06 April 2013
Twelve Years to Purchase Federal Land
This image is part of the final certificate that was issued to James Shores who actually completed the Rampley purchase in what is now Coshocton County, Ohio's Jackson Township. The complete credit under file contains documentation of the claim.
Federal land records are an underutilized resource. The land patents on the Bureau of Land Management website are only the tip of the iceberg. The documentation to prove the claim is in the records of the National Archives. Sales like this one typically have little information--unless there is a death during the process.
I usually don't obtain copies of the cash land sales myself--unless there is something out of the ordinary about the claim, or I'm simply desperate for information on the person.