____________________________________________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________________________________________ HTML file and design by David Kelley, 1997. All rights reserved.