William Conner’s Patent

Certificate No. 3847

 

The United States of America

To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:

Whereas William Conner of Marion County Indiana has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Brookville, State of Indiana whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said William Conner according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled “An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands,” for The East half of the South East quarter of section twenty eight in Township seventeen, of Range two, in the District of Brookville and State of Indiana, containing eighty acres according to the official play of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been purchased by the said William Conner.

Now know ye, that the United States of America, in consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress, in such case made and provided, have Given and Granted, and, by these presents do give and grant, unto the said William Conner tenances, of whatsoever nature, thereto belonging, unto the said William Conner and his heirs and assigns forever.

In testimony whereof, I, James Monroe, President of the United States of America, have caused these letters to be made Patent, and the seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed.

Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the twenty sixth day of July in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty three, and of the Independence of the United States the forty eighth. By the President. Geo. Graham, Commissioner of the General Land Office.

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About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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