Land patents under Presidents Lincoln and Grant for land sold to my ancestor Cyprien Duhon! These are the family treasures for my very first Treasure Chest Thursday post. I spend a lot of research time following online links that lead nowhere, so I felt like I had won the lottery when I discovered copies of these two documents online.

Land patents are the legal documents that transferred land ownership from the U.S. Government to individuals. Both of these patents were for land in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.

Cyprien Duhon (1803-1878)

Prien Lake in Lake Charles, Lousiana, was named after my ggg-grandfather Cyprien Duhon. I’ll write about him in future posts. Until then, visit his page on, if you want to learn more about his life and family.

1861 Land Patent Under Abraham Lincoln

Cyprien Duhon Land Patent

1877 Land Patent Under Ulysses S. Grant

Cyprien Duhon Land Title

For more information about Land Patents, visit the National Archives.

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