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    Frontispiece
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    Letter of transmittal
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    Preface
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    Land division
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I Fifteenth Biennial


Report :-


OF THE


Department of Agriculture
OF THE

State of Florida


LAND AND FIELD
NOTE DIVISIONS
FOR THE YEARS
S1917 AND 1918


W. A. McRAE
SCouI'ull.sioinerI of Agi ieultre +
TALLAHASSEE, FLA.


1919
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Fifteenth Biennial Report
OF THE

Department of Agriculture

OF THE


State of Florida

LAND AND FIELD

NOTE DIVISIONS
FOR THE YEARS
1917 AND) 1918


W. A. McRAE
Commissioner of Agriculture
TALLAHASSEE, FLA.


1919
T. J. APPLEYARD, PRINTER,
TALLAHASSEE, PLA.


























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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL




DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, STATE OF FLORIDA,
COMMIIISSIONER'S OFFICE.

To His r l' i li .ii, 1.
Sidney J. Catts,
Governor of the State of Florida.

SIR:-

As provided by law, I herewith submit the Biennial
Report of the Department of Agriculture, Land and Field
Note Divisions for the years 1917 and 1918.

Respectfully submitted,

W. A. MeRl.E,
Commissioner of Agriculture.


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PREFACE

Before the adoption of the Constitution of 1885, the
Department of Agriculture was known as the "Depart-
ment of Lands and Immigration." .The Legislature of
1889 established the Department of Agriculture, and in
that Act, May 17th, the name of this department of the
State Government was changed from the "Department of
Lands and Immigration" to the Department of Agricul-
ture. This is the fifteenth Biennial Report of the De-
partment of Agriculture and the fourth to be made by the
present incumbent.

There are many people in the State yet who do not rec-
41aniize the importance of this Department. The name of
the Department from the beginning has been more or less
a misnomer.

To submit a report that will give the best results, we
find it necessary to present each branch or division of the
Department separately, treating each subject or division
separate and distinct from the other. Each division will
not only be treated separately, but the report of each di-
vision will be printed under separate cover.

In order that the public may be advised of the magni-
tude and importance of the Department of Agriculture,
we give below an outline of the duties of the Commis-
sioner of Agriculture without giving a treatise on each
subject:

1-The Division of Agriculture.

2--The Division of Immigration.


:3-The Prison Division.









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4-The Pure Food and Drugs, Stock Feed and Fertiliaer
Division.

5-The Land Division.

6-The Field Note Division.

7-The Fish and Shell Fish Division.

In addition to the above the Commissioner of Agrieul-
ture is a member of the following Boards:

1-The Board of Commissioners of State Institutions.

2-The Board of Pardons.

*--The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund..

4-The Board of Drainage Commissioners.

5-President of the State Live Stock Sanitary Board.

6-Chairman of the Executive Committee of the State
Marketing Bureau.



















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LAND DIVISION


As stated in the preface, the head of this Department
was formerly entitled "Commissioner of Lands and Im-
migration." This Department was recognized as a land
Department only. Under the present constitution and
laws of this State the Land Department is now only one
of the many varied divisions of the Department of Agri-
culture. Yet the Land Department remains one of the
most important branches of this office.
While the acreage now owned by the State has greatly
decreased, the inquiries about lands which the State has
disposed of, as well as about lands now owned by the
State, increase every year in proportion to the continued
increase in population and the increased value of the
lands. Furthermore, many of the State lands in the
Everglades have been subdivided into small tracts, which
the Trustees are selling on terms of one-fourth cash and
balance in 1, 2 and 3 years at 6% interest per annum on
deferred payments, giving deeds and taking mortgages
and notes for balance due on same. Consequently, the
work in the Land Department has increased and requires
the greatest accuracy. The records of this Department
are of the very greatest value to the people of the State,
as the original titles to all lands disposed of by the State
must be kept in this Department, making it most impor-
tant that a perfect record be kept for the use of the pres-
ent as well as for future generations.
Since 1877 complete records of all deeds and transac-
tions have been kept, and the records are in good condi-
tion; but prior to 1877 it was not the custom to keep any
record of copies of deeds, and these records are very im-
perfect. Some of them disappeared during reconstruction
days. This being the case it is necessary to make a most













careful search of the old files, abstract and tract books,
in order to perfect the records.
Transactions regarding the conveyances to the old Rail-
road and Canal Companies and illegal conveyances made
just after the Civil War, during Carpet Bag Rule, are un-
written. Also, so many persons failing to record their
deeds in former years, cause now a great demand on this
office for information about these old titles and trans-
actions. Many of the inquiries require much time and
very careful search, on account of the condition of the
old and imperfect records.
The abstract, which is now being prepared, will correct
all.errors and will show the various Acts of Congress,
granting the different classes of lands to the State, the
date of all patents and approved lists to the State and all
conveyances out of the State.
This work is being done by a clerk, assisted by the Chief
Land Clerk, whose long service in the Land Department
has made him familiar with the old and imperfect rec-
ords. Without the experience of many years in this De-
partment it would be most difficult for one not familiar
with the records to get together all the information to
make a complete abstract, which abstract is absolutely
,necessary to preserve the titles to all the lands in the
State.
In making the examinations of the records for data for
the abstract, several tracts of valuable land which were
shown on the maps to have been conveyed years ago, have
been found still to belong to the State. The proceeds from
the sale of these tIst lands would in all probability pay
the salary of the clerk making the abstract.
The minutes of the Trustees of the Internml Improve-
ment Fund relating to the State lands are of general
public interest, as they show all their transactions and
agreements. Copies of these minutes can be had by writ-
ing the Secretary of the Trustees for same.
The lands approved and patented by the United States













to the State of Florida are known as Swamp and Over-
flowed Lands, and Swamp Indemnity Lands. Land,
granted: to the State of Florida by Special Acts of Con-
gress, but not conveyed by patent, are known as Internal
Improvement Lands, School Lands, School Indeinity
Lands, Seminary Lands and Lands granted to the State
specifically for Railroads.
The Swamp and Overflowed Lands granted to the State
under Act of Congress, approved September 28, 1850, and
the Internal Improvement Lands granted to the State
under Act of Congress, approved March 3, 1845, are
iirvvcivlnhl vested in five Trustees, to-wit:
The Governor, who is chairman of the Board; the State
Treasurer, the Attorney General, the Comptroller and the
Commissioner of Agriculture, and their successors in
Olli e, under Seclion 617, General Statutes of the State
of Florida.
The School Lands granted to the State, under Act of
C(Onigre.--. on March 3, 1845, are vested in the State Board
of Education, consisting of the Governor, who is chair-
man of the lBoard; the Secretary of State, the Attorney
general the State Treasurer and-the State Superinten-
dent of Public Instruction, under Sections 335, 336 and
214.S, General Statutes of the State of Florida.
The certificate of the Commissioner of Agriculture,
under his official seal, of the ownership of any lands in
this State, shall be 'prima facie evidence of the facts
therein certified. See Sections 1524, 1525 and 1526, Gen-
eral Statutes of Florida.
Following are shown the various Acts of Congress
granting all the above classes of lands to the State and
tables giving a full and complete statement, in detail, of
all the lands apjlp'red and patented to the State, and the
lands disposed of by the State, and lands now on hand.
There are shown, also, in this report, the number of acres
still owned by the United States Government subject to












homestead entry, giving the number of acres in each
county.
Following are copies of the several Acts of Congress
granting the different classes of lands to the State of
Florida, with explanations in regard to same:

SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS.

