The following items have been extracted from The Early Records of Georgia, Volume I, Wilkes County abstracted and compiled by Grace Gillam Davidson, published in 1933 at Macon, GA
NOTE: "End of Page" notations refer to the page numbers of the original (1933) Mrs. Davidson book. Page numbers beside a person's name refer to the page from the primary source, such as a will or deed book.

[WILKES COUNTY, GEORGIA] Land Court Records 1786-92

Explanatory
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 the amount.

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

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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 four bounty

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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 Wooten.

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 bounty grants).

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 Andrew Fraziers.

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.

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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. father.

On the last page of this book, no date given, this is found:

               The number of souls in Wilkes County 

               Males of 16 and more    2678  
               Females of 16 and more  3146  
               Males under 16          2328  
               Females under 16        2851  
               Slaves                  3381  
   
                                      14384

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