There was passed at Savannah June 7, 1777, "An Act for
opening a Land Office for the better settling and
strengthening this State". The Act was passed to encourage
good citizens to come to and settle in Georgia. Every head
of family was entitled to 200 acres for himself, and 50
acres each for every member of his family and slaves, up to
ten, provided they settled on and cultivated the land within
six months. Those building a grist mill entitled to 100
acres, those building a saw mill 500 acres, and a furnace or
forge, 2000 acres.
One Land Court in each county was authorized, consisting
of five Justices of the Peace, to meet the first Monday in
each month, when those entitled could present their claims,
including Revolutionary and Continental soldiers. Probably
many of these were renewed bounty warrants. To the former
250 acres were granted privates, free of tax for five years,
or 287 1/2 acres, if the grantee paid tax. There is nothing
of record in the Acts of the Assembly designating the number
of acres to Continental soldiers. As far as is known this is
the first record to be found in Georgia giving 230 acres as
This Land Court covers several years, and is probably a
correct list of settlers of Wilkes Co., at this period. Only
grants to Revolutionary and Continental soldiers, and those
who seemed to be heirs of such were taken, all of which
entitle to membership in Daughters of American Revolution.
The soldiers receiving 250 and 287 1/2 acres had probably
served with Georgia Troops, and were citizens of Georgia
prior to and during the Revolution. The Continentals who
received 230 acres each were of other states, and had served
as private soldiers in any or all states. Many of these
names are not found in any former list of Revolutionary
soldiers of Georgia.
Jan. 2, 1786--All Continental Bounties.
Warrant to Absolom Jackson for ---- acres, due Wm. Jones on
Continental Bounty. Warrant to Absolom Jackson for ----
acres due Wm. Kelly on Continental Bounty.
Jan. 2, 1786--Warrant to Absolom Jackson for 230 acres
due ----k Lett, Wm. Roberson, Geo. McRay, Asa Hooks, Thos.
Davis, all transferred from the soldiers to Leonard Marbury
and from him to Absolom Jackson. Part of this page so
defaced by water, entirely illegible. Warrant to Holman
Freeman for 1437 1/2 acres in lieu of five Bounties in the
names of Elijah Anderson, John Keatley, Andrew Brown,
Samuel Flemming and Wm. Morris. Warrant to John Grantham for
300 acres as a Sargents Bounty, agreeable to a certificate.
Warrant to Elijah Clarke for 3162 1/2 acres on 11 bounty
certificates two each in the names of Zephamiah Harvey and
James Simons, one each in the names of John Harvey Matthew
Hawkins, Wm. Love, Ezekiel Bell, John Grear and Alex.
Maddox. Warrant to Wm. Morgain for 287 1/2 acres due him as
a bounty agreeable to an Act of Assembly. Warrant to Elijah
Clarke for 2300 acres in lieu of 8 Bounty Certificates of
287 1/2 acres each in the names of Nathan Spikes, Stephen
Hawkins, Wm. Simons, Wm. Sinkfield, James Lamar, James
Woods, Thos. Duncan and Peter Clowers. Warrant to William
Maddox for 475 acres on two Bounty Certificates in the names
of Jerry Ellis and Samuel Jiles. Warrant to Wm. Maddox on
two Bounty certificates in the names of Benj. Bird and Thos.
Jiles. Warrant to John Marcus for 2530 acres on 11
Continental Bounties of 230 acres each, in the names of John
Bird, Richard Barnes, Wm. Barnes, James Reeves, Robt.
Heygens, Hardy Davis, Jacob Wells, Ephraim Sraing(?), John
Mannen, Obediah Randle and Jos. Brown. Warrant to Leonard
Marbury for 1610 acres on seven Continental Bounty
certificates on reserve, 230 acres each, in the names of
John Asbell, Wm. Asbell. Wm. Jones, Chas. Francis, Peter
Jenkins, John Lee and Richard Twiner. Warrant to Thos.
McCall for 2300 acres on ten Continental Bounties on reserve
in the names of Ed-Mond Camp, David Pusley (?), Michael
Jackson, Smith Miller (or Milner), John Bard, John Farrell,
Thos. Twiner, Sr., Thos. Twiner, Jr., Peter Turner and
Demcey Turner. Warrant to Jos. Thompson for 575 acres on two
Bounty certificates agreeable to Act of Assembly. Warrant to
Benj. Gilbird for 287 1/2 acres on a bounty certficate in
the name of Edmond Butler. Warrant to Benj. Gilbird for 287
1/2 acres on a bounty certificate in the name of Wm. Butler.