Chapter LXXXIV, Act of September 28, 1850. Be it
enacted, etc.:
"That to enable the State of Arkansas to construct the
necessary levees and drains to reclaim the swamp and
overflowed lands therein, the whole of those swamp and
overflowed lands made unfit thereby for cultivation which
shall remain unsold at the passage of this Act shall be,
and the same are hereby, granted to said State.
"Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the
duty of the Secretary of the Interior, as soon as may be
practicable after the passage of this Act, to make out an
accurate list and plats of the lands described as aforesaid
and transmit the same to the Governor of the State of
Arkansas, and, at the request of said .Governor, cause a
patent to be issued to the State therefore; and on that
patent the fee simple to said lands shall vest in the said
State of Arkansas, subject to the disposal of the Legis-
lature thereof: Provided, however, That the proceeds of
said lands, whether from sale or by direct appropriation
in kind, shall be applied., exclusively, as far as necessary,
to the purpose of reclaiming said .lands by means of the
levees and drains aforesaid.
"Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That in making
out a list and plats of the land aforesaid, all legal subdi-
visions, the greater part of which is 'wet and unfit for cul-
tivation,' shall be included in said. list and plats; but
when the greater part of a subdivision is not of that char-
acter, the whole of it shall be excluded therefrom.
"Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the provisions






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of this Act be extended to, and their benefits be conferred
upon each of the other States of the Union in which such
swamp and overflowed lands, known and designated as
aforesaid, may be situated."

SWAMP LAND INDEMNITY.

See Acts of Congress March 2, 1855, and March 3,
1857 (Act of 1857 continues in force Act of 1855). Sec.
2, Act of March 2, 1855: "Sec. 2. And be it further en-
acted, that upon due proof, by the authorized agent of
Ihe State or States, before the Commissioner of the Gen-
eral Land Office, that any of the lands purchased were
swamp lands within the true intent and meaning of the
Act aforesaid, the purchase money shall be paid over to
said State or States; and where the lands have been lo-
cated by warrant or script the said State or States shall
be authorized to locate a quantity of like amount, upon
any of the public lands subject to entry, at one dollar
and a quarter per acre, or less, and patents shall issue
therefor, upon the terms and conditions enumerated in
the Act aforesaid; Provided, however, the said decisions
of the Commissioner of the General Land Office shall be
approved by the Secretary of the Interior."
It is proper 1o state in connection with this, that no
lands sold, or in any way conveyed by the United States
Government, that are swamp, and overflowed, since the
Act of 1857, come under the benefits of this Act. Such
lands are a clear loss to the State, as the Government in
no case reimburses the State.

INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS.

What we call the "Internal Improvement Lands Prop-
er" are the lands conveyed to the State, under an Act of
Congress bearing date of September 4, 1841, and granting
500,000 acres; Section 8 of Chapter XVI, of said Act of













September 4, 1841, page 455, U. S. Statutes at La rg\,
reads: "Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That there
shall be granted to each State specified in the first section
of this Act, five hundred thousand acres of land for pur-
poses of internal improvement: Provided, That to each
of the said States which has already received grants for
said purposes, there is hereby granted no more than a
quantity of land which shall, together with the amount
such State has already received as aforesaid, make five
hundred thousand acres, the selections in all of the said
States to be made within their limits respectively, in such
manner as the Legislatures thereof shall direct; and
located in parcels conformably to sectional divisions and
subdivions, of not less than three hundred and twenty
acres in any one location on any public land except such
as is or may be reserved from sale by any law of Congress
or proclamation of the President of the United States,
which said locations may be made at any time after the
lands of the United States in said States respectively,
shall have been surveyed according to existing laws. And
there shall be, and hereby is, granted to each new State
that shall hereafter be admitted, into the Union, upon
such admission, so much land as, including such quantity
as may have been granted to such State before its admis-
sion, and while under a Territorial Government, for pur-
pose of internal improvement as aforesaid, as shall make
five hundred thousand acres of land, to be selected and
located as aforesaid."

DISPOSITION OF "INTICHINAL IMPROVEMENT
LANDS."

An Act of the Legislature, Chapter 3474, approved Feb-
ruary 16, 1883, directed that the remainder of these lands
be set apart and the proceeds from the sale of the same
be applied to the payment of certain bonded indebtedness
of the counties which had issued bonds for aidl in btrildinl
- certain railroads in the State.











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The. Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund ac-
cepted and approved the Act of the Legislature to dis-
tribute the funds arising from the sale of the "Internal
Improvement Lands Proper" to the bonded counties.
After distributing these funds for several years, it was
found that some of the counties stopped the levy of their
tax for payment of their bonds, while others continued
the same. As a result of this action, some of the counties
liquidated their indebtedness, while others had bonds out-
standing. The Trustees fell that it was unfair to continue
to distribute these funds to only a part of the counties
when they had failed to continue their tax. Therefore,
for some time past no funds have been distributed. The
proceeds of this class of land have, also, so far as dis-
tributed, gone indirectly to aid in the construction of
railroads. An Act of the Legislature, Chapter 6972,
approved June 14, 1915, Hdile-..l- the Trustees of the In-
ternal Improvement Fund to use all funds derived from
the sale of these lands described in the Act of 1883, or the
equivalent thereof, or so much as may be necessary to
reimburse the City of Jacksonville and certain bonded
counties for the amounts paid out by them, respectively,
on said bonds, which said city and the counties have here-
tofore taken up, paid off and satisfied, and to the taking
up,_paying off and satisfying of such of said bonds as may
remain unpaid, so far as the said funds may extend.
In Vuinpli.iice with the above Act, the Trustees have
since paid out other monies to said city and counties.
By reference to the report of the Trustees of the Inter-
nal Improvement Fund, a full statement can be had as to
the condition of the funds, this Department having noth-
ing whatever to do with the handling of said funds.

LANDS GRANTED TO STATE SPECIFICALLY FOR
RAILROADS.

Act of Congress of May 17, 1856, Chapter 31, of the
United States Statutes at Large:













(Chap. XXXI. "Be it enacted, etc., That there be, and
is hereby, granted to the State of Florida, for the purpose
of aiding in the construction of railroads from St. John.
River, at Jacksonville, to the waters of Escambia Bay, at
or near Pensacola, and from Amelia Island, on the Atlan
tic, to the waters of Tampa Bay, with a branch to Cedar
Key, on the Gulf of Mexico; and also a railroad from Pen-
sacola to the State line of Alabama, in the direction of
Montgomery, every alternate section of land designated by
odd numbers, for six sections in width on each side of each
of said roads and branch. But in case it shall appear that
the United States have, when the lines or routes of said
roads or branch are definitely fixed, sold any sections or
any parts thereof, granted as aforesaid, or that the right
of pre-emption has attached to the same, then it shall be
lawful for any agent or agents to be appointed by the Gov-
ernor of said State, to select, subject to the approval of
the Secretary of the Interior, from the lands of the United
States nearest to the tiers of sections above specified, so
much lands in alternate sections or parts of sections, as
shall be equal to such lands as the United States have
sold or otherwise appropriated, or to which the rights of
pre-emption have attached, as aforesaid; which lands
(thus selected in lieu of those sold and to which pre-emp-
tion rights have attached as aforesaid, together with the
sections or parts of sections designated by odd numbers, as
aforesaid, and appropriated as aforesaid), shall be held
by the State of Florida for the ifse and purposes afore-
said: Provided, that the land to be so located shall in no
case be further than fifteen miles from the lines of said
roads and branch, and selected for alnd on account of
each of said roads and branch: Provided further, That the
lands hereby granted for and on account of said roads
and branch, severally, shall be exclusively applied in the
construction of that road or branch for and on account
of which such lands are hereby granted, and shall be dis-
posed of only as the work progresses, and the same shal













be applied to no other purpose whatsoever; and provided
further, That any and all lands heretofore reserved to the
United States, by any Act of Congress, or in any other
manner by competent authority, for the purpose of aiding
in any object of internal improvement, or for any other
purpose whatsoever, be, and. the same are hereby, reserved
to the United States from the operation of this Act, ex-
cept so far as it may be found necessary to locate the
routes of said railroads or branch through such reserved
lands; in which case the right of way only shall be
granted, subject to the approval of the President of the
United States.'
Certified lists are on file in this office from the United
States Land Office at Washington, D. C., designating the
lands granted to the different roads under said Act.
Secs. 636-637, pages 352, 353, General Statutes of the
State of Florida, relate to the confirmation of titles to
lands conveyed under this Act of Congress. Reference to
the attached tables will show the number of acres the
railroads received under this grant.

