Donation Lands in Van Buren County, Ar

See Township & Range Map to locate the land below.

Land called "Donation Land" became available to homesteaders when the original patent owner moved to "greener" pastures and left this land empty and didn't pay tax on it for a certain number of years. A new owner could claim no more than 160 acres or a quarter section and his wife and each minor child could also claim property. There is paper work connected with these purchases just as there is for the original patent owners.

Notice that MANY of these are in present day Cleburne Co. which formed in 1883.

For more information on what you will find in the records and how to obtain them see this article
For a list of all the donation land transactions in the state see this site




Name                   descrip      Cert #         Date           Sec    Twsp     Range

Allen, Alvey           adult        2169       Sep 17, 1873        29     10N      10W
Allen, E.S.B.          wife         3788       Oct 28, 1873        17     10N      10W
Allen, Jesse           adult         254       Mar 21, 1872        17     10N      10W
Allen, Lewis           adult        3709       Oct 28, 1873        22     10N      10W
Allen, Tabitha         wife         1981       Aug 30, 1873        28     10N      10W
Allen, Thomas          adult         732       May 21, 1872         4     10N      10W
Allison, J.J.          adult        2957       Oct 25, 1873         4      9N      11W
Arnold, John L.        adult         260       Mar 21, 1872       22&23   11N      11W
Bantley, Margaret A.   wife         2225       Sep 22, 1873        17      9N       9W
Barnum, Moses          adult         256       Mar 21, 1872        27     11N      12W
Bartlet, Wm. A.        adult        2497       Oct 11, 1873         6      9N      11W
Baskins, Isaac W.      adult         736       May 21, 1872       5,6&8   12N      13W
Baugh, Mary C.         minor         337       Mar 29, 1872        17      9N      10W
Baugh, W.L.            minor         336       Mar 29, 1872        21      9N      10W
Bearden, Mary          wife         2288       Sep 26, 1873        23      9N      11W
Beck, Nathan           adult        1180       Nov 20, 1872        12     11N       9W
Beck, Wilford A.       adult        1005       Sep  2, 1872         1     11N       9W
Bennett, Wm. P.        adult        2104       Sep  9, 1873         2      9N      12W
Bettes, Julia          wife         1480       Mar  8, 1873        15      9N      11W
Bettes, Phillip        adult        1479       Mar  8, 1873        14      9N      11W
Bettes, Phillip Jr.    minor        1481       Mar  8, 1873         9      9N      11W
Bettis, Alexander      minor        2994       Oct 27, 1873        23      9N      11W
Bettis, Mary E.        minor        2995       Oct 27, 1873        23      9N      11W
Biles, L.E.            minor        2068       Sep  5, 1873        30      9N      10W
Biles, Margaret A.     wife         2070(2nd)  Sep  5, 1873        17      9N      10W
Biles, Mary B.         minor        2310       Sep 27, 1873        29      9N      10W
Blackburn, Elijah      minor         806       Jun 20, 1872         4      9N       9W
Blackburn, Elijah      minor         807       Jun 20, 1872        33     10N       9W
Blackburn, Isaac       minor         808       Jun 20, 1872         3      9N       9W
Blackwell, B.C.        adult        1477       Mar  6, 1873        11      9N       9W
Boggs, Catherine J.    wife         4634       Oct 28, 1873        23      9N       9W
Bonham, Evan           adult        2933       Oct 25, 1873        11      9N       9W
Brennon, John L.       adult        6027       Dec  7, 1874        33     11N      10W
Brewer, Enoch          adult         246       Mar 21, 1872         4     10N      10W
Butler, David          adult        1833       Aug 18, 1873        15     10N      10W
Butler, John T.        adult        2168       Sep 17, 1873        21     10N      10W
Camp, Abington         minor        1056       Jun 29, 1871        10      9N       9W
Camp, Abington         minor        1057       Jun 29, 1871        10      9N       9W
Camp, Noonan S.        minor        1058       Jun 29, 1871         5      9N       9W
Camp, W.A.             wife         1059       Jun 29, 1871         4      9N       9W
Cashon, E.J.           adult         253       Mar 21, 1872        23     11N      11W
Chandler, W.F.         adult         994       Aug 30, 1872        17      9N      10W
Clayton, Martha        wife         2118       Sep 10, 1873        17      9N      10W
