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Constitution and Records
of the Claim Association of
Johnson County, Iowa.

by Benjamin F. Shambaugh (1894)

  
 

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59 pages contain the claims recorded by the Claim Association of Johnson County, Iowa.  Care has been taken to reproduce the pages as they were reproduced by Benjamin F. Shambaugh in his 1894 book.   Page numbers from the original pages are shown in brackets [x].   His footnotes have been included in parentheses in the text of the claim to which they refer.  In several instances a footnote may have relevance to other claims as well.  It should be noted that spellings, capitalization and punctuation are quite different than would be used in formal writing today.  In many cases the lack of punctuation and how capitalization is used makes the claim difficult to read.

 

 

III.

RECORDED CLAIMS (continued).

[18]

Description of a claim to a Tract or parcel of land Claim made there unto by David Switzer on the 12 day of March 1839. lying and beeing on old mans Creek and described as follows.  Beginning for the out lines of the same at a Stake Stuck in the Prairie about mile west of the Claim said Switzer lately purchased of Jonathan Harris & running west from said stake half a mile across the Creek to a stake then south one mile to a stake then East half of a mile to a stake then north to the place of beginning containing one half section of land more or less.

handed in March 29th 1839.

David Switzer


The following is a description of a Claim I made in February 1839. which I wish recorded situated in Johnson County Iowa Territory Bounded as Follows.  On the South by Jones Claim On the west and North by Green Hills containing 320 Acres

handed in April 26. 1839

Christopher Gove


The following is a description of a Claim I made in April which I wish recorded situated in the county of Johnson and on the east side of the Iowa River and about 10 miles above Napoleon commencing at the south west corner. at a white Elm Near the bank of the Iowa River then East with Blazed Lines about one mile to a Marked white Oak. then North about half a mile with blazed Lines to a Linn Tree then west. about one mile with Blazed Line to a Linn Trree Near the                          the River then south with the meanderings of the River to the place of beginning the corners have my name on each of them supposed to contain half section May. 7. 1839.

handed in May 7th 1839

William Baker.


The following is a description of a Claim. I. made in April which I wish recorded situated on the East side of the Iowa River about 8 or nine miles above Napoleon commencing at the South west Corner. at a Iron wood. Tree near the bank of. the River then Running East one mile with Blazed Lines to a trree then North half a mile with Blazed Lines to a White Oak then west one mile with Blazed Lines to a Red Oak Near the Bank of the River then with the meanderings of the River south to the place of beginning supposed to contain half a section the corners of the above claim have my name on them May 7th 1839.

handed in May 7th 1839.

Perry. Jorden


[19]

The following is the description of a Claim I made in February which I wish recorded the same beeing the North half of             of the south west quarter of section 25. & the south half of the North west quarter of same section the same beeing in Town 80 N. Range six west & the west half of section Nineteen Town 79 N Range 5 west of the fifth principal meridian according to a Survey of claims made by Douglass. the above claim is blazed and staked of & my name on the corners May 9th 1839

handed in May 9th 1839.

Suel Foster


The Following is a description of a claim I made in Jany. or Febuary. which I wish recorded to me situated on the west side of the Iowa River commencing at the N Eeast Corner. on the Bank of the Iowa River at a marked buch tree then running south one mile with Mr George Denisens line to a Elm stake in the Prairie then west one half mile to a Marked Hickery Stake (Note:  Stakes used to mark claim lines on the prairie were frequently marked, as were the blazed trees, with the initials of the claimant's name.)  then North one mile to a burch Tree on the Bank. of. the River then East. with the meanderings of the River to the place of beginning supposed to. contain half section. the initials of my name have been placed on each corner of the above claim. May 9th. 1839.

handed in May 9 1839.

Israel. L. Clark


The following is a description of a Claim I made on or about the last of Febuary 1839. situated on the Iowa River about 10 Miles above Napoleon commencing on the bank of the River at an elm Tree marked with my name & then running East or Near east about 3/8 of a mile to a Red Oak Tree then North one mile with blazed Lines to a ash tree then west with blazed Lines. about 3/8 of a mile to a white walnut near the Bank of the River then with the river to the place of beginning the above claim embraces a sugar Grove & I believe it is the first sugar grove on the River above Napoleon.

