1820 Land Lottery

1820 Land Lottery in Georgia

Authority: Act of December 15, 1818; Act of December 16, 1819

Date of Drawing: September 1, 1820 - December 2, 1820

Counties

  • Appling: 13 Districts (1-13)
  • Early: 26 Districts (1-23; 26-28)
  • Gwinnett: 3 Districts (5-7)
  • Habersham: 10 Districts (1-6; 10-13)
  • Hall: 5 Districts (8-12)
  • Irwin: 16 Districts (1-16)
  • Rabun: 5 Districts (1-5)
  • Walton: 4 Districts (1-4)

Size of Land Lots

  • Appling: 490 acres
  • Early: 250 acres
  • Gwinnett: 250 acres
  • Habersham: [Districts 1-4; 10-13] 250 acres; [Districts 5-6] 490 acres
  • Hall: 250 acres
  • Irwin: 490 acres
  • Rabun: [Districts 1; 3-5] 490 acres; [District 2] 250 acres
  • Walton: 250 acres

Grant Fee

  • $18.00 per land lot either size

Person Entitled to Draw

  • Bachelor, 18 years or over, 3-year residence in Georgia, citizen United States – 1 draw
  • Soldier of Indian War, residence in Georgia during or since military service – 1 draw
  • Invalid or indigent veteran of Revolutionary War or War of 1812 – 2 draws
  • Invalid or indigent veteran of Revolutionary War or War of 1812 who was a fortunate drawer in either previous land lottery – 1 draw
  • Married man with wife or minor son under 18 years or unmarried daughter, 3-year residence in Georgia, citizen United States – 2 draws
  • Widow, 3-year residence in Georgia – 1 draw
  • Widow, husband killed in Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or Indian War, 3-year residence in Georgia – 2 draws
  • Family of one or two orphans under 21 years, father dead, mother living, 3-year residence in Georgia – 1 draw
  • Family of three or more orphans under 21 years, father and mother both dead, 3-year residence in Georgia – 2 draws
  • Family of one or two orphans under 21 years, father and mother both dead, 3-year residence in Georgia, 1 draw
  • Orphan under 21 years, father killed in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, or Indian War, 3-year residence in Georgia – 2 draws
  • Invalid or indigent officer or soldier in the Revolutionary Army who had been fortunate drawer in either previous lottery – 1 draw

Persons Excluded

  • Any fortunate drawer in either previous land lottery, except families of orphans consisting of more than one person and such other persons as indicated above.
  • Citizens of the state who were legally drafted in the War of 1812 or the Indian War and refused to serve a tour of duty in person or by substitute.
  • Any person who resided upon the lottery territory previous to the extinguishment of the Indian title to the same.

How do I find the names of the winners?

  • The Third and Fourth or 1820 and 1821 Land Lotteries of Georgia, [comp. by Silas Emmett Lucas Jr.]. (Easley, S.C.: Georgia Genealogical Reprints/Southern Historical Press, 1973).
  • The Third or 1820 Land Lottery of Georgia, comp. by Silas Emmett Lucas Jr.. (Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1986).