The Heirs of Oliver Brewer

Certificate 4300

Washington Arkansas Land Office


                    The Heirs of Oliver Brewer, deceased.

                              Preemption Proof

Be it remembered, that on the 13th day of January, 1840, that John Brewer
and James S. Brewer, heirs and legal distributees of the Estate of Oliver
Brewer, 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 duly sworn, deposeth and says, that Oliver Brewer, now deceased, late
of the County of Pike, in the State of Arkansas, about the year 1826,
removed to and settled upon a portion of the Public Lands of the United
States, upon a tract now known and designated as the South East fraction
quarter of Section twelve in Township Eight, South of Range twenty-six,
West, in the District of Lands subject to sale at Washington, Arkansas;
and that in the year 1829, said Oliver Brewer cultivated upon said Tract
about seven or eight acres, principally in corn, and that he resided upon
said Tract with his family and had possession of the same, on the
twenty-ninth day of May, 1830; from the first settlement thereon, until the
time of his death as herein after mentioned; and they further say that the
said Oliver Brewer departed this life in the month of October in the year
1834, leaving the following named, as heirs and legal distributees of his
Estate, to wit: this affiant, John Brewer; (the heirs of Oliver Brewer,
Junior, also deceased, to wit: David Brewer and John Brewer); & Henry
Brewer; Rosanna Hughett, formerly Rosanna Brewer, now also deceased, leaving
the following children, to wit: (James M. Hughett, John Hughett, Emily
Stallcup, the wife of John Stallcup, formerly Emily Hughett; Elvira Hughett,
and Harrison Hughett]; & Henderson Brewer; William L. Brewer; Lucinda Davis,
the wife of Abijah Davis, formerly Lucinda Brewer; this affiant, James S.
Brewer; Rebecca Griffin, the wife of James E. Griffin, formerly Rebecca
Brewer; Polly Brewer; Matilda Brewer; Luvisa Brewer; the same being the
twelve children of the said Oliver Brewer and the heirs of such of those of
the twelve as have deceased, leaving children.

And, they further show, that administration of the Estate of the said Oliver
Brewer, has been in due form of Law granted to John Brewer, this affiant,
who is now the administrator of said Estate.

And, these affiants further say, that they believe that Gabriel Brown is
also entitled to a Preemption to the same quarter section, as he resided
thereon and cultivated a portion of the same in the year 1829 and 1830, and,
further deposen, to say not.

                          John (his x mark) Brewer
                              James S. Brewer

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

                            R.L. Phillips, J.P.


And at the same time and place, personally came, John Hughes, James Hughes,
and Rice Stringer, and being duly sworn, depose and say, that they were well
acquainted with the above named Oliver Brewer, deceased, in his lifetime and
that they know that he cultivated about seven or eight acres upon the tract
in the above affidavit described in the year 1829, and that he resided with
his family thereon, on the twenty-ninth day of May, 1830, and indeed from
the year 1826 until the time of his death in the year 1834, and generally,
that they know the material matters and things stated and set forth in the
above and foregoing affidavit, to be true in substance and fact, and
further, say not.

                                John Hughes
                         James (his x mark) Hughes
                                Rice Stringer

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

                            R.L. Phillips, J.P.


                       Land Office, Washington, Arks.
                              Feb. 19th, 1840.

We are personally acquainted with John Hughes, James Hughes & Rice Stringer
who signed as witnesses to the foregoing deposition & know them to be
respectable & entitled to credit.

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


Certificate 4300, Washington, Arkansas Land Office, Record Group 49,
National Arhives, Washington, D.C.

Updated 05.17.03              David Kelley 2003                 C4300.HTM