Michael Dousman

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 221


 

NOTICE - Michael Dousman enters his claim with the register of the land office at Detroit to be laid before the commissioners under the act of Congress, to a certain tract of land situated on Bois Blanc island, bounded on the north by Lake Huron, on the east by a tract confirmed to said Michael, on the west by United States lands, and on the south by the shore of said lake; said tract extending across said and being twelve acres wide by thirty-two acres in depth.
MICHAEL DOUSMAN.

 

On July 21, 1823, came before me, the undersigned judge, at Mackinac, Pierre Muller, who, being duly sworn, says that the tract of land described in the annexed notice has been cultivated in front from the year 1796, every year, to the present time; that Pierre Suissy was the first possessor of the lot, who continued to reside upon it until his death; that Joseph Latard occupied and cultivated a part of it for several years previous to the war, July 1, 1812, and until the year 1815; that Joachin Lagasse occupied another part of the same lot, and claimed the whole, in his own right, as heir of Suissy; he has continued to reside upon and cultivate it since the year 1812 to the present time. This deponent thinks that there is cultivated of this lot, in front between fifteen and sixteen acres in width.

his mark
PIERRE H. MULLER.

Taken and subscribed before me.

J. D. DOTY, Judge.

 

Be it remembered that, July 18, 1823, came before me, the undersigned judge, at Mackinac, William Solomons, who, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that during the year 1811 Joseph Latard was in possession of the tract of land described in the annexed notice; that he was in possession of it several years before that period; that the said Latard continued to occupy and cultivate said tract until the year 1815, when, he removed from the premises; that during this time his possession was quiet and uninterrupted; that in 1813 Joachin Lagasse removed from Green Bay and settled himself upon the same tract, where he continued to reside, and to cultivate a large portion of the said premises, until the present time; that this deponent made sugar several springs, either on the rear of this lot or land adjoining, and had therefore a good opportunity to know, as well as from other circumstances, the persons in possession of said lot.

Taken and subscribed before me.

WILLIAM SOLOMONS.
J. P. DOTY, Judge.

 

Year 1828. CLAIMS IN MICHIGAN. Page 222

 

On the same day personally came before me, the undersigned judge, Patrick McGulpin, who, being sworn, saith that according to the best of his recollection, during the whole of the year 1812, and for many years before, Joseph Latard was in possession of the tract before mentioned; that he had a dwelling- house erected thereon and a considerable field under cultivation; that this tract has been long cultivated, it having been settled as early and even before seventeen hundred and ninety-six; that Joachin Lagasse has also been residing upon this lot and cultivating it since the year 1813; he had a house erected upon it, and had a very considerable improvement.

PATRICK McGULPIN.

Taken and subscribed before me.

J. D. DOTY, Judge.

 

On the same day came also before me Simon Champaigne, who, being duly sworn, says that Joseph Latard occupied and cultivated the tract mentioned in the annexed notice in the year 1807, and continued to possess and cultivate the same, without interruption, until the year 1815; that Joachin Lagasse also resided upon a portion of the same tract from the year 1813 to the present time; that the fields occupied and cultivated by said Latard and Lagasse were about fifteen acres wide in front upon the lake; they had also several buildings erected on the lot.

his mark
SIMON CHAMPAIGNE.
Taken and subscribed before me.

J. D. DOTY, Judge.

 

Detroit, October 29, 1823.

Michael Dousman produces a deed from James Latard, dated July 10, 1823, conveying to him a tract of land on the island of Bois Blanc, bounded and described as follows: on the north by the lake, twelve arpents; on the east by a tract confirmed to Michael Dousman, thirty-two arpents; on the south by the lake, twelve arpents; on the west by United States lands, thirty-two arpents.

 

The commissioners, at their session of this day, confirm to Michael Dousman the tract claimed by him on the island of Bois Blanc, as described in the preceding notice.

Transcribed by Patricia Hamp March 2006

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