Just because I found it interesting. The Homestead Act 1 January, 1863

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My Newspapers.com email came through trying to get me to subscribe.  I found the story interesting.


Homestead Act Takes Effect

On December 31, 1862, Daniel Freeman made his way to the land office in Brownville, Nebraska. It was just before midnight, but Freeman, a Civil War soldier on furlough, arranged for an obliging clerk to open the doors. He planned to file the first homestead claim under the newly enacted Homestead Act which took effect on January 1, 1863. 

At 12:05 A.M., Freeman successfully filed his claim. He was awarded a tract of land in Nebraska that he lived on and cultivated until his death in 1908. Later, to celebrate the most progressive land redistribution in American history, Freeman’s property became the Homestead National Monument of America.

The Homestead Act was US legislation that granted 160 acres of unappropriated public land to any American citizen or immigrant who declared his intention to become a citizen, upon the receipt of a small fee. Applicants agreed to live on the land, improve it, and build a residence.


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Here is a link to the website for Homestead National Monument near Beatrice, Nebraska on the site of Freeman's claim   https://www.nps.gov/home/learn/historyculture/index.htm 

And, here is a link to U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management General Land Office records  https://glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx which is a great free resource for looking up all kinds of Land Patents including homesteads.

by Sarah Mason G2G6 Mach 3 (39.7k points)
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Thank for sharing this. Freeman was the first. How cool.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.9m points)
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Mom's family had homesteads in North Dakota and in Montana - they went back and forth between the two - wheat in North Dakota and sheep ranch in Montana where mom was born the youngest of ten
by Navarro Mariott G2G6 Pilot (144k points)

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