Thanks for checking the papers. According to the diary, Newman had a claim: “Black Hills #31 & 32”. I’ll get in touch with BLM to see if they have any info. Surely there were thousands of small claims in the Black Hills during this time. Is it likely that there are records of them? I’ll also check with the counties you mentioned. I seriously doubt Newman was intending to settle in the area. My feeling is that he and his group were looking to get rich quick and go home. An acquaintance of Newman’s found his body and buried it as best he could. I’m pretty sure the body was never looked for later and buried formally. Newman’s uncle was authorized to procure Letters of Administration and settle the estate. A law firm in Minneapolis was employed to handle it. Many thanks for all your ideas! I have never done any research in this area of the US, so your advice is welcomed!