1809 Madison County, Mississippi Territory Squatters List and John Morrison son of Patrick Morrison has removed to what will later be Madison County, Alabama
Thomas Freeman was acting as Registrar to take applications from squatters desiring permission to remain on the land they occupied in Madison county until land sales were held in August 1809 in Nashville. The squatter made application, paid a small fee of six shillings, and Freeman registered them.
Government surveyor Thomas Freeman had, on his own, negotiated an agreement between the Indians and the United States in which squatters would be removed from Indian land ... this in exchange for the land lying between the Elk River and the then triangle-shaped Madison county. Fulfilling the agreement, Federal troops removed 284 families.
This explains why Freeman made the Jan. 1809 list. These were the only whites who could legally remain prior to the land sales in Nashville. These squatters were probably allowed to stay until such time as they either gathered their crops or purchased the land legally in August of that year.
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