Clayton, Martha        wife         2267       Sep 25, 1873         6      9N      10W
Clayton, R.M.          adult        2117       Sep 10, 1873         6      9N      10W
Clayton, R.M.          adult        4003       Oct 28, 1873         6      9N       ?W
Cockram, Sarah Eliza   wife         2988       Oct 27, 1873        10      9N      10W
Crawford, Eliza Jane   minor        2205       Sep 19, 1873        21      9N       9W
Cross, Charlotte T.    wife         1269       Dec 28, 1872         9      9N       9W
Cross, Chas N.         minor        1268       Dec 28, 1872         9      9N       9W
Cross, Cordelia        minor        1312       Jan 15, 1873         3      9N       9W
Cross, W.M.            adult        1267       Dec 24, 1872         9      9N       9W
Cross, Wm. R.          minor        1266       Dec 24, 1872         2      9N       9W
Davis, B.F.            adult        9389       Nov  9, 1875       3&10     9N      12W
Davis, Mary Jane       adult        2983       Oct 27, 1873        35     10N      10W
Dunaway, J.E.          adult        2990       Oct 27, 1873       9&10     9N      10W
Dunaway, Mary A.       wife         2991       Oct 27, 1873         3      9N      11W
Dunaway, Mary A.       wife         3977       Oct 12, 1873        15      9N      10W
Duncan, Cassa          minor        1395       Feb 17, 1873       20&29    9N       9W
Epperson, Aster        adult        2833       Oct 23, 1873         9     11N       9W
Everett, J.B.          adult         248       Mar 21, 1872        35     11N      11W
Foster, M.C.           wife         7727       Jul 26, 1875        26     11N      1?W
Fowlkes, John G.       adult        2263       Sep 25, 1873         7      9N      10W
Fowlkes, Robert W.     minor        2265       Sep 25, 1873         7      9N      10W
Fowlkes, Susan L.      wife         2266       Sep 25, 1873         7      9N      10W
Fowlkes, W.W.W.W.      adult        2264       Sep 25, 1873         7      9N      10W
Fowlkes, W.W.W.W.      adult        2287       Sep 26, 1873         7      9N      11W
Garvin, David          adult        1213       Dec  3, 1872        30      9N       9W
Garvin, Sarah F.       adult        1215       Dec  3, 1872        30      9N       9W
Gates, Thomas W.       adult        3787       Oct 28, 1873         5     10N       9W
Gates, W.A.            adult        5129       Oct  1, 1874       24&25   12N      10W
Gather, Biley          adult        2619       Oct 16, 1873       17&20   10N      11W
Gathey, John L.        minor        2690       Oct 20, 1873        17     10N      11W
Gentry, Geo M.         adult         243       Mar 21, 1872        26     10N      11W
Gibbs, George W.       minor        9629       Nov 16, 1875         7      9N      11W
Graddy, John T.        adult        6015       Jan 12, 1874        18     10N      12W
Grady, John F.         adult        2498       Nov 10, 1873        21      9N      12W
Graham, Evelin         adult         255       Mar 21, 1872        29     10N       9W
Green, Martha          wife          694       May 13, 1872        36      9N       9W
Greer, H.H.            minor        2755       Oct 21, 1873        23      9N       9W
Greer, Alfred          adult        2753       Oct 21, 1873        23      9N       9W
Greer, E.J.            minor        2756       Oct 21, 1873        23      9N       9W
Greer, Elizabeth       wife         2751       Oct 21, 1873        12      9N       9W
Greer, Georgia A.      minor        2749       Oct 21, 1873        13      9N       9W
Greer, Lucinda P.      minor        2754       Oct 21, 1873        32      9N       9W
Greer, Susan           minor        2752       Oct 21, 1873        13      9N       9W
Greer, Thomas          minor        2750       Oct 21, 1873        12      9N       9W
Greer, W.V.            minor        2757       Oct 21, 1873        24      9N       9W
Gwin, John J.          minor        3356       Oct 28, 1873         6      9N      11W
Gwin, Sarah E.         minor        3354       Oct 28, 1873        25      9N      11W
Gwin, Susan E.         wife         3355       Oct 28, 1873        12      9N      12W     
Harden, Jacob L.       adult        3929       Oct 28, 1873        27      9N      11W
Harden, Minnie L.      minor        3928       Oct 28, 1873        27      9N      11W
Hartwick, Ezekiel      adult        2475       Oct  9, 1873        18     10N      10W
Hester, William T.     adult         996       Aug 30, 1872        31      9N       9W
Highfile, Mary J.      adult        2620       Oct 16, 1873        31      ?        ?
