William Jorden Senior – 80 acres in Jasper County, Indiana
west half of the north-east quarter of section 24 in township 27 north of range 7 west


Purchased November 26, 1838
for $100 ($1.25/acre)
a “Preemption Certificate,” meaning he was already squatting on the land
signed by President John Tyler on June 25, 1841

Written at the top:

No. 11775

The United States of America

To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:

Whereas William Jordan Senior, of Jasper County, Indiana, has deposited in the GENERAL LAND OFFICE of the United States, a certificate of the REGISTER OF THE LAND OFFICE at Laporte, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said William Jordan Senior according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled “An Act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands,” for the West half of the North East quarter of Section twenty-four, in Township twenty seven North, of Range seven West, in the District of Lands subject to sale at Laporte, Indiana, containing eighty acres, according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the SURVEYOR GENERAL, which said tract has been purchased by the said William Jorden, Senior

NOW KNOW YE, That the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in consideration of the Premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress, in such case made and provided, HAVE GIVEN AND GRANTED, and by these presents, DO GIVE AND GRANT, unto the said William Jorden Senior and to his heirs, the said tract above described: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities, and appurtenances of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging, unto the said William Jorden Senior and to his heirs and assigns forever.

In testimony whereof, I John Tyler, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, have caused these Letters to be made PATENT, and the SEAL of the GENERAL LAND OFFICE to be hereunto affixed.

GIVEN under my hand, at the CITY OF WASHINGTON, the twenty fifth day of May June
in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty one, and of the INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES the Sixty fifth
John Tyler
by R. Tyler, Sec’y
R. J. Williamson Recorder of the General Land Office

Source: U.S. Bureau of Land Management: General Land Office Records (Land Patents)