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Government Land Office (GLO) survey maps for portions of Wyandotte  and Johnson Counties

Government Land Office (GLO) survey maps for portions of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties
Creator: U.S. Surveyor General of Kansas and Nebraska
Date: 1855-1867
These three Government Land Office survey maps are for Township 11 South, Range 23 East, for portions of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, Kansas. The first image, dated 1861 and signed by Mark Delahay as Surveyor General. It provides detail for all of the sections (except those south of the Kansas River) for the entire range and township including the Delaware Diminshed Reserve, the Kansas River, and various roads in the area. The second image is dated 1857 with J. Calhoun as the Surveyor General. It shows detail for only sections 32 through 36, including the Kansas River. The third image is dated 1868 and shows detail for Section 32 only. Apparently, only the portions of sections south of the Kansas River are in Johnson County.


Israel K. Brown collection

Israel K. Brown collection
Date: January 1, 1870
The United States Government presented this patent to Israel K. Brown for 160 acres of land he purchased in Southeast Kansas on November 15, 1869. This was the first land patent presented by the General Land Office for the Cherokee Neutral Lands in Kansas. A newspaper clipping published several years after Brown's death that describes the land transfer is also included.


Lands, Agricultural College

Lands, Agricultural College
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877
A letter on September 11, 877, from the law office of Clough and Wheat, encloses a bond executed by Isaac T. Goodman on August 20, 1869, for the conveyance of certain lands. A letter on September 19, 1877, from Clough and W. McNeill Clough, requests copies of the Governor's printed patent for Agricultural College Lands. A letter on November 6, 1877, from T. W. Russell, gives his report on an injustice that was done to him and two or three of his friends concerning purchased lands. A letter on December 3, 1877, from T. W. Russell, notifies Governor Anthony that he has not received from Washington County the $425.76 paid in May of 1876 and has sent to M. Achenbach the tax bill.


Lands (Indian, school, railroad)

Lands (Indian, school, railroad)
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873 - 1876
The documents in this file discuss railroad, public, and Native American lands in the State of Kansas. The description does not encompass all the documents in this file rather just a few. A letter on July 25, 1873, from Willis Drummond, Commission General of the Land Office, in relation to Governor Osborn's request for a statement to be forwarded showing the number of lands in the State of Kansas formerly occupied or claimed by the various Native American tribes under treaty stipulations, and which have been sold by the United States, including the amount of money paid by the purchases for the lands. A letter on June 10, 1876, from D. W. Finney, informs Governor Osborn that a Pomeroy will forward a certificate entitling him to a patent on certain school lands and requests the Governor to sign and return the certificate at once. A letter on July 3, 1873, from Commissioners of New York to investigate endowments of the land granted to the State of Kansas for an Agricultural College.


Lands, Miscellaneous

Lands, Miscellaneous
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
The documents in this file pertain to matters concerning lands in the State of Kansas. A letter on March 15, 1877, from M. J. Dart, states a Warranty Deed recently given by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad dated April 1, 1873, and November 1, 1870, was released by two of the three parties. In the letter, Dart states he understands the patents for their land is on record in Governor Anthony's office and asks if the Governor knows if the two dates are the only ones and if two of the three trustees can legally release. A letter on January 19, 1878, from T. W. Russell, concerns a letter from Governor Anthony requesting the amount of principal and interest on account of Agricultural land taxes. A letter on May 17, 1878, from Fayette Verbeck, asks for information regarding the railroad land grants of Kansas. In the letter, Verbeck asks how far from the Kansas Pacific a citizen has to go to get one hundred and sixty acres of land. A letter on August 20, 1878, questions what title a person gains who buys land sold for taxes.


Lands, Public

Lands, Public
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
The documents in this file contain reports from the United States Treasury Department to Kansas Governor Anthony regarding adjustments made between the United States and the State of Kansas relating to public lands. A statement on December 31, 1877, from A. Williamson, Commissioner of the Department of the Interior, states that Kansas is entitled to five percent sales of lands in Native American Reservations after the Native American title has been extinguished. A letter on March 8, 1878, from S. J. Crawford, informs the Governor that the public land sales will be determined in eight or ten days. In the letter, Crawford suggests having a pamphlet of the Commissioners' decision printed for the new comptroller.


Land warrant correspondence

Land warrant correspondence
Creator: Adams, Henry J.
Date: October 7, 1862
These two items deal with the manner in which warrants were handled by the General Land Office a number of years after the founding of that office. The first item is a signed document indicating that "Elizabeth Iron Sides is the Job Surveying heir of Thar-cah-mi-qui, a Shawnee Indian deceased, and that she is competent to manage her own affairs and dispose of her property." The document was signed by Shawnee Chief Charles Bluejacket and Shawnee Chief Eli Blackhoof, as well as Matthew King and Solomon Maden. The second item is a letter from Henry J. Adams to George A. Root of the Kansas Historical Society. In the letter to Root, Adams explains that warrants were typically handled in such a way "for many years following the organization of the Federal Land Office."


Shawnee Indian reservation plat maps of 1854

Shawnee Indian reservation plat maps of 1854
Creator: Stuck, Isaac Cooper
Date: 1857
These are survey plat maps of land included in the Shawnee Indian reservation of 1854. Landownership is indicated on the maps. Isaac Cooper Stuck drew these around 1857.


U. S. Land Office in Lecompton, Kansas

U. S. Land Office in Lecompton, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1932
Three photographs of the U. S. Land Office in Lecompton, Kansas. The building eventually burned on February 28, 1932.


Watson Stewart

Watson Stewart
Date: Between 1870s and 1890s
This photograph shows Watson Stewart, (1827-1910). Stewart a native of Miami County, Ohio migrated with his brother Samuel in 1856 to the Kansas Territory. The brothers were members of the Kansas Vegetarian Emigration Company that settled in Allen County, Kansas near the town of Humboldt. Watson quickly became a prominent member of the community when he was appointed in 1858 to Justice of the Peace for Allen County. The following year he accepted the nomination to serve in the senate of the territorial legislature. The start of the Civil War put a temporary hold on his political career. Stewart was commissioned as a major into the Allen County Battalion of Company A. This local militia of men protected the military posts in and around Humboldt and Ft. Scott, Kansas. After the war Stewart was elected in 1865 to the Kansas House of Representatives as a Republican from the Fifty-Fourth District. He served only one term before President Lincoln appointed Stewart as Register of the U.S. Land Office in Humboldt. A position he was re-appointed to by President Grant in 1869. When the land office moved to Independence, Kansas at the end of 1871, Stewart chose to remain in Humboldt bringing his career as a civil servant to a close. He returned to private life to resume his interest in real estate. Earlier Stewart had owned and operated a real estate business in the Humboldt area. In April of 1877, he moved to Independence, Kansas and opened a new real estate, and insurance office. Stewart owned the business for a number of years before selling it in 1894. In his remaining years Stewart and his wife Elizabeth traveled across Kansas and other parts of the country. On August 3, 1910, Watson Stewart's long and successful life came to an end when he passed away at the age of eight-three in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


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