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WASHINGTON

DONATION LAND CLAIMS


In 1850, Congress passed the Donation Land Law for the Oregon Territory. The Donation Land Law granted land to certain whites or Indians of mixed blood, provided they remain on the land for four years. They would receive 320 acres each (if single and would marry within one year after arrival), 160 acres if single and at least 21 years old, or an additional 320 acres in their wife’s name, if married. Originally designed to expire in December 1853, the law was extended until December 1855 and enabled settlers to purchase their claim for $1.25 per acre after two years of successive residence on the land.

The Washington Territory Donation Land Claims book contains the names of settlers who filed claims between 1852 and 1855 in Oregon Territory, and later Washington Territory when it was created in 1853. James Wickersham, a probate judge in Pierce County Washington from 1884-1888, is credited with transcribing this book in July of 1887.

Source for these records: MHGS Library R-490-11, Washington Territory Donation Land Claims; Seattle Genealogy Society Quarterly -- Transcribed by Peggy Thompson

CERT. #

NAME

DATE OF CLAIM

COUNTY

NEAREST P.O.

148

Anderson, William R.

3-28-51

Clark

Vancouver

592

Bailey, Robert S.

9-1-52

Island

Glendale

608

Balch, Lafayett

1-10-51

Pierce

Steilacoom

32

Barnard, Louis Dexter

6-1-51

Thurston

Yelm

372

Barnes, Nelson & wife

10-6-52

Thurston

Olympia

152

Baughman, Daniel

10-2-52

Skamania

Stevenson

230

Beatty, George

3-28-51

Clark

Vancouver

113

Bell, Isaac E.

8-25-51

Clark

Vancouver

693

Bolton, William B. & Wife

9-26-50

Pierce

Parkland

255

Bozarth, Squire & Wife

9-26-50

Pierce

Parkland

33

Brail, George

4-1-51

Thurston

Yelm

169

Brashears, Joseph S.

5-10-52

Thurston

Offut

52

Byars, Irijah

8-27-52

Cowlitz

Woodland

157

Carty, James

9-9-51

Clark

Ridgefield

187

Chambers, John

9-5-51

Thurston

Olympia

187

Chambers, John

9-5-51

Thurston

Olympia

2

Chambers, Thomas (J. or I.)

2-1-48

Thurston

Olympia

158

Chenowitch, Francis A.

4-10-50

Skamania

N. Bonniville

333

Clarke, Edward A.

4-10-52

King

Seattle

689

Conner, Joseph H.

12-18-52

Thurston

Lacy

251

Covell, Henry S.

6-1-51

Pacific

Ilwaco

10

Crosby, Clanick

8-10-51

Thurston

Olympia

172

Danney, Louis

10-??-52

Walla Walla

Lowden

588

Dean, Thomas Aubrey

8-1-51

Pierce

Roy

314

Denny, Arthur A.

6-12-52

King

Seattle

638

Eaton, Charles

3-1-51

Thurston

Offut

150

Ebey, Isaac N.

10-15-50

Island

Coupeville

432

Edgar, John, widow & heirs of

10-18-47

Thurston

Yelm

210

Edwards, William P., widow & heirs of

3-1-50

Pacific

Chinook

373

Ethridge, Cortland

7-29-52

Thurston

Olympia

545

Fahy, Murty

10-1-51

Pierce

Parkland

119

Frese, Charles

1-1-51

Skamania

N. Bonneville

15

Furgerson, Jesse

6-10-52

Thurston

Tumwater

220

Gardiner, James, heirs at law

7-29-52

Cowlitz

Olequa

4

Goodwin, William

10-15-50

Clark

Fisher

6

Gordon, Benjamin

8-30-47

Thurston

Tumwater

639

Gravail (Gravaille) Francis

3-1-48

Pierce

Roy

72

Hale, Calvin Henry

12-25-52

Thurston

Ol

276

Harrington, William T. & Wife

12-1-50

Wahkaikum

Eden

185

Hill, Nathaniel D.

11-20-52

Island

Fort Casey

367

Hodgon, stephen G. & wife

5-15-52

Thurston

Tenino

365

Holbrook, Richard B.

