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Strange land purchase

Posted: 24 Sep 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Sep 2001 5:53PM GMT
Surnames: DYER, LINDSEY
Does anyone know anything about this land patent in Louisiana, dated 15 Jun 1837? [Sorry about all the capital letters, but that's the way it is on the BLM GLO website from which I copied this]

Accession/Serial #: LA0870__.501
JAMES DYER, MOSES WALKER, WASHINGTON EARLES EDENS, ANTHONY HOUSTON HOLCOMB, PETER GROUNDS, JOHN MCGEE, WILLIAM SMITH PATE, VINCENT WALKER, WALKER WILSON, MILES FULLER WARE, WILLIAMSON MATHIS JONES, JOSEPH SHAVER, GEORGE BOULT, HUGH GRYDER, COONROD GROUNDS, QUINTON DINES, JOHN WILSON, ELKIN TUGLE JONES, CHARLES PATE, MATHEW MCMILLEN, SANFORD SHAVER, ELIJAH SHAVER, JOHN GIREN, WILLIAM LEE, TANDY PATE, ELIAS ALLEN, JOHN CLANTON, JOHN LAMB, JAMES BURNHAM, JOSEPH ROGERS, BENJAMIN BROWN, ELIJAH MCKINZEY, SAMUEL HAYS, DANIEL HENDERSON, FRANCIS HENDERSON, ISHAM GERNER, THOMAS YOUNG, JOHN HENDERSON, FREDERICK GROUNDS, WILLIAM DYER, BARNABAS SAUCER MURRELL, ABRAHAM GIREN, JAMES HILER, JESSE MILLIONS, WILLIS MULLENS, JAMES WALKER, , JOEL WATERS MURRELL, JOHN GREEN WALKER, STEPHEN LANGFORD BUTLER, JESSE SIKES, ADAM LACKEY STEWART,HIRAM GARIN, ISAAC BUTLER, JOHN BAPTIST MCNUTT, DANIEL LETHERMAN, GRAVES LETHERMAN, WILLIAM TAYLOR, ELKIN TAYLOR, WILLIAM SHEPHERD, DANIEL ALEXANDER WILSON, FRIEND MCMAHAN, DAVID LAIRD, MICAJAH LINDSEY, PENNINGTON LINDSEY, DREWRY THOMPSON and HARDY HOLMES bought the E½ of the SE quarter of section 32/, Township 20-N, Range 5-W in CLAIBORNE County. This was 80 acres of land.

Why so many purchasers? What was so special about this piece of property? A month earlier, James DYER had bought the W half of that quarter section, and over a period of time he bought other land in the same section, as did John S DYER, James MCCALLA and Jack P GEE.

The Bureau of Land Management's Government Land Office records can be found at
http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

I have a Micajah LINDSEY who owned land in MS about this time, but as far as I know would not have been in LA.

Re: Strange land purchase

Sharon Bruce (View posts)
Posted: 3 Mar 2002 5:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
One thing i've learned recently is that groups of people would pitch in and purchase land that they thought might have oil on it.

My gen research is mostly centered in Butler County and Clarion County PA and some of those surnames are familiar. Such as McNutt, John McGee, Lackey, et al

Re: Strange land purchase

Posted: 4 Mar 2002 2:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 18 Sep 2002 12:00AM GMT
Was oil recognized as so valuable in 1837? I really have no knowledge of the history of the oil industry, but it could have been in full swing then, I suppose.

Re: Strange land purchase

Posted: 2 Sep 2002 8:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Young-Geren-Ware
My ancestors, Thomas Young, and the Gerens were also listed as purchasers. I thought possibly this was a townsite. I am not certain where this acreage is located exactly.

Re: Strange land purchase

Lou Poole (View posts)
Posted: 27 Nov 2002 9:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
You will often see this kind of activity when members of a church are acquiring land for a church site. I suppose any other common-use, joint ownership, community project would also be a candidate for such a purchase.

Re: Strange land purchase

Posted: 28 Nov 2002 2:09AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 4 Jun 2003 4:26AM GMT
Thanks! I hadn't thought of that possibility.

Re: Strange land purchase

Marzell (View posts)
Posted: 4 Dec 2002 2:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
One of the purchasers,William Lee, was my g-g-g-grandpa. The property in question was plotted by my cousin's husband,who states that this property is located around Claiborne parish road King Road. There is located on this road a cemetery by the name of Gee Cemetery but I have never known of a church in this area. If William Lee is buried there his grave is unmarked. If any of you ancesters come up with a reason for this purchase please let me know.
Marzell

Re: Strange land purchase

Posted: 7 Feb 2009 1:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Feb 2009 3:43PM GMT
Surnames: Edens
Not sure this helps but in his journal my ancestor sold a slave to one of the purchasers, Washington Early Edens in 1848. The sale occured in Minden,La. Edens lived "about 25 miles from this place". There is record of this Edens living in Plain Dealing,La.

Re: Strange land purchase

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 7:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
My gggrandfather was Anthony Houston Holcomb and he was a Methodist Circuit Rider in the 1830's in Mississippi. Do not know what he was doing in Louisiana.
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