Handed in May 15th 1839

William X(his mark) Morford


[20]

Mr McCrory. sir I wish you to record the following described claim The South East quarter of section Twenty six Township 80 North Range six west the same beeing made by me this 22. May 1839.

handed in May 22nd 1839

Elijah. Hilton


The Following described claim. I. wish Recorded the south half of the N E qr of section 36. Town 80. N. Range. said claim was made this 25th May --- 1839 ---

handed in May 27th 1839.

William Felener


March the 1839.
Claimed by A. Sells that tract of land land on and Near the mouth of silver Creek in the Neighborhood of Parks and Westlins (Note:  A neighborhood or community not unfrequently took the name of a prominent inhabitant.) commencing Near the mouth of the east branch of said Creek thence running creek one half mile thence North half a mile thence west half mile thence to the place of beginning

handed in May 27th 1839 -----

A. Sells


The Following is a description of a claim which we made on on the 28 day of May 1839. it beeing the N E. quarter of sect 36 Town ship 79. N R (6) west also the S. E. Quarter (25) of said Township and Range also the South half of section (30) of Township 79. & Range (5) which claim we want recorded ---- the above claim is Stake of and our names placed on the corners ------ Johnson County Iowa Territory.  May 28th 1839 (Note:  This claim is marked "Forfeited" in the original.  Forfeiture of claims was not uncommon.)

handed in. May. 28th. 1839

H. Van Antwerp
Jesse. Williams


May 1839.  Isaac McCorkless Claim made and bounded as follows.  beginning at the Iowa River at the south East Corner stake & name thence North 1 Mile corner on a white Oak thence west Mile corners on white oak (Division) thence west ----- to corner on yellow Oak thence south to Pond. corner on watter Birch supposed to contain 480 acres. the same supposed to be Lying and beeing in Johnson County Iowa Territory.

handed in May 30th 1839

Isaac McCorkell


[21]

The following is a description of a Claim I made on the 30 of May 1839 Lying in the County of Johnson. and Territory of Iowa the same beeing Bounded on the East by a Sells Claim North corner on a white Oak tree about three hundred yards north of Conleys Creek running west one fourth of a Mile to Iowa River from thence running down Iowa River one mile to a Hack berry Tree thence east one fourth to a white oak thence north crossing Colys Creek at the forks to the white Oak above named. the same contains a mill Site about 200 yars Below Forks.

handed in June 1st 1839------

James Miller


Beginning at the North west corner of the claim sold by A Wolcott to Louis Ranzahn thence north One half mile thence East one mile thence south One mile & a half thence west to the place of beginning

June 1st 1839

Louis. Ranzahn


Mr RcCrory
I wish to have the following described claim Recorded Viz the N E qr of section one Town 79 Range 6 west. bounded on the north by P Smiths claim on the East by Mr Matthews on the couth unknown On the west by Wilcox claim

handed in June 3rd 1839.

Samuel. Bumgardner


The following is a description of a Claim I made on or about the the 17 of May 1839. situated Lying and beeing in the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa situated N W. of F & Myers mill about three miles commencing at a white oak tree on the N W Corner then running south about half a mile to a Elm Tree then East about half a mile to a white Oak tree then North half a mile to a white Oak tree then west to the place of beginning the above claim has my name on Each corner--- containing more than a quarter section

handed in June 6

David. Cox


[22]

The Following is a description of my claim that I wish recorded it beeing and about two miles and a half North of Myers and Felkners mill (Note:  First saw mill in Johnson County.) commencing at the south East corner on a dry oak stub running north one half mile to a white oak thence west one half mile to a white Oak thence south one half mile to a white Oak thence East to the place of beginning made June the 5th. 1837. and joining Adams and Browns on the East -----------------

handed in June 6th 1839.

Thomas. Holdren


The following is the description of my claim that I. wish recorded Lying and beeing about three miles and a half of Felkners and Myers mill North west. Situated as follows. commencing at the south East Corner made on a Bur Oak Tree Then running North one hundred and sixty Rods to a white Oak Tree. then west one mile to a white Oak Tree. corner with Smiks claim then ---- running south to silver Creek. then running with the Creek to the beginning. Made on the 5. of. June.

handed in June 6th 1839.

