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Re: Appling County, Georgia Orphans Minutes after 1820
Posted by: tom warnock (ID *****3944) Date: March 22, 2010 at 15:36:39
In Reply to: Appling County, Georgia Orphans Minutes after 1820 by Betty Stokes of 247

Betty, The Land Lotteries were a great way for people to get land but it took some effort on their part to actually claim the land. At the time of the lottery involving Appling County land the land was not considered worth much more than the taxes that would have to be paid on it. It took a lot of work to make the land turn a profit of any kind to support a family & pay the taxes. What chance would an orphan or a widow with small children or an aged veteran have of moving from their home to the wilderness and makeing a go of it. Many lots of land won during the land lotteries were never claimed. Eventually they were considered wild lands and were sold by the sherriff's in order to get some tax income from them. You could check the census records following the date of the lottery & check cemetery records of Appling County. Possibly also deeds.
Tom Warnock

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