Sunday, February 17, 2013

Amanuensis Monday - Philippe Cayenbergh's Land Patent

OK, I know that my husband's ancestor having a land grant is nothing extraordinary, but the thought that an ancestor was the first person to purchase the land from the U.S. government is pretty neat.

Our surname Cayemberg has gone through multiple changes over the years, Cayenbergh, being one, but not the oldest.

"Homestead Certificate No 137
Application 275

The United States of America, To all to whom these presents shall com, Greeting:

Whereas, there has been deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Menasha, Wisconsin, whereby it appears that pursuant to the 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 Philippe Cayenbergh has been established and duly consummated in conformity to law for the North West quarter of the North West quarter of Section three in Township twenty five, of Range twenty four in the District of Lands subject to sale at Menasha, Wisconsin, containing forty acres and eighty six 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 Philippe Cayenbergh the tract of Land above described: To Have and to Hold the said tract of Land, with the appurtenances thereof, unto the said Philippe Cayenbergh and to his heirs and assigns forever.

In testimony whereof, I, Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States of America, have caused these latters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office to the hereunto affixed.

Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the first day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one, and of the independence of the United States the ninety fifth

By the President:  U.S. Grant
By J. Parrish, Sec'y
J.(W). Wanger, Recorder of the General Land Office"

The J.W. Wanger was taken from a transcription of another Land Patent on WorldCat.  I still see J. N. not J.W. but it could be.  (Thanks, Sean Kelley for the help!)