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Abstract of the Lantry Ranch in Chase County, Kansas

Abstract of the Lantry Ranch in Chase County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1925
Abstract of deed information concerning the Bernie Lantry Ranch in Chase County, Kansas. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve includes much of the land that was part of the Lantry Ranch. The original document is owned by the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.


Bluemont Central College records

Bluemont Central College records
Date: 1855-1869
Series of records in the Isaac T. Goodnow collection relating to Bluemont Central College and its successor, the Kansas State Agricultural College, in Manhattan, Kansas. Goodnow was a land agent for the college from 1867-1873.


Deeds from the James Stanley Emery Collection

Deeds from the James Stanley Emery Collection
Date: 1856-1887
These deeds from the James Stanely Emery collection document a real estate purchase from James S. Emery for $500. Nathaniel S. Higgins of Fair Haven, Massachusetts is purchasing half of an undivided lot (Number 30) and the stone or concrete building currently occupied by Emery on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence. If Emery is able to acquire share number 97 of the town of Lawrence from the government, however, the sale will not take effect. James Stanley Emery was born in Franklin County, Maine in 1826. Educated at Waterville College, he was admitted to the bar in New York in 1854. He was involved with the New England Emigrant Aid Company, coming to Kansas with the second party of immigrants, and generally in free state activities in Kansas to ensure that it became an anti-slavery state when it entered the Union. Through the following years, he worked in numerous states for the cause. Emery was a member of the Leavenworth constitutional convention and served on the Kansas Legislature in 1862 and 1863. He was a lawyer and worked as a journalist for the New York Daily Times. President Abraham Lincoln appointed Emery U.S. District Attorney for Kansas in 1864. In 1891 he was president of the Kansas State Historical Society. Emery died in Lawrence in 1899.


Deed to Nathaniel S. Higgins

Deed to Nathaniel S. Higgins
Creator: Emery, James S., 1826-1899
Date: November 5, 1856
This hand written deed documents Nathaniel S. Higgins of Fair Haven, Massachusetts, purchase of half of an undivided lot (Number 30) and the stone or concrete building currently occupied by Emery on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, from James S. Emery for $500. If Emery was able to acquire title to share number 97 of the town of Lawrence from the government, the sale of the half lot and the building would not take effect.


Deed with corrections from George and Martha Washington to John Parke Custis for land in Stratton Major Parish, King and Queen County, Virginia

Deed with corrections from George and Martha Washington to John Parke Custis for land in Stratton Major Parish, King and Queen County, Virginia
Date: 1778
This is a draft of a 1778 deed with corrections from George and Martha Washington to John Parke Custis for 1981 acres of land in Stratton Major Parish, King and Queen County, Virginia, unsigned.


Fred Iles correspondence

Fred Iles correspondence
Date: 1906-1930
Fred Iles was assistant right of way and tax agent for the Kansas Town and Land Company which bought and sold lands on the right of way of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company. In 1917, he assumed Ernest Warren Cline's position as right of way agent, responsible for representing the railroad's interest in all matters concerning the acquisition and disposition of land on the right of way. This correspondence includes Iles' activities and expenses accounts at the behest of E. W. Cline and the CRI&P Railway.


Gerat Henry Hollenberg collection

Gerat Henry Hollenberg collection
Date: 1860-1894
Gerat Henry Hollenberg built and operated the Hollenberg Pony Express Station in Hanover in Washington County, Kansas. He was also known as the founder of Washington County, Kansas and the city of Hanover. William Kalhoefer, along with August Jaedicke, were the first to settle in Hanover, Kansas. This collection includes papers of Gerat Henry Hollenberg, William Kolhoefer, the St. Joseph and Denver City Railroad, and the St. Joseph, Hanover, and Southwestern Railroad. The bulk of the collection consists of warranty, quit claim, and sheriff deeds involved Hollenberg and land acquisitions in Washington County. Some properties are in Marshall County. The related correspondence documents the early history of the county and its cities, including topics primarily relating to laws and organization. The papers of William Kalhoefer include his marriage license, naturalization papers, bank deposit records, and election certificates for various positions in which he served. These positions included the mayor of Hanover, notary public, township treasurer, and other positions. The railroad records include right-of-way documents and related correspondence.


Hiram Hill quit claim deed to Samuel N. Simpson

Hiram Hill quit claim deed to Samuel N. Simpson
Creator: Hill, Hiram, 1804-
Date: November 2, 1857
Hiram Hill sold and quit-claimed one-half of his interest in the development of West Lawrence, Kansas Territory, to Samuel N. Simpson for $10,000. This amount of land was equivalent to one-seventh of the total shares invested in the land designated the "Joel Walker float", also known as West Lawrence. Joel Walker was affiliated with the Quindaro Town Company and was a fellow free state supporter.