LANDS DERIVED FROM THE UNITED STATES
FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES.

Below will be found a synopsis of the Acts and refer-
ence to the Acts of Congress, with the aid of which any
one can obtain the Act and read the full text, the scope
of this report not admitting a full presentation of the
different Acts.
From the State Treasurer's report can be learned the
amount paid to the State School Fund by the United
tate.s Government from the 5 per cent on land sales
under the Act of 1845, as set out in the Acts to follow.
Five per cent of the land sales made by the United
States Government of the Government lands in said State
are paid to the State of Florida for school purposes, un-
der Act of Congress of March 3, 1845, Chapter 75, page
788, vol. 5, United States Statutes at L.irge.
2-Land Div.













Under the same Act of March :, 1845, there was granted
to the State what we call our --Seminall. Lands," the pro-
ceeds arising from the sale of which are applied to the
benefit of the University of the State of Florida, located
at Gainesville, Florida, and the Florida State College for
Women, located at Tallahassee, Florida.
In addition to the above, the same Act of March 3, 1845,
grants every 16th section in every township in the State
for public school purposes, and when there are deficiencies
in the 16th sections, indemnity for same, in lands or cash,
has been granted. These 16th sections are called our
.S hliol Lands Proper." The following is a copy of so
much of the AtM of March 2:, 1845, as relates to said
grant:
(Ch'l 75, Act of March :, 1]<1,. Section 1:
"Be it enacted, etc., That in consideration of the con-
cessions made by the State of Florida in respect to the
public lands, there be granted to the said State eight en-
tire sections of land for the purpose of fixing their seat
of Government; also, section number sixteen, in every
township, or other lands equivalent thereto, for the use
of the inhabitants of such township for the support of
such schools; also, two entire townships of land, in addi-
tion to the two townships already reserved, for the use of
two seminaries of learning. One to be located east, and
the other west of the Suwaunee river; also, five per cen-
tum of the net proceeds of the sale of lands within
the said State, which shall be hereafter sold by Con-
gress, after deducting all expenses incident to the same;
and which said net proceeds shall be applied by said
State for the purpose of education."

SCHOOL INIDEMNITY.

Under this head, it will be found that the United States
Government allows indemnityto the State for lands dis-
posed of by the Government, that were conveyed by other













Acts to the State fo" educational purposes. For many
years the State has gotten indemnity in lands under the
provision hereinafter set out. The largest recovery under
these Acts was the indemnity for the sixteen sections in
the Forbes Purchase, which was an old Spanish grant, the
till, to which was recognized by the United States Gov-
ernment.
The Act of February 2-';, 1859, relates to indemnity,
(Copy of said Act is as follows:
Chapter 58, Act of Congress, February 2(6, 1859:
"Be it enacted, etc., That where settlements, with a view
of pre-emption, have been made before the survey of the
lands in the field which shall be found to have been made
on Sections Sixteen and Thirty-six, said sections shall be
subject to the pre-emption claim of such settler; and if
they, or either of them, shall have been or shall be re-
served or pledged for the use of schools or colleges in the
State or Territory in which the lands lie, other lands of
like quantity are hereby appropriated in lieu of such as
inji? be patented by pre-emptors; and other lands are also
hereby appropriated to compensate deficiencies for school
purposes where said Sections Sixteen or Thirty-six arc
fractional in quantity, or where one or both are wanting
by reason of the township being fractional, or from any
natural cause whatever; Provided, that the land by this
section appropriated shall be selected and appropriated
in accordance with the principles of adjustment and the
provisions of the Act of Congress of May 20, 1826, en-
titled, 'An Act to ;ill'iii.iatli lands for the support of
schools in certain townships and fractional townships not
before provided for.' "
Under Act of Congress of February 28, 1891, the Acts
relating to indemnity for school lands were amended to
read as follows:
"Chap. 384. An Act to amend Sections 2275 and 2276
of the Revised Statutes of the United States, providing













for the selection of lands for educational purposes in lieu
of those appropriated for other purposes.
"Be it enacted, etc., That Sections Twenty-two Hun-
dred and Seventy-five and Twenty-two Hundred and Sev-
enty-six, of the Revised Statutes of the United States, be
amended to read as follows:
"Sec. 2275. Where settlements with a view to pre-emp-
tion or homestead have been, or shall hereafter be, made
before the survey of lands in the field, which are found to
have been made on Sections Sixteen or Thirty-six, those
sections shall be subject to the claims of such settlers;"
"And if such sections, or either of them, have been or
shall be granted, reserved or pledged for the use of
schools or colleges, in the State or Territory in which they
lie, other lands of equal acreage are hereby appropriated
and granted, and may be selected by said State or Terri-
tory, in lieu of such as may be thus taken by pre-emption
of homestead settlers."
"And other lands of equal acreage are also hereby ap-
propriated and granted, and may be selected by said State
or Territory where Sections Sixteen or Thirty-six are
mineral land, or are included within any Indian. mili-
tary or other reservation, or are otherwise disposed of
by the United States."
For information concerning the amount of revenue de-
rived from the land sales, in these different branches,
reference is made to the tabulated statements in this re-
port relating to the same.












STATEMENT OF IANDS ORItGINALLY CLAIMED BY, AND CONVEYED D TO CONSTRUCTED RAILROADS, CLAIMING
LANDS OTIIER THAN ALTERNATE SECTIONS, JANUARY 1, 1910.
ACRES CLAIMED. ACRES NEEDED. ACRES CLAIMED.



NAME O R AILRO AD.
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formerly (1inesville,l
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merly A uigusta. Tal- I I I
llalasst, & ,lulf I. I II
I1., formerly 'ThI'l ni s I n I I
ville, Tallalss', &l ___ _I


I I
8S 268,870.0.5 400.581.23




I
17,870.381 17,870).38

2! 133,561.40l 289,305.22

4 11,017,376.!.9 1,062.242.01;

. . ... . ...........


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TA'r'IEAIENT OF LANDS O)I1(;lN.\I.l.Y ('LAIMEDl IY. ANDl CONVEYED TO (')N.TinCTEI) I:All.ROADS. ('LAIML1NI
IANDS O)T'ElIRI 'THAN ALTE RNATE'l S.ECT'I(ONS. JANI'AI.l 1. 191ll) (Continlrl.)


S< .'1SCLAlll':>. AC< E E 1. Il EJI .




