Friday, April 2, 2010

Homestead Claim: The First in Line on the First Day

The Homestead Act became law on May 26, 1862, but it didn’t become effective until January 1, 1863. Therefore, January 1, 1863 was the first day anyone could apply for a Homestead and a total of 418 persons filed on that first day at 30 different land offices in 11 different states or territories. Listed below are those who were recorded as Entryman No. 1 at the United States Land Offices on January 1, 1863. That is, they were first in line at their land office.
 
Daniel Freeman long after he became one of the first to apply for a Homestead


To learn about the several who claimed to be the VERY FIRST visit Homestead National Monument of America and ask for the “First Homestead” handout or go here to learn how to contact them by phone, fax, or mail. Follow the links to learn about Daniel Freeman and how his Homestead became the site of Homestead National Monument of America.

FIRST ENTRYMEN

The entries below all bore No. 1 in each of the Land Offices names. There were no time stamps or notations on any entry. Hours of operation were not given by the offices. On January 1, 1863, Nebraska was a territory and what is now North and South Dakota were simply “Dakota Territory.” The other states listed had been granted statehood prior to January 1, 1863.


 State   
Land Office


Name

California        
Stockton
Visalia


Henry Ketterman
Wm. B. Hector
Iowa
Council Bluffs
Des Moines
Fort Dodge

Henry Stump
Orin Holdbrook
Henry H. Patterson
Kansas
Humboldt
Junction City

Melkes J. Martin
 Robert L. Titua
Michigan
East Saginaw
Ionia               
Traverse City

 Paul W. Williams
Wm. B. Smith
John W. VanNostrand
Minnesota
Minneapolis    
Winnebago City
Taylor’s Falls  
Henderson      
St. Cloud         
Duluth        

 Samuel Taylor
Samuel A. Poll
 Stillman Gee
Frederick Teubert
James Tanner
Seargale Wakelin
Nebraska
Brownville      
Nebraska City 
Omaha            
Dakota City  

Daniel Freeman
William Young
Adam Smith
John Smith
Ohio          
Chillicothe 

 Samuel Harger
Oregon            
Oregon City
Roseburg   

 Everand Sharrock
James Appleton
South Dakota  
Vermillion 

 Mahlon Gore
Washington   
Olympia 

 Michael Houliken
Wisconsin       
Eau Claire       
Falls St. Croix
La Crosse
Menosha
Stevens Point  

 Edward Torsgaad
James Logan
John Henry Uringer
Richard L. Degroff
Dennis Manning

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