24 November 2008

Homestead Applications Include Proof of Citizenship

It will be a while before I get the entire file on the website, but I have posted one image from John H. Ufkes' homestead application from Franklin County, Nebraska.
The image included with this post is his Declaration of Intent filed in August of 1871 in Hancock County, Illinois, where John originally settled.
Of course, this is not a copy of the actual declaration, but rather a handwritten copy included in his pension file. If the dates are correct, John must have had a copy made the day he filed the intent as the "copy date" is the same as the date on the declaration.
Only citizens or those who had filed a declaration of intent could apply for homestead lands. John started the homestead application on 4 September 1872.
We'll be posting more from the file as time allows.

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