How much do you think these are worth?...

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Emzyyy, May 15, 2010.

  1. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    We inherited three land grants from my grandmother who passed away and their signed by three different presidents. One by Andrew Johnson signed 1873, another by James Buchanan signed 1879, and the third signed by Ulysses S. Grant signed 1873. Looks like the land is in Salina Kansas. It says on one "Whereas, In pursuance of the Act of Congress, approved MARCH 3, 1855, entitled "An Act in addition to certain Acts granting Bounty Land to certain Officers and Soldiers who have been engaged in the Military Service of the United States," On the back it says a fee of $1.00 payed for 160 acres! [​IMG] $1.00?!
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    That is soooo cool!! [​IMG]
  3. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Songster

    Oct 4, 2009
    Probably a lot, that sounds pretty cool.
  4. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    You could probably do some internet research on them. Definitely dont take the first offer and be careful!
  5. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    Those are cool, I would think they would be great to hold on to for family but I would do some searching on the internet and see what you find. the museum here in Salina might be interested in those I would check that out. glad to see another Kansas person here.
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Antiques Road SHow
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    We have the original land grant document for our farm. I don't have a clue what they're worth.....ours will be passed on to one of our kids.
  8. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    Wow! Those are pieces of American History! They are very valuable!
  9. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    Are those original signatures?!?!?! [​IMG] Holy Guacamole! Does the term priceless mean anything to you? Yes, they are valuable but they are also priceless family heirlooms. Personally, their value is so high I would put them on loan to a museum. That way your family maintains ownership but the museum takes care of tending them properly. This also could bring them to a wider audience if you actually chose to sell them. Just make certian when you sign any deal with the museum that you retain ownership. Then, also if the museum is able to show them in other venues (museums sometimes share items for specific shows) you may be paid a stipend.

    BTW, if they really are originals and you are certain of that they should be insured and put in bank at the very least.
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Ours is in a frame, upside down in my linen drawer [​IMG] When my in-laws still had it it was in a metal can with the other land deeds in their basement.

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