Land Grants and Cash
Sales of Early Pocahontas County
will find two different types of land
acquisitions through the Federal Government in
the 1800s. The Cash Sale will be indicated
by being from the United States. The
authority to sell this land was set up in 1820.
The Military Script Warrants which were created
in 1850 will be listed as from the soldier to
whom the land grant is owed, to the assignee of
the soldier. Many never saw Iowa but sold
their military grants from afar. Most were
soldiers of the 1812 War but many were from
other minor skirmishes, some of which I had
never heard of such as the Florida War.
The links go to the actual land grant in PDF
form that was downloaded to this site from the
Bureau of Land Management. There is a bit
more information on the actual images.
find on the land information both the township,
in numeric form and the portion of the section,
called the aliquote. The following
diagrams will help you to see what land your
subject acquired if you do not already know how
to read aliquotes. If you have any
difficulties please don't hesitate to email me
with questions, I am a former realtor and can
explain in layman's terms.
Land Location Numbering
There were no records found from 1850 until May of 1857.
Then only 5,
none in 1858 and then the rush
began in 1859.
According to the Pocahontas
Historical Society, the first house in
the county was built
by Michael Collins in 1855.
Marker placed in 1947. Presumedly this was on Sec 13 of
land Michael Collins
homesteaded in 1857. Sep 2013