1820 Land Lottery
1820 Land Lottery in Georgia
Authority: Act of December 15, 1818 (1818 Ga. Laws p. 27); Act of December 16, 1819 (1819 Ga. Laws p. 23)
Date of Drawing: September 1, 1820 - December 2, 1820
- 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
- $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, father dead, mother living, 3-year residence in Georgia – 1 draw
- Family of three or more orphans, father and mother both dead, 3-year residence in Georgia – 2 draws
- Family of one or two orphans, father and mother both dead, 3-year residence in Georgia, 1 draw
- Minor orphan, father killed in War of 1812, or Indian War, 3-year residence in Georgia – 2 draws
- 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).