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James Monroe Signed Ohio River Survey Land Deed

A land deed signed by 5th U.S. President James Monroe (1758-1831) as "James Monroe" at lower right. Recorded at Washington, D.C. on December 1, 1824. The document, which is partly printed and partly handwritten on a single vellum sheet measuring (sight size) 13.75" x 9.375," was also signed at lower center by George Graham, Commissioner of the United States General Land Office between 1823-1830. Bearing a fairly intact embossed United States General Land Office seal at lower left. In very good condition, with expected light folds as well as a few holes along folds. Scattered stains and foxing. Matted and displayed behind glass, to the right of an engraving of Monroe after an original portrait by John Vanderlyn, and above two engraved plaques. Not examined out of the frame. The overall frame size measures 27.5" x 16.875" x .875."

Certificate No. 516 granted 178 acres and 64/100ths of an acre of land to Daniel Craft of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

"Know Ye, That Daniel Craft of Fayette County Pennsylvania having deposited in the General Land Office a Certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Zanesville Ohio, whereby it appears that full payment has been made … for the north west quarter of section thirty in Township Eight of Range Eight in the Zanesville District, containing one hundred and Seventy Eight acres and Sixty four hundredths of an acre…"

The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records includes this December 1, 1824 land deed for Daniel Craft under "Ohio." (Craft also applied for another tract of 100 acres sometime in 1820.)

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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