NAME OFI!AIL l. It .0 1





;iG if R. Itl.. .'. .. ( i ) 1. S 2 1 .2 I, l . .0W. ii t.: '7 i . I... .. .. 2 6i. :70.30:
B II



iBlue 1.,,,,,.. ,ran ,,
Cily ll i( r,. R.. 5 11.0 n41j G.(;GIj ,o0s!').74 0;7,608n.25 1 1 1 l N. i. 11

Smith lor I. IiA 1 .
(from Saniford )o|
Kliss nm oo) ...... 1 )' l 4 3, 15:1GI 1.001 T7.6 .1h 4.7 7.:0 7- 2. -2 .5-.,

'lorida Enast: Const i
It., formerly Jackson-i
ville, SI. Alstine &
Indian River It. 11.4 I .. 0 0.000.00 7.:i . . .... 2; 10: 7.:4
Atlantic, Suwamnno iv- I
I 1 i I I I

or & (full It. p . (2)1 21). 10.4440 200,000.0011 ......... .. ........... ........
t II II
St. Clo0d a1nd 11Sugar
Boll It. It... ........ ]. 4 3" .840! 50.1 181.001 .................. ....... .
T'llahassee, SontheCslt- Ii I
ern It. r., formerly I
:...* ''., Florida &
S...r. I It ........ 2. 1). 10.0001 200,000.001i ........... i ......... ...........
Tot4 ls ......... ......... I ..... 1...2.., 0' 402.4,1J ,L.t N.14 41 15.26; 7,8,44, 111.4.i ji


.A' RIS C1,A I MI).





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... . 1....i4 .22 I 404 .4105.22

. . n O.77! 5.12 )(1.775.!)2


S. . .8.81 85..1, 8.S1



i .779.002.1 1 1,*779.902.


20)0.000. 00 200,000.00

S .11
......... -59,1%6Il.0(0 59(},136.01c l



......... 20 0,000.010 200,000.0 0
;!3:.3lfK-J1.!4|4,:S44,1.-l:l q-4_!|;4,(7(1^-T:)7


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Nar' ov --- e1-d-11Hd nes (es'1s I-wid on r l m K issimIII nm11wen to T:wlt, a ths llniLevenge i, clainwd .n ro;,l frIom J

11) :,),:324.48 nai res. hling Ile lb lancl e i nlllhbned ill (rltificate h.i \ .ii; i a'I'll:lsiseae ind (;llf RaI lroaid C'onI)iany,
having bol n l el inii ishled to the 'l Ivilves by theTr s lssiguivs f' saidl ..-i. i ... i ~ 11s tlinelmi with Ilie 't tslete' ol lthe i'-
aining cillhR 4lhll l (l-'l 'The Act of til .. ,i grn t'l n In lnds to Ilhi A tlaintie, Sliwil nei le i\'Nv .,r Indl (,'it l lf,:1ilh',: I h ns hwb on dt cl:irrod ii n on-
slitlllioatlll by the S p I'r .| . ..' t* lhis 1 1 .
(:I SCIlDOIl FI NI).- lItsiduary ilit'ersl under rlilroal rnt-- of Flori Mol lantern, .Incks.nville. T'nipa & Key We st,
S .II' I ..... .- D- Il (& i l,. 'I'enlieoln & Atlantic mid So tl.l i i 1..I Illihlr ls. :amiouliting I0 .i .",i ..-.7 ,'o, lhls htb l (illly
r.. r, rh.., State lionid (it' E]dnenl i o,.
-I () 'Inilll of I'lnlhtk~w iInld I 1 in Itiv'r IH;ilway ndl.jIst1ed.
(.1i C limit of' Plorl ii E:st Cll'( sl l;!ilw;ly. forinlerly .hlicksonville. Si. Algustinle & Indhiln lIiver 1i. It., n .idjuslled.













ST.\TEIIMENT SHOWING RAILROADS WHICH RE-
CEYEDI) NO )DEEDS TO SWAMP AND OVERFLOW-
E) LANDS, EXCEPT IN ALTERNATE SECTIONS
IN f ANI) 20-MILE LIMITS, TO JANUARY 1, 1919:

Name of Railroad. .Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to
A labam a line) ........................ 27,'; l ::.:2
East Florida Railway Company (Jackson-
ville to St. Mary's River) .............. 15,7: 1.2!)
Fernandina and Jacksonville Railway Com.
pany ..................... ........ ..... 23, 4 ).)8
Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central (Jack-
sonville to Lake City) ................... 1.64,568.21
Florida Railroad (]FeIniiiiliii to Cedar
Keys and from Waldo to Tampa) ........ 505,144.14
lI',ri.i,. Midland Railway Company ....... 12,856.79
Green Cove Springs and Melrose Railway
Com pany .............................. 7,781.48
Jacksonville, Mayport, Pablo Railroad and
NaNviatiinii Company .................... 10,837.88
Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax Riv-
er Railroad Company .................. .. 56,782.15
Jacksonville and Atlantic Railroad Company 21,501.62
Live Oak and Rowland Bluff Railroad Com-
pany ................................. 3,253.21
Orange Belt Railway Company .............. .<.7.92
Pensacola and Georgia Railroad (Lake City
to Tallahassee) .......................... 65,561.77
St. Johns and Lake Eustis Railroad........ 14,725.90
Sanford and Indian River Railroad Com-
pany ................................. ;, .
St. Johns and Halifax Railroad, changed
to St. Johns and Halifax River Railroad
Company .............................. 110,,i%..













St. Augustine and Palatka Railway Com-
pany ................................. 41,510.29
St. Johns Railway Company ................ 42,315.16
Tavares, Orlando and Atlantic Railroad
Company ............... .. ............ 4,002.44
Western Railway of Florida (lands not re-
conveyed) ......... ..... .......... ..... 2,840.00

Total ............................... 1,225.955.01


I{l-:'.\ 'ITULATION OF ALL SWAMP AND OVER-
FLOWED LANDS CONVEYED TO RAILROADS
TO JANUARY 1, 1919:

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to
Alabama Line) .......................... 27,613.32
East Florida Railway Company (Jacksonville
to St. Mary's River) .................... 15,731.2)
Fernandina and Jacksonville Railway Com-
pany ..................................... 23,6498
Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central (Jackson-
ville to Lake City) .. ................... 11;4,.i; .'_
Florida Railroad (Fernandina to Cedar Key,
and from Waldo to Tampa) ............. 505,144.14
Florida Midland Railway Company......... 12,856.79
Green Cove Springs and Melrose Railway
Company .................. ............. 7.781.48
Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax River
Railroad Company ...................... 56,782.15
Jacksonville and Atlantic Railroad Com-
pany ................................. 21.501.62
Jacksonville, Mayport, Pablo Railway and
Navigation Company .................... 10.837.88
Live Oak and Rowlands Bluff Railroad Com-
pany .................................... 3,253.21
Orange Belt Railway company .............. S, 1 .7.92













I'ensaola and (eorgia IRailroad (Lake ('ity
to Tallahassee) ........................... li;5,5 1.77
St. Johns and Lake Enstis Railroad ........ 14,725.!0
SAinlford and Indian River Railroad Company (,192.88
St. Johns and Halifax Railroad, changed to
Si. Johns and 11 alifax River Railroad Co.. 110,39)8.58
St. Angustine ilnd a alatka Railwayv Compiany. 41,51 M.l.
St. Johns Railway Comnany .... .......... 42.:15.16
Tvares, (.)rlando and Atlanti.c ailroad (om-
Ipa y ....... ....... ....... ........ 4.(102.44
\\Weseril Railway of Flohidn (lands not re'con-
veyed ) .................................. 2,81.SI11.I
Florida Southliern Iailway, fornierly Gaines-
ville. Ocala and ('li.ilol te I harbor Rail-
road .................................. 2,655.'. l S
.JaIcksonville, 1I .,iIl, and lKey \\'(st Railway,
forit'irly Tamipa, Peace Creek and Si. Johns
R iver R railroad ......................... ,471,1-':I ::
Silver Springs, Ocala and Gulf Railroad. . .:.:.
Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad ... .........2,214,024.?7
Palatka and Indian River Railway......... 47!..571.84
Carrabelle. T'I.iiltl0i.. 1--' and Georgia Railroad.
formerly Augusta. 'l'il.ialI.,-see and Gulf'
1Railroad; formerly Thomnasville, Tallahas-
see and Gulf Railroad ................... 20(i.:,70.30
Flune Springs, Orange City and Atlantic Rail-
road ................................... 11 ,4!.S.!)9
South Florida Riilroad (fromn Sanford to
Kissimiiee) .............................. 72,4 '2 .'5
Florida East Coast Raiilway ................ 2(0.007.34

Total .................................. .,070,068.67

Norr:--In conveyance to Floridl RUailroad there are
enbriaced 23273..18 acres of Internal Imlprovenent lands
proper.














STATEMENT OF SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED
LANDS CO(NVEYEDI TO( CANAL AND DRAINAGE
CO(IMPANIIES TO .JAN 'ARY 1, 1919:

Nleic of (Colll';lany. Acres.
11. I,. Hart, for removing obstructions from
Ocklawaha River ........................ 18
\lanlic iiiid (lillf Coast (anal and ()Okeeclo-
her Land Company ............. .....1.721,.. 40
Florida Co(st LIne Canal and Transportation
C on pany ... ........... ......... . 1 ".1 T7 t,'1 1
EI'tmuiah Canalal and )rainagoe (Co(mpany....... 4,:26.47

Total .... ...................... .. 2,779.772.68




NM 3.BElr OF .ACHES AI''IROVE)D DIR.E(T BY THE
x'NI'TE STATES T(O IHALROAD)S IN FLORII)A,
I'NI)E ACT OF CONGRESS OF MAY 17, 1850, TO
TO .JANi'ANY 1, 19!1):

Name of Railroand. Acres.
Alabalma and Florida 'ifroin Pensacola to
A labamna line) ..................... .... 1 (,(i)1.08
Pensacola & Georgia (from Lake City to Pen-
sacola ) ............ ... ..... .......... 1,27.3,145.50
Florida. Atlantic & Gull' Central (from Jack-
sonii\ lle to Lake City .................. 29,103.74
Florida Railroad (from Fernaindina to Cedar
K ey) ............ . ......... ............. 290, ..-'
Florida Central & I'eninsnla Ia frlom Waldo to
Tampa) ................. .......... . 459,650.87

Total approved direct 1b I'niled States. .2.218.774.4.5













STATEMENT SHOWING THE STATUS OF ALL
SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS PATE'NTE:IP
TO THE STATE PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1919,
UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS OF E.iI''T:MBEl 28,
1850.

Number of acres patented to
the State ............... 20,41:,.':17.14
Number of acres conveyed to
railroad companies ....... 9,07(l.1ll; .1;7

Number of acres deeded to
canal and drainage com-
panies ................... 2,779,772.68

Number of acres deeded E. N.
Dickerson in 1867 for cou-
pons of Florida R. R. bonds,
which fell due prior to 1866 24S,i.;'IJ.!S

Number of acres deeded Win. E.
Jackson in 1868 for coupons
of Florida, Atlantic and Gulf
Central R. R. bonds......... 113,0(4..-

Wells & Randolph, agents of the
State to select swamp and
overflowed lands, under con-
tract with the Governor of
Florida of Nov. 8, 1851, re-
ceived the proceeds from sale
of about .................. 100,000.00

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of L. G. Dennis, agent
of the State to procure and re-
ceive patents for swamp and













overflowed lands at Washing
ton, under contract with the
Governor of Florida of Nov.
10, 1875 (see orders of trus-
tees of July 5, 1881, and
April 14, 1883) ............

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of Williams & Swann,
agents of the State to select
swamp and overflowed lands,
under contract with the trus-
tees of the Int. Imp. Fund of
M rlt.i h 5, 1871 ..............

(Other lands were deeded on ac-
count of W. & S., under above
contract belonging to the Int.
Imp. Fund proper, embracing
1'.:':7.98 acres, are not em-
braced in this statement, as
they were not swamp and
overflowed lands.)

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of Williams, Swann &
Corley, agents of the State
to select swamp and over-
flowed lands under contract
with the trustees of the Int.
Imp. Fund of May 18tl, 1873

(Other lands were deeded on
account of W., S. & C., under
above contract, belonging to
the Int. Imp. Fund proper,
amounting to 15,163.56 acres,


5,800.27


39,480.27


13,542.61












which are not embraced in
this 'Lalliin-iil, as they were
not swamp and overflowed
lands.)

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of Sydney I. Wailes,
agent of the State to procure
patents for swamp and over-
flowed lands at Washington,
under contracts iii the
'l'li IuI ef of the lnt. Imp.
Fund of April 13 and Oct. 19,
1878 ...................


Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of John A. Henderson,
agent of the State to select
Swamp and overflowed lands
under contract with the Trus-
tees of the Int. Imp. Fund of
March 15, 1,4 ............ 164,124.i.

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of S. W. Teague, agent
of the State to select swamp
and overflowed lands under
contract with the Tl'Int ue of
the Int. Imp. Fund of March
22, 1902 .................. 5,778.37

Number of acres deeded in
Disston sale .............. 4,000,000.00
Number of acres deeded under
Act of 1917 to Commission-
ers for Seminole Indians. 99,200.00













Number of acres deeded to all
other persons ............ 2,342,:;I;T- 7


Total disposed of ........

Balance on hand January
1, 1919 .(I. lmated ) ....


SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS GRANTED TO
STATE OF FIORIDA UNDER ACT OF CON(;R1:S.S,
APPROVED .li:ITE1M:'1:H 28, 1850.


Acres.


Amount patented to State (as
shown by last report) to
Jan. 1, 1917 (Estimated) ...
Patented to State during years
1917 and 1918, as follows:

Gainesville District.
Patent No. 176...............
Patent No. 177 ..............
Patent No. 178 ............ .
Additional lands in Everglades
shown from late surveys by
State ....................
Lands found in -making ab-
stract for State ...........

Total patented to -January
1, 1919 ................


20,41:::.41 i'..57


Acres.
120.06
18.66
80.06


218.78


!i1:,;7.79

'42.110


The quantity disposed of prior
to January 1, 1917, as shown
by last report ............ 18,871,24.).89
Amount sold in 1917......... 211 ,ii..4
Amount sold in 1918 ......... 24.'211._.2'


VI. ll;.:2;1 ;; sill


1,21t1;". TI .." 4 .


20,413,237.14












Granted under Act Legislature
of 1917 to Seminole Indians.
See Entry No. Ill..711._ Oct.
11, '1917 .................. 9!9,21.i.1i1

Tofal ................ 119,206,366.60

Balance on hand January 1,
1919 (Estimated) ......... 1,206,870.54

SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS SOLD DURING
THE YEARS 1917 ANI 1918.

