Daniel Freeman was born in Preble County, Ohio back in 1826. When he was young the family moved several times until they settled in Beatrice, Nebraska Territory. Graduating from a medical institute (sorry I don’t have the name) he practiced medicine in Ottawa, Illinois.
He served in the 17th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.
He was married twice, once to Elizabeth in 1861, it is not known if Elizabeth died or they were divorced. In any respect, he married Agnes in 1865, his proposal to her was sent via the mail. He worked as a physician, county corner and county sheriff.
The Homestead Act went into effect on January 1st, 1863, after President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law on May or 1862. When January 1st, 1863 Daniel had the county clerk open the office at midnight. Daniel had two of his neighbors Joseph Graff and Samuel Kilpatrick sign the document as witnesses, making Daniel being recognized as the first person to file a claim under the act. He died in 1908. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face. Pass it on to someone in need