Land Entry File

(This form will be used both in final homestead proof and commutation proof.)



Dugald Campbell being called as a witness in his own behalf in support for his homestead entry for N 1/2 SE 1/4 + S 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 36 Tp 138 R 43
, testifies as follows:
    Ques. 1. What is your name? (Be careful to give it in full, correctly spelled, in order that it may be here written exactly as you wish it written in the patent which you desire to obtain.)
    Ans. Dugland Campbell
    Ques. 2. What is your age?
    Ans. 60 years
    Quest. 3. Are you the head of a family, or a single person; and, if the head of a family, of whom does your family consist?
    Ans. I am married and have one child
    Ques. 4. Are you a native-born citizen of the United States? If not, have you declared your intention to become a citizen, and have you obtained a certificate of naturalization?*
    Ans. I am foreign born. Have been naturalized a citizen of the United States.
    Ques. 5. Are there any indications of coal, salines, or minerals of any kind on the land embraced in your homestead entry above described? (If so, state what they are, and whether the springs or mineral deposits are valuable.)
    Ans. No
    Ques. 6. If the land more valuable for agriculture than mineral purposes?
    Ans. Yes

    NOTE.-At the time of making proof that party should be required to surrender his original homestead duplicate receipt, or file an affidavit accounting for same.
    *In case the party has been naturalized, a certified copy of his certificate of naturalization must be furnished. In cases of commuted homesteads it is sufficient if the party has declared his intention to become a citizen, in which case a certified copy of his declaration of intention must be furnished.

    Ques. 7. What is your post-office address?
    Ans. Cormorant Becker Co. Minn
    Ques. 8. Have you ever made a homestead entry except for this land, No. ? (If you have, give, as nearly as you can, the date thereof and description of the land, and state whether the entry still subsists, or, if it has been canceled, state the cause of its cancellation.)
    Ans. No
    Ques. 9. Have you sold the land or conveyed to any one your right and interest in the same; and, if so, to whom and for what purpose?
    Ans. No
    Ques. 10. Does any one except yourself claim the land under the homestead or pre-emption laws?
    Ans. No one that I know of
    Ques. 11. When did you first make settlement on the said land? Ans. May 17, 1870
    Ques. 12. When did you first establish residence upon the land?
    Ans. July 1st, 1870
    Ques. 13. At the date you have given as being the date that you first established your residence upon the land, did you move thereon in person?
    Ans. Yes
    Ques. 14. Up to what time have you resided on the land?
    Ans. To the present time
    Ques. 15. Was your residence upon the land continuous during the period named?
    Ans. Yes
    Ques. 16. If you had a family during said period of residence on the homestead, did your family reside theron?
    Ans. Yes
    Ques. 17. What improvements have you made or do you posses on the land? (Describe them.)
    Ans. I have built a frame house 13 X 17 ft in size with an addition 11 X 13 ft in size, board floors and shingle roof and 8 windows, 2 outside doors. A stable 12 X 29 ft in size and a grainary. Sunk a good well and fenced 50 acres of land.
    Ques. 18. When was your house built?
    Ans. In Feb 1878. I lived in a log house until then.
    Ques. 19. What is the total value of said improvements?
    Ans. About $900.00
    Ques. 20. For what purpose have you used the land?
    Ans. farming
    Ques. 21. How much land have you broken and cultivated, and what crops, if any, have you raised?
    Ans. 50 acres. Have raised wheat oats corn and vegatables

    Dugald Campbell

    I HEREBY CERTIFY that each question and answer in the foregoing testimony was read to the claimant before he signed his name thereto; and that the same was subscribed and sworn to before me this 19th day of November , 1879.
    That the judge of the Dist Court is absent from the County of Becker.

    John Cromb
    Deputy Clerk Dist Court
    Becker Co Minn

    NOTE.-The officer before whom the testimony is taken should call the attention of the witness to the following Section of the Revised Statues, and state to him that it is the purpose of the Government, if it be ascertained that he testifies falsely, to prosecte him to the full extent of the law.


    SEC. 5392. Every person who, having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he will testify, declare, depose, or cerify truly, or that any written testimony, declaration, deposition, or certificate by him subscribed is true, willfully and contrary to such oath states or subcribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true, is guilty of perjury, and shall be punished by a fine of not more than two thousand dollars, and by imprisonment, at hard labor, note more than five years, and shall, moreover, thereafter be incapable of giving testimony in any court of the United State until such time as the judgment against him is reversed. [See § 1750.]

Homestead Proof - Testimony of Claimant.

Note: Handwritten entries on the form are indicated by bold italics .

Return to Becker County, MN main page