John Brewer

Certificate 4281

Washington Arkansas Land Office


                                John Brewer.

                              Preemption Proof

Be it remembered that on the 13th day of January 1840 that John Brewer of the
County of Pike in the State of Arkansas personally came before me the undersigned
an acting Justice of the Peace within and for the County of Hempstead in the
State of Arkansas and being by me duly sworn deposeth and says:

That in the year 1827 he cleared and improved about six acres upon a portion
of the Public Lands of the United States upon a tract now known and designated
as that portion of the South West fractional quarter of Section twelve in
Township Eight South of Range twenty-six West in the District of Lands subject
to sale at Washington Arkansas being South and East of the Little Missouri River.

And that he at that time and still does reside upon public lands in an adjoining
unsurveyed Township. And he further states that that within the year 1833 he
cultivated this same improvement then containing about ten acres in corn and
that he had possession of the same on the nineteenth day of June 1834. And he
further states he had cultivated resided and had possession of the same each
and every year from the year 1827 until the present time and that he still
continues to cultivate reside and have possession of the same until the present
day and further says not.

                              John x Brewer

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th January, 1840.

                            R.L. Phillips, J.P.


And at the same time and place John Hughes and Rice Stringer personally came
before me and being duly sworn state on oath that they are personally well
acquainted with the above named John Brewer and that they know the he cultivated
the improvement on the tract in this above affidavit mentioned in the year 1833
and that he had possession of the same on the 19th day of June 1834 and indeed
that they know that he has resided occupied and cultivated the same each year
from the year 1827 until the present time and that he still cultivates resides
& has possession of the same and generally that they know all the material
facts stated in his above affidavit to be true in substance and in fact and
further say not.

                                John Hughes
                                Rice Stringer

Sworn to and subscribed, before me, this 13th January, 1840.

                            R.L. Phillips, J.P.


                       Land Office, Washington, Arks.
                              Jan 13th, 1840.

We the undersigned are acquainted with John Hughes and Rice Stringer the
witnesses to the above & foregoing deposition and believe them to be respectable
and entitled to credit.

                            D.T. Witter, Rcvr.
                            R.L. Phillips, J.P.


                            Certificate 4281
                            Washington, Ark.
                            Jan. 13th, 1840

It is hereby certified, that, in pursuance of Law, John Brewer, Pike
County, State of Arkansas on this day purchased of the Register of this
Office, the lot, or that part of South West fractional quarter on the
S. & E. of L. Mo. River of Section No. Twelve, in Township No.
Eight S., of Range No. Twenty-six W., containing Eighty Three and
26/100 acres, at the rate of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre,
amounting to One hundred and four dollars and eight cents, for
which the said, John Brewer has made payment in full as required by

Now therefore be it known, that, on presentation of this Certificate to
the Commissioner of the General Land Office, the said John Brewer shall
be entitled to receive a Patent for the lot above described.

Preemption act of 1834.             Geo. Conway, Register.


                        "Pre-Emption Act of 1834"
                            Certificate 4281
                          Receiver's Office at
                            Washington, Ark.
                            Jan. 6th, 1840

Received from John Brewer of Pike County, Arkansas, the sum of One
hundred & four dollars and Eight cents; being in full for that
part of South West fractional 1/4 on S & E of L. Mo. River quarter
section No. Twelve in Township No. Eight South of Range No. Twenty-six
containing Eighty three acres and twenty-six hundredths at $1.25
cts per acre.

$104.08                           D.T. Witter, Receiver


Certificate 4281, Washington, Arkansas Land Office, Patented May 1, 1845,
Volume 9, Page 274. Noted in Tract Book, Volume 49, Page 87, March 22, 1934

Created 07.08.03         Morris Myers & David Kelley 2003          C4281.HTM