1821 Land Lottery

1821 Land Lottery in Georgia

Authority: Act of May 16, 1821

Date of Drawing: November 7, 1821 - December 12, 1821

Counties

  • Dooly: 16 districts (1-16)
  • Fayette: 4 districts (6,7,9,14)
  • Henry: 18 districts (1-18)
  • Houston: 16 districts (1-16)
  • Monroe: 15 districts (1-15)
  • 37 undrawn lots remaining from the 1820 lottery

Size of Land Lots

  • All new (1821) counties: 202 ½ acres

Grant Fee

  • $19.00 per Land Lot

Person Entitled to Draw

  • Bachelor, 18 years or older, 3-year residence in Georgia, 3-year citizen United States – 1 draw
  • Married man with wife or son under 18 years or unmarried daughter, 3-year residence in Georgia, 3-year citizen United States – 2 draws
  • Widow, 3-year residence in Georgia – 1 draw
  • Family of minor orphans, father dead, 3-year residence in Georgia – 1 draw
  • Family (one or two) of orphans under 21 years, father and mother dead – 1 draw
  • Family (three or more) of orphans under 21 years, father and mother dead – 2 draws
  • Widow, husband killed or died in Revolutionary War, War of 1812, or Indian War, 3-year residence in Georgia – 2 draws
  • Orphan, father killed or died in Revolutionary War, War of 1812, or Indian War – 2 draws
  • Child or family of children of a convict, 3-year residence in Georgia – entitled in the same manner as orphans

Persons Excluded

  • Any fortunate drawer in any previous land lottery.
  • Citizens of the state who volunteered or were legally drafted during the War of 1812 or Indian War and refused to serve a tour of duty in person or by substitute.
  • Any convict in the penitentiary.
  • Any tax defaulter or absconder for debt.

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 Fourth or 1821 Land Lottery of Georgia, comp by Silas Emmett Lucas Jr.. (Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1986).