Estate inventories and sale lists tend to be household and items that a relative used in the course of his daily life. At times these listings can provide a glimpse into our ancestor's life and clues as to his occupation.
Sometimes they can give us more.
On 8 May 1852 near Keithsburg, Mercer County, Illinois, there was a sale to settle up the affairs of James Kile. One of the items sold was a land warrant.
That's as specific as the description gets: land warrant.
There's no mention of how James obtained the warrant, but there are likely two ways:
- he had military service and the warrant was based upon his eligibility for a land warrant based upon his documentation of that service
- he had purchased the land warrant from someone else.
We're working on that...stay tuned.