John Dickson

Certificate 4268

Washington Arkansas Land Office



                              Preemption Proof                               


State of Arkansas,                                                           

County of Hempstead,                                                         


                          United States of America.                          


Be it remembered, that on the 6th day of January, 1840, John Dickson, of the 

county of Pike and State aforesaid, personally appeared before me, the       

undersigned, an acting Justice of the Peace within and for the county        

aforesaid, and on his oath, deposes and says, that, he is about forty-two    

years of age, the head of a family consisting of a wife and seven children.  

That in the year 1833, he cultivated a tract of the public lands of the      

United States, to wit, a portion of the northwest quarter of section         

thirteen in Township Eight, South of Range Twenty-six, West, in the district 

of lands subject to sale at Washington, Arkansas. That he had in cultivation 

on said tract in said year, about ten acres, which was planted in corn, that 

there was thereon, a dwelling house and outhouses; and that he was in        

possession thereof, and an occupant thereon, on the 19th. day of June, 1834  

and still has possession and occupancy, thereof, and cultivates the same at  

this time, and further says not.                                             


                               John Dickson                                  


Sworn to before me, the 6th. Jany., 1840.                                    


                             R.L. Philips, J.P.                              



State of Arkansas,                                                           

Hempstead County,                                                            


Asa Thompson & Abijah Davis personally appeared before me, the undersigned,  

an acting Justice of the Peace, within and for the county aforesaid, and on  

their oaths, depose & say, that, they are personally acquainted with John    

Dickson, who subscribed the foregoing affidavit and that they know the       

matters & things by him sworn to therein, to be true in substance and fact,  

and further, they say not.                                                   


                                Asa Thompson                                 

                          Abijah (his x mark) Davis                          


Sworn to before me, the 6th., Jany., 1840.                                   


                             R.L. Phillips, J.P.                             



                       Land Office, Washington, Arks.                        

                             Jan. 6th., 1840.                                


We are acquainted with Asa Thompson & Abijah Davis, the witnesses to the     

above and foregoing deposition, and believe them to be respectable and       

entitled to credit.                                                          


                              D.T. Witter, Rcr.                              

                             R.L. Phillips, J.P.                             



Certificate 4268, Washington, Arkansas Land Office, Record Group 49,         

National Arhives, Washington, D.C.                                           



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