Georgia Archives

University System of Georgia

Issues with Headright and Bounty Land Grants

  • Those who received Bounty grants were also entitled to Headright grants.
  • Limitation to acreage (1000 acres) applies only to the warrant of survey, not to the grant. Citizens could apply for multiple warrants of survey for up to 1000 acres and accumulate thousands of acres of land.
  • Warrants could be sold or transferred to another party before the grant was taken out (both Headright and Bounty) (1777 Headright Act).
  • Land Courts issued warrants of survey “in lieu of an old warrant,” new warrant seldom names the person on the old warrant.
  • Transferees could consolidate several old warrants into one new warrant of survey. The resulting grant incorporates all old original warrants.
  • Grants resulting from old transferred warrants do not name the original warrant owner. This includes bounty warrants held by Revolutionary War veterans. Grants name only the grantee to whom the warrant was transferred or sold.
  • The old warrants were destroyed.

Problems for researchers

Assumptions about bounty grants by later scholars and genealogists:

  • Lists of Georgia Revolutionary War soldiers were compiled and published including every grantee of 287 ½ grant.
  • A government official went through and marked On Bounty all 287 ½ acre grants in several grant books.

Headright Grants

Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants

Headright and Bounty Resources

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