This is the information I got from the general land office.
The Milam Preemption covered MANY counties:
The Milam designation refers to the Milam Land District. From within
the land districts are contained the particular counties where the
survey was located. Preemption Grants (Homestead or Settler's Claims)
were issued to those who actually resided on a tract of no more than 320
acres for at least three consecutive years from January 22, 1845. Under
an Act of 1854, all preemptors could locate no more than 160 acres.
Under a later 1870 Act, heads of households could locate no more than
160 acres and single men, no more than 80. The last preemption grant
was approved in 1898, at which time the Texas Supreme Court declared the
public domain exhausted.
Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.
Bobby Santiesteban - Research Specialist
Archives & Records Division
Texas General Land Office
P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873
1700 North Congress Ave. Room 800
Austin, TX 78701-1495
512-463-5277 1-800-998-4GLO (4456)
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