38

 

Grimshaw

 

Fitzhugh L

 

NM

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

(4)

 

 

 

NMLC 00048262

 

NMLC 00048263

 

39

 

Grimshaw

 

James Henry

 

ND

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

(1)

 

9272

 

211466

 

NDWLN 0009272

 

40

 

Grimshaw

 

Michael H

 

ND

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

(3)

 

9493

 

343940

 

NDWLN 0009493

 

41

 

Grimshaw

 

Ragnhild

 

ND

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

(3)

 

20744

 

642755

 

NDWLN 0020744

 

42

 

Grimshaw

 

William C

 

ND

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

(3)

 

9492

 

203578

 

NDWLN 0007492

 

43

 

Grimshaw

 

Richard

 

OH

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

17217

 

OPH1420_.111

 

OH NO S/N

 

44

 

Grimshaw

 

John W

 

OR

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

10965

 

806118

 

ORR 0010965

 

45

 

Grimshaw

 

Leonard H

 

OR

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

 

 

894301

 

ORR 0011972

 

46

 

Grimshaw

 

Lloyd M

 

OR

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

5954

 

ORRAA 041626

 

ORRAA 041626

 

47

 

Grimshaw

 

Edward S

 

SD

 

No

 

No

 

(3)

 

12125

 

SDMTAA 104548

 

SDMTAA 104548

 

48

 

Grimshaw

 

George T

 

SD

 

No

 

No

 

(3)

 

771

 

21342

 

SDMTAA 046866

 

49

 

Grimshaw

 

Kate E

 

SD

 

No

 

No

 

(1)

 

1662

 

SDMTAA 005296

 

SDMTAA 005296

 

50

 

Grimshaw

 

Mae

 

SD

 

No

 

No

 

(2)

 

1748

 

SDMTAA 115195

 

SDMTAA 115195

 

51

 

Grimshaw

 

Winton

 

SD

 

Yes

 

No

 

(1)

 

25830

 

660370

 

SDLEM 0025830

 

52

 

Grimshaw

 

Arnold

 

UT

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

 

 

946195

 

UTSL 0018485

 

53

 

Grimshaw

 

Clarence

 

UT

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

 

 

842758

 

UTSL 0017586

 

54

 

Grimshaw

 

Estella Jones

 

UT

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

 

 

1046390

 

UTSL 0026406

 

55

 

Grimshaw

 

George W

 

UT

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

 

 

1004872

 

UTSL 0031538

 

56

 

Grimshaw

 

L W

 

UT

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

 

 

UTSL 0036489

 

UTSL 0036489

 

57

 

Grimshaw

 

Randolph

 

UT

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

 

 

873367

 

UTSL 0015989

 

58

 

Grimshaw

 

Ray

 

UT

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

3818

 

374252

 

UTSL 0003818

 

59

 

Grimshaw

 

William H

 

UT

 

Yes

 

No

 

(3)

 

2073

 

224793

 

UTSL 0002073

 

60

 

Grimshaw

 

Andrew B

 

WI

 

 

 

No

 

(3)

 

6541

 

22364

 

WI NO S/N

 

61

 

Grimshaw

 

Eli

 

WI

 

 

 

No

 

(3)

 

3983

 

WI1080_.476

 

WI NO S/N

 

62

 

Grimshaw

 

Henry

 

WI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

11783

 

WI2700_.229

 

WI NO S/N

 

63

 

Grimshaw

 

Robert

 

WI

 

 

 

No

 

(1)

 

16888

 

WI0940_.118

 

WI NO S/N

 


 

(1) April 24, 1820: Sale – Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)

(2) March 17, 1842: Scrip or Nature of Scrip (5 Stat. 60-7)

(3) May 20, 1862: Homestead Entry Original (12 Stat. 392)

(4) December 29, 1916: Homestead Entry – Stock Raising (39 Stat. 862)

Frequently Asked Questions

The following detail is provided on the GLO website — in the “Frequently Asked Questions” webpage. (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/FAQ.asp#26)

What’s a land patent?

Land patents document the transfer of land ownership from the federal government to individuals. Our land patent records include the information recorded when ownership was transferred.

 

What are public lands?

The term public land means any lands and interest which title is still vested in the Federal Government. The Secretary of the Interior through the BLM administers those lands within the several states.

 

Where are the Public Land States?

Those states created out of the public domain are the lands now embraced in the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, IowaKansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, WashingtonWisconsin, and Wyoming.