Stephen. Brown


In Obediance to the custom of the County we have Taken the following pieces of Ground (towit) the North half of section 24. Town 79.. N R. 6. of the 5 P M. also the North half of the N E. . Sect. 12. same Town and range aforsaid also the S. E. Sect. 1. & Town range aforaaid the N. . of the N E Sect. & the South E. Sect. 1. as above described are taken subject. to the decission of the board of Managers in deciding the justice of claims who have taken them under similar. circumstances subject to the claim of Mr Wilcox  Illinois

Monday May 7. 1839
handed in first May 7

J & I. Bowen

The of forfeiture (Note:  Mr. Wilcox not having complied with the regulations of the Association forfeited his claims.) to the right of the above described Land having come we therefore procede to make & Claim the same this 8 day of June 1839.

Lifted and handed in June 8.

J. & I. Bowen


[23]

Sir you will please to record the following described Claim viz the East half of the N. W. qr of section one Town 79 N Range 6. also the East half of the South west quarter. of Section 36. Town 80. Range six west now subject to the claim of Nathaniel G. Wilcox

handed in June 3rd 1839.

Saml Bumbardner.

The time having expired that Mr Wilcox had to have his claim recorded I wish it now recorded to me

Lifted and handed in June the 8.------

Samuel. Bumgardner


The Following is a description of a Claim I made this day which I wish recorded situated in Johnson County N. E. of William Jones about 2 Miles commencing at the N. W. Corner at a Hickry Tree Then running south to Luk Douglasses N Line to a Stake then East to a small Bur Oak Tree then North to a Bur Oak Tree then West to the beginning containing Three quarter sections marked & Blazed with the Iniceals of my name on the corners.

June 8th 1839
handed in June 8th 1839-----

Elijah Hurley


The following is description of my claim which I made on the 3 day of June 1839 which I wish recorded to me the same Lying in the following manner first one quarter section Lying N E of William Jones Claim & cornering on the S. E. with C Goves Claim  and running East half mile to a stake in the Prairie then north half a mile to a Stake then west mile to a Bur Oak Tree then south mile to the place of beginning Also 80 acres. cornering at William Jones Corner & running East mile then North half a mile to a Stake then west mile to a Black Oak Tree then south to the place of beginning. also one quarter section of Prairie Butting (Note:  Butting in this connection means joining.) on the School Section on the S. E. corner.  Staked and Blazed of with my Name on all the corners

handed in June 8th 1839.

John Morris. Junr.


[24]

you will please record the following described Claim which I have made in Johnson County Iowa Territory Viz the west half of the South west quarter of Section 19. Town 80. N R. 5 west.

Cyrus. Sanders


You will record the Following Claim to me the the same beeing the S. E. qr of sect 23 T. 79. N R 6. west of the 5 Principal meridian which I made claim to march last.

handed in June 11th 1839----

Patrick Smith


The following is a descriptionof a Claim I made on the 8 day of June which I wish recorded to me Commencing on the south East. at a white Oak Tree cornering with E M Adams. then running west near half a Mile to a white Oak Tree. then N M to a white Oak Tree Then E m to a white Oak Tree then south m. to a white Oak Tree. to the place of beginning. containg about one hundred & sixty acres situated N. W. of F & Myers Mill about 3 Miles and the Iniceals of my Name on Each Corner

handed in June 11th 1839-----

David. Cox


The following is a description of our Claims made by James Haden & Co commencing near the Iowa River at the N. W Corner. of Mr Sturges Claim beeing the south west corner of said Claim and Gowing down East one mile thence North one mile and from thence proceding one mile west then turning south about a quarter then west a quarter & from then south to the River the River beeing the line to the place of fbeginning supposed to contain one Section 2 Claim Bounded South by Charles & Hastings west by Charles Jones. North by Hill & Gove East by Morris & William Jones supposed to contain a half section the initials of our Names are placed on Trees or stakes at Each Corner. of the above Claims

handed. in June 12th 1839 ------

James Haden        \
Morgan Haden      >  (Note:  A name is not always spelled the same throughout
George Haden      /      
the records.  This name should be spelled with an l -
                                     Halden.)


