My 3x great grandfather’s brother Benjamin Franklin VanHorn fought in the Civil War, came home, married and moved. First they moved to Virginia then onward to
Benjamin was born on 8 March 1843 in
to George Washington Vanhorn
and Jane Dudbridge. He was one of seven children. As I mentioned he did fight
in the Civil War. He enlisted on 2 September 1863. He was captured at Weldon
Railroad in August 1864 and was held a POW in Liberty Belle Island Prison. At
the war’s end he was released and came home. On 24 April 1867 he married
Margaret Hensel in Pennsylvania .
They moved to Philadelphia Virginia, where they had their
first child in 1868, and then pushed onward to . The other seven children were
born, starting in 1870, in California San Jose, .
Santa Clara County, California
On Tuesday, I read a post on Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog which spoke of a land patent for one of her ancestors. I followed her link to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and found my Benjamin!
Knowing he ended up in
I used only
and his surname of VanHorn as my search parameters. Two pages of VanHorns!
There are two entries for him, both dated 10 November 1875. This would mean he
was already there and had established a residency there for five years when it
was granted. He received 160 acres (Jana’s ancestor I noticed did too so I
wonder if that was a standard acreage). He went through the land office in California . The
meridian listed is San Francisco . Mount
Upon enlarging the search parameters to any state, I also found two in
One is dated 16 May 1888 and the second is dated 20 June 1893. Both are in
Wilamette but there is no documentation available for either. I have no record
that he ever left Oregon
once there so perhaps he applied and then never follow through. California
What a great find! Now to search other families!
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