Search for content in message boards

Niels Peter Sorensen 1835-1920 Fountain Green

Replies: 9

Re: Niels Peter Sorensen 1835-1920 Fountain Green

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 7:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
As far as a farm, the below identifies a farm obtained by Niels in 1889. But, the 1900 Census shows him in Fountain Green, working as a laborer. The 1910 census identifies him as a Farmer/Home Farm; as a "W"/Worker, meaning he was probably working as a farmer on his own account. BUT, that doesn't mean he ownd the land where he was working. He could have been renting land area. Since Antone Frandsen and his wife Maggie (Sorensen) is the family listed just above him, he might have been share cropping with his son-in-law. The question, was this the same farm as the one obtained by Niels in 1889? I'd "GUESS" no, but only the county property records could provide that answer. Under the Homestead Act requirements, a land patent required a five year ownership with improvements made to the land. This land "appears" to be a patent issued under the April 24, 1820 Congressional law.

The Bureau of Land Management has a database of land patents issued:
under the Homestead Act and other Congressional Land Acts:

It shows Niels Sorensen obtaining 120 acres of land on Feb 6, 1889 (06.02.1889) in Sanpete County, UT, located at Township 16 South, Range 3 East, in Section 29, in the parts of:
a. The West half the NW Quarter (section)
b. The South East quarter of the NW Quarter (section)

Here is a topographic map of that area. You will see red colored squares, those are Sections. (in this map there are other red lines in dashes those are not the Section lines. A Section is one of our miles square. A Section contains 640 acres. You will see a red colored "29" on this scale. That is section 29. Mentally or on paper, divide this square into quarters. A quarter Section is 160 acres. Looking at the top left quarter (the Northwest Quarter), his land was the left half of that quarter section (80 acres). Looking at the bottom right quarter of that quarter, his land was that bottom right quarter/the SE Quarter of the NW Quarter Section.

Now that you've found the exact location, you can zoom out using the Out/In-Plus/Minus scale at the top left side of the map. Zoom out to the 4th block up from the + sign. You can see the red colored "31" for Section 31, his land in Section 29 was in the red square just above. You can see the town of Ephraim.

Open another Internet Window and go to Mapquest (the Classic version is much better):
Enter the town of Ephraim and UT for Utah.
At the first map you'll see the area. You can zoom into this area also. Then switch at the top right corner of the map to Aerial Map. Using the topomap and this one, you can see just where that land was located and what it looks like today.

Ron Bestrom
Tacoma, WA
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
rvsorensen 6 Apr 2011 2:18AM GMT 
judyartley53 22 Nov 2011 5:26AM GMT 
rvsorensen 23 Nov 2011 5:20PM GMT 
diskoverit 23 Nov 2011 2:04AM GMT 
rvsorensen 23 Nov 2011 5:09PM GMT 
diskoverit 30 Nov 2011 2:19AM GMT 
rvsorensen 30 Nov 2011 3:02AM GMT 
RBestrom7380 23 Nov 2011 2:37AM GMT 
rvsorensen 23 Nov 2011 5:58PM GMT 
RBestrom7380 23 Nov 2011 6:57PM GMT 
per page

Find a board about a specific topic