[25]

The Following is a description of a claim which I made & wish to have recorded to me which is the North half of the N. W. qr of sect. Twenty five Town Eighty North Range six west. of the fifth principal meridian according to a survey of Douglass.

handed in June 12th.

John Mathews


The following is a description of a claim I made on or about the third day of April 1839. it beeing N E. qr Sect 20. Town 79 N R five west. 5 P M. which claim I. have staked off. and placed the innitials of my name on each corner. and wish recorded to my Napoleon May 7th 1839----

handed in June 12 1839 ----

J G Morrow


The following is a description of my claim made to day which I wish recorded. bounded as follows. commencing on the Iowa River and bounded on the south by William Willson claim and on the East by H G Reddout. supposed. to be one quarter section be the same more or less. given under my hand this 18 day of June 1839

handed in June 18. 1839-----

Saml. Bumgardner


 I wish you to record the following described Claim the the S. E. qr of sect 27. Town 80 Range 6 west it beeing situated North of Rapid Creek & bounded & bounded on the south by John A Street claim which he obtained of me commencing at the S. E. Corner Near the House on Said Streets Claim thence N mile thence west half mile thence south half a mile thence east to the place of beginning.

handed in June 18th. 1839.

Henry. G. Reddout


May 18th 1839.  Johnson County Iowa Territory A description of my claim to be recorded made by me this day Joining Bumgardners Claim above the mouth of Rapid Creek commencing on the River at the North west corner. and running east on his line one half mile thence North three fourths of a mile thence west to the River then with the River to the place of beginning.

handed in June 19th 1839.

Thomas Hall


[26]

The following is the description of my claim made this day which I wish recorded to me the same beeing the N E qr of sect 26. To (Note;  Township.) 80 N R. 6 west and the N E qr of sect 23. T. 80 N R 6. west the above claim is blazed off and the innitials of  my name on each Corner------- June 20th 1839--------------

handed in June 20.---

David. Odell


The Following is a description of a Claim I made this day which I wish Recorded to me the same beeing the S E qr of sect. 23. Town 80 N R 6 west situated N W of F & Myers Mill the above claim is blazed of and the innitials of my Name on Each Corner. ---- June 20th 1839----

handed in June 20th

Philip. Clark


This is a of our claim that we wish recorded it beeing and Lying one mile north of F & Myers Mill it beeing a Claim known by Cullers and Friersons claim the claim contains 3/4 of a section commencing at the south East Corner on a white Oak running one mile North. to another white Oak. thence west one mile to an other white Oak. then south half mile then East mile then south Half mile then East half a mile to the place of beginning June 8th 1839.

handed in June 22nd 1839

S. B. Mulholland
T. P. Mulholland


The following is a description of a claim I made about the 20 of June 1839. which I wish recorded to me beeing the south East qr of sect 19. Town 79 N R 5. W. 5 P. M. according to a survey of claims made by Douglass------it beeing staked out

Thomas. Holdren


John Shoups Claim is in Township seventy nine N R 5 west supposed to be N. W. qr. of sect. 21. containing one qr sect. & bounded on the East by John Morris & on the North the school Sect. & William Jones including a haw bush & Elm thicket where my house now stands this claim was made June 20th. 1839. & has my name & date on each corner----

handed in July 1st 1839

John. Shoup


[27]

The Following is the description of my claim made this day which I wish recorded to me the same Lying & beeing in Johnson County. Iowa Territory the N. N W. qr. of sect 32. & the N N E. qr. of section 31. Town 79. N. R. 5 W. of 5 P M. bounded by Snider East & South. North partly by Van Antworp & Williams west by Felkner---July 3rd 1839.

handed in July 3rd. 1839----

Robert Small


This Claim taken June 25th 1839---
Know all men by these presants that I. John McCahun have taken the following claim to Viz. commencing at the south west Corner at a white Oak stub marked J. McCahun running E. to a white Oak Tree mark as McCahun then North to a Lin tree then running west on the other side of spring Creek to a Lin Marked J McCahun then running south to said Stover and Fowles, Line the end or termination supposed to contain 80 acres. the above described claim is from one to three miles below Pawashicks village (Note:  This was an Indian Village located about four miles below the present site of Iowa City on the Iowa River.  It contained about one thousand Sac and Fox Indians.  Powashick was the chief.) bounded by the Iowa River

handed in July 8th.

