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Andrew H. Reeder's instructions about his land claim in the Wyandotte Float

Andrew H. Reeder's instructions about his land claim in the Wyandotte Float
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: [1857]
This document, obviously written by Andrew H. Reeder either to the surveyor or to Reeder's attorney, John A. Halderman, is undated but was most likely composed in 1857. It addresses issues related to the location of Reeder's claim to land in the Wyandotte Float in the Kansas Territory.


Bounty Land Grant for Franklin Loomis Crane

Bounty Land Grant for Franklin Loomis Crane
Creator: United States. General Land Office
Date: June 1, 1860
A bounty land grant was originally issued to Oliver Brown, a private during the War of 1812. This document declares that the tract of land described has been turned over to Franklin Crane, a resident of Topeka, who most likely purchased it from the original owner. This was done in accordance with an act of Congress passed on March 3, 1855, entitled "An Act in addition to certain Acts granting Bounty Land to certain Officers and Soldiers who have been engaged in the Military Service of the United States." It was signed by President James Buchanan.


Correspondence on the Lone Tree massacre, Meade County

Correspondence on the Lone Tree massacre, Meade County
Creator: Scott, Charles F., b. 1860
Date: 1931-1932
This is correspondence among Charles F. Scott, Harold C. Short, Frank Fuhr, Mrs. F.C. Montgomery and George A. Root. The correspondence focuses on the Lone Tree massacre, Meade County, 1874, where a group of United States Surveyors were killed by Indians.


Emigrant's Intelligence Office, Lawrence

Emigrant's Intelligence Office, Lawrence
Creator: Whitman and Searl
Date: June 15, 1856
This advertisement by Whitman and Searl of Lawrence, Kansas Territory, states that they propose to open an Emigrant's Intelligence Office to "meet the urgent demands by emigrants, for accurate and reliable information in regard to the different sections of the Territory." Apparently, they had created a map of Kansas, which made them qualified for this task. They also offer their services as general land agents, and write that they "are also prepared to lay out town sites and to survey farm claims," to "negotiate the sale and transfer of town property," and to "investigate the validity of titles."


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: March 7, 1823 - May 28, 1824
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the fifth part of the journal, covering 1823 into early 1824. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: January 11, 1837 - July 8, 1837
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the fifteenth part of the journal, covering part of 1837. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: 1841 - 1841
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the seventeenth part of the journal, covering 1841. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: October 25, 1833 - February 6, 1834
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the tenth part of the journal, covering parts of 1833 and 1834. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: December 17, 1836 - January 11, 1837
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the fourteenth part of the journal, covering December of 1836 and January of 1837. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: February 11, 1834 - May 29, 1834
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the eleventh part of the journal, covering half of 1834. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: February 27, 1829 - June 29, 1829
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the seventh part of the journal, covering the first half of 1829. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: March 5, 1838 - December 13, 1838
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the sixteenth part of the journal, covering part of 1838. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: 1814 - 1816
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the first part of the journal, starting in 1814 and going into 1816. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was instrumental in his work with the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: January 25, 1835 - January 7, 1836
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the twelfth part of the journal, covering 1835 into 1836. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: March 1, 1836 - May 23, 1836
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the thirteenth part of the journal, covering part of 1836. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: August 16, 1830 - December 2, 1832
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the eighth part of the journal, covering 1830 to 1832. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: December 7, 1832 - August 25, 1833
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the ninth part of the journal, covering parts of 1832 and 1833. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: March 1816 - November 1818
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the second part of the journal, covering most of 1816 to 1818. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: July 2, 1828 - November 3, 1828
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841, this is the sixth part of the journal, covering most of the year 1828. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: November 1818 - February 2, 1819
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the third part of the journal, covering the last of 1818 into early 1819. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


Isaac McCoy journal

Isaac McCoy journal
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: May 29, 1820 - March 3, 1823
Isaac McCoy kept a journal from 1814 to 1841. This is the fourth part of the journal, covering most of 1820 into early 1823. Isaac McCoy was ordained a Baptist minister in 1810 and served as missionary among the Native Americans in present-day Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. He was an advocate of Indian removal from the eastern United States, proposing an Indian state in what is now Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma so Native Americans could be free from the "corrupting influences attending association with the frontier people of that early period." Isaac McCoy was a key part in the work of the Board of Foreign Missions in America and the Committee on Indian Affairs on the issues of Native American emigration and the Indian Removal Act.


John Calhoun

John Calhoun
Creator: Henry, E. E.
Date: Between 1854 and 1961
This is a cabinet card showing John Calhoun who was the Surveyor General of Kansas and Nebraska Territories. He was an active Democrat and served as President of the Lecompton Constitutional Convention.


Kansas: a description of the country, its soil, climate & resources

Kansas: a description of the country, its soil, climate & resources
Creator: Parrott, Marcus J. (Marcus Junius), 1828-1879
Date: March 1856
This pamphlet provides people emigrating to Kansas with practical and reliable information about soil, timber, stone, coal, water, roads, postal facilities, climate, surveys, inhabitants, towns and town sites, routes, and politics.


Kansas Land Survey Plats

Kansas Land Survey Plats
Date: Bulk 1857-1861
These eighteen land survey plat maps show townships 18 through 23 south, ranges 23 through 25, east of the 6th principal meridian. The U.S. Surveyor General began surveying Kansas after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Plat maps were created at that time to document the surveys. The plats show public lands within the territory divided by range, township and section. Townships were measured in six mile increments starting from the Kansas-Nebraska border. Ranges were numbered in six mile increments east and west from the Six Prime Meridian, which crosses through present day Wichita, Kansas. This system is still the basis for legal land description in the state.


Kansas land survey plats

Kansas land survey plats
Creator: U.S. Surveyor General of Kansas and Nebraska
Date: 1855-1861
The U.S. Surveyor General began surveying Kansas after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Plat maps were created at that time to document the surveys. The plats show public lands within the territory divided by range, township and section. Townships were measured in six mile increments starting from the Kansas-Nebraska border. Ranges were numbered in six mile increments east and west from the Sixth Prime Meridian, which crosses through present day Wichita, Kansas. This system is still the basis for legal land description in the state. The Kansas Historical Society acquired a collection of these original plats previously held by the Kansas Secretary of State. The National Archives and the Bureau of Land Management also hold copies of the plats. The sixteen plats presented here are from the Kansas Historical Society collection but are not included in the National Archives copies. These plats cover portions of Douglas, Jefferson, Johnson, Shawnee and Wyandotte counties. Kansas land surveyors are the most frequent users of these maps. They use them to verify section corners when surveying land. A complete collection of the original plats is available in the Society's Center for Historical Research. The plats are also available on microfilm (AR 137-143). For more information on these plats and the accompanying field notes, click on the Land Survey Maps link below.


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