christian troutfetter

Troutfetter’s Homestead Delayed for Lack of Citizenship-Part II

In part I of this series, we saw that Christian Troutfetter’s Thomas County, Kansas, homestead claim was delayed due to his lack of citizenship. We also saw that Troutfetter initially claimed that he was naturalized at the time he started his claim and that he later naturalized in Thomas County shortly before his claim was […]


Notice Was Published in My Son’s Newspaper

Clues can be anywhere on a document, including an 1893 newspaper notice. Part of the homestead process was taking “proof” and public notice of that “proof-taking” had to be given. And there had to be “proof” in the homestead application file that notice had been given. That’s the reason for this document.   Normally I […]


Two Troutfetters in the BLM Tract Books

[the original version of this post was posted to our old site on 19 May 2015. We’re ordering copies of these records and will post summaries and images when they’ve been received] A search of the Bureau of Land Management website indicated that Christian Troutfetter received a homestead in Thomas County, Kansas in 1892. 1892 […]