It's time to get back to William Ballinger's Cash Entry (preemption) land file. We have a couple more documents to look at. If you would like to catch up on the first 7 posts, you can scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of the prior articles.
This document is a statement by a Calvin W. Ward stating he knows William and that he built a home on the property and has been residing on it. The transcription is immediately below my comments in italics and an image of the document is at the bottom.
What did I learn from this document?
- William settled this property 5 December 1864.
- The house he built (15 X 20 feet) is approximately the size of two horse stalls.
- Who is Calvin Ward and what sort of relationship does he have to William Ballinger? Calvin is now on my Persons of Interest List relative to William Ballinger.
Col. Ter ss
I Calvin W. Warddo solemnly swear
that I am well ac
=quainted with William H. Ballinger
who is the head of a Family &
a Citizen of the United States. and
an inhabitant of the SW1/4,, SW1/4
sec. 17. & SE 1/4,, SE 1/4 sec. 18. & NE 1/4
of NE 1/4 sec. 19 & NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 sec. 20
Township 1. North of Range 70
West. that the said Ballinger
entered upon and made a settle
ement in person on said land in
the 5th day of Dec. 1864, he has
on said land a log house
15 X 20 feet with roof door
and windows and floor. and
is a comfortable house to live
in. Also some lumber polls &
// posts on said land.
And has continued to reside
on said since his first settle
ment therein and is now living
in said house on said land
where he makes his exclusive
home and he did not re
=move from his own land
in the Territory of Colorado
to make [can't read - s__n] settlement
Sworn and Calvin Ward [his signature]
subscribed before me this
3 11/11 day of April 1865
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