 

What are vacant public lands?

These are public domain lands that have never left Federal ownership and have not been reserved, withdrawn, dedicated or set aside for a certain purpose. These lands are mostly in the 11 Western states (LINK FOR STATE OFFICE PAGE) although there are scattered parcels throughout each of the eastern public lands States. The Eastern States field offices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Jackson, Mississippi have information about lands that may be available for sale.

 

Why are there no public lands in the thirteen colonies and other states in the east?

In the very early years of the United States, the Congress of the Confederation declared it would sell or grant the unclaimed lands in “the West” (given up by the States to the United States) for the common benefit of the United States. The States gave up their claims to what is now Alabama, Michigan, part of Minnesota, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The United States could then sell this unclaimed land to raise money for the Treasury. In turn, the United States gave up its claims to any land within the boundaries of the Colonies.

 

How was the land sold or disposed of?

The land was disposed of by the authority of many acts of Congress – sale, homesteads, military warrants for military service, timber culture, mining, etc. One of the primary purposes of these public land laws was to encourage people from the East to move West. In the early 1800’s people could buy public land for $1.25 an acre. For a time, they could buy up to 640 acres under this law. The sale of public land under the “Cash Act” is no longer in effect. Several Military Warrant Acts granted public land to soldiers instead of pay. These acts have been repealed. The Homestead Act of 1862, allowed people to settle up to 160 acres of public land if they lived on it for five years and grew crops or made improvements. This land did not cost anything per acre, but the settler did pay a filing fee. This act is no longer in effect.

 

What other land records does BLM maintain?

This office maintains the original survey plats and field notes for eight of the Eastern public land states (AL, AR, FL, LA, MI, MN, MS, WI). The duplicate original survey plats and field notes are also housed in this office for sixteen of the Western public land states (AZ, AK, CA, CO, ND, SD, ID, MT, NE, NV, NM, OK, OR, UT, WA, WY). NOTE: Oklahoma survey plats and field notes are Originals. For information please see the specific BLM State Office website and link to their Cadastral Survey web page. The National Archives and Records Administration maintains the original survey plats and field notes for IL, IN, IA, KS, MO and OH. If you are searching for a Western land patent issued prior to July 1, 1908, please contact the specific BLM State office for information.

 

How can I get Land Entry file information for patents?

Land Entry files were created when a person claimed land under an act of Congress. They first had to fill out an application, and sometimes provide other information(marriage or immigration documents), at the local General Land Office. Other documents were also created under that application, like receipts for any payments, or affidavits of occupation, immigration, marriage, and homestead application. Eastern States did not keep these files. They are now the responsibility of the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. The land entry file information can be obtained from the National Archives. Click here for more information.

 

Why is there sometimes a long time period between purchase date and signature date?

Due to the tremendous amount of land sold in the 1800’s, the General Land Office experienced quite a backlog in the middle part of the 19th century. It was not unusual for several years to pass between the time an individual purchased land from the local land office and the time a patent for that tract was finally signed by the GLO in Washington, D.C.

 

What is pre-emption?

Some patents have the word “Pre-emption”in the upper left-hand corner. “Pre-emption” was a tactful way of saying “squatter”. In other words, the settler was physically on the property before the GLO officially sold or even surveyed the tract, and he was thus given a pre-emptive right to acquire the land from the United States.

 

What is the Mississippi/Alabama and Florida/Alabama “Crossover”?

The St. Stephens Meridian and Huntsville Meridian surveys cross into both Mississippi and Alabama, creating situations where the land offices in St. Stephens and Huntsville, Alabama and in Columbus, Mississippi sold lands in both states. We suggest that anyone researching that area take a look at the databases for both states. The original state line between Alabama and Florida did not close against the Tallahassee Meridian survey (which covered all of Florida), but rather against the earlier St. Stephens Meridian survey in south Alabama. The state line was later resurveyed, creating a situation where some Tallahassee Meridian lands fell across the border into Alabama. We suggest that anyone researching that area take a look at the databases for both states.

 

What about revolutionary war military bounty warrants?

The only state we have Revolutionary War-era military bounty warrants for is Ohio (mostly in the Virginia Military District), and even those records for the most part have only a survey number and warrant number on them. A few were issued for rectangularly surveyed sections of land, but most were for metes and bounds surveys in the Virginia Military District.

 

Why do some Indiana land records say the land is in Ohio?

