The names of both James McCormack and Hezekiah Nalley were written in a list of undelivered mail on October 10, 1840 and Oct 24, both published in the Salt River Journal, Bowling Green, Mo.http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83016924/1840-10-10...
I went to the Bureau of Land Management records to look for James McCormack, but there are many, you might know which one he is or isn't:http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx
If you are interested, you can obtain the application for the land patent:
To obtain a copy of the land patent records issued under the Homestead Act:
First, find your ancestor's land patent information: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx
--That is the site I identified in the first posting, above.
1. One method is to visit a National Archives Record Center and view/copy the microfilm records.
2. By Mail:
Click on http://www.archives.gov/forms/pdf/natf-84.pdf
and download the NATF Form 84. The BLM Land Patent site will have the needed information for the form.
3. By online method: Click on the above link and follow the instructions. Again, use the BLM site data to complete.
The form also indicates, "If available, please attach one copy of the original land patent, tract book pages, or Bureau of Land Management GLO listing for this land entry." You could copy the original land patent image from the BLM online site above, as well as the window link I've included above. But, if you attach pages, you would probably have to mail your application. I didn't look today, there might not be an image of the original land patent.
Here is an example of what "might" be found in a land patent application package. This example is for the Charles Ingalls property (Little House on the Prarie). http://www.archives.gov/research/land/ingalls/index.html