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In order to build one of these, our ancestors first had to purchase LAND. Here's a list of Early Landowners in the Town of Martell, Pierce County, Wisconsin (KUDOS to Cliff Watt - again)

"Early Martell Township Land Purchases" -  (Twp 27 North R17 West)

The waves of white settlers came in in groups. The French were here first. Then came the Norwegians in great numbers. The Irish were the next group along with a few Germans and a number of Easterners resided here. The following  lists the purchasers of those first 40-200 acre chunks of land. It is duplicated from the Tract Index. Some of these  names, of the Norsk, at least were permanent settlers. Others moved on to other locations.

SECTION 1
Joseph Prescott
26 April 1859, 160 acres
Lars Larson
2 April, 1859, 82 acres
Hans Tonneson
28 April 1859, 80 acres
William Newell
7 May 1859, 160 acres
Wm. Wells
26 April 1869, 160 acres
SECTION 2
Lars Larson
2 April 1859, 40 acres
William Caldwell
27 May 1854, 40 acres
Erad Jayne (Exard Jack)
14 March 1853, 40 acres
J. Tonneson
28 April 1859, 40 acres
Joseph E. Bowen
26 Sept. 1851, 40 acres
Wm. Caldwell
31 May 1852, 120 acres
Roman Biscour
23 May 1854, 40 acres
Anders, Anderson
23 November 1853, 80 acres
Harmon Biscournais
10 March 1852, 40 acres
Halvor Halverson
21 January 1856, 40 acres
Louis LaFond
14 May 1853, 40 acres
Harmon Biscournais
10 May 1852, 40 acres
Roman Biscournais
25 May 1854, 40 acres
SECTION 3
Judson Warner
27 May 1854, 80 acres
Lewis Randall
7 July, 1854, 40 acres
Wm. Cadwell
30 May 1854, 80 acres
Jens Jackson
12 Feb 1855, 80 acres
Hans Larson
5 May 1855, 40 acres
Lewis Randall
7 July 1854, 40 acres
L***bran Peterson
26 May 1854, 160 acres
Anders Anderson
23 Sept 1854, 160 acres

 

SECTION 4
Anne Oleson
27 Feb 1856, 37 acres
Halver Herum
30 Oct 1855, 37 acres
Anders Anderson
23 July 1855, 40 acres
Hans Larson
5 May 1855, 40 acres
Ingul Erickson
5 July 1856, 122 acres
Svenung Anderson
25 Sept 1854, 40 acres
Jens & Anders Tonneson
16 Nov 1855, 40 acres
Halvor Halvoerson
12 Feb 1855, 40 acres
Svennung Halvorson
26 May 1854, 40 acres
Fredrick Larson
20 Nov 1855, 40 acres
Jens Tonneson
16 Nov 1855, 40 acres
John C. Rokstad
30 Oct 1867, 40 acres
Frederick Larson
19 Apr 1856, 40 acres
SECTION 5
Andrew Kinney
13 July 1854, 162 acres
Thomas McFaden
13 July 1854, 46 acres
Harold T. Herum
12 July 1855, 40.9 acres
Thomas McFaden
11 July 1855, 80 acres
Hans Gjielstad
15 May 1855, 40 acres
Andrew Anderson
30 Oct 1856, 40 acres
Halvor Halvorson
12 Feb 1855, 40 acres
Hans Gilstad
15 May 1855, 40 acres
Andrew Anderson
3 Oct 1856, 40 acres
Halvor Halvorson
12 Feb 1855, 40 acres
SECTION 6
Wm. H. Moore
14 Apr 1855, 200+ acres
Norman Biscouer
14 June 1855, 44.27 acres
Alfred W. Hall
31 May 1854, 41.28 acres
Wm. H. Moore
24 May 1855, 80 acres
Alf. W. Hall
31 May 1854, 40.80 acres
John L. Miner
8 June 1854, 40.36 acres
Frederick Larson
13 Nov 1855, 40 acres
Gabriel Tenneson
25 Sept 1854, 40 acres
Wm. H. Moore
24 May 1855, 40 acres
Frederick Larson
13 Nov 1855, 40 acres
Frederick Larson
9 Nov 1855, 40 acres

 

