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Land Grant


Did you ever wonder what a Land Grant looked like?  Above is Land Grant Number 5653 signed by John Tyler, President of the United States of America.  It was issued from the Marietta General Land Office to Martin Eccleberry on March 10, 1843 for 39.69 acres of land in what is now Lee Township, Monroe County, OH.  A map showing the location of the land can be seen by clicking here (see the blue square).  The Eckelberry family tree contains a Martin Eckelberry who may have been the purchaser of this land.  (This speculation is based on the name and age of Martin Eckelberry.  That this is the correct Martin Eckelberry has not been proven.) The purchase price of the land is not known but around the time of this transaction, land purchased from the Land Office sold for around $1.25 an acre.


Photo of Land Grant taken 2005


Provided by Dorothy Bayes


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