While trying to determine how much an ancestor paid for a Bounty Land Warrant I researched the original recipient of the warrant. Based on the records I have located to date:
The warrant is based on the Act of 1855 passed on 3 March.
Probate records from Penobscot County Maine indicate a guardian was appointed in June of 1855 for the heir of the soldier who was authorized to recieve the warrant. Almost immediately after the warrant was issued to the minor heir in February 1857, the guardian filed a petition in March 1857 to sell the warrant for $155 to an Elvaton Wethern. The court ordered a notice of the petition to be run in a local Bangor Maine newspaper for three weeks. On 28 April 1857 the court approved the sale.
The NARA file for the warrant shows that on 30 April 1857 the warrant was transferred by the guardian of the heir to my ancestor who was not Elvaton Wethern. This information is penned on the reverse side of a preprinted form from the Probate Court in Maine on 5 May 1857 the clerk of the court signed a statement stating that the signature of the guardian is indeed him. There is not a notation that the paperwork was recorded.
The warrant number matches in the court records from Maine and the NARA file. In the 1850 & 1860 census Elvaton Wetherin's occupation is a farmer in Maine and not a land broker. I have not located a copy of the newspaper notice.
From a legal stand point would the court allow the transfer to another person not named in the original petition for the sale of the warrant? Can I assume that my ancestor paid approximately $155 for the warrant?
Thank you for any insight,