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Collection Title: United States....Land Patent-Alabama, 1821.

Collection Number: M142

Dates: February 23, 1821

Volume: 1 item

Provenance: Unknown.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Sale of public lands in Mississippi and Alabama was handled through a United States Land Office established in a fort or local population center. Land was first offered at public auction; then any land remaining unsold was available for "private sale" or "private entry." A partial payment was made for a tract of land, and when final payment was received and the final certificate issued, a patent was recorded and sent to the land office to be given to the owner. Frequently, a settler making payments would assign (sell) his title to the land to another individual, noted on government documents as the "assignee."

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of one United States Land Patent dated February 23, 1821. It provides clear title to 160 acres of land in Washington County in the present state of Alabama for Bookajah Smith, assignee of James P. Hainsworth. The land sale was handled in the St. Stephens Land Office at Fort St. Stephens, Alabama.

This document contains the signature of President James Monroe and of Joseph Meigs, Commissioner of the General Land Office.

Related Collections:

United States Land Patents-Alabama, Mississippi, M 143

United States Land Patent-Mississippi, M 83

United States Land Patent-Mississippi, M 164


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