John McCahun


This Claim was taken June 25 1839---
Know all men by these preasnts that I John McCahun have taken the following claim to Viz commencing at A white Oak stake Marked. J McCahun beeing the East corner. and running west. to a certain white Oak Stake & Bounded by the Iowa River. & marked as above. then running North to a Bur Oak Tree. mark as above then continuing on to a Black Oak Tree J. McCahun which tree is known as a corner. fo McCormucks and Thrifts thence running with there Line to a white Oak. tree marked J. McCahun. then running East. to a white Oak Tree marked J McCahun then Running south to the place of beginning containing 400 acres----

handed in July 8th 1839.

John. McCahun


A Claim made by me March 11, 1839. the south west corner with P Crum N W corner Running half mile East joining Wolcott on the East running one mile north thence half a mile west thence to the place of commencement by my request you will please record this claim in John Roysls name    John Royal.

handed  in March 14 -----

John Royal.

but not registered until John Royal signed the constitution (Note:  Note the fact that a claim would not be recorded until the claiment had signed the constitution.)


[28]

My Clear Creek made July Eighth 1839.
is bounded on the East by James Douglass commencing at a Stake on his west line and on the North side of the Creek running west up the creek overe a Bluff and then past three trees standing together then at a short distance past a Lone tree by a ravine to a stake at the East side of a marsh thence south across the creek to a small burr. oak thence East to a hickory. saplings. thence North across the creek to the place of beginning including one quarter section more or less. the corners has my name cut in the wood

handed in July 11th 1839.

J Shoup


July 9th 1839. Sir the following is the description of a claim which I wish Recorded beeing in Johnson County Iowa Territory situated on the East side of the Iowa River about one mile &  a half above Turkey Creek beeing bounded south by John Green & Haden on the East by Haden on the North and west by the Iowa River supposed to contain one quarter section

handed in July 15th 1839.

H G Reddout


The following is a description of our claim made by us on the 11 day of May 1839. which we wish recorded situated Lying & beeing in the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa.  On the Iowa River commencing on the south west corner. at a Stake Near the bank of the River thence a Northerly direction about one & a fourth miles to a Black Oak then East one & a fourth miles to a Oak Tree then S. one & a fourth miles to a Bur Oak thence a westerly direction to the place of beginning supposed to contain one & a half section of Land. the above claim has our names on the corners. supposed to be ten miles above the Seat of Government (Note:  Iowa City, the seat of government for the territory of Iowa.) on the E Side of the Iowa River there is a small branch running from the N E. corner to the S. E. Corner on the East Line or Near the East line

handed in July 15th 1839.

John Lee
Wm Bagley


[29]

The following is a description or a claim I made this day situated on old mans Creek commencing At the N E Corner at a Stake thence W. 3/4of a mile then south 3/4 mile then E. 3/4 mile thence to the place of beginning adjoining the claim I purchased of J G Coleman July 1st 1839.

handed in July 17 1839.

Henry Custleer


This is a description of a claim I made on the 26 day of May 1839. situated Lying and beeing in the County of Johnson &. Territory of Iowa about 10 miles above the City of Iowa commencing on the S. W. Corner in the bend of the River about mile above Powashicks Village on the East side of the Iowa River then running North 1 miles to a Oak Tree then East 3/4 of a mile to a small oak Tree then south 1 miles to a scycamore thence west to the place of beginning the above claim is blazed out & my name placed on the corners. containing 3/4 of a Section July 20th 1839----

handed in July 20th 1839

J. M. Thrift.


Please  record the following Described piece of Land---- Commencing at Ely Myers North East Corner-----running one hundred & sixth Rods East thence South One hundred & Sixty Rods thence west One hundred & Sixty Rods thens north to the Starting place

handed in July. 29th 1839

Moses Adams.


This is a description of a claim I made on the 26 day of May 1839 situated lying and beeing in the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa. about 10 miles from the Seat of Government (Note:  Iowa City.) for the Territory commencing on the N E. Corner of J M Thrifts claim thence running East 1 mile to a Black Oak thence South 3/4 of a mile to Bank of the Iowa River thence up said River to corner of said Thrifts claim

August 19th 1839----

William McCormick (Note:  First judge of probate in Johnson County.)


