In 1821, the State of Georgia held the fourth of its
seven land lotteries, to distribute the tract of land ceded to the United States
by the Creek Nation of Indians in the Treaty of Indian Springs (January 8,
1821). This tract included what is
today DeKalb County. Each lot was
202‡ acres and the fortunate drawer could claim his grