3 Replies Latest reply on May 5, 2021 4:28 PM by Joshua Mason

    Seeking Homestead Application for Ernest Hawley (Nebraska - 1886)

    John Hawley Newbie

      Seeking Homestead Application for Ernest Hawley (Nebraska - 1886)

      Ernest Hawley left Wisconsin for the Nebraska Territory in April 1886.

      He stayed to work his claim through 1898 when he returned to Wisconsin.

      His claim was near Hemingford, Nebraska

        • Re: Seeking Homestead Application for Ernest Hawley (Nebraska - 1886)
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          There is a cash sale of 160 acres of federal land to Ernest W. Hawley in Box Butte Co, NE in 1890 Patent Details - BLM GLO Records.  I did not see a homestead or any other listing for him.

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            • Re: Seeking Homestead Application for Ernest Hawley (Nebraska - 1886)
              John Hawley Newbie



              Thank you for your quick response.  Much appreciated.

              This looks like our Ernest W. Hawley.

              He left Wisconsin for Nebraska in April 1886 and worked what I thought was his homestead near Hemingford, but perhaps it belonged to his buddy, Charlie Davidson - they traveled to Nebraska together.  Ernest's brother, and my great great grandfather (Herbert Hawley) came out by train and stagecoach in April 1888 and helped Ernest work his claim, this according to his day journals.  Herbert returned to Wisconsin by December 1888.


              Ernest W. Hawley returned to Wisconsin in late 1897, or early 1898.

              Unclear if he sold his land, or if he went bust.

            • Re: Seeking Homestead Application for Ernest Hawley (Nebraska - 1886)
              Joshua Mason Adventurer

              Good afternoon,


              Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!


              I suggest that you request the Land Entry Case file for Ernest W. Hawley using a Form NATF 84.  You will need to enter the name of the person claiming the homestead, where the homestead was (state), and the legal land description of the claim (township, range, and section), which it appears you have from the link provided by another user. 


              Please note that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has suspended reproduction and digitization services until further notice due to COVID-19.  Orders will not be serviced until operations can resume safely.  Once operations resume, document reproduction requests will be filled in the order in which they were received.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


              The type of information contained in the land entry case files can vary depending on the type of claim, the way the claim was processed (such as homesteaded, military, or purchased), and even when and where the claim was filed.  No two land files are ever the same.  Typically a case file will contain information regarding the passage of ownership of the land from the Federal Government to the Entryman (or land owner).  The file reflects the paperwork accumulated by the local land office in administering the application.  Types of documents that can be present in the file include applications, correspondence, final patent, claimant’s testimony, legal land description, and survey maps or drawings, just to name a few.   Additionally the file might contain marriage certificates, naturalization records, age and place of birth of claimant, military service, literacy, and economic status.


              Another avenue of approach would be to visit The Homestead National Monument of America as they retain homestead records for settlement plots in Nebraska.  This is maintained by the National Park Service and they have some online sources that can assist in searching and requesting homestead records.  Please visit this link below:




              Also, if you visit Ancestry you can search for Homestead Applications for Nebraska and they digitized all of the contents of each package.  You can search for this here:




              For more information about researching land records at the National Archives, please visit this helpful link:




              We hope this information is helpful and best of luck with your research!