Bounty Land Application

Elizabeth Hancock

Act of September 28, 1850


                             Bounty Land Claim

                       Form of Declaration to be Made

                         By the Widow of a Deceased

                             Officer or Soldier.

State of Arkansas,


Pike County,

On this 14th day of May A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty one,

personally appeared before me, Thomas J. Conway a Justice of the Peace duly

authorized to administer oaths within and for the County and State

aforesaid, Elizabeth Hancock aged 47 years, a resident of Pike County in

the State of Arkansas who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that

she is the widow of William Hancock deceased, who was a private in the

Company commanded by Captain James Rodgers in a Regiment of T.V.M.G.M. in

the war with the Seminole Indians, that her said husband, volunteered in

the State of Tennessee for the term of, not known, and continued in actual

service in said war for the term of five months and was honorably

discharged at Columbia, Tenn. on the 30th day of June A.D. 1818 as will

appear by the original Certificate of Discharge hereto attached and also the

muster rolls of said Company.

She further states that she was married to the said William Hancock in

Jackson Co., Tennessee on the first day of February A.D. 1821 by one Sam'l

Dickson a Justice of the Peace and that her name before said marriage was

Elizabeth Dickson that her said husband died in Pike County, Arkansas on the

23rd day of December A.D. 1849 and that she is still a widow.

She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to

which she may be entitled under the "act passed September 28th, 1850."

                             Elizabeth Hancock

Sworn to and subscribed before me, the day and year above written.

                        Thos. J. Conway, J.P. (L.S.)


                         Certificate of Discharge

This is to certify that William Hancock private in Capt. James Rodgers'

company of T.V.M.G.M. has served a tour of five months as a Volunteer, on

an expedition against the Seminole Indians; he carries with him the thanks &

gratitude of his commanding officer and merits the applause of his country,

and is hereby honorably discharged.

                           James Rodgers, Capt.

Columbia, June 30th 1818.


State of Arkansas,


County of Pike,

I, Thomas K. Dossey as Clerk of the Circuit Court, in and for the County and

State above mentioned, do hereby certify, that Thomas J. Conway whose

genuine signature appears above, is, and was, at the time of signing the

same, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County and State aforesaid, duly

commissioned and sworn; that all his official acts as such are entitled in

full faith and credit; and that the aforesaid Circuit Court, is a Court of

Record, having general jurisdiciton.

Given under my hand and seal of office, at Murfreesborough, Pike County,

Arks. this 14th day of May A.D., 1851.

                           Thomas K. Dossey, Clerk.


                              Power of Attorney.

                     Know all Men by the these Presents:

That I, Elizabeth Hancock of the County of Pike and State of Arkansas do

hereby irrevocably make, constitute and appoint William K. Sebastian my true

and lawful Attorney, for me and in my name, to demand and receive from the

Department of the Interior of the United States, the Certificate or Warrant,

to which I am entitled for the Military services of my said husband, as set

forth in the foregoing Declaration; and, for good and sufficient reasons, do

hereby revoke and countermand any and all other powers of attorney or other

authority that may have been heretofore given by me.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 14th day of

May A.D. 1851.

                           Elizabeth Hancock (L.S.)


State of Arkansas,


County of Pike,

On this 14th day of May in the year 1851, personally appeared before me,

Thomas J. Conway a Justice of the Peace duly authorized by law to take

acknowledgements in and for the county aforesaid, Elizabeth Hancock, and

acknowledged the above Power to be her act and deed for the purposes therein


                        Thos J. Conway, J.P. (L.S.)


Bounty Land Application of Elizabeth Hancock widow of William T. Hancock,

Act of September 28, 1850, National Archives, Washington, D.C.


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