SECTION 7
Ole Evenson
28 June 1855, 40 acres
Halvor Halvorson
18 Sept 1855, 40 acres
Ole Evenson
28 June 1855, 40 acres
Christopher Heyerdahl
24 April 1855, 40 acres
Daniel McCartney
8 June 1855, 40 acres
Robert Brown
16 August 1854, 40.04 acres
Wm. H. Moore
31 March 1854, 39.88 acres
Ole Evenson
28 June 1855, 40 acres
George W. Fuller
27 Nov 1854, 40 acres
James G. Crowne
25 Nov 1854, 39.72 acres
Cyrus B. Mapes
14 Oct 1854, 39.56 acres
Christopher Heyerdahl
24 Apr 1855, 40 acres
Gilbert Harris
4 May 1855, 80 acres
Stener Thorson
16 May 1855, 40 acres
SECTION 8
Halver Halvorson
12 Feb 1855, 40 acres
Hans Gilstad
13 May 1855, 40 acres
Jens Jackson
12 Feb 1855, 40 acres
Halvor Halvorson
12 Feb 1855, 80 acres
Mathias Nelson
26 Aug 1854, 40 acres
Andrew Johnson
12 June 1855, 40 acres
Chris Heyerdahl
24 April 1855, 40 acres
Mathias Nelson
11 June 1855, 40 acres
Halvor Halvorson
12 Feb 1855, 40 acres
Ole Sather,
1 May 1855, 40 acres
Halvor Halvorson
12 Feb 1855, 200 acres
SECTION 9
Otto Nelson
25 Nov 1854, 40 acres
Andrew Swenson
14 Aug 1855, 40 acres
Peter Lomo
15 Feb 1856, 80 acres
Svennung Halvorson
26 May 1854, 40 acres
Svennung Anderson
2 Aug 1854, 80 acres
Svennung Halvorson
26 May 1854, 40 acres
Svennung Anderson
2 Aug 1854, 160 acres
Peter Lomo
22 Feb 1855, 80 acres
Zeubian Peterson
26 May 1854, 40 acres
Nils Christ Hovde
17 June 1854, 40 acres

 

SECTION 10
Andrew Anderson Bakke
23 July 1855, 40 acres
Amos Bonesteel
28 Feb 1856, 40 acres
Elling Thygeson
23 Oct 1854, 80 acres
Andrew Anderson Bakke
23 July 1855, 40 acres
S. Peterson
26 May 1855, 40 acres
Elling Thygeson
23 July 1855, 40 acres
A.A. Bakke
23 July 1855, 40 acres
Andrew Anderson
13 July 1854, 80 acres
Elling Thygeson
23 Oct. 1854, 40 acres
Ingebret Iverson
5 June 1855, 40 acres
Peter Heson (Ellertson)
1 Nov 1853, 40 acres
Andrew Anderson
27 Sept 1855, 40 acres
Irnst Iverson
23 Sept 1856, 40 acres
Peter Ileson
1 Nov 1853, 40 acres
SECTION 11
Hans Stumley
23 Sept 1853, 40 acres
John Larson
28 Aug 1854, 80 acres
Joseph Martell
28 July 1854, 40 acres
John Larson
28 Aug 1854, 40 acres
John Larson,
28 Aug 1854, 40 acres
Andrew Anderson
30 June 1854, 40 acres
Jacob H.J. Iverson
6 Sept 1851, 40 acres
Hans Stumley
23 Sept 1853, 80 acres
Jacob & I. Iverson
6 Sept 1851, 40 acres
Andrew Anderson
23 Sept. 1854, 40 acres
Jacob Iverson
21 June 1854, 40 acres
Joseph Martell
28 July 1851, 40 acres
Jacob & Isabel Iverson
6 Sept 1852, 80 acres

SECTION 12
Samuel W. Fisk
26 Oct 1855, 80 acres
Joseph Martell
28 July 1854, 40 acres
Samuel W. Fisk
26 Oct 1855, 40 acres
John Dee
14 Aug 1855, 40 acres
Joseph Martell
28 July 1857, 40 acres
Alfred W. Hall
26 Sept 1854, 40 acres
Sherwood E. Luly
11 Aug 1855, 40 acres
John Breitinger
24 Aug 1866, 80 acres
80 acres & 160 acres unclaimed

 

