I recently found a land sale listing on the website for Bureau of Land Management regarding a "Sale-Cash Entry" with the Authority listed as April 24, 1820, for land in Laclede County. The sale was listed as Patentee James CAMPBELL, date issued was 10/1/1845, and the land office was Springfield.
Document Nr.: 1; Assession/Serial nr.: MO5270_.001
Legal Land Description:
E 1/2 SE 1/4, Sec. 22, T-34N, R-14W, 5th PM, 80 Acres. State of MO, County of Laclede.
Part of the digitized certificate stated: "Whereas James CAMPBELL of Pulaski County, Missouri...."
I've found history books that listed my James CAMPBELL as a sheriff in Pulaski County in 1832, and prior to that he was a sheriff in Crawford County in 1831. His wife was Ruth ANDERSON.
The "RedBook" and the "HandyBook" show that Laclede County was created in 1849 from parts of Pulaski, Camden and Wright counties, but the courthouses for these three counties burned. The purchase was probably done in Pulaski County, before the county boundaries were changed, and BLM listed the sale in Laclede County.
Does the Laclede County Assessor have a book and or files that would show this land sale transaction? Is there another department that would have the record? Would there be another source or location where I could find the deed book or file showing this transaction and the paperwork for the Land Patent?
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