Congress' passage of the New Homestead Act of 1872 spurred new settlement in Kansas. The law permitted soldiers and sailors 160 acres or a quarter section of land. The claim needed to be proved within 6 months.This includes the family of John Finley VanHuss. The warranty deed to Daniel VanHuss and later transfers can be viewed in the Butler County Courthouse in El Dorado.
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Read the Daily Eagle of April 12, 1872. Look to the upper right hand column for a reprint of the Act.
National Archives. (Image from the National Archives).
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