Holland, Emma W.       wife          814       Jun  9, 1871         9      9N      11W
Holland, Emma W.       wife          815       Jun  9, 1871        13      9N      11W
Holmes, Benjamin       adult        4437       Oct 28, 1873         4      9N      11W
Holmes, W.             wife         7437       Jun 29, 1875        18     10N      11W
Holmes, W.S.           adult        7438       Jun 29, 1875        22     10N      12W
Hootin, Martin         adult        6092       Dec 30, 1874        23     11N      12W
Hopkins, Elizabeth     wife          788       Jun  5, 1871         7      9N      11W
Hopkins, Jannie B.     wife          819       Jun  9, 1871         5      9N      11W
Horton, Benjamin J.    adult        8203       Sep  8, 1875        26      9N       9W
Howard, John E.        adult        1478       Mar  6, 1873        28      9N      11W
Howell, Harris W.      adult        2653       Oct 16, 1873        14      9N       9W
Howell, Milton O.      minor        9310       Nov  6, 1875        14      9N       9W
Howell, Nancy Jane     wife         2652       Oct 16, 1873        14      9N       9W
Howell, William W.     minor        4218       Oct 28, 1873        20      9N       9W
Huff, Samuel N.        minor        2814       Oct 23, 1873         2      9N       9W
Hunley, C.A.           minor        3361       Oct 27, 1873        19      9N      10W
Hunley, Maria E.       minor        3365       Oct 28, 1873        22      9N      10W
Hunley, R.C.           minor        3360       Oct 28, 1873         9      9N      10W
Hunley, W.L.           adult        3362       Oct 28, 1873        19      9N      10W
Ivy, John S.           adult        1486       Mar  8, 1873        15     12N      10W
Jackson, C.C.          adult        2958       Oct 25, 1873         5      9N      11W
Jackson, H.T.          adult        2196       Sep 19, 1873         4      9N      11W
Jenkins, A.D.          adult         245       Mar 21, 1872        19     10N      10W
Jenkins, Sarah E.      wife          244       Mar 21, 1872        18     10N      10W
Johnson, Jno A.        adult        2634       Oct 16, 1873        10      9N       9W
Johnson, Sarah H.      wife         2633       Oct 16, 1873        14      9N       9W
Kelton, Polly Ann      wife         9338       Nov  6, 1875        21      9N      12W
Kelton, Robert         adult        9339       Nov  6, 1875        20      9N      12W
Kennedy, Jno R.        adult        2791       Oct 22, 1873        28     11N       9W
Kersey, J.T.           adult         249       Mar 21, 1872        32     11N      11W
Kirkhum, Rebecca J.    adult         938       Aug  3, 1872        11      9N       9W
Laugham, Rebecca       wife         4217       Oct 28, 1873        12      9N       9W
Lee, William           adult        2195       Sep 19, 1873        28      9N       9W
Linn, Wm               adult         257       Mar 21, 1872        35     11N      13W
Lockard, Adam          adult         252       Mar 21, 1872        27     11N      11W
Magness, Mary          adult        3786       Oct 28, 1873        22     10N       9W
Magness, Robt          adult        8569       Sep 24, 1875        14     10N       9W
Martin, Geo C.         adult         733       May 21, 1872      11&14    10N      10W
McClellan, Wm. I.      adult        2182       Sep 18, 1873        30     10N      12W
McDaniel, Sarah E.     wife         1131       Oct 28, 1872         7     13N      12W
McMorris, J.J.         adult        2689       Oct 20, 1873        14     11N       9W
Meazle, Chas W.        adult        1311       Jan 15, 1873        15      9N       9W
Melton, Wm. T.J.       adult        1230       Dec  7, 1872         3     10N      12W
Montgomery, James R.   adult         541       Apr 19, 1872        11     12N      10W
Moody, Joel W.         adult        1314       Jan 18, 1873       3&24    12N      10W
Moore, Amanda          minor        2206       Sep 19, 1873         1      9N      10W