SECTION 13
Newton Webster
31 May 1867, 40 acres
Isaac D. Elliott
29 Nov 1855, 80 acres
Robert Thompson
6 May 1854, 40 acres
Luke & Frances Pomeroy
10 Apr 1855, 40 acres
Newton Webster
22 June 1866, 80 acres
320 acres unclaimed
SECTION 14
Isaac D. Elliott
29 Nov 1855, 40 acres
Amos Bonesteel
30 July 1853, 40 acres
Mathias Slatten
23 August 1853, 40 acres
Isaac D. Elliott
29 Nov 1855, 40 acres
Amos Bonesteel
30 July 1853, 40 acres
Andrew Anderson
23 Sept 1854, 40 acres
Peter Anderson
29 Oct 1855, 40 acres
Nils C. Hovde
15 April 1854, 80 acres
Peter A. Desen
15 Aug 1855, 40 acres
Gould Hanson
29 Oct 1855, 40 acres
Christian Peterson
1 Aug 1855, 40 acres
Mathias Slatten
May 1853/4, 80 acres
Nels Messen Madison
11 July 1854, 80 acres

SECTION 15
Goul Hanson (Wahl)
24 May 1855, 40 acres
I. Iverson
23 Sept 1856, 40 acres
Guttorm Anderson
28 June 1855, 40 acres
Goul Hanson (Wahl)
24 May 1855, 40 acres
A.C. Peterson
24 Aug 1865, 80 acres
320 acres unclaimed

 

SECTION 16
Christian Swenson
2 Jan 1866, 40 acres
160 acres for school land
Simon Swenson
2 Jan 1866, 40 acres
Lars Nelson
16 Feb 1863, 80 acres
Jacob Johnson
2 Jan 1866, 160 acres
Peter Harstad
10 Nov 1864, 40 acres
Anders A. Bakke
26 Dec 1865, 40 acres
Peter Harstad
10 Nov 1864, 80 acres
SECTION 17
Peter E. Lomo
13 Mar 1866, 40 acres
Senson Nelson
13 Mar 1866, 40 acres
560 acres unclaimed
SECTION 18
Stener Thorson
30 Oct 1855, 80 acres
Halver Halverson
21 Jan 1856, 80 acres
Lyman D. Carpenter
18 June 1855, 80 acres
Chas Deyarmond
21 June 1855, 39.22 acres
John Dey Armond
21 June 1855, 40 acres
Sidney I. Brese
26 Oct 1855, 80 acres
Hugh Campbell
21 July 1854, 38.88 acres
James McLaughlin
14 Sept 1854, 40 acres
Abraham Gunderson
1 May 1855, 80 acres
Andrew Kinney
25 June 1855, 40 acres
Alexander G. Coffin
17 April 1856, 40 acres

 

SECTION 19
Claus Jurgenson
15 Oct 1856, 160 acres
Daniel W. Currier
"12 Sept 1855, 39 acres
Ingelhart Oleson
5 July 1855, 40 acres
Walter Wright
27 Oct 1855, 40 acres
Segur Jurgenson
3 May 1855, 40 acres
Ingelhart Oleson
5 July 1855, 80 acres
Segur Jurgenson
3 May 1855, 80 acres
Daniel W. Currier
12 Sept. 1855, 39.78 acres
SECTION 20
Unclaimed
SECTION 21
Unclaimed

 

SECTION 22
Unclaimed
SECTION 23
Elijah Arnold
4 Nov 1854, 40 acres
Nels Nelson
11 July 1854, 40 acres
Frederick Larson
29 Oct 1855, 80 acres
Gould Hanson (Wahl)
28 June 1855, 40 acres
Ole Rasmusson
7 May 1856, 40 acres
Torger Anderson
24 Oct 1856, 120 acres
Ole Ivanson
28 June 1855, 40 acres
Torger Anderson
24 October 1856, 120 acres
Nels Peterson
26 June 1854, 40 acres
Ole Winger
3 March 1857, 40 acres
Peter Nielson
12 June 1855, 80 acres
Ole Winger
3 March 1857, 40 acres

SECTION 24
Elijah Arnold
1 Nov 1854, 400 acres
Ole Winger
3 March 1857, 80 acres
Truman Knight
7 July 1857, 40 acres
Elijah Knight
1 Nov 1854, 160 acres

 

SECTION 25
Ole Winger
23 June 1854, 160 acres
Adam Peterson
15 Sept 1857, 80 acres
William H. Hull
10 March 1856, 80 acres
80 acres to railroad

