This one says William Brachear of Sangamon Co In the description part it says the SE quarter of the NE in section two township 17 N range 3 west. As each section is divided into 16 40 acre parcels his would be # 7 if read left to right on the top row then right to left on the next or 4 -3 -2 -1 5 -6 -7 -8 12-11-10-9 13-14-15-16 Similar to the townships which are 6x6 or 36 sections or 36 square miles to a township. Some townships were named 17 N 3 W or with the T and R #'s The description starts with the smallest part of a larger part. If you use the BLM mapping program you can pinpoint exact land holdings and then have an idea where the house may have stood from the terrain. What is cool is the fact that you can pull up all the surrounding patents to see which neighbor lived where. His neihbors in 1840 were Robert Boggs, Ambrose Cast, James Gillis, Ransom Lynn, Daniel Price and James Wilson got land in 1841. In 1853 William got 40 more acres and this time it was William R. His family said he name was Robert so that pointed to William Robert...I think it may have been the land patent that caused William to spell the name with a C instead of with an S. Plus Martin Van Buren signed it and he named a son Van Buren or likely MVB...but he went by Van most of the time.