Micajah Johnston

Certificate 4312

Washington Arkansas Land Office



                              Preemption Proof                               


State of Arkansas,                                                           

County of Hempstead,                                                         


                          United States of America.                          


Be it remembered, that on the Twenty Second day of February in the year of   

1840, Micajah Jo(h)nston, of the County of Pike in the State aforesaid,      

personally appeared before me, the undersigned, an acting Justice of the     

Peace, within and for the County of Hempstead, aforesaid, and on his oath    

deposes and says: that he is about twenty six years of age the head of a     

family consisting of a wife and two children. That sometime in the winter of 

the year 1835 he commenced an improvement on the public land of the United   

States at that time not surveyed. That in surveying the lands, his said      

improvements were found to be in the Southwest Quarter and the Northwest     

Quarter of Section nineteen in Township Eight, South of Range Twenty five    

West, in the District of Lands subject to sale at Washington, Arkansas. That 

his dwelling house is on the Southwest Quarter and the greater portion of    

his cleared land is on the Northwest Quarter of said Section.                


That he erected dwelling houses and other buildings on said tracts and       

continued to improve said Land from the time of his removal thereto in the   

year 1835 to the present time. That he was an actual set(t)ler and a         

housekeeper in possession by personal residence on the said tracts above     

described on the Twenty Second day of June 1838 and for four months next     

preceding that date; and that he still has possession of and personal        

residence on said Land; and further says not.                                


                       Micajah (his x mark) Johnston                         


Sworn to and subscribed before me the 22 day of Feby. 1840.                  


                            R.L. Phillips, J.P.                              



And at the same time & place and before me as aforesaid came also William    

Johns(t)on and & John G. Barnett, who after being duly sworn, say that they  

are personally well acquainted with Micajah Johns(t)on who subscribed the    

above and foregoing oath, that they know he is the head of a family as       

therein stated, and that all the material matters and things by him set      

forth therein, are Just and true in substance and in fact.                   


                          Willi (William) Johnsten                           

                               John G. Barnett                               



                       Land Office, Washington, Ark's                        

                                Feb. 22d 1840.                               


We are personally acquainted William Johnston & John G. Barnett who signed   

as witnesses the foregoing deposition & know them to be respectable &        

Entitled to credit.                                                          


                              D.T. Witter, Rcr.                              

                             R.L. Phillips, J.P.                             



State of Arkansas,                                                           

County of Hempstead,                                                         


Be it Remembered that on this the 22d day of February A.D. 1840, personally  

came before me, the undersigned, a justice of the peace in and for the       

County and State aforesaid, Micajah Johnston, of the Count(y) of Pike, who   

being by me duly sworn, Deposeth and says: that he entered on the Northwest  

and Southwest quarters of Section 19 in Township 8, South (of) Range 25,     

West, in which he claims in his own right and exclusively for his own use    

and benefit and that he has not directly nor indirectly made any agreement   

with or contract in any way or manner with any person or persons whatever,   

by which the Title he might acquire from the government of the United States 

should (e)nure to the use or benefit of any one except himself or to convey  

or transfer the said land or the Title which he may acquire to the same, to  

any other person or persons whatever, at any subsequent time.                


                       Micajah (his x mark) Johnston                         


Sworn to and subscribed to by and before me the day and date above written.  


                             R.L. Phillips, J.P.                             



Certificate 4312, Washington, Arkansas Land Office, Record Group 49,         

National Arhives, Washington, D.C.                                           



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