On December 11, 1816, Indiana was admitted to the Union as the 19th State. Over the next twenty years or so, there was a move to transition from frontier land to a thriving state, with settlers from the east moving to Indiana and Native American peoples being relocated west of the Mississippi. 7th POTUS Andrew Jackson (d.1845) was a staunch proponent of Native American re-settlement and signed the "Indian Removal Act" of 1830 into law. From the height of the Indian Removal era, comes this land grant "Certificate No. 10647" recognizing a land transaction in the State of Indiana.
Bearing two original period vertical compacting folds, this sturdy 15-3/8 x 9-5/8" vellum document remains crisp and clean with bold printed text, however the handwritten entries are somewhat faded. The biggest and boldest of the written entries, is sitting President Andrew Jackson's prominent 6-1/2" wide signature, which retains sufficient ink integrity to merit a ("7") strength rating. Dated 2/8/1831, this antique real estate record cites the transfer of a parcel of Indiana land to Samuel Godwine. This ancient deed is counter-signed by the 5th Commissioner of the General Land Office Elijah Hayward ("7") and the GLO seal is firmly affixed at bottom left. Full photo LOA from JSA.