Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Look at a Cash Land Entry File-Part 3

Today we take a look at a land file, for William H. Ballenger, from the National Archives that is classified as Cash Entry but in reality is a Preemption File. It's files like these that can make it worthwhile to go ahead and order (or examine in person) those Cash Entry files, since you won't know until you see the file which type it really is.

Since there is much more meat and potatoes in this file, I will be including some commentary and analysis as we go through each page. If you have anything to add, please join in. This is my first time dealing with a Preemption File.

Today it's the "cover sheet" we are looking at. Transcription and image are below. I had a hard time reading a few things so I put question marks in square brackets. Suggestions are welcome!

Interesting to Note:

The notation along the right hand side contains the date of "Oct 18./92. This a few weeks before William filed the patent  on November 12, 1892 with the Boulder County, Colorado, Recorder. Yeah, I know, the patent date is December 1, 1865. There's never a dull moment with this guy. We can talk about that later...

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No 244

Denver City
C. T. [Colorado Territory]
D.L. filed Dec. 21. 1864,
Settlement Dec. 5 1864
Lee[?] M. L. 65772. unssd[?]

no conflict

Pat. Dec. 1st 1865
Rec. Vol. 1 - Page 126

Appearred Aug 30, 1865

1 / 191

[written along the right hand side:]
see E.J. Moratti -  Oct. 18./92 M.I.G.[?]

[Pa = Preemption Act 1841 (see Hawkins, Kenneth. Research in the Land Entry Files of the General Land Office. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration. 2009, page 13. Downloadable from NARA.)]

Here are links to the entire series, in case you are interested:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9

© 2011, copyright Michelle Goodrum


  1. I think it's "Sec" instead of Lee

  2. I see "appeared" now!

    I agree it is an "S". It could also be "See" as well as "Sec"


  3. Just an observation:
    Seems to be 3 different handwritings.
    1."See EJ Moratti" line
    2.Lines starting with "Pat:, "Rec" and "Recorder"
    3. all the rest