The Cincinnati land office issued several thousand patents for lands in southeastern Indiana within what was called “the Gore” – a roughly triangular-shaped area bounded by the Ohio-Indiana border, the Greenville Treaty line and the Ohio River. These Indiana records have been scanned and indexed as Ohio records.

 

What about the Connecticut Western Reserve Lands?

All of northeastern Ohio was part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, which was set aside to satisfy military bounty warrants for Revolutionary War veterans from that state. The General Land Office didn’t have anything to do with land records for that area of Ohio. The following addresses may be of help to you for information on the Connecticut Western Reserve:

 

Connecticut State Library

 

231 Capitol Street


Hartford, CT 06115

 

Western Reserve Historical Society

 

10825 East BoulevardUniversity Circle


Cleveland, OH 44106

(216) 721-5722

What are Credit Patents?

Credit patents are similar to Cash; lands could be purchased under the Land Law of 1800 from the General Land Office. This credit system allowed purchasers to pay in installments over a four-year period. A delinquent payment or non-payment of the full balance resulted in forfeiture to the U.S. Because of the economic hardship Congress quickly abandoned the credit system and through the Act of April 24, 1820 required full payment for land to be made at the time of purchase. These cash patents were bound in volumes specific to a particular state – credit patents were not, and those credit volumes will be scanned and indexed into our system at a later date.

 

Why do some Ohio warrants have no legal land descriptions?

In the late 1790’s and early 1800’s, several dozen volumes of Ohio military bounty warrants were issued to Virginia veterans of the Revolutionary War. The lands were in the Virginia Military District in central Ohio (between the Scioto River and Little Miami River), which was set aside to fulfill the land requirements of these warrants. The land descriptions on these warrants consisted of little more than a metes and bounds survey, which was usually tied to other metes and bounds surveys in that area for previously issued warrants. Just about the only data our project team was able to capture from these warrants was the soldier’s name, warrant number, survey date, signature date and acreage. Due to the lack of precise information on where the land was located, it was not possible to tie these records to a specific land description or to a county within the Virginia Military District. We recommend you contact the Ohio Historical Society State Archives once you have a specific warrant number. They may be able to help you obtain a more precise location of the land.

 

What is a Certified Copy?

A certified copy is a copy of the document we maintain at Eastern States for the Secretary of the Interior. The original document prepared by the Scribe looks exactly like the copy of the patent given to the landowner, except it is signed by the Scribe for the signing official. Please note that discrepancies can occur between the original patent and the Secretary’s copy.

 

How do I order a certified copy of a patent?

Certified copies may also be ordered online from this web site. The online ordering feature operates in a secured socket layer, where your personal information, including credit card data, is encoded for your protection. As orders are received in our office, the electronic files are removed from our web server. Credit card information is stored in a locked safe. Your personal information is considered a “Confidential Record”. Any information provided to us will be protected. Accounting and credit card information is protected by the Privacy Act and will not be disclosed. Other information listed on the order form will be handled in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act to ensure the greatest protection of personal privacy. This information will not be made publicly available for viewing or distribution. Please allow a week to 10 days to receive your document depending upon the number of requests received in our office. This web site provides a printable Certified Document Order Form for individuals who do not wish to use the online ordering capabilities of this web site. To use this form, add the land patents that you wish to order to your shopping cart, and then select the mail-in option on the Check Out page. Fill in the necessary information, include your payment or credit card information and mail the form to us. You will receive a certified copy of the document we maintain at Eastern States for the Secretary of the Interior. The original document prepared by the Scribe looks exactly like the copy of the patent given to the landowner, except it is signed by the Scribe for the signing official. The certified copy of the patent you receive will not be full sized. It will be printed on a letter-sized sheet of paper (8.5 X 11 inches). Also specify your paper preference (plain bond or parchment paper).

 

When I order my patent, what will I receive?

You will receive a certified copy of the document we maintain at Eastern States for the Secretary of the Interior. The certified copy of the patent you receive will not be full sized. It will be printed on a letter-sized sheet of paper (8.5 X 11 inches) of your preference (plain bond or parchment paper).

 

Where can I obtain records for the Western States?

The Eastern States Office maintains the Serial Patents for Western Public Land States, issued between July 1, 1908 and the early 1960s. These records are indexed and retrievable by patentee name and/or legal land description, with the exception of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. If you would like a copy of a Western State Serial Patent, please submit your email request to records@es.blm.gov. If you are searching for a Western land patent issued prior to July 1, 1908 please contact the specific BLM State Office for information.

 

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