160 acres to some company
160 acres unclaimed

SECTION 26
Lois Anderson
11 July 1856, 120 acres
Iver Iverson
24 Aug 1857, 40 acres
Nels Peterson
26 June 1854, 40 acres
Torger Anderson
15 Aug 1855, 40 acres
Nelson Peterson
26 June 1854, 40 acres
Lois Anderson
11 June 1856, 40 acres
Moses I. Gibson
7 April 1856, 40 acres
Anne Nelson
7 April 1856, 120 acres
Christian Peterson
8 May 1856, 40 acres
Nels Nelson
24 Aug 1857, 40 acres
Ornel Nelson
8 Nov 1855, 80 acres

SECTION 27
Unclaimed land

 

SECTION 28
Unclaimed land
SECTION 29
James Phillips
16 Oct 1855, 160 acres
Reuben C. Russell
16 Apr 1856, 40 acres
Albert Downer
14 June 1855, 80 acres
Joseph A. Sales
14 June 1855, 40 acres
Edwin Green
26 Sept 1855, 160 acres
John Teachout
13 July 1855, 160 acres

SECTION 30
Daniel W. Currier
27 Oct 1855, 40 acres
Engelhart Oleson
5 July 1855, 40 acres
Daniel W. Currier
Oct 1855, 40 acres
Engelhart Oleson
Oct 1855, 80 acres
Joseph Wood
27 Oct 1855, 40 acres
Daniel W. Currier
27 Oct 1855, 40 acres
Charles I. Ladd
6 Aug 1855, 40 acres
Joseph Woods
9 July 1855, 80 acres
Charles I. Ladd
6 Apr 1855, 200 acres

 

SECTION 31
Jehial Hitchcock
23 June 1855, 160 acres
Omro G. Belden
6 Feb 1856, 162 acres
Charles B. Cox
29 March 1856, 40 acres
Rodney Johnson
31 Dec 1855, 41.71 acres
Omro D. Belden
6 Dec 1856, 41.75 acres
Charles B. Cox
29 March 1856, 40 acres
Charles B. Cox
29 March 1856, 40 acres
Daniel Belden
29 May 1856, 40 acres

SECTION 32
Daniel Currier
1855, 80 acres
Henry Teachout
1856, 40 acres
Daniel Currier
1855, 40 acres
Henry Teachout
14 Jan 1856, 40 acres
Thomas Floodey
17 Oct 1856, 40 acres
David D. Belden
29 May 1856, 40 acres
Henry Teachout
14 Jan 1856, 40 acres
George A. Grant
21 Aug 1855, 40 acres
David D. Belden
29 May 1856, 40 acres
Earnest Desjordin
14 Jan 1868, 40 acres
George A. Grant
21 Aug 1855, 40 acres
George C. Webster
6 August 1855, 160 acres
Jerome A. Hall, 40 acres

SECTION 33
Edward E. Herring
3 Aug 1855, 40 acres
Walter Wright
27 Oct 1855, 40 acres
Edward E. Herring
3 Aug 1855, 80 acres
320 acres to railroad

16 acres to railrod

 

SECTION 34
Martin Oleson
25 Aug 1856, 160 acres
Charles H. Roberts
19 May 1856, 40 acres
Ole Nilson
14 May 1866, 40 acres
Chas Roberts
19 May 1856, 80 acres
Frederic Larson
6 Nov 1855, 160 acres
Thomas G. Bergen
26 May 1856, 160 acres

SECTION 35
Peter Nielson
12 June 1855, 40 acres
John Peterson
31 Oct 1855, 40 acres
Frederick Larson
18 Feb 1856, 40 acres
Carl Oleson
19 Oct 1855, 40 acres
Frederick Larson
18 Feb 1856, 40 acres
Mads Christopherson
12 June 1855, 40 acres
Halvord Peterson
9 Oct 1855, 40 acres
Engelhart Swenson
8 Nov 1855, 40 acres
Martin Olson
3 May 1856, 160 acres
Chas. H. Roberts
19 Dec 1855, 120 acres
Martin Olson
3 May 1856, 40 acres

SECTION 36
Bersven Iverson
19 June 1857, 160 acres
Ole Oleson
8 March 1856, 160 acres
Carl Olson
7 March 1856, 320 acres

SOURCE: "Is There Any Lutefisk And Lefse Left?", authored by Pat M. Wiff.