Wright County, Minnesota


 Monticello Township Land Records 1857 - 1876

The following transcriptions from the land office records gives the original owners of all the land pre-empted and homesteaded in Wright County. This is the roll of honor of those who dared the rigors of a pioneer country and started the first developments. The list is in the main accurate, though, through carelessness of the land office registers and their clerks, the original entries are often misspelled, and transcriptions of more or less illegible handwriting since that date have distorted some of the names in various ways. But especial efforts have been made to insure accuracy in this printed list, and the names of thousands of old pioneers will be recognized.

The first claims in the Congressional township


3-Sarah Beekman, June 30
Samuel Wilder, June 30
William M. Corey, June 30
William Brown, June 10,
4-James Mealey, December 23
Samuel Wilder, June 30
Frederick T. Barker, July 30
Abraham G. Descent, June 2.
5-William S. Brookins, July 24
David H. Downer, August 30.
6-William E. Griffith, June 12
Joseph Hostller, June 22
William S. Brookins, July 24.
7-Daniel Worthing, June 23
William S. Brookins, July 24
Joseph Hostller, June 22
William S. Randdall, June 27
Lawrenza Flanders, July 13
Elisha Stiles, June 27.
8-Abram G. Descent, June 2
A. W. Wood, June 27
Jonathan G. Smith, June 18
William S. Brookins, July 24
Daniel Worthing, June 23
Elisha Stiles, June 27
Henry M. Hartwell, Juno 23
Jonathan O. Smith, June 18
John D. Taylor, June 23.
9-Samuel T. Creighton, May 27
Row Brasie, June 23
O. A. Smith, June 18
Jonathan G. Smith, June 18
John D. Taylor, June 23
William H. St. Clair. June 23
10-William Brown, June 10
Joseph N. Barbor. June 11
Samuel T. Creighton, May 27
Elisha H. Leduc.
William H. St. Clair, June 25
11-Stephen J. Mason June 12
13- Dolos C. Wolls, July 31
William Chandler, June 16
Henry H. Helm, June 16
Joel M. Town. June 15
James F Bradley, June 12
14-Joseph W. Walker, June 12
Hiram Nickerson, June 12
Nathan Fletcher, Juno 22
George W. Knowlton, October 20
Joel M. Town, June 15
15-John Everitt, July 16
Martin Fox, June 10
Dudley P. Jordon
17-John D. Taylor, June 23
Abraham W. Wood, June 23
August Geisman, October 21
William Hamilton, August 14.
18-Lorenzo Flowers,
Herman C. Coolbaugh, July 17.
19-Andrew B. Benson, July 16
Harry Ely, June 12
20-William Hamilton, August 14
Daniel Hanaford, June 29
21-John Whitcomb, June 30
Joseph W. Hanaford, June 29
David Hanaford June 29
Samuel Holton, July 6
John C. Howe
22-Samuel Houlton, July 6.
23-Harrison Perkins, October 16
Samuel Bennett, September 15.
24-James F. Bradley, June 12
Henry Whitney, December 29
Henry Kries, September 15
J. L. Jordon, September 18
Samuel Bennett, September 15
Charles O. Whitney, December 29
25-Charles O. Whitney, December 29
Joseph F. Lewis, October 7
Theodore Brown, August 27
26-Samuel Bennett. September 15
Harrison Perkins, October 16
Joseph Brown, July 6
John F. Callow, June 10
27-Joseph Brown, July 6
Henry Perkins, October 16
Ira Hoar, October 16
28-John C. Howe, August 22
Augustus Mitchell, June 30
29-Augustus Mitchell, June 30
Martin V. B. Height, July 13
30-John C. Bailey, August 18
51-Stephen W. Packard, June 25
Joseph Lee, September 18
32-Charles W. Wedgwood, June 25
Allen J. Sawyer, June 25
Ambrose Bryant, June 25
Joseph Leo, September 28
Alfred Stewart, June 25
33-Heirs of Arthur Smith, June 25
Albert W. Barston, June 25
Daniel G. Sawyer, June 25
Ambrose Bryant, June 25
Alfred Stewart, June 25
34-Ira Hoar, October 16
Alfred W. Hoar, July 6
35-Merrill D. Hall, August 7


3-E. W. Merrill, May 21
4-E. W. Merrill, May 21
18 -W. O. Knight.
19-George Lowry, March 15
20-George W. M. Drake, May 17
Harriet Felix, April 20
A. B. Hanaford, May 10
21-A. B. Hanaford, May 10
22-Charles B. Whitcomb, October 30
23-George Brown, May 6
26-George Brown, May 6
N. B. Steele, September 17
28-Ralph Voorhees, June 9
James M. Voorhees, March 4
30-George Lowry, March 15
John Morgan, July 5
33-Joseph Stewart, May 17
35-N. B. Steel, September 15


5-David H. Downer, August 30
8-David H. Downer, August 30
10-Jonathan Stinson, September 9
15-Jonathan Stinson, September 9
16-John Hamilton, September 30
17-George M. Bertram, June 10
20-George M. Bertram, June 10
21-John Hamilton, September 30
23-Joseph Perkins, October 27


4-John B. Rich, October 9
Isaac W. Gareelon, May 30
William Murch, November 4
5-Thomas Murray, October 9
William Murch, November 24
Barker Bailey, October 5
6-Barber Bailey, October 5
12-A. C. Riggs, June 27
13-T. G. Mealey, October 9
16-Alexander Mitchell, October 5
Bradley Bailey
17-George W. Hamilton, September 22
18-Frederick Dressier, March 13
George W. Hamilton, September 22
22-A. Nickerson, October 8
W. E. Wedgewood, October 8
Charles Whitney, October 10
C. G. Boyd, October 8
23-J. Perkins, January 23
Charles Whitney, January 10
25-James Stokes, October 9
26-Levi Walden, October 8
A. C. Fairbrother, October 12
27-C. S. Boyd, October 8
W. E. Wedgewood, October 8
Royal Marsh, October 8
28-W. E. Wedgewood, October 8
O. Prescott, September 27
29-Horace Randall, September 27
George B. Wedgewood, October 13
30-Patrick Desmond, October 8
Timothy Desmond, October 13
31-Betsey Baston, February 2
32-Patrick Desmond, October 8
34 -S. Walker, October 13
S. Corliss, October 12
35-A. C. Fairbrother, October 12
Levi Walden, October 8.


Town of Moritzius, April 18
12-Town of Moritzius, April 18
11-Town of Monticello, April 20


18-Jackson J. Smith, December 31


20-N. P. Clark, February 6
34-A. W. and W. H. Hoar, July 5


31-Margaret O'Neil, January 12


18-Jackson J. Smith, May 30
30-Jerry Desmond, December 19


18-Jackson J. Smith, November 22


24-John Patterson, July 9
18-William O. Knight, January 3


S. Sykes, June 20
Martin Lord, June 26.
6-Jonathan Crawford, June 20


James Edmunds, May 20
35-J. Weiben, December 15
6-William Murray, January 2


20-John Geiser, November 10
32-August Mabias, December 14


30-Tim Desmond, Jr., July 28

  Wright County |Minnesota AHGP 

Source: History of Wright County, Minnesota, by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, Volume I, 1915


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