5-5-52

Island

San de Fuca

117

Holman, James D.

7-1-51

Pacific

Ilwaco

342

Howe, Samuel D.

5-5-52

Island

San de Fuca

320

Hughes, James

10-2-52

Thurston

Yelm

54

Irby, Charles S.

11-25-52

Clark

Knapp

644

Jahn, H. W.

7-15-52

Pierce

Spanaay

34

James, Samuel

10-12-52

Thurston

Grand Mound

321

Jial, Herbert

8-23-52

Thurston

Boston Hbr.

170

Johnson, James & Jane

8-15-49

Pacific

Ilwaco

18

Jones, Gabriel

3-1-51

Thurston

Tumwater

114

laframbois, Francis

12-1-49

Clark

Vancouver

63

Laken, William

11-17-52

Clark

Pioneer

513

Latour, Louis & wife, heirs of

2-25-50

Pierce

Roy

200

Lieser, Louis & heirs of wife

5-1-51

Clark

Vancouver

635

Mahard, William

11-1-52

Thurston

St. Clair

65

Malick, Abigal J. adm'r, George Malick

10-4-50

Clark

Vancouver

245

Markey, Patrick

1-18-52

Clark

Vancouver

193

Martindale, William, heirs of

1-16-51

Pacific

Long Beach

566

Matron, Christopher & wife

9-22-52

Pierce

Parkland

550

Maylor, Thomas

11-25-52

Island

Oak Harbor

281

McCarty, William

3-20-50

Pacific

Chinook

189

McCunningill, Wm.

3-20-50

Pacific

Chinook

178

Meldrum, John

11-25-50

Pacific

Ilwaco

11

Morton, James

12-4-51

Thurston

Tumwater

88

Petrain (Petain), Joseph

11-17-49

Clark

Vancouver

171

Pickernell, John E.

9-20-50

Pacific

Ilwaco

129

Plumb, William W.

6-21-52

Thurston

Olympia

199

Powell, Elizabeth

12-1-52

Cowlitz

Woodland

68

Proulx, Charles

10-15-49

Clark

Vancouver

520

Rabjohns, Frederick

10-16-52

Pierce

American Lk.

115

Ricard, Pascal

6-14-48

Thurston

Olympia

448

Rigney, John & Wife

9-1-52

Pierce

Tacoma

92

Robie, Abraham

6-10-49

Clark

Vancouver

37

Ruddell, Stephen D.

2-21-52

Thurston

Lacey

19

Ryder, Samuel J. Jr.

4-27-52

Thurston

Tumwater

145

Scarborough, James A. & Ann

5-1-46

Pacific

McGowan

377

Shazer, (Shager) George W.

3-20-48

Thurston

Sherlock

116

Shuh, Henry

9-28-51

Clark

Vancouver

538

Smith, (L. or S.) A.

2-19-47

Pierce

Benston

456

Smith, Jacob & wife

10-10-52

Island

San de Fuca
  St. Francis Xavier Mission

?

Lewis

Toledo
  St. James Mission

?

Clark Co.

Vancouver
  St. Rose Mission

?

Walla Walla

Walla Walla

227

Sturgess, David, widow & heirs of

9-28-50

Clark

Vancouver

131

Swan, John M.

8-13-51

Thurston

Olympia

567

Tallemtire, Thomas

6-14-52

Pierce

Parkland

187

Tappan, William H.

12-5-50

Clark

Ridgefield

222

Thompson, William O.

4-19-52

Thurston

Delphi

9

Tyrell, Freeman W.

10-20-51

Thurston

Lacey

93

VanAllman, Henry, dec'd Wm Dolan Administrator
(VanAlman)

10-5-49

Clark

Vancouver

295

White, Elijah (Elikiah) & Wife

11-15-49

Pacific

Ilwaco
  Whitman Mission

6-21-1836

Walla Walla

Walla Walla

444

Wilton, William R.

3-28-51

Clark

Vancouver

111

Wood, Isaac

1-18-52

Thurston

Olympia

540

Wren, Charles & Wife

11-15-49

Pierce

Roy

371

Wylie, Adam dec'd, heirs of

4-9-52

Thurston

Boston Hbr.





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