[30]

This is a description of a claim that I wish recorded the same beeing the. N. W. quarter of Three Town 79 N R 6 west beeing and Lying one half mile North of the City of Iowa. August 19th 1839.

handed in August 20th 1839------

H G Reddout.


This claim made out the 21st of August 1839-----By Morgan Haden & Company is thus situated commencing at the south East corner of a claim that was made by Elijah Hurley------now belonging to Morgan Haden thence running East 3/4 of a mile thence N half mile thence W 3/4 mile and from thence to the place of beginning supposed to contain half Section-----

handed in August 26th 1839------

James Haden
Morgan Haden.


Description of my Claim as Follows-----
             g at the N E corner at a Hickory Tree near the Iowa River. thence running south to a Oak Tree then running west to a Stake on the East Line of Oliva Currys Claim then running in a northerly direction to a Burch Tree on the Bank of Clear Creek thence with the meanders of said Streem East to the mouth. then by the meanders of the Iowa River to the place of beginning containing
Sect August 27th 1839-----

handed in August 27th------

I. N. Sanders (Note:  At one time president of the Claim Association.)


The following is the description of a claim which we made on or about the 10 day of August 1839 the same beeing and Lying in the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa Viz. the Entire Twenty Eighth & Twenty Ninth sections in Township seventy nine North Range Five west of the fifth principal meridian likewise the south half of the S. E. qr of section Twenty & the south half of the S. W. qr of section Twenty One Township & Range aforsaid which claim we have had surveyed & staked out and the innitials of our names marked on the corners & we wish the same recorded to us. given under our hands this sixth day of september 1839-----

handed in September 6th 1839.

Asaph Allen (Note:  Mr Allen opened the first tavern in Iowa City.)
C L Allen
G T Andrews


[31]

claim made by E. K Morse on the 24 day of September 1839 in Johnson Co. Iowa Territory commencing at the N. E. corner of a claim made by Alexander McBaker thence running E. one half of a mile to a white Oak tree on the E. Bank of slue (Note:  Slough.) to rapid Creek and corner with a claim made by G Shreck supposed to be one mile thence West one half a mile to Alexander McBakers S. E. corner thence North by Bakers Line to the place of beginning

Handed in Sept 26th. 1839.

E. K. Morse


sir you will please to record the following described claim the North west quarter of section thirty one (31) Township Eighty North (80) Range Six (6) west.

Handed in September 26th 1839

Francis Karr


The following claim I wish recorded to me the same beeing the North half of section seventeen Town 79 N. R 6 west. made about the first of October 1839
October 18th 1839.

handed in Octo 18th

Samuel Lovejoy


The Following part of a claim I wish recorded to me made July 1839. the same beeing the south half of the south East quarter of section seventeen Town seventy nine N. R. five west of the principal meridian
October 26th 1839.

handed in Octo 26.----

William X(his mark) Jones


The following is a description of a claim which I. wish recorded made October 28. 1839. designated as Follows the south East quarter of section Eight Town 79. N R 6 west

handed in October 29. 1839.

E D Stephen


[32]

The following I wish recorded to me the same beeing and Lying in the county of Johnson and Territory of Iowa situated between Cyrus Sanders & Thomas Holdrens the same beeing a strip about Eighty Rods wide and 160 Long situated north of Felkners Mill also the N. W. qr of sect 33 Town 79. N. R. 5 west of the fifth principal meridian
October 29th 1839.

handed in Octo 29th 1839

J. B. Adams


This is a description of a Claim made by me and Charles Berryhill commencing at the head of a certain Slew (Note:  Slough.)  it beeing the N. E. corner thence running west along the South line of Town 78 3/4 of a mile then South down the meanders of the Slew. to a certain Tree thence East following the meanders of the Iowa River one mile thence North to the place of beginning

handed in Octo 30th 1839-----

Isaiah. P. Hamilton (Note:  First recorder of Johnson County.)


The following is a description of of a claim I made this day situated Lying and beeing in the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa the same beeing the S. W. qr of sect one Town 78. N R. 6 west of the 5 principal meridian October 29th 1839----------

Henry. G Reddout.


