John Campbell

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

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 lot of land situated on the island of Michilimackinac, Michigan Territory, at the south end of the village, bounded and described as follows: on the south side by Lake Huron, two hundred and ninety-five feet; on the north by a street leading to the western part of the island, two hundred and eighty-four feet; on the east by Market street, four hundred and ten feet to the lake, the place of beginning.
I have the honor to subscribe myself your most obedient and humble servant,

JOHN BIDDLE, Esq., Register of the Land Office, Detroit.


Be it remembered that on July 25, 1823, came before me, the undersigned judge, Ambrose R. Davenport, who, being duly sworn, says that Bartholomew Nobles, in the year 1809 or before, built a house, in which he lived, on the lot described in the notice of claim of John Campbell files with the register of the land office at Detroit; that said Nobles or his family continued to reside on said lot and to cultivate it from said year 1809 until the American troops departed from the island, after the surrender of the post in 1812; that at the same time this deponent was compelled to leave this place, but when he returned in 1815, immediately after the peace, a Mr. Grignon was in the possession of said lot and premises; that said which was about two or three years afterwards; that the said Puthuff held the same until he sold said lot to the present claimant, John Campbell, who was occupied and cultivated the same for about three years, and is still in possession of said premises at the present time.


Taken and subscribed before me, at Mackinac.

J. D. DOTY, Judge.


On the same day also came before me Simon Champaigne, who, being duly sworn, saith that he is knowing to all the facts in relation to the claim of John Campbell, as the same are stated in the preceding deposition of Ambrose R. Davenport, and now testifies to the same, of his own knowledge. He further saith that after Nobles left the said lot in 1812 M. Porlier, who had purchased it, took possession of it and cultivated it until he sold the same to one Joseph Jourdan; that the said Jourdan continued to possess and cultivate said lot until he sold the same to Louis Grignon, who sold to Major Puthuff.
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Taken and subscribed before me.

J. P. DOTY, Judge


On the same day of July, 1823, also came before me Patrick McGulpin, who, being duly sworn, saith that he is knowing to all of the facts as stated in the two preceding depositions of Simon Champaigne and Ambrose R. Davenport in relation to the claim of John Campbell, and now makes affidavit to the same, of his own knowledge, as if here again repeated. He further states that said house was occupied and the lot cultivated during the whole war.
Taken and subscribed before me.
J. D. DOTY, Judge.


A conveyance is produced, from Joseph Jourdan to Lewis Grignon, of the lot above mentioned, and from said Grignon to William H. Puthuff esq.; also a certificate of survey from Aaron Greely.

Detroit, October 29, 1823.
At their sitting this day the commissioners confirmed to John Campbell the tract or lot described in the preceding notice of claim. 

Transcribed by Patricia Hamp March 2006

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