Acres. Amount.
Amount sold in 1917........... l. 211.fil.4i $ 68,839.43
Amount sold in 1918........... 24.::20.25 90,467.41

Total .................. 235,920.71 $159,306.84



AMOUNTS PAID ON ENTRIES MADE DURING AND
PRIOR TO THE YEARS 1917 AND 1918 UNDER
CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS WITH THE
TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT
FUND OF FLORIDA.

SWAMP LANDS.

1917. 1918.
No. Entry. Amount Paid. I No. Entry.] Amount Paid.
16,424 250.0,) 16,424 $ 127.56
16,449 :: 57.'20 16,437 28.:-31
16,479 176.85 I 16,438 279.93
16,509 47.50 16,439 288.96
16,512 5.7.4i I 16,442 559.70
1,..l: 115.71 i 16,471 5.40












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SWAMP LAN )S-- (C(ontinued.)


r


3-Land Div.


a-


1917. I I 1918.
No. Entry. Amount Paid-. I No. Entry. Amount Paid.
16,514 118.55 16,512 i62.
16,515 145.44 16,513 60.57
16,516 117.40 16,525 2,556.00
16,517 170.58 16,,52! 2,587.77
16,525 2,653.07 16,539 89.60
16,528 4,400.00 16,546 44.22
1 j,..-29i 2,080.00 16,550 32,666.60
16,535 640.71 i 15,.2 754.57
l;,:1 I 169.60 16,559 470.24
Sovereignty 16,561 506.93
Lands 16,562 130.00
16,547 16,428.00 16,563 81.32
S 16,565 72.75
Total 1917. $27,930.01 16,568 j.:.2
Received from Tresspass on 16,570 2,164.05
State Lands Jan. 28,1917 16,571 34,931.77
.... ............. 41.88 16,574 57.50
S16,576 4,963.47
16,577 57.20
16,581 535.24
S16,582 251.51
S16,583 356.60
Sovereignty
SLands
16,589 3i,l, 1 ; I
i I ----- ______-
STotal. . $121.....55
SReceived From Leases of
I State Lands in 1918..
I i$730.76














SWAMP LAND INDEMNITY.

The quantity of land located by the respective owners
of Swamp Land Indemnity Certificate, which has been
patented to the State, is as follows:

Total patented as per last report.... 94,605.93
Patented to State in 1917 and 1918,
to-wit:
Swamp Land Indemnity Patent No.
19, Supplement Gainesville 012696 79.95

Total patented to Jan. 1, 1919 .... 94,685.-li

Of which there has been conveyed by
the State to the owners of the cer-
tificates, or to such persons as they
directed, per last report .......... 94,17..:;

Conveyed in 1917 and 1918.......... 1 1..12

Total conveyed to Jan. 1, 1919.... 94,335.48

INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS.

Granted under Act of Congress, approved September 4,
1841 (total grant, 500,000 acres) :
Amount on hand January 1, 1917............. 5,359.915
Sold during 1917 and 1918.................... 445.02

Balance on hand January 1, 1919............. 4,914.93

Internal Improvement Lands Sold During the Years
1917 and 1918.












35

Acres. Amount.
Sold in 1917 ....................... 365.18 .$ 970.72
Sold in 1918 ....................... 79.84 439.04

Total ........................... 445.02 $1,409.76

SCHOOL LANDS.

Granted Under Acts of Congress, Approved March 3,.
1845, February 26, 1859, February 28, 1891.

Total granted, approximated at 1,000,000.00 acres.

Acres.
Amount on hand Jan. 1, 1917
(approximated) ............ 206,378.93
Acres.
Surveyed ..................... 46,647.45
Unsurveyed ................. 159,731.48

206,378.93
Amount of School Indemnity
Lands approved in 1917 and
1918, lists 45, 46 and 47 ...... 517.45
Lands approved to the State
which subsequent surveys show
to be in Alabama ............ 2:7.s!

Total ..................... 2t 7,134.27
Amount sold, 1917............. 522.66
Amount sold, 1918 ............. 874.53
1,397.19
Total on hand January 1, 1919
(approximated) ............. 205,737.08
Surveyed ..................... 46,005.60
Unsurveyed ................... 159,731.48

205,737.08 Estimated.






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Missing
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STATEMENT.

Showing State Lands on hand January 1, 1919-Esti-
mated.


I


County. Swamp. P
Alachua ...... 722.17 ...
Baker ........ 294.23 ...
Bay .......... !I9lf.7!i
Bradford ..... 2,029.491
Brevard, ..... 212.83 1
Broward in I)rg.
District .... 285,344.04 ...
Calhoun ..... 464.80
Citrus ........ 11,4. .i 2 .
Clay .......... I 22 .'
Columbia ..... 1,5;.I.!I;
Dade not in
Drg. District 15.52 ...
Dade in Drg.
District ..... 412,272 . .
DeSoto not in
Drg. District 7,.-,;:..-4. ..
IeSoto in Drg.
District ..... 1 ,: n7a .:
Duval ........ 1,564.411...
Escambia ..... 2.801...
Flagler ....... ......... . I
Franklin ...... ........... ...
Gadsden ...... ........... ...
Hamilton ..... 478.901...
Hernando .. ......... ...
Hillsborough .. 40.001...
Holmes ....... ...........
Jackson ...... 79.751
Jefferson ...... 8,989.061


. 1. Semi-
roper. School. nary.
... 640.72 ......
..... 7 i)I' i ......

[40.241 :14!i 11'- .....
!2!.ll 120.461 ......
.67.381 6.:1 6.71| ......

. . .. 17,1. 2.::! ......
157.821 2,565.241 ......
..... 989.981 .....
... 400.70 ......
:!1. 0 1 '.2 .2 .... I


..... I


36.861




40.091
. .. .
112.1111
13.611
120.261


. . . . . . . . .

26,101.57 ......

10,654.701 ......

5,896.751 .....
1,420.091 .....
. .. .. .. .. .... ..
1,112.841 ......

:1.:7.75 40.06
. . . . . . . . .
40.001 ......
S1 !0.7!'i:;2:;.:'2
570.63 ......

962.231 ......












STATEMENT- (Continued.)


County.
L,;i'an ette .....
Lake .........
Lee not in Drg.I
district .....
Lee in Drg.
District .....
Leon .........
Levy .........
Liberty ........
l;,,li- ,o ......
Marinatee .......
Monroe .......
Nassau .......
Okaloosa ......
Okeechobce not
Drg. District.1
Okeechobee in
Drg. District.
Orange ........
Osceola .......
Palm Beach noti
in Drg. Dist. .
Palm Beach ini
Drg. District.
Pasco .........
Pinelho; ......
Polk. .........
Putnam .......
Santa Rosa ...I.
Seminole .....
St. Johns .....


I. I. 1 I Semi-
Swamp. Proper. I School. I nary.
250.51JI 79.13| 4.973.151 .....
595.97 .. ...... 1,236.681......

13,393.481 ........ 18,608.631 ......

35,437.00 ........ 19,840.00l ......
4,170.00 ........ 280.001 ......
4,054.83 ........ j 46G1.4 2 ......
... .... ... ... .. .. . ...... ... .....
39.951 121.55 1,401.161......
4,261.95 ........ 1,756.701 ......
<15!9.:4 235.351 6,928.981 ......
92,307.871 ........ 1 1. ~ .47 .....
874. .51 N s .2 2,530.041 ......
80.03 ........ .;1.ff) ....

320.001 ........ I 1 .i;1 ..80 ......

6,294.831........ 1,280.721 ......
758.911 119.951 2.242.72. .. .
611.331 ...... .. 481.03 ......

