Did any of your ancestors homestead? While going over my HAMMOND research, I found a copy of a homestead ‘deed’ in my files for Richmond F. Hammond in Ford County, Kansas.
Final Receiver’s Receipt No 536
Application NO 7688
Receiver’s Office Garden City Kans.
Nov 26 1887
Received of Richmond F Hammond the sum
of eight dollars —– cents
being the balance of payment required by law for the entry of
Lots Z& 2 S1/2 NE 1/4
of section 6 in Township 27S of range 26 N
containing 160 48/ acres, under Section 2291 of the
Revised Statutes of the United States.
I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true, and perfect copy of the original instrument of writing which wasFord County Kansas, Deeds, Book O page 384; Richmond F Hammond, 26 November 1887; Register of Deeds, Dodge City Kansas.
filed with me for record on the 28 day of Nov A.D. 1887 at 4 o’clock P.M.
J. G. Jenigan
Register of Deeds
Knowing that the patents obtained by a homesteader could be found on the Bureau of Land Management website, I searched the BLM site for Richmond Hammond in Kansas. And I found two records, one in Ford County and one in Pratt County.
Ford County Patent
Bureau of Land Management
The United States of America
To all to whom these presents shll come, greeting
Homestead Certificate No 536
Whereas there has been deposited in the General Land Office
of the United States a Certificate of the Reigister of the Land Office at Garden
City Kansas, whereby it appears that, pursuant tot he Act
of Congress approved 20th May, 1862, “To secure Homesteads to actual settlers on
the public domain,” and the acts supplemental thereto, the claim of Richmond
F. Hammond has been established and duly consummated in
conformity to law for the lot numbered one and two and
the South half of the North east quarter of Section
six in Township twenty seven south of Range twenty
six west of the Sixth Principal Meridian in Kansas
containing one hundred and sixty acres and forty eight
hundredths of an acre
according to the Official Plat of the Survey of the said Land returned to the
General Land Office by the Surveyor General
Now know ye, that there is therefore granted by the United States unto
the said Richmond F Hammond
the tract of land above described: To have and to hold the said tract of land, with
the appurtenances thereof, unto the said Richmond F. Hammond and to his
heirs and assigns forever.
In testimony whereof I, Benjamin HarrisonUnited States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online 20 December 2020), Richmond F Hammond.
President of the United States of America, have caused these letters to be
made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand at the Cit of Washington, the thirteenth
day of December in the year of Our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and eighty nine and of the
Independence of the United States the one hundred and fourteenth
By the President: Benjamin Harrison
By M McKean Sec’y
A. R. Canwell, Recorder of the General Land Office
Pratt County Land
Bureau of Land Management
The United States of America
Osage Trust Lands
Certificate No. 2887
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online 22 December 2020), Richmond F Hammond.
Whereas, Richmond F. Hammond of Pratt County
has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States a Certificate of the Register of the Land Office
at Larned Kansas, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said
Richmond F. Hammond according to the provisions of
the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled “An Act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands,”
and the acts supplemental thereto, for the North West quarter of the
South East quarter the South West quarter
of the North East quarter the South East
quarter of the North West quarter and the
North East quarter f the South West quarter
of section twenty in Township twenty seven
South of Range fourteen West of the Sixth Prin
cipal Meridian in Kansas containing one hun-
dred and sixty acres.
according to the official plat of the survey of the said lands returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General,
which said tract has been purchased by the said Richmond F. Hammond
Now know ye, that the United States of America, in consideration of the premises, and in conformity
with the several acts of Congress in such case made and provided, have given and granted, and by these presents
do give and grant, unto the said
Richmond F. Hammond
and to his heirs, the said tract above described: TO have and to hold the same, together with all the rights
privileges, immunities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging unto the said
Richmond F Hammond and to his heirs and assigns forever.
In testimony whereof, I Benjamin Harrison
President of the United States of America, have caused these letters to be made patent, and the seal of the General
Land Office to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the twenty sixth day
of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and ninety, and of the Independence of the United States the
one hundred and fourteenth
By the President: Benjamin Harrison]
By M. McKean Secretary
So, what proof do I have that the Richmond Hammond of Pratt county is the same Richmond Hammond of Ford County? Not only do I have lots of data placing my second great-grandfather Richmond Hammond in Ford County, but his neighbors were mainly relatives.
Not only did the section 6 landowners include his brother, Cornelius and nephew, Alva but section 32 included two of his brother-in-laws: Ellis Ralston and William Lightner.
So what about the Pratt county land? Unfortunately, those neighbors are not familiar to me.
Thus, I’m back to wondering whether these land transactions are for the same Richmond F. Hammond. Fortunately, one of the obituaries for his daughter, Josie, indicates that the family did live in Pratt county.
Pioneer of Kansas Dies at Dodge City“Pioneer of Kansas Dies at Dodge City,” The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas), 28 September 1954, page 11; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 5 September 2021).
(Special to the Eagle)
Dodge City, Kan. Sept. 27 – Mrs. Josie W. Crawford, 79, widely known resident for many years here, died Monday morning in Trinity hosptial where she had been a patient briefly for treatment. She had been active until her final illness.
Born Feb. 9, 1875 in Knox County, Ill., she came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richmond F. Hammond to Pratt County. Two years later the family moved to a farm in Ford County southwest of Dodge City and later moved to Dodge City.
Miss Hammond was married to Judson F. Crawford Dec. 24, 1890. Mr. and Mrs. Crawford celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1940. Mr. Crawford died in February , 1949.
Mrs. Crawford had been active in Methodist work since girlhood and received her 50 year pin several years ago. Among her many public services Mrs. Crawford helped organize and was an active member of the East Side Bible Class organized in 1917 and still active.
Final rites are slated for w p.m. Wednesday in the First Methodist Church here with the Rev. Alvin W. Murray officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery here.
So, one piece of paper led me to additional sources. Then those sources made me question whether I had mixed up two people. It was only a source I had for another family member which clarified that these records were for the same person.