Moore, Cudgal          minor        2438       Oct  7, 1873        25      9N      10W
Moore, John F.         adult        2436       Oct  6, 1873         7      9N       9W
Moore, L.R.            minor        2439       Oct  7, 1873        10      9N      10W
Moore, Minerva         wife         2738       Oct 21, 1873        24      9N      12W
Moore, R.W.            adult        1006       Sep  2, 1872        13     10N       9W
Moore, Wm. F.          minor        2496       Oct 11, 1873        13      9N      12W
Murdaugh, Mary E.      wife         2204       Sep 19, 1873        31     10N      10W
Nash, Rachael          wife         2138       Sep 15, 1873        25     10N      11W
Neal, C. Ann           adult        7264       May 18, 1875        36     10N       9W
Owen, Henry H.         minor        2227       Sep 22, 1873        15     10N      10W
Owen, Margaret         wife         2228       Sep 22, 1873        36     10N      10W
Owen, Thos Edward      minor        7021       Jan 16, 1875         7      9N       9W
Palmer, B.F.           adult        1075       Sep 23, 1872        28      9N      12W
Park, J.M.             adult        2848       Oct 24, 1873        11      9N      10W
Parker, Geo D.E.       minor        2639       Oct 16, 1873         7      9N      11W
Parrish, R.F.          adult       10089       Dec  7, 1875        30     10N      12W
Pate, A.J.             wife         7765       Jul 29, 1875      15&22     9N      12W
Patten, John           adult         242       Mar 21, 1872         5     10N      10W
Patten, William        adult         259       Mar 21, 1872        18     11N      11W
Patteson, Nancy Jane   adult        1117       Oct 24, 1872        24      9N      12W
Pavatt, Mary C.        wife         8666       Sep 27, 1875        21     10N      14W
Payne, Robt F.         adult        8149       Aug 30, 1875        22     10N      10W
Platt, Amanda          wife         9031       Oct 26, 1875        18     10N      12W
Poe, Jessie May        minor        3794       Oct 28, 1873         5     10N       9W
Poe, John Andrew       minor        3790       Oct 28, 1873        25     10N       9W
Poe, Kennie            minor        3791       Oct 28, 1873        24     10N       9W
Poe, Lelia Amanda      wife         3792       Oct 28, 1873        19     10N       9W
Poe, Nellie            minor        3793       Oct 28, 1873        30     10N       9W
Powell, Jas H.         adult        2286       Sep 26, 1873        34     10N       9W
Powell, Martha J.      wife         2284       Sep 26, 1873        34     10N       9W
Powell, Sarah M.       minor        2285       Sep 26, 1873        23     10N       9W
Presley, Robt F.       adult       10276       Dec 13, 1875         7     10N      12W
Price, George H.       adult        1118       Oct 24, 1872        24      9N      12W
Price, James M.        adult        1063       Sep 19, 1872        33      9N       9W
Price, James P.        minor         700       May 13, 1872        34      9N       9W
Price, Mary A.         wife          701       May 13, 1872        28      9N       9W
Prince, John H.        minor       10220       Dec 10, 1875         9      9N       9W
Reed, Jas M.           adult        2832       Oct 23, 1873         9     11N       9W
Reed, Lucinda          wife         2834       Oct 23, 1873        10     11N       9W
Reynolds, Jno Albert   minor        3353       Oct 28, 1873        13      9N      11W
Rhoden, Samuel         adult         258       Mar 21, 1872        10     10N      14W
Riddle, Geo W.         adult        3450       Oct 28, 1873        10      9N       9W
Roberts, Aaron A.      adult         735       May 21, 1872       4&5     10N      12W
Robinson, Kitter       minor        7766       Jul 29, 1875        20      9N      12W
Robinson, M.V.         wife         7764       Jul 29, 1875        19      9N      12W
Robson, Susan          wife         2786       Oct 22, 1873        13      9N      10W