.......... ........ I 4,238.17 ......
1 1
281,191.77 ..... 30,852.93 ......
110.031 40.001 565.29 ......
159.0 ........ .. ... ... .. .....
2,209.711 ........ 1,161.351 .....
173.00I ........ .-211.7: ......
.......... ....... .......... ... ...
2,879.871 80.26 840.011 ......
6,615.661 ........ 348.77 ......


~












ST. TE M ENT- (Continued.)

I I.1. [ Semi-
County. Swamp. Proper. School. I nary.
St. Lucie not in I
Drg. District. 1, '2 .!i::j. ...... 4,813.171 .....
St. Lucie in
Drg. District. 641.001 .. .... '1,!117.20 ..
Sumter ....... 280.27 2411.12 5A0.45 ......
Suwannee ..... 241.19 658.981 40.03 ......
Taylor ........ ..... ..... 80.08! 2,893.10 ......
Volusia ....... S,:.7.04 j 140.1i ,.:.: : ... ..
W akulla ...... 40.00 840.001 ....... .. .....
W alton ....... _.!. 241.31! 795.47 ......
Washington . 329.49 ........ 314.59 ......
School Indemn- i
ity approved I
and not Deed-
.ed .......... ........... ........ 200.97 ......
l'.1;11 ....... 1,206,87'-..41 4,914.!::' 205,737.1is :;.I:.38

Note.-The Supreme Court has decided that the Trus-
tees have no title to and no authority to sell the lands
under the navigable waters of Lake Jackson in Leon
County, and Lake Miccosukie, Jefferson County.
(See Florida Supreme Court Report No. 58, page 398.)












VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS ON JULY 1, 1918.

The following Circular and Table showing vacant
United States lands are taken from report of the Com-
missioner of the General Land Office, Washington, D. C.,
dated July 1, 1918.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
GENERAL LAND OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., July 1, 1918.

The follow iug tables show, by States, land districts and
counties, the area of unappropriated and unreserved pub-
lic lands, surveyed and unsurveyed, with a brief state-
ment of their character.
These figures are as nearly correct as is possible under
the circumstances, and are mainly intended to convey
general information as to the quantity and character of
public lands in the land districts and counties of the dif-
ferent States. The General Land Office can furnish no
more definite information as to the location or character
of the vacant lands than is here given.
Neither the General Land Office nor the local offices can
advise inquirers as to the location of the unappropriated
tracts in counties where only a few acres are reported
as vacant. Information on that subject may be obtained
by careful examination of the records of the local of-
fices, which are open for inspection when not in official
use.
A diagram of any township, showing the entered lands
therein, may be obtained from the register and receiver of
the proper local office at a cost of $1; in ordering such a
diagram the township and range numbers should be given.
If because of the pressure of current business relating
to the entry of lands, registers and receivers are unable to
make the plats or diagrams mentioned above, they may
refuse to furnish the same and return the fee to the appli-
cant, advising him of their reason for not furnishing the
plats requested; that he may make the plats or diagrams









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himself or have same made by his agent or attorneys, and
that he may have access to the plats and tract books of
the local lhinl office foi' this purpose, provided such use
of the records will not interfere with the orderly dispatch
of the public business.
The local officers furnish prospective settlers general
advice as to lands in their respective districts and litera-
ture regarding the method of making entry. However,
personal inspection must be made of the tract to be en-
tered before application is filed, and the settler should
exercise great care to satisfy himself as to its character
before taking any other steps.












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VACANT UNITED STATES LAND ON JULY 1, 1918. 4

STATEMENT SHOWING THE AREA OF LAND UNAPPROPRIATED
AND UNRESERVED ON JULY 1, 1918.
FLORIDA.

Arch in acres.
Land district and vCharacter.
County. Unsur- Total.
y Surveyed. veyed.

Gainesville:
Alachua. ......... . 1,197 ......... ,197 Low, pine.
Baker ............ 754 ......... Do.
Bay ......... .. 4,6771 ......... 4,677 Do.
Bradford ........ .. 731 ........ 731 Do.
Brevard .......... 15,275 ........... 15,275 Low, pine, swamp.
Calhoun .......... 1,000 .......... 1,000 Low, pine.
Citrus ........... . 3,0321 ..... . 3,032 Do.
Clay ............. 1,323 ..... ... 1,323 Do.
Columbia ......... 4741 ...... 474 Do.
DeSoto ........... i 6,2021 ......... '"-' Do.
Escambia ......... 9141 ......... 4 Do.
Flagler .......... 60 .......... 60 Do.
Gadsden .......... 383! ......... 383 Do.
Hamilton ......... 708. ......... 708 Do.
Hernando ........ 640 .......... 640 Do.
Hillsborough ...... 40 ......... . 40 Do.
Holmes ....... .. 287 ........ .. 287 Do.
Jackson ......... 147 .......... 147 Do.
Jefferson ........ 10 ....... 10 Do.
Lafayette ......... 5,268i ......... 5,268 Low, pine, swamp.
Lake ............. 16,119! ......... 16,119 Low, pine.
Lee .............. 7,7111. ........ I 7,711 Low, pine, swamp.
Leon ............. 1601......... 160 Low, pine.
Levy ............. 3,8401........ 1 3,840 Do.
T.irt. .. ........ 7241 ......... 724 Do.
. .h .r. ........... 7601 ....... 760 Do.
Manatee .......... 913 ......... 913 Do.
Marion ......... . 6,733 ......... 6,733 Do.
Monroe ........... 1,778 ......... 1,778 Low, pine, swamp.
Nassau... ....... 265 ......... 265 Low, pine.
Okaloosa ......... 200 ......... 200 Do.
Okeechobee ....... .3561 ........ 356 Do.
Orange .......... 1.2451 ......... 1,245 Do.
sceola ........... 4371 .... .. 437 Do.
Palm Beach....... 401 ......... 40 Do.
Pasco ............ 4801........ 480 Do.
Polk ............. 1,242[ ......... | 1,242 Do.
Putnam .......... 6,878 .......... 6,878 Do.
St. Johns ......... 9641 ......... 964 Do.
St. Lucle ....... . 767 ... .. 767 Low pine.
Santa Rosa ....... 359 .. . .. 359 Do.
Semino'e ......... 546 ......... 546 Do.
Sumter ............ 120 ......... 120 Do.
Suwannee ...... 433 .... 433 Do.
Taylor ........... 2,5601 ........ I 2.560 Do.
Volusia ........... 8,4451 ......... 8,445 Do.
W akulla .......... 360 ......... 360 Do.
Walton ........... 5,513 ...... . 5,513 Do.
Washington ....... 1,656 ..... .. 1,656 Do.
State total...... I 114,726 .......... 114,726
NOTE--For any information concerning the above United States lands,
write the United States Land Office, Gainesville, Fla. The state has
nothing to do with United States lands.