Homestead deed, Kaw Indian roll no. 138

Homestead deed, Kaw Indian roll no. 138
Date: May 13, 1903-May 15, 1903
A homestead deed for Charles Curtis, a member of the Kaw tribe of Indians, signed by Wah-shun-gah, head chief of Kansas or Kaw tribe. Photostat copy made from original lent by Doctor Berlin B. Chapman, Oklahoma, A. & M., August 1946. Curtis served in the U.S. Senate for Kansas from March 4, 1907 - March 3, 1913 and was vice-president to Herbert Hoover from March 4, 1929 - March 3, 1933.


Indenture, purchase of town lots by Bluemont College Trustees

Indenture, purchase of town lots by Bluemont College Trustees
Date: December 21, 1858
This indenture outlines the terms of a sale of thirteen acres of land, sold by Thomas and Eleanor Wells to the Trustees of the Bluemont Central College Association, which included as its members Joseph Denison, Isaac Goodnow, Samuel D. Houston, Washington Marlott, C.E. Blood, and William A. McCullow.


Isaac T. Goodnow property records

Isaac T. Goodnow property records
Date: Between 1858 and 1895
Series of personal property records belonging to the Isaac T. Goodnow collection. Isaac Goodnow was an early resident of Manhattan, Kansas, and was a free-state supporter. He was a delegate to the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention and was one of the founders of Bluemont Central College. Included in these documents are land deeds, mortgages, assessment lists, and lot lists.


James Barnes Whitaker legal documents

James Barnes Whitaker legal documents
Date: 1855-1899
These legal documents belonging to James Barnes Whitaker include mortgages, leases, quitclaim deeds, indentures, warrants issued to the Marshal's office, tax and other receipts regarding Whitaker's real estate business. There are also Internal Revenue licenses for various occupations, records on pension and war claims, including forms from the War Department, Treasury Office, and Department of the Interior Pension Office. Bound volumes include a notebook of war claims and a county surveyor field notebook. James Barnes Whitaker had a long association with the territory and state of Kansas. He came to Tecumseh, Shawnee County, Kansas, in 1856 from Boston, Massachusetts, and worked as a surveyor there. In 1857, he moved to Topeka where he remained, serving as county sheriff, surveyor, and Topeka city engineer. He was also commissioned a deputy U.S. Marshal. He owned an abstract and real estate business in Topeka and was an attorney, representing numerous Civil War veterans in obtaining disability pensions, many of whom served in Kansas units.


Pawnee Association Town share certificate

Pawnee Association Town share certificate
Creator: Pawnee Town Association
Date: July 21, 1855
The Pawnee Association issued this certificate for "one share of the town property" to Thomas Sherwood, a business associate of Kansas Territory governor Andrew Reeder. Sherwood was involved in many of Reeder's land and town share transactions. This printed certificate is more elaborate than the ones issued earlier in the year.


Pre-emption certificate issued to Jack H. Martin for land in Atchison County

Pre-emption certificate issued to Jack H. Martin for land in Atchison County
Creator: United States. General Land Office
Date: November 10, 1859
The U.S. government's Kickapoo land office, over President James Buchanan's signature, issued this printed "Pre-emption Certificate" to Jack Martin on November 10, 1859, for 180 acres in Atchison County, Kansas Territory.


Quit-claim deed for Samuel Pomeroy for property in Lawrence, Kansas Territory

Quit-claim deed for Samuel Pomeroy for property in Lawrence, Kansas Territory
Creator: Trustees of the Town Site of Lawrence: Samuel S. Snyder, Joel Grover, et.al.,
Date: June 2, 1855
This 1855 quit-claim deed and bond documents Samuel C. Pomeroy's purchase of property in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, including lots on Vermont, Tennessee, Rhode Island, and several other streets, from the trustees of the town site of Lawrence, comprised of Samuel S. Snyder, Joel Grover, John P. Wood, William H. R. Lykins, and George W. Hutchinson. Note that S. N. Wood's name is printed on the document, but crossed out by hand and George Hutchinson's name is written in its place.


Quit claim document donating land to the Topeka Mill Company

Quit claim document donating land to the Topeka Mill Company
Creator: Topeka Association,
Date: March 20, 1858
The trustees of the Topeka Association herein agreed to donate to the Topeka Mill Company the entire block on which the mill was located (north of First Avenue between Kansas and Jackson).


William Brown, deed

William Brown, deed
Creator: Trustees of the Town of Osawatomie: Samuel C. Pomeroy, et. al.,
Date: April 16, 1857
This deed granted William Brown of Otego, New York a town lot in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory. Written over the deed certificate is a note from O. C. Brown, clerk of the Board of Trustees, which declares that this lot had been transferred to Mr. Jabez Holmes. On the back of the deed there is a written statement in which William Brown transfers ownership to Mr. Holmes, dated September 24, 1858.


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