While searching the Bureau of Land Management website again yesterday, I was delighted to find the land patent of my 2nd great-grandfather, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster, who was Watson's father.1
Ebenezer was born in Racine, Meigs, Ohio on 11 August 1838. He served in the US Civil War in Company E, 74th Regiment, Illinois Infantry. According to census records, Ebenezer and his family moved to Kansas sometime before 1880. In the 1880 US census he and his family were living in Otoe Reservation, Marshall, Kansas.2 By March of 1885 he and his family were living in Marysville, Marshall, Kansas.3
Ebenezer's land patent was issued on 30 June 1884 and consisted of 160 acres. Here's a zoomed in view of Ebenezer's land.
Ebenezer's land is inside the red square. Indian Creek ran through his land and there was a pond or small lake as well. There isn't a name for this body of water on the Google Maps website.
Here's what the land looks like when I turned on the "Earth" feature on Google Maps.
The map of Ebenezer's property isn't the only thing I found. See the tab at the top of the BLM website that says "Patent Image?" I clicked on that and found the Land Patent document, which as you can see, can be downloaded as a PDF file. Of course, I did download the document.
If you'd like to search for Land Patents on the BLM website, click HERE. And to learn more about Land Patent Searches on the FamilySearch Wiki, click HERE.
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1 Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster (Kansas), Accession No. NE0170_.338, 30 June 1884; “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx : accessed 15 June 2015).↩
2 "United States Census, 1880," Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MF5H-BB7 : accessed 16 June 2015), E P Webster, Otoe Reservation, Marshall, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district , sheet , NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll ; FHL microfilm ↩
3 Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1885 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1885_86; Line: 8; Ancestry.com. Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.↩