Land Records for Original War of 1812 Patentees listed
A "Land Patentee" is the original owner of the land, received from the government, regardless of the official act allowing settlement.

This page is only War of 1812 military soldiers who were recipients of land


After the Louisiana Purchase, land was opened for settlement at very low prices. Thousands of families flocked into the area which included present day Arkansas. Early Missouri and Arkansas maps show the vast amount of land to be settled. Akansas Territory was created 1813 in the Territory of Missouri from territorial New Madrid County ( Territory of Upper Louisiana) See MO maps for 1804, 1812 and 1813 and Arkansas Territory 1819 map)

Poinsett County was created in 1833 with land taken from Greene (formed 1833), Jackson (formed 1828) and St. Francis Counties ( formed 1827) Lawrence ( formed 1818). See AR maps. ( Off site ) Craighead then took part of northern Poinsett County in 1859.

These records below are taken from the BLM website. Following the War of 1812, families came for land based on service in the War of 1812. ( Several Military Warrant Acts granted public land to soldiers instead of pay as an enticement for men to enter the service)

May 6, 1812 Scrip-Warrant Act of 1812 military personnel upon separation from service
April 24, 1820 Sale-Cash Entry Allowed direct cash sales of land from General Land Office to public for 1st time
May 20, 1862 Homestead Entry Allowed homesteading of up to 160 acres

1833 Patentees:

Patentee Name

County

Issue Date

Land Office

Doc #

Accession/Serial #

BELL, ANN 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantee John Bell

Poinsett  6/24/1833  Arkansas  26537  AR3030__.107 

MCCHANDLES, HUGH
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantee: John McChandles (John McCandles  

Poinsett  6/24/1833  Arkansas  26530  AR3030__.108 

RHODES, JONAH 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantee: Jonah Rhodes

Poinsett  10/5/1833  Arkansas  6082  AR3030__.128 

1834

Patentee Name County Issue
Date
Land Office Doc.
Nr.
Accession/
Serial Nr.
GRAY, MOSES 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812

ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantee: Moses Gray
Poinsett  5/27/1834  Arkansas  3739  AR3030__.178 

1835

Patentee Name

County Issue
Date
Land Office Doc.
Nr.
Accession/
Serial Nr.
MCELHANY, JAMES 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantee: James McElhany
Poinsett  2/10/1835  Arkansas  13880  AR3030__.183 
PHINNEY, JAMES H 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantee: James Phinney
Poinsett  2/2/1835  Arkansas  655  AR3030__.181 

1836

Patentee Name County Issue
Date
Land Office Doc.
Nr.
Accession/
Serial Nr.
SHIVERS, THOMAS 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantee: Alexander Shivers
Poinsett  6/7/1836  Arkansas  26810  AR3030__.380 
SMITH, BENJAMIN 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantee: Benjamin Smith
Poinsett  11/14/1836  Arkansas  26833  AR3030__.420 

1837

Patentee Name County Issue
Date
Land Office Doc.
Nr.
Accession/
Serial Nr.

BROOKS, HANNAH 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantee: Roswell Brooks

Poinsett  6/19/1837  Arkansas  26911  AR3030__.514 
BRYAN, MICHAEL 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantee: Michael Bryan
Poinsett  10/10/1837  Arkansas  24049  AR3040__.016 
ENDEMAN, ELIZABETH & PETER NELSON UTT
 ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantees:
Richard T Murphy
Poinsett  9/12/1837  Arkansas  26937  AR3040__.002 
RIFE, ABRAHAM 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantees: Christopher Rife
Poinsett  6/19/1837  Arkansas  26908  AR3030__.519 
SPENCER, MARTHA 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantees: Elihu Spencer
Poinsett  10/10/1837  Arkansas  25191  AR3040__.018 
UTT, PETER NELSON  See Endemann
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantees:
Poinsett  9/12/1837  Arkansas  26937  AR3040__.002 
WEATHERFORD, DANIEL 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantees: Daniel Weatherford
Poinsett  9/12/1837  Arkansas  26864  AR3040__.001 

1838

Patentee Name County Issue
Date
Land Office Doc.
Nr.
Accession/
Serial Nr.
BIRCH, THOMAS 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantees: Jesse Birch
Poinsett  8/15/1838  Arkansas  27016  AR3040__.099 
EATON, JACOB F 
ScripWarrant Act of 1812
Warrantees: Jacob F. Eaton
Poinsett  6/21/1838  Arkansas  26927  AR3040__.087 

 

1839 All cash entry:

RHODES, JONAH  AR  Poinsett  10/5/1833  Arkansas  6082  AR3030__.128 

1840 See Land patents in present day Poinsett County