Ambrose R. Davenport

Mackinac County Original Land Claims
American State Papers, House of Representatives, 20th Congress, 1st Session
Public Lands: Volume 5 Beginning page 220 for Michilimackinac
1823

Book No. 6
Claims within the County of Michilimackinac

Year 1828. CLAIMS IN MICHIGAN. Page 223

 

MICHILIMACKINAC, May 30, 1823.

SIR: I hereby enter my claim, agreeably to law, to a tract of land situate on the island of Michilimackinac, Michigan Territory, bounded and described as follows: on the south by Lake Huron eight arpents; on the west by a tract confirmed by letter patent to George Chandler, twelve arpents; north by the United States lands, eight arpents; on the east by the same, twelve arpents.
I have the honor to subscribe myself your most obedient and humble servant,
A. R. DAVENPORT.
JOHN BIDDLE, Esq., Register of the Land Office at Detroit.

 

Year 1828. CLAIMS IN MICHIGAN. Page 224

 

On the 18th day of July, 1823, came before the undersigned judge John Dousman, esq., who, being duly sworn, says that Ambrose Davenport has been in the possession and cultivation of the tract mentioned in the notice of claim of said Davenport, filed with the register of the land office at Detroit, many years before the war, and had a house erected on it; that on the 1st day of July, 1812, he was in of the possession and cultivation of it, and so continued until the surrender of the post, and afterwards; that on his (Davenport) return to Mackinac he again cultivated said farm.

JOHN DOUSMAN.

Taken and subscribed before me.

J. D. DOTY, Judge.

 

On the same day also came before me Simon Champaigne, who, being duly sworn, says that in the year 1807 Ambrose Davenport was in the possession of the tract mentioned in his notice of claim; that he knows said Davenport had a house upon said farm, and that he has always cultivated it from said year 1807 to the present time; that he had several acres under cultivation, and raised considerable grain upon it.

SIMON H OHAMFAIGNE.

Taken and subscribed before me.

J. D. DOTY, Judge.

 

On the same day also came before me Patrick MeGulpin, who, being duly sworn, says that the facts stated in the preceding depositions of John Dousman and Simon Champaigne are, to the best of his knowledge and recollection, just and true. This deponent himself assisted Mr. Davenport to fence and enclose a part of the field he had cultivated in the year 1806.

PAT. McGULPIN

Taken and subscribed before me

J. D. DOTY, Judge.

 

On the 24th day of July, 1823, came again before me Patrick McGulpin, who being sworn further deposeth that Mr. A. R. Davenport has occupied and cultivated the tract herein before mentioned, without any interruption, from the year 1807 to the present time; that Sam C. Lastly, nor any other person, has ever cultivated any part of said tract, except Mr. Davenport, during that period, until the last year, when this deponent believes said Lastly took possession of some small part of it, and raised a few potatoes.

PAT. McGULPIN

Taken and subscribed before me.

J. D. DOTY, Judge.

 

On the same day came before me John Campbell, who being duly sworn, saith that Samuel C. Lastly never occupied any part of the tract of land claimed by Ambrose R. Davenport until the last year, (1822,) when this deponent thinks he raised some potatoes on one part of it.

JOHN CAMPBELL.

Taken and subscribed before me.

J. D. DOTY, Judge.

 

COUNTY OF MICHILIMACKINAC, ss:

Personally appeared before me, the subscriber, one of the justices of the peace for the county aforesaid, Francis Louisineau and Charles Marlie, good and lawful men, who, being duly sworn, depost and say that the claim of Ambrose R. Davenport is not legal; for, that in 1812 the said Charles Marlie occupied and cultivated the same spot of land which now A. R. Davenport claims; and that the house on the same land was built by A. R. Davenport in 1822; and further, that John Dousman has made a present of from five to seven panel of his fenced-in land.

His mark.

CHARLES MARLIE.

His mark.

FRANCIS LOUISINEAU.

Sworn and subscribed before me this 13th day of September, 1823.

J. M. BAILEY, J.P.M.C.

 

DETROIT, October 30, 1823.

At their sitting this day the commissioners confirmed to A. R. Davenport the tract or lot by him claimed, agreeably to the preceding notice.

Transcribed by Patricia Hamp March 2006

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