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The 1832 Gold Lottery of Georgia: Containing a List of the Fortunate Drawers in Said Lottery

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  • Title  The 1832 Gold Lottery of Georgia: Containing a List of the Fortunate Drawers in Said Lottery 
    Short Title  Book: Georgia-Land - The 1832 Gold Lottery of Georgia: Containing a List of the Fortunate Drawers in Said Lottery 
    Author  Silas Emmett Lucas 
    Publisher  Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1988 
    Call Number  G 929.3758 GEO GEORGIA 
    Repository  Library: Cobb County, Georgia Public Library - Central 
    Source ID  S874 
    Linked to  Edmond B. Clay
    Lewis Clay
    Elijah Fenn
    Archibald H. Rich
    Charles (Ritch) Rich
    George "Washington" Rich, Sr.
    Jackson Rich
    Martin Rich
    Richmond Rich
    Solomon Hill Rich, Sr.
    Stephen Rich
    Stephen Rich
    Thomas Joseph Rich 

  •  Notes 
    • 558 p., [1] leaf of plates : map ; 24 cm.

      Authority: Act of December 24, 1831

      This act mandated that approximately a third of the 160-acre land districts to be laid out under the act of December 21, 1830, be designated as gold districts of 40 acres each and to be distributed in a separate lottery.

      Date of Drawing: October 22, 1832-May 1, 1833


      The original Cherokee Indian territory became Cherokee County by an Act of December 26, 1831. A law passed on December 3, 1832, divided original Cherokee County into ten counties: Cass (renamed Bartow), Cherokee, Cobb, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union. In the drawing of tickets and in the granting of the land, the area was treated only as Cherokee territory. It was divided between land lots distributed by the sixth land lottery and "gold" lots that were distributed by the seventh land lottery.

      Sections and Land Districts
      The territory was so expansive that Cherokee County was divided into four sections, and each section was divided into districts. There were 33 gold districts, and each was divided into gold lots.

      First Section

      Districts 1-5, 11-15

      Second Section
      Districts 1-3, 15-19, 21

      Third Section
      Districts 1-4, 17-21

      Fourth Section
      Districts 1-3, 16-17

      Size of Gold Lots

      40 acres
      Grant Fee
      $10.00 per lot
      Person Entitled to Draw
      Bachelor, 18 years or over, 3-year residence in Georgia, citizen of United States - 1 draw
      Widow, 3-year residence in Georgia - 1 draw
      Family of orphans, 3-year residence in Georgia, citizen of United States - 2 draws
      Married man, head of family, 3-year residence in Georgia (officers in the army of navy of the United States, 3-year residence not required), citizen of United States - 2 draws
      Persons Excluded
      Any fortunate drawer in any previous land lottery who has taken out a grant of said land lot.
      Any person who mined-or caused to be mined-gold, silver, or other metal in the Cherokee territory since June 1, 1830.
      Any person who has taken up residence in said Cherokee territory.
      Any person who is a member of or concerned with "a horde of Thieves known as the Pony Club."
      Any person who at any time was convicted of a felony in any court in Georgia.
      How do I find the names of the winners?
      Alphabetical Index to Georgia's 1832 Gold Lottery, by Mary Bondurant Warren. (Danielsville, Ga.: Heritage Papers, 1981.)
      Where will I find more information on the lottery?
      Georgia Land Surveying History and Law, by Farris Cadle. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991).
      The Georgia Surveyor General Department, by Marion Hemperley. (Atlanta: Georgia Secretary of State, 1982.)