John Lake in 1855
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John Lake appears on the Bureau of Land Management's database of land patents as having received a land patent for property in Chariton County, Missouri, in April of 1857. Never having seen a preemption claim, I am curious exactly what it contains. My contact at the National Archives is working on getting me a copy of the file. I'll post more when I know more and will probably use the information from the file for a future Casefile Clues column for Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.
John Lake was in Mercer County, Kentucky, in 1850. I'm hoping there will be something in his preemption claim file that will help me pinpoint his migration into Missouri.
The image in this post is part of the death certificate for William Lake, who died in Chariton County, Missouri on 1 December 1924.
The nice thing about the free online death certificates is that one can then easily obtain them for extended family members and potentially reveal new clues about the family.
In this case, I was hoping for a little more detail on the parents, or perhaps a different piece of information than I had before. I will keep looking in the index for the rest of the children of John and Charlotte Brown Lake.
There are a variety of records on the Missouri State Archives website. The death records are just one.
And if anyone is related to William Lake, fire off an email. His youngest brother, Granville, is my wife's great-grandfather.