Rolla, Wm. C.          minor        2737       Oct 21, 1873        24      9N      12W
Romer, Amanda E.       wife        10129       Dec  8, 1875        35     12N      10W
Russell, Martha Louisa minor        1025       Sep  6, 1872        34      9N       9W
Russell, William       adult           6       May 11, 1872        35      9N       9W
SAnders, Elias B.      adult        1260       Dec 23, 1872        28     10N      12W
Saxton, Sophia         wife         2106       Sep 10, 1873        18      9N       9W
Saxton, Wm. H.         adult        2224       Sep 22, 1873       5&8      9N       9W
Scarlett, J.D.         adult        1100       Oct 12, 1872        28      9N      12W
Scarlett, Martha L.    wife         2178       Sep 17, 1873        28      9N      12W
Shackleford, Mary L.   minor        1196       Nov 22, 1872        29      9N      12W
Shearer, James A.      adult        2199       Sep 19, 1873        24     10N      11W
Shearer, Geo M.        adult        1832       Aug 18, 1873        18     10N      10W
Simpson, Sam W.        adult        6089       Dec 28, 1874        17     11N      14W
Simpson, Whitten E.    minor        4145       Oct 28, 1873         3     10N      10W
Smith, Mary            adult         734       May 21, 1872        15     10N      14W
Smith, Mary Ann        wife         8562       Sep 23, 1875        23     10N       9W
Smith, W.T.            adult        1335       Jan 24, 1873        18     10N      12W
Stark, J. Whit         adult         250       Mar 21, 1872        15     11N      11W
Stark, James B.        adult         247       Mar 21, 1872        22     11N      11W
Stuart, John           adult        3363       Oct 28, 1873         9      9N       9W
Sutherland, Hardenia   adult         731       May 21, 1872        21     10N       9W
Talant, James          adult        2411       Oct  4, 1873        35     10N      12W
Tipton, Mary A.        wife         2494       Oct 11, 1873        24     10N      12W
Tipton, Peter H.       adult        2495       Oct 11, 1873        24     10N      12W
Tucker, Sarah J.       minor        2324       Sep 30, 1873        19      9N       9W
Tucker, Susan          wife         2323       Sep 30, 1873        36     10N      10W
Vaughn, John T.F.      minor        2437       Oct 27, 1873         6      9N       9W
Walls, Susan H.        minor        2229       Sep 22, 1873         3      9N      10W
Walls, Willis W.       minor        2226       Sep 22, 1873        15      9N       9W
Ward, J.R.             adult        8339       Sep 13, 1875        22     10N       9W
Ward, James H.         adult        1378       Feb 11, 1873        28      9N      11W
Ward, Jas C.P.         minor        1504       Mar 13, 1873        27      9N      11W
Ward, Jason F.         minor        1505       Mar 13, 1873      26&27     9N      11W
Ward, John H.          minor        8681       Sep 28, 1875        27     10N       9W
Ward, Mary F.          minor        8679       Sep 28, 1875        10     10N       9W
Ward, S.E.             wife         8680       Sep 28, 1875        28     10N       9W
White, Annie           wife         2758       Oct 21, 1873        30      9N       9W
White, Charity C.       -           2760       Oct 21, 1873        35      9N       9W
White, J.W.            adult        2759       Oct 21, 1873        17      9N       9W
White, M.L.            wife         9652       Nov 16, 1875        11      9N      10W
White, W.H.            adult        2847       Oct 24, 1873        11      9N      10W
Witt, A.R.             adult        1769       Jul 31, 1873        25      9N      12W
Witt, James W.         minor        9585       Nov 13, 1875        25      9N      12W
Witt, Jesse Sr.        adult        9741       Nov 17, 1875        25      9N      12W
Woods, James           adult         251       Mar 21, 1872         9     11N      11W
Woolsey, Geo W.        adult        7058       Feb 8, 1875        5&18    12N      12W