DIVISION FIELD NOTES



Another important division was given to .the Depart-
ment of Agriculture when the Legislature, by Chapter
5611, Laws of Florida, Acts of 1907, added the Field Note
Division.
Just as the name "Department of Agruiculture," as ap-
plied to the head of the office, is and has been from the
beginning more or less a minilioner, so, too, is the name
"Division of Field Notes," as applied to this branch of
the office, a misnomer.
There are many people in the State who do not know
what constitutes "The Field Note Division" of the De-
partment of Agriculture. In fact, there are but few peo-
ple Who know what records are in, or that go to make up,
this division. A large number believe, just as the name
implies, that only the notes of the different Deputy U. S.
Surveyors, as written by them in the execution of their
surveys in the field, are on file in this division. The aver-
age person does not know that these records go back to
the time when Florida was in the hands of the Spaniards,
and even further back to the time of the English regime,
or when Florida belonged to England.
The old Spanish Claims, some of which date back to the
early part of the eighteenth century, are divided into
bundles of "Confirmed" and "Unconfirmed" claims. These
claims number several hundred, as anyone can see by a
glance at any of the township plats, or the map of the
State, bordering on the east coast of Florida and up and
down the St. Johns River or over near and around Pen-
sacola in the western part of the State. When Florida
was purchased by the United States from Spain and the
flag of our nation was raised over St. Augustine and
Pensacola, July 10 and 21, respectively, in the year 1821,
the U. S. Government then had to recognize these con-












firmed claims. Many of the unconfirmed claims have
since been investigated by Boards of Commissioners ap-
pointed by Congress for that. purpose, found valid and
confirmed by different Acts of Congress. All of these
matters help to make up the records of this division of
the office.
Prior to 1907, the field notes of all the original surveys
of the United States Government Land, as well as the
maps, plats, records of all the Spanish Grants, and all
other records bearing on the Surveys of the United States
Governmeu t Land, and all other records referred to in the
preceding paragraph, were kept in the office of the Sur
veyor General.
When it was made known, to the State of Florida by
the United. States Government, in 1907, that the United
States office of Surveyor General would be discontinued,
It became necessary for the State to make some provisions
to take care of the many and important records of that
office.
We give in full below, Chapter 5611, Acts of 1917, trans-
ferring the field notes, etc., to the Department of Agricul-
ture of the State of Florida.

Chapter 5611-(No. 16).

AN ACT to Provide for the Reception and Safe Keeping
by the Commissioner of Agriculture of the Field Notes,
Maps and Records in the Office of the Surveyor-General
Appertaining to Land Titles in Florida.

Whereas, The surveys of all Public Lands in the State
of Florida Have Been Discontinued; and Whereas, the
Federal Office of Surveyor-General in Florida is About to
be Discontinued; Necessitating under the Acts of Con-
gress, the Delivery of the Important Records of that Office
to Some Duly Authorized Official of this State for Safe
keeping; and, Whereas, such delivery Cannot, by Law,














be Made until Some Official of this State has been Auth-
orized by State Law to Receive Them, and some Provision
Made by Law for Their Safe Keeping; Therefore,

Be It Enacted By the Legislature 'of the State of Florida:

Section 1. That upon the discontinuance by the Fed-
eral authorities of the office of Surveyor-General for the
State of Florida, the Commissioner of Agriculture of the
State of Flohii'n is hereby fully authorized to receive all
of the field notes, surveys, maps, plats, papers and records
heretofore kept in the office of said Surveyor-General, and
it shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Agriculture
carefully and safely to keep and preserve all of said field
notes, surveys, maps, plats, papers and records as part of
the public records of his office, and shall at all times allow
any duly accredited authority of the United States full
and free access to any and all of such field notes, surveys,
maps, plats, papers and records; and shall be authorized
to make and furnish under his hand and seal certified
copies of any or all of the same to any person or persons
making application therefore; Provided, That when the
Surveyor-General shall deliver the above named records
to the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Commissioner of
Agriculture is hereby authorized to employ one additional
clerk whose salary shall not exceed one hundred dollars
per month; Provided further, That it shall be the duty
of the Secretary of State under the direction of the Board
of State Institutions to provide some place suitable for
keeping such records, maps and other papers.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect immediately upon its
passage.
Approved May 22, 1907.

Further, in view of the fact of the importance of these
records to the State and the people of our State, and the
necessity of their preservation, insomuch as the fountain
head of the title to many large tracts of land actually













begin with, and is of record in these volumes, and fur-
ther owing to the great number of years these records
have been in use and the great number of times they have
been referred to, having been on file at different places in
the State, at which places the office of Surveyor-General
was then located, namely: Pensacola, St. Augustine, and
Tallahassee, some of the records are fast becoming worn
and too old to be handled. Then, too, the paper, ink and
office supplies of the earlier days were not as good as they
are today and must of course soon wear out from being
constantly handled and referred to. A great number of
the volumes, both of the field notes and original plats of
the township maps need to be rebound, and several vol-
umes of the field notes must be copied before they become
illegible. When this is done the "Copied Record" will be
used and thus save and preserve the old original one,
which will only be used as a reference. The United States
Government is still making some new surveys and re-
surveys in the State to correct former surveys. Copies of
these notes and plats are forwarded here for the comple-
tion of the records, and it is necessary that these notes
and plats should be bound with the other records in their
proper places. In view of the bad condition of some of
the records, as above referred to, it is necessary that the
Legislature make a small appropriatioiu to have them re-
bound and put in a good state of preservation. A care-
ful estimate of the cost of re-binding will be made before
presenting the same to the Legislature so as to give an in-
telligent idea as to what the work of re-binding will
amount to. There are a good many of the earlier town-
ship plats now being used that are fast wearing out, as
they were made of a very poor quality of paper and were
not protected by a cloth back, as in the case with' the mod-
ern ones. It is also necessary to get photolithograph
copies of the originals of these from the General Land
Office, Washington, D. C., and thus save and preserve
these old records.














Several volumes of the letters from the Commissioner
of the General Land Office, Washington, D. C., to the
U. S. Surveyor-General, and in turn from the Surveyor-
General to the Commissioner, dating many years back,
need to be rebound. In fact, all these records should be
in a fire-proof vault, but owing to the smallness of the
only vault we have, in which the most important of these
are kept, it is impossible for all the records of the Field
Notes Division to be protected from fire. A close watch
is kept on 1 Iic not kept in the vault and they are given
the best protection possible under the existing conditions.
Chapters 6447 and 6448, Acts of 1913, put the cabinet
officers on fixed salaries and directed that "All fees or
perquisites of any nature or character that are allowed
to be collected or received by any person connected with
such offices" be turned over to the State Treasurer.
In view of the requirement to turn over all fees to the
State Treasurer, it will be necessary for parties who de-
sire the service of this Bureau to remit the fee in each
case with their request for work to be done.
The following are the amounts which have been col-
lected and turned over to the State Treasurer from the
Field Note Division, as directed by Chapters 6447 and
6448, Acts of 1913, since the passage of the Act:

1913 ................................ .457.05
1914 ............................... 716.35 $1,173.40


1915 ............................... 807.45
1916 ............................... 639.43 $1.446.88


1917 ............................... 782.05
1918 ............................... 455.15 l1,237.20


Total since the passage and approval of the
Act of the Legislature of 1913............ $3,857.48














Owiing to conditions growing out of the war there has
not been as much activity in real estate in the last two
years as for the years just prior to the war; alud further,
on account of a great number of Civil Engineers of the
State enlisting in the service, there has not been a great
demand by the public for copies of Field Notes.
The Field Note Division of the Department of Agricul-
ture is called upon from time by the Trustees of the In-
ternal Improvement Fund, the State Board of Education
and the Land Office at WaShington for information and
for specially prepared certified copies of Field Notes and
Plats, for which there is no charge. Nevertheless, it
takes a great deal of time and labor to properly prepare
this work.
The above is merely mentioned that the public may
get an accurate idea of the work and responsibility of
the Field Note Division.
Respectfully submitted,
W. A. McRAE,
Commissioner of Agriculture.

Note:-Those desiring copies of photolithographic
Timnnlhip maps can purchase same from the General
Land Office at Washington. D. C., for Twenty-five Cents
per Township.