William Hughes

Certificate 4024

Washington Arkansas Land Office



                              Preemption Proof                               


State of Arkansas,                                                           

County of Hempstead,                                                         


                          United States of America.                          


Be it remembered, that on this, the Twentieth day of May in the year         

Eighteen Hundred and Thirty-nine, William Hughes of the County of Pike in    

the State, aforesaid, personally appeared before me the undersigned, an      

acting Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Hempstead, aforesaid,   

in the presence of the Register and Receiver of the Land Office at           

Washington, Arkansas, and on his oath deposeth and says, That in the year    

Eighteen and thirty three he cultivated a portion of the Public Lands of the 

United States, at that time unsurveyed, and that said Land was surveyed in   

the year 1837 by John Wilson, United States deputy surveyor, and that said   

tract then cultivated is now embraced in the East half of the South West     

Quarter of Section Six and the East half of the North West quarter of        

Section Seven, in Township Eight, South of Range Twenty-five West in the     

District of Lands subject for sale at Washington, Arkansas; that in the said 

year 1833 he had in cultivation, under fence on said tracts, about           

Twenty-five acres planted principally in corn; that he had thereon a         

dwelling house and other outhous(e) in which he resided, and that he resided 

on said tracts & had possession of the same on the nineteenth day of June,   

Eighteen Hundred and thirty-four; and that he still resides on and           

cultivates the same; and this deponant further says not.                     


                          Wm. (his x mark) Hughes                            


Sworn to & Subscribed before me this 20th May 1839.                          


                            R.L. Phillips, J.P.                              


                          Witness: R. L. Phillips                            



And at the same time and place came John Hughes and Rice Stringer and being  

also sworn in the presence as aforesaid, depose and say, that they are       

personally acquainted with William Hughes who signed the above and foregoing 

deposition; that they nor neither of them are in any way interested in the   

establishment of (this) Land claim, and that they know all the material      

facts stated by said William Hughes and set forth by him, as aforesaid, are  

true in substance and in fact; and further they say not.                     


                               Rice Stringer                                 

                                John Hughes                                  


Sworn to and subscribed before me this 20th day of May 1839.                 


                            R.L. Phillips, J.P.                              



Certificate 4024, Washington, Arkansas Land Office, Record Group 49,         

National Arhives, Washington, D.C.                                           



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