I am trying to fill in a few details about my 2nd great grandfather. I found a deed for 160 acres in Kansas which he bought for $700 in 1886. Then I found a homestead certificate granting him the 160 acres and signed by McKinley dated 12 years later in 1898. Why would he have both? And why would he have a homestead certificate for these same 160 acres (the land was described on both certificates, it is the same land) that he already bought 12 years earlier? Could it be that he made a claim under the homestead act so he could dissolve his debt or something? Or...?? Any ideas?
I do realize that the homestead act granted 160 acres, which seems relevant since the original deed was for 160 acres.