An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.
For February, my concentration will be on my husband's Ferguson line. After migrating over the years from Virginia to Southern Illinois, they finally setteled in Jasper County, Illinois and remained there for over 100 years. The following is a discription of their first land purchase there.
Jeremiah Ferguson was 37 years old at the time, married, and the father of 9 children. As indicated in the document, Jeremiah was then living in Decatur County, Indiana. By 1850, the family had moved to Jasper County since their 10th child was born in Illinois in March of 1850.
In November of 1849, Jeremiah Ferguson purchased land in Jasper County, Illinois according to the U.S. General Land Office. I am reproducing this record with the transaction specific information in Blue. Spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are as shown.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:
WHEREAS Jeremiah Ferguson, of Decatur county, Indiana
has deposited in the GENERAL LAND OFFICE of the United States, a certificate of the REGISTER OF THE LAND OFFICE at Palestine whereby it appears that full payment has been by the said
Jeremiah Ferguson 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 South East Quarter of the North West Quarter of Section Thirty-six, in Township Seven, North of Range Ten, East, in the District of Lands subject to sale at Palestine, Illinois, containing Forty 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 Jeremiah Ferguson
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 GOVE AND GRANT, unto the said Jeremiah Ferguson
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 Jeremiah Ferguson
and to his heirs and assigns forever.
IN TESTAMONY WHEREOF, I, Zachary Taylor 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 first day of November in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine and of the Independence of the United States the Seventy - fourth .
BY THE PRESIDENT: Z. Taylor
By Tho. Ewing, Jr. Sec'y
N. Sargent , RECORDER of the General Land Office.