How Marceline Began

by Hank Miller

How Marceline began – President James Monroe granted 160 acres of territorial land in Northern Missouri (later to become Linn County) to Henry Burkett on February 17, 1819.

The land exchanged ownership a multitude of times and faced legal battles until the Tuckerman family sold the property in 1887 to the Santa Fe Town and Railway Co. With the purchase, Marceline was laid out in 1887 and become incorporated by the Linn County Court based upon an election on March 6, 1888. Linn County was over 50 years old at that time, having been organized January 1, 1837, and named after U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Missouri.

Our history is interesting and old warranty deeds reveal who and where people lived on various lots of Marceline. I found this information from the Abstract of Title for my Dad’s home on East Chicago Street. I discovered other owners of my Dad’s home included some Disney and Putman families. The Linneus Court House may have records of other family homes.

Page 1–#13,486.

No. 1.

President of the United States of America.


KNOW YE, That, in pursuance of the Acts of Congress appropriating and granting land to the late Army of the United States, passed on and since the sixth day of May, 1812, Henry Burkett having deposited in the General land-Office a Warrant in his favor, numbered 19305 there is granted unto the said Henry Burkett late a private in O’Fallons Co. of Riflemen a certain Tract of Land, containing one hundred & sixty acres being the NW of Section thirty two of Township fifty seven N. in Range eighteen W. in the Tract appropriated (by the Acts aforesaid) for Military Bounties, in the Territory of Missouri N:

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said quarter Section of Land, with the appurtenances thereof, unto the said Henry Burkett and to his heirs and assigns forever.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have caused these letters to be made patent, and the Seal of the General Land-Office to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, this Seventeenth day of February in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of the Independence of the United States of America the forty-third

By the President, J M
J M. Commissioner of the General Land-Office

March 13, 1866

Charles S. Tuckerman and Ruth A. Tuckerman, his wife, Grantors,
No. 45. To

The Santa Fe Town and Land Company, a corporation, Grantee.

WARRANTY DEED. Dated December 31, 1887. Filed for record Jan. 17, 1888. Recorded in Book 67, at page 620. Consideration $40,263.30. Acknowledged before B. T. Lewis, Notary Public for Cook County, Ill. Acknowledgment regular form.


CONVEYS: The North West quarter of Section 32, in Township 57, of Range 18, in Linn County, Missouri & other land.

Excepting herefrom the lands heretofore conveyed by the grantors hereto to the Chicago, Santa Fe and California Railway.

(Note: The land covered by this Abstract had not been heretofore conveyed to said Railway Company, Abstract Company.)

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