The followoing claim we wish recorded to us. lying and beeing in the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa the same beeing the south half of Section 33. & the N E qr of Sect 33. & the W half of Sect 34 Town 79. N R 5 west of the 5 principal meridian the above claim we have placed our Names on the corners November 1st 1839

handed in November 1st 1839.

Jesse. Berry (Note:  First school teacher in Iowa City.)
James Wamsley


[33]

The following is the description of a claim which we have made lying about three and a half miles North or nearly North of Iowa City in Johnson County on the south side of the Iowa River commencing with a Tree marked with our names with the day of the month (Oct 29th. 1839) running west one half mile thence south one mile thence East one half thence North one mile the trees are blazed round it and our names are on the corners. there beeing no previous claims upon said tract of land
Iowa City Octo 29th. 1839.

handed in November 2nd 1839.

C. S. Foster
A. Abel


The following is a description of my claim beeing in the County of Johnson Laying on the Iowa River near three miles above Iowa City and Laying North of Mr Halls Claim south of Mr Sturges East of the Iowa River containing one quarter Section said claim was made about the first of October 1839.

handed in November. 9th. 1839.

A. Russell


I wish to have Recorded the East half of Section Ten & the N W qr of Sect 10 T 79 N. R 5 west in the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa this 11 day of January 1839.

Theodore Jennings


I Walter Clark do this day certify that I have marked out & placed stakes Round the south half of section seventeen & claimed said half section the 16 of November 1839.
N B having Bought the said half section of Thomas. Morrison

handed in November 17th. 1839.

W. Clark


[34]

Johnson County Iowa Territory
July A D 1839-----

The following is the description claim made by me in the County and Territory above named to wit the East half of the south west quarter of section nine Town 79 N R 5 W. also the west half of the North west quarter of sect Town & Range aforsaid

handed in November 19th 1839.

John. Parrott.


I wish to have Recorded the south west quarter of section Ten North west quarter of sect 15. south east quarter Section Nine in Township 79. N R. 5 west in the County of Johnson & Territory of Iowa
November 11th 1839-------

handed in Nov 20th 1839

Daniel. Duval


The following is a description of a claim I have made it beeing situated on the west side of the Iowa River supposed to be three & a half miles above Iowa City commencing at the N. E. Corner at a small white Oak Tree standing on the Bank of the River thence running one half mile west thence south one & one half mile thence East one half mile thence North to the place of beginning one & a half miles consisting about seventy five Acres of Prairie & the Remainder in timber I have placed my name on the corners and on it there are no previous claims
Iowa City Octo 30th. 1839---

handed in November 31st 1839---

John D Abel


The following is a description of my claim which I. made December2. 1839.  which said Claim was claimed by Williams & Van Antwerp said Claim or claims having being forfeited I wish you to record the same to me described as follows. N E qr of Sect 36 & the S. E. quarter of section 25. Town 79 N R 6 west of the fifth principal meridian---

handed in December 3rd 1839.

E. D. Stephen


[35]

The following is a description of my claim which I made December 2nd 1839 the said claim beeing forfeited by Williams & Van Antwerp I wish you to record the same to me as described below South East quarter of Section 30. Township 79. N R 5 west of 5 principal meridian Decem 2nd 1839------

handed in December 3rd 1839

Elihu Duel-----


The following is a description of my claim which I made Dec 2nd 1839 said Claim or claims was made by Williams and Van Antworp said claim or claims being forfeited I wish you to record the same to me described as follows. the S W. qr of Sect 30 T. 79 North Range 5 five west of the 5 principal meridian December 2nd 1839.

handed in December 4th 1839-------

J. B. Adams--------


J Ponyues Claim December. 4th 1839-------
commencement at a B Oak tree on the west Bank of the River thence west one mile corner on a Bur Oak Oak thence North 3/4. of a mile corner on a black Oak Thence E One mile corner a white Oak. thence south to the place of Beginning supposed to be 3/4 of a Section supposed to be two miles & a Half above Iowa City

handed in December 4th 1839

Jackson Ponyue


The following is a description of a claim which I wish to have recorded Viz. the S W. qr of Sect 24. Town 80 N Range 6 west and is bounded. on the East by Mulholland claim on the south Mathews Claim on the west Mr Hastings Claim made by me on or about the first of December 1839-----

handed in December 14. 1839

J B Adams-----


The following claim I wish to have recorded to me the same beeing the west half of the N W qr of sect 22. & the west Half of the S. W qr of Sect. 15 Town 79 N R 6 west of the 5 principal meridian the above claim having been recorded before but a change having been made in the lines with A D Stephen made in Sep 1837-----

handed in Decem 17th 1839------

John Miller


[36]

The following described Claim I have purchased of Mr Chancy Ward and wish the same recorded as a claim to me situated Lying & beeing in the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa and Bounded as follows Viz commencing at the N W Corner of Sect 16. Town 78 N R 6 west and running due South 187. Rods to a Bur Oak Tree Blazed on the S & W. & N sides & marked with the letters F. C. also one line commencing at the first described corner & running due west 3/4 of a mile to two Bur Oaks one Blazed on the East side & the other on the North side from said trees the line runs due south 30. Rods to a Stake from thence to the first described tree containing one hundred sixty Two acres------also the following quarter which I made claim to on the 21st of this month the same beeing the S. E. qr of sect 31. T 80. N R 6 W

handed in Decem 27th 1839------

Thomas Lacup


In addition to holding the Larger part of the following 80 acre lot of land by the old claim lines I purchased by. I record the same as a claim made by me June 9th 1839---theme 80 acre lot beeing the south Half of the N W qr of sect 12. T 79 N R 6 west also the North W qr of sect. 30. T. & Range aforsaid claim laid to the quarter this day.

January 1st 1840.

S H McCrory.


commencing at the N E. corner of the school section and running and Extending 80 Rods west thence south then south one mile then East to the southwest corner---of said school Section then North to the place of beginning

A. Wolcott


Austen Cole & S B Gardner. wishes entered of Record the following described claim to wit all that part of the South half of section four Town 79. N R 6. west which Lyes East of the Iowa River Johnson County Iowa Territory supposed to contain 12 or 15 acres January 6th 1839

handed in January 10th 1840

Stephen B Gardner
Austen Cole


The following described claim beeing forfeited I the undersigned have this day made the following claim which I wish recorded by the Clerk of the claim association of Johnson County Iowa Territory to wit the S W qr of Sect 11 T 79 N R 6 west in said County & Territory. bounded on the North by Irish & Judson on the South by Adams on the west by part of the Town Plat of Iowa City (Note:  Section 10.) & on the East by Sturgis Claim as. supposed January 11th 1840

handed in Jany 12th 1840

Allen Stroud


[37]

The following claim having become forfeited We Austen Cole and Stepen B Gardner have this day made the following claim Viz the N. E. qr of Sect 20 in Township Seventy nine Range 5 west of the fifth meridian in the county of Johnson & Territory of Iowa containing one hundred & sixty acres
January 12th 1840

handed in January 12th 1840

Stephen B Gardner
Austen. Cole


The following is a description of a claim or part of a claim I. made on the 10 of July 1839.  commencing at an Oak Tree on the west line of N Hastings claim that he made & had recorded thence North half a mile to an Oak Tree thence west half a mile Crossing the south Branch of Turkey Creek to an oak Tree thence south half a mile crossing said Creek to an Oak Tree thence East to the place of beginning supposed to contain one hundred & sixty acres------

handed in Jany 13th 1840

S. C. Trowbridge


The following claim I wish recorded to me the same beeing the. N. E. qr of Sect. 30. Town 79 N R. 6 west of the fifth principal meridian January 17th 1840.

handed in January 17th 1840.

C. S. Foster


E S. E. S 21 T. 79. Range 5 West. W. S. W. S 22. Town 79. Range 5. W. N E qr. S 9 T 79. N R 5 & The E . N. W. qr Sect 9. Town 79 N R 5 West the above claim I wish recorded January 20th 1840

handed in January 20th 1840

Benjamin. Horner-----


The following is a description of a claim I have made which I wish recorded commencing at the S E Corner on a marked Red oak thence with the meanders of the River North about 1 mile to a white Oak then west about half a mile to a White Oak then south about mile to 3 white Oaks then East to the place of beginning the above claim lyes in Johnson County Iowa Territory about. 5 or 6 miles North of Iowa City made about the 13th of January 1840

handed in January 20th 1840

James. Rock

 

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