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The 1805 Georgia Land Lottery



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  • Title  The 1805 Georgia Land Lottery 
    Short Title  Book: Georgia-Land - The 1805 Georgia Land Lottery 
    Author  Virginia S. and Ralph V. Wood, transcribers 
    Publisher  Cambridge, Massachusetts: Greenewood Press, 1964 
    Call Number  G 929.3758 GEO 
    Repository  Library: Smyrna Public Library 
    Source ID  S913 
    Linked to  George Fenn
    Ezekiel Wall, Jr.
    Jesse Wall
    Joseph Wall
    Shadrack Wall 

  •  Notes 
    • 393 p.

      Authority: Act of May 11, 1803

      Date of Drawing: 1805

      Counties
      Baldwin: 5 Districts (1-5)
      Wayne: 3 Districts (1-3)
      Wilkinson: 5 Districts (1-5)
      Size of Land Lots
      Baldwin: 202 acres
      Wayne: 490 acres
      Wilkinson: 202 acres
      Grant Fee
      $ 8.10 per 202 acre lot
      $19.60 per 490 acre lot
      Person Entitled to Draw
      Bachelor, 21 years or over, 1 year residence in Georgia, citizen of United States - 1 draw
      Married man with wife and/or child, 1 year residence in Georgia, citizen of United States - 2 draws
      Widow with child under 21 years, 1 year residence in Georgia - 2 draws
      Orphan or family of orphans under 21 years, with father dead and mother dead or remarried - 1 draw
      How do I find the names of the winners?
      1805 Card File, in records of the Georgia Surveyor General (microfilm).
      All cards are filed alphabetically. Information includes the name of each participant, county of residence, notation as to blank or prize draw, lot number, district number, and county in which the land was located.
      1805 Georgia Land Lottery, by Virginia S. and Ralph V. Wood. (Cambridge, Mass.: Greenwood Press, 1964.)
      This book gives the names of the participants and whether they drew a blank or a prize. If the person drew two blanks, then he or she did not win any land in this lottery. This is the only lottery that lists the unfortunate drawers.
      1805 Georgia Land Lottery: Fortunate Drawers and Grantees, by Paul K. Graham. (Decatur, Ga: The Genealogy Co., 2004.)
      Includes names of fortunate drawers and grantees of reverted lots.
      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.)