The Georgia Land LotteryThe Georgia Land Lottery of 1805 brought many people to Georgia for the opportunity of free land. The "List of Persons Entitled to Draws" contains the names of almost 24,000 participants and more than 500 additional named persons, including guardians, parents, and spouses. The registration period was May of 1803 to March 1, 1804, but to qualify, participants had to have been residents of Georgia from May 1802 and pay a fee of 12.5 cents per draw. The list contains the names of men 21 years or older, widows with minor children, and orphans. Edmund Hogan traveled from Anson County, North Carolina and took his draw. He became the Sheriff in Wilkinson County from 1807 to 1808 and served as a Senator froom Laurens County 1809 to 1813. During 1810 to 1813 he was a Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 36th Regiment which included Laurens and Pulaski Counties. Later he moved west, to Arkansas. Land Lotteries 1820 Land Lottery The Path into Georgia during the Land Lotteries
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Good Plowable DirtTracing the ancestors can be truly difficult. In fact, it is a down-right brain exercise, tryiing to remember names, dates and places. And then reason out why people took the plunge and crossed the seas, and then moved around the country so much. It seemed that they were on an endess trek to find the proper home. Or, more directly put, they were searching for fertile land simply because good plowable dirt was the means to prosperity. Consider all of the ingredients which comprize a healthy pliable soil. To, in order to enrich the soi to plant a few flowers we go to the store and purchase bags of dirt . In the olden days, a hand-driven plow and/or mule was used to perform the bemoaning physical task.
New Genealogy Havens: The Road to TomorrowGenealogists who study and research the past of their ancestors realize how fast the present passes by. Already, we utter an incredous tone when we say - "I have searched for twenty years, or thirty, or even fifty." And just ahead is the uncharted road to tomorrow. Those who have already spent the twenty or thirty or fifty hapless years searching for a particular ancestor without answers, wonder if that road, so full of the internet and other new technologies, will finally reveal the answers. We must consider new havens of information as it emerges. Everyone has a genealogy collection. What if our information could be preserved, say, on a single website. To this idea, may I suggest the Genealogy Vault ( Georgia Pioneers), already a growing collection of traced families and rare collections? Should you wish to send a pdf file of your information to help preserve for others, please do so here
Disowned by QuakersWilliam Mitchell was born in Ireland and came to America when he was seventeen years of age, landed in Delaware Bay and settled in Pennsylvania in 1770. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War and received 287 1/2 acres in 1784 in Washington (later Hancock) County. A deed dated July 8, 1788 shows that William Mitchell of Washington County sold 100 acres of land in Washington County to Absalom Jackson, being 100 acres in the Township of Wrightsboro. In 1805 he removed to Wilkinson County. He was disowned by the Quakers for serving in the Revolutionary War, and moved on to take up his residence in Wilkinson County.