Year 1828. CLAIMS IN MICHIGAN. Page 223
Michilimackinac, May 30, 1823
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.
A. R. DAVENPORT
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.
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.
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
Detroit, October 29, 1823.
Transcribed by Patricia Hamp © March 2006
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