____________________________________________________________________________ Preemption Proof State of Arkansas, County of Hempstead, Be it remembered that on the thirty-first day of May in the Eighteen Hundred and Thirty-nine, James Hughes, of the County of Pike, in the State of Arkansas, personally appeared before me the undersigned and acting Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Hempstead in the State of Arkansas and being by me duly sworn in the presence of the Register and Receiver of the Land Office at Washington, Arkansas, Deposeth and Saith: that he is a married man, the head of a family consisting of a wife and six children, and Thirty-Eight years of age; and that in the month of November in the year 1836 he removed to and settled with his family on a portion of the public Lands of the United States upon two tracts of Land known and designated as the West half of that portion of the South West Quarter of Section six, situated on the East side of Little Missouri River and also that portion of North West quarter of Section seven, situated as aforesaid in Township Eight, South Range 25, West of the principle meridian in the district of Lands subject to sale at the Land Office in Washington, Arks., containing in the aggregate, ninety-four 62/100 acres and that he immediately afterwards, he so removed and settled as aforesaid, built a dwelling house for his residence and other out houses and that said Houses are on that portion of the south West quarter of Section Six, aforesaid; and that he cleared, fenced and cultivated in the year 1836 about Twenty-five acres of Land which said cleared Land was made on both, above described; and that he still continues to open and improve said Tracts until this day; that his improvement contains about Twenty-five acres on one part and Ten on the other part; he further states that he actually resided upon said tract with his family and had possession thereof by actual personal residence, thereon, on the 22 day of June in the year 1838, and for four months next preceding that day and that he still resides thereon with his family and has possession of the same; and further sayeth not. James (his x mark) Hughes Sworn to and subsribed before me this 31st May 1839. R.L. Phillips, J.P. ____________________________________________________________________________ And at the same time and place came John Hughes, Hiram Kizzia, and being duly sworn states on oath: that, they both personally know the above named James Hughes and that they know him to be a man over Twenty-one years of age and a man at the head of a family as in his affidavit as stated; and that he has resided upon and cultivated the tracts of Land in his affidavit described or as his affidavit is describing and that he had actual possession thereof by actual personal residence thereon on the Twenty-second day of February, 1838 and for four months next preceding that day; and that he still resides on and has possession of the same, and further says not. John Hughes Hiram Kizzia Sworn to and subscribed before me this 31st May 1839. R.L. Phillips, J.P. ____________________________________________________________________________ State of Arkansas, County of Hempstead, Be it remembered, that on the thirty-first day of May in the year 1839, James Hughes personally came before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace within and for the County of Hempstead in the State of Arkansas; and being duly sworn, deposeth and saith: that he entered upon the tracts of Land in his proof of his claim to Preemption this day filed with the Register of the Land Office at Washington, Arkansas in and to that portion of the south west quarter of Section six situated on the East side of Little Missouri River and also that portion of the North West quarter of Section Seven situated as aforesaid in Township Eight South of range 25, West of the 5 principle meridian in the district of Lands subject to sale at Washington, Arkansas containing in the aggregate ninety four 62/100 acres in his own right and exclusively for his own use and benefit and that he has not directly or indirectly made agreement or contracted in any way or manner, any person or persons, whatever, by which the title which he may acquire from the government of the United States will inure to the use or benefit of any one except himself; or to convey or transfer the said lands or to the title that one may acquire to the same; to any person or persons whatever at any subsequent time. James (his x mark) Hughes Sworn to and subscribed to before me this 31st day of May 1839. R.L. Phillips, J.P. ____________________________________________________________________________ Preemption Act 1838 Receiver's Office, Washington, Ark. 31st May 1839. No. 4027 Received from James Hughes of Pike County, Arkansas - One Hundred and Eighteen dollars and Twenty Eight cents being in full payment for that portions of the South West Quarter of Section Six and North West quarter of Section Seven on the East Side of Little Missouri River in Township Eight, South of Range Twenty-five West, containing Ninety four 62/100th acres at $1.25 per acre. D.T. Witter, Receiver $118.28 ____________________________________________________________________________ No. 4027. Land Office at Washington, Arks., 31st May 1839. It is hereby certified: That in pursuance of Law, James Hughes of Pike County, State of Arkansas on this day purchased of the Register of this office the Lot or That portion of the South West Quarter of Section No. Six and the North West Quarter of Section No. Seven on the East Side of Little Missouri River in Township No. Eight South of Range No. twenty five West, containing nienty four and sixty-two hundredths acres at the rate of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre amounting to One hundred & Eighteen dollars and twenty eight cents, for which the said James Hughes has made payment in full as required by Law. Now therefore be it known: that on presentation of this Certificate to the Commissioner of the General Land office, the said James Hughes Shall be entitled to receive a patent for the Lot about described. Geo. Conway, Register Preemption Act of 1838. ____________________________________________________________________________ Certificate 4027, Washington, Arkansas Land Office, Record Group 49, National Arhives, Washington, D.C. ____________________________________________________________________________ HTML file and design by David Kelley, 1997. All rights reserved.