Warrant to James Lawed (Loyd?) for 287 1/2 acres on a bounty
certificate. Warrant to James Loyd for 287 1/2 acres on a
bounty certificate. Warrant to John Tankerson for 287 1/2
acres on bounty certificate. Warrant to Wm. Stewart for 287
1/2 acres on a bounty certificate. Warrant to James Woods
for 287 1/2 acres on a bounty certificate in the name of
Henry Fowler. Warrant to James Woods for 287 1/2 acres on a
bounty certificate in the name of Peter Fowler. Warrant to
James Woods for 287 1/2 acres each on bounty certificates in
the names of William Pritchett, John Pritchett, Moses
Bransom, John and Benj. Far, Wm. Comston, John Williams, Wm.
Low, Geo. Sarlock, Samuel Persons, Henry Persons, Solomon
Butts, James Carter, John Swann and Edward Pratt. Warrant to
Benj. Willson for 460 acres on two Continental bounty
certificates of 230 acres each in the names of Edward Tailor
and John Adams.
Feb. 6, 1786--Warrant to Benj. Willson for 1150 acres on
certificates, one in the name of Lewis Smith, one in the
name of Edward Kelly and two in the name of Nathaniel Smith.
Warrant to Wm. Maddox for 1150 acres on four bounty
certificates of 287 1/2 acres each in the names of Thos.
Bird, Nathan Ellis, Joseph Ellis and Hezekiah Maddox.
Warrant to Holland Middleton for 575 acres on two bounty
certificates in the names of Henry Rogers and James French.
Warrant to John Rogers for 4075 acres on fourteen bounty
certificates assigned by Col. Elijah Clarke for 287 1/2
acres each in the names of Stephen Williams, John Weaver,
James Matthews, John Matthews, Peter Matthews, Willeby
Sikes, Henry Sikes, Samuel Williams, Joseph Williams, Peter
Williams, James Howard, Daniel Howard, Elias Blackborn and
Jesse Lee. Warrant to Absolom Jackson for 287 1/2 acres on
the bounty certificate of Arnold Adkins. Warrant to Richard
Call for 4000 acres in lieu of an old bounty warrant of his
own. Warrant to Robt. Ware for 400 acres in lieu of an old
warrant of 287 1/2 acres to said Ware, another for 100 acres
and 12 1/2 acres on his own headright.
Mar. 6, 1786--Warrant to Isaiah Goldsby for 287 1/2 acres
on a bounty certificate of James Goldsby. Warrant to John
Carguile for 287 1/2 acres on headrights of Joseph Jones.
Apr. 3, 1786--Warrant for 300 acres to John Darracott on
part of a Quarter Master Sergeants Certificate assigned by
Col. Leonard Marbury on Bounty. Warrant to Elijah Clarke for
550 acres in lieu of two old bounty warrants of Samuel and
John Buckston. Warrant to Wm. Graves for 550 acres in lieu
of old warrants of 287 1/2 acres each to Aron and Moses
July 3, 1786--Warrant to the heirs of Peter Collins,
dec'd. for 200 acres to include an old survey of their dec'd.
father in lieu of an old warrant of his. Warrant for 100
acres to James McLmurry, heir of James McLmurry, dec'd. in
lieu of old warrant of said dec'd. (These may have been
Sept. 1786--Warrant of 300 acres to Wm. Stokes in lieu of
part of an old warrant of 1000 acres to said Stokes. Warrant
to Thomas Wooten for 287 1/2 acres on a bounty of Benj.
Clark. Warrant to Zach. Cox for land on warrants of
Middleton Woods and Wm. Stubblefield.
April 1787--Warrant to James Williams for 2240 acres in
lieu of an old Reserve Bounty Warrant of 3240 acres to
May 1787--Warrant to Thos. Horton for 100 acres in lieu
of part of an old warrant to him for 250 acres.
June 1787--Warrant for 400 acres to Joseph Gray, 200 in
lieu of part of an old warrant for 287 1/2 acres to said
Gray and 200 on family headrights.
Aug. 1787--Warrant to Wm. Greaves for 287 1/2 acres on
old bounty warrant of Thos. Woodsworth (Wadsworth).
Dec. 1787--Warrant for 200 acres to heirs of John Mulkey,
dec'd., adj. Silas Mercer etc., in lieu of an old warrant
and survey of their dec'd. father.
Mar. 1788--Warrant for 50 acres to Noah Cloud on
headrights of John Cloud. Old bounty warrant to John Giles
for 287 1/2 acres renewed to him. Warrant to Stephen Heard,
Esqr. for 233 acres in lieu of part of an old warrant for
287 1/2 acres to Anthony Cooper. Warrants for 1000 acres,
500 each to John, Pleasant and Bird Booker Tindell in lieu
of an old warrant of 2000 acres to Wm. Tindell.
April 1791--Warrant for 150 acres to Sarah Alexander in
lieu of an old warrant of 350 acres to her dec'd. husband
Joseph Alexander. 200 acres granted Sarah, Joseph, John, and
Smith Alexander in lieu of an old warrant to their dec'd.
On the last page of this book, no date given, this is
|The number of souls in Wilkes
|Males of 16 and
|Females of 16 and
| Females under 16