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Preemption Claim of Bernard Bird to a Lot in La Salle

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Bernard Bird, claims Lot 6 in Block 126, Lasalle.

Bernard Bird, sworn, says, that he owns all the improvements on this lot, he bought them of Patrick Moore in 1846. Patrick Moore bought them of John Gurry; Gurry bought of Michael Nolan, & Nolan bought of John Dooley, and Dooley bought of Revd. Mr. Raho, and Raho bought it of Michael Mawresy, and Mawresy bought it of John Dillon & John Martin, by whom they were made. The house was built in the winter of 1838.

The house was the only improvement on the lot up to Decr.1842,~

The house was vacant through the winter of 1842 & 3. Since Bird bought he has built aframed Carpenters shop on the lot. The lot has never been fenced. The house built 1838 was a Hewed log house, 14 by 15 feet, one story high.

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of May 1848
Bernard Bird
Thos W Hennessey Notary Public

William Dempsey & Edward Norton, sworn, say they Know that all the facts stated in the foregoing affidavit of Bernard Bird are true.

Subscribed and Sworn to before me this 26th day of May 1848

Wm Dempsey his Edwd x Norton mark

Thos W Hennessey notary Public