If you haven't been following along, you might want to read Part 3 and Part 4 in particular. Part 1 and Part 2 are about a separate Cash Entry file.
As I pointed out in Part 4, now that we have the legal description of William Ballinger's Preemption claim, we can plot the property on a map. Here's the legal description again:
- The SW ¼ of the SW ¼ of Section 17,
- and the SE ¼ of the SE ¼ of Section 18,
- and the NE ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 19,
- and the NW ¼ of the NW ¼ of Section 20,
- of Township 1 North
- of Range 70 West
- containing one hundred and sixty acres
Recently, I was in Boulder helping a family member and had the opportunity to drive through my great great grandfather's land. Visiting the land my ancestors lived on has become a bit of a hobby for me. I find it exciting to stand where my ancestors lived and worked. It helps give perspective on what their lives might have been like and, it's fun!
A portion of William's land is now a school:
The rest is a very pretty residential area:
My great great grandmother, Nancy Ballinger would have made this trip regularly; I am told she probably attended school in Boulder along with her siblings.
Oh, and one sidenote: Sections 15 and 22 contain Theodore Low’s property discussed in, Finding the Low Farm in Boulder.
Here are links to the entire series, in case you are interested:
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