John G. McGehee subdivided his league into 40-acre tracts and began to sell them in 1871. This map shows a portion of the McGehee League with land ownership as of 1873. Ransom Williams was one of the first to buy a parcel there in December of that year. The Williams property is shown as a square 40-acre tract, but he actually purchased 45 acres. Except for Williams, all of the people who bought tracts in the McGehee League in the 1870s were white, including Ransom’s first closest neighbors, Daniel W. Labenski on the east and John S. Wilkins on the south.

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