George Brady's Homestead
Mecosta Co, Michigan

Drawn from memory by George Brady's Great Grandson Albert Url Hitchcock
Big Rapids Pioneer, 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee, 29 June 1937

Aetna Township, Mecosta County, Michigan

Homestead Papers

George Brady's Land Entry Files for his homestead in Aetna Township, Mecosta County, Michigan. Received from the National Archives in Washington D.C.

Page001 File Card
Page002 Proof Required Under Homestead Act - 7 Sep 1868

"We, Mason Lemon and William Covert do solemnly swear
that we have known George Brady for five years last past; that he
is a man of a family consisting of a wife + 5 childs and
a citizen of the United States; that he is an inhabitant
of the NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 of section No. 22 in
Township No 13 North of Range No. 10 West and that no other person resided upon the
said land entitled to the right of Homestead or Pre-emption. That he owned and resided on Se 1/4 of Sw 1/4
Sec 15 T13N R10W at the time he included said tract as homestead. Which adjoins said
original farm.
That the said George Brady entered upon and made settlement
on said land on the 1st day of November, 1860, and has built a house
thereon 1 1/2 stories high is 18 x 24 ft in size, has one door
and three windows, has a shake roof and board
floors, house is made of logs and is a comfortable
home to reside in
and has lived in the said house and made it his exclusive home from the 1st day of
November, 1860 to the present time, and that he has since said settlement ploughed,
fenced, and cultivated about Seventeen acres of said land (3 acres of which is on Homestead Tract), and has made the following improvements
thereon, to wit: has also chopped three acres on Homestead Tract
that he has an orchard of 25 trees and a log barn
18 x 24 in size on said original farm."
Page003 Payment Receipt
Page004 Final Receiver's Receipt - 7 Sep 1868
Page005 George Brady's 1863 Affidavit
Page006 George Brady's 1868 Affidavit
Page007 Application - 11 Jul 1863
Page008 Receiver's Receipt - 11 Jul 1863
Page009 Final Receiver's Receipt - 7 Sep 1868
Page010 Receiver's Receipt - 11 Jul 1863