• Military Land Warrant Signed By Minnesota Territory Pioneers, Provides Land To Local Woman

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    The Military Bounty Land Act of March 3, 1855, extended military bounty land laws to native Americans, entitling veterans from the Revolutionary War and the Indian Wars of 1818 and 1836 to warrants that could be exchanged for public lands.


    THOMAS SIMPSON became a citizen of Winona, Minnesota, in December 1855, and was engaged in the management of his land and money interests. Simpson was a leading pioneer in southeastern Minnesota.  He was born in England on May 31, 1836 and brought to America when a few months old. He was reared and educated in Dubuque, Iowa. At 16, he finished a course in civil engineering under Rev. E.S. Norris, who had been state surveyor in Maine. In 1853, Norris was given a contract by the United States surveyor general for the Minnesota territory. He made Simpson an assistant. Simpson soon took charge of the work. In 1856, Simpson arrived at Winona and began a business as a loan agent and selling land warrants. He served in a number of civic and political positions. [Research included]


    5 ¼ x 7 ¼ Military Land Warrant signed by Simpson and certified by C.F. Buck, another early pioneer, as Register of Deeds. The warrant provides 80 acres to Mrs. E. Gould.  Two separate sheets. Nice vignette of the American flay.


    Toning with a couple small stains and a hole at the fold.


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