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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the United States General Land Office Records MSS.1481

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

August 2000

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-09-18T10:27-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

September 2012
Collection Title:

United States General Land Office records

Unit ID:

MSS.1481

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

5.0 Linear feet 27 ledgers

Dates:

1738-1903

Abstract:

This collection consists of ledgers containing: Land Commission correspondence; applications for land in Mississippi and Alabama territories; copies of land grants from England, France and Spain to residents in Mobile; marriage contracts; wills; and plats of grants, 1783-1813. Ledger 17 contains diary entries by James E. Henderson of Co. C, 12th Iowa Infantry, who was assistant provost marshall in Alabama in 1865. Several ledgers have been indexed by names.

creator

United States. General Land Office.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of ledgers containing Land Commission correspondence; applications for land in Mississippi and Alabama territories; copies of land grants from England, France and Spain to residents in Mobile; marriage contracts; wills; and plats of grants, 1783-1813. Ledger 17 contains diary entries by James E. Henderson of Co. C, 12th Iowa Infantry, who was assistant provost marshall in Alabama in 1865. Several ledgers have been indexed by name.

Preferred Citation:

United States General Land Office records, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Retrieved from trash outside U.S. Courthouse in Montgomery, Alabama, by Dr. W.S. Hoole & Dean A.B. Moore, 1940s .

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Biographical/Historical note

The General Land Office was an independent agency of the United States government responsible for public domain lands in the United States. It was created in 1812 to take over functions previously conducted by the United States Department of the Treasury. Placed into the Department of the Interior when that department was formed in 1849, it merged with the United States Grazing Service (established in 1934) to become the Bureau of Land Management on 16 July 1946.

Source(s)

Alabama (local)

Immigration and American Expansion (local)

United States South District of Alabama. Copyright entries files in District Court of U.S. South District of Alabama in Mobile, 1857-1859 (copies) Folder 1143

Active and forfeited land stock of Mississippi Territory Ledger 01: Folder 1144

Monthly abstract of location on public land subject to private entry at the land office, Cahaba, Alabama Ledger 15: Folder 1145

Registered receipts issued by the receiver of public monies, Mobile, Alabama, for lands entered under the Homestead Act Ledger 28: Folder 1158

Applications for Homesteads, Mississippi Territory registration Ledger 03: Folder 1146

Relinquishment of land Ledger 29: Folder 1157

Registered receipts issued by receivers of public monies for lands sold (receipts from #37612 to 39207) Ledger 26: Folder 1154

Record Ledger 20: Folder 1156

Certificates of purchase of land, St. Stephens, Alabama (certificates 9155, 9495-9837) Ledger 05: Folder 1152

Register of certificates granted pursuance of law to purchases of public land, September 26, 1850 - February 23, 1855; also includes record of contested entries under the graduation law of 1854, January 1855 Ledger 23: Folder 1151

Registered receipts issued by the receiver of public monies, MObile, ALabama, for lands entered under the Homestead Act Ledger 27: Folder 1155

Register of certificates granted in pursuance of law to purchasers of public land at land office at Cahaba, Alabama Ledger 25: Folder 1153

Land grants from England, Ireland, France, and Spain to resident at Mobile, West Florida, and Mississippi territory, also this book contains Ledger 13: Folder 1150A

Register of certificates, Cahaba land office, June 1, 1852 - December 31, 1853 Ledger 24: Folder 1148

Cash entry book, Greenville, Alabama; certificates #51826-52914 Ledger 04: Folder 1147

Register of final certifications, MIssissippi Territory Land Office Ledger 22: Folder 1150

Correspondence, original, handwritten letters from St. Stephens, Alabama, office to Washington, DC Ledger 06: Box 1159 Folder 6

Correspondence, letters of instruction from the general land office to the St. Stephens land office Ledger 07: Box 1159 Folder 7

Correspondence, letters rom John Wilson, land commissioner, to the St. Stephens land office Ledger 08: Box 1159 Folder 8

Correspondence, press copy letter book. Letter from St. Stephens, Alabama, to the commissioner, General Land Office, Washington, DC Ledger 09: Box 1159 Folder 9

Township 6, Range 9, of the Basic Meridian. Description of location of each range 7 township in this section Ledger 10: Box 1160 Folder 10

Receivers account, receivers office, Mardisville, Alabama, December 1, 1835 - October 2, 1843; also contains the diary of James A. Henderson, Company C, 12th Iowa, V.V. Infantry, Stationed at Assistant Provost Marshall's office, Centre, Alabama, December 1, 1865 Ledger 17: Box 1160 Folder 17

Record of land transactions Ledger 18: Box 1160 Folder 18

Register, May - July 1893 Ledger 21: Box 1160 Folder 21

Relinquishment of land, St. Stephens, Alabama Ledger 30: Box 1161 Folder 30

Relinquishment of land, September 6, 1821 - September 18, 1821 Ledger 31:

Relinquishment of land, Mississippi Territory under Act for RElief of Purchasers of Public Land, Act of Congress. Held and purchased in teh district land office for sale at St. Stephens, Alabama, May 4, 1826 Ledger 32: Box 1161 Folder 32

Report of land agent of fraudulent claims and timber trespass, September 10, 1902 to February 1, 1903 Ledger 33: Box 1161 Folder 33