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Re: Carroll County Deed Request Look-Up
Posted by: Al (ID *****0088) Date: November 03, 2010 at 12:40:43
In Reply to: Re: Carroll County Deed Request Look-Up by Benny Barber of 1883

Here is some information on Georgia land lotteries. The fortunate drawer had to pay a fee before a grant would be issued. If the grant was issued, a copy of the grant is with the lottery papers at the Georgia Archives. The various land lottery books only identify the fortunate drawer (except the 1805 lottery which provides the name of all drawers), they do not indicate whether or not the fee was paid or that the grant was ever issued.

If the fortunate drawer did not pay the fee within a specified time, the property reverted to the state and was sold at auction.

If the fortunate drawer did receive a grant it would not normally be recorded in the county deed book. All future transactions involving the property should have been recorded in the deed records of the county in which the land lay. Normally, the first record in the deed books would be for the sale of the property. However, the recording of the deed was the responsibility of the grantee (buyer) and often the transaction was never recorded, or recorded sometimes years after the fact.

The majority of the land granted in all of the Georgia land lotteries were either sold to land speculators or to new settlers, often from another state.

There is a source that can be used in place of the deed if the records are extant. These are the annual tax digests. Carroll County has a only a few years available and the Carroll County Genealogy Society has abstracted and published four in their quarterly magazine. The years are 1841, 1842, 1852, and 1853. I have a copy of these quarterlies and here is what was found:

1841 - Joseph Barber, 2nd Land District, 1 poll; Sampson Barber, 4th Land District, 1 poll; William A. Barber, 4th Land District, 1 poll. A poll is the infamous Georgia poll tax paid to vote. None returned any land.

1842 - William A. and Sampson Barber, 4th Land District 1 poll each. Neither returned any land.

1852 - No Barber's shown.

1853- Elisha Barber, 6th Land District, 1 poll, of Land Lot 53 in the 6th District.

A part of this story is the enumeration of Sampson and William A. Barber in the 1850 census of Carroll County. Even though they were farmers, neither have any real estate, confirming the 1841 and 1842 tax digests of no land ownership.

So, Elisha is the only one that can be proven as buying land in Carroll County. The other two appear to have left the county between 1850 and 1852 and Elisha departed between 1853 and 1860. What is needed to put a closer date for Elisha is to check the deed indexes Of Carroll County between 1853 and 1860. These indexes are at the Georgia Archives. An alternative would have been to check the deed records of Polk County, Arkansas for the same period but it appears there was a courthouse fire. According to the 1860 census of Polk County his enumeration shows real estate value of $250.

At one time, the Georgia Archives maintained a list of professional genealogist for research at the Archives. You might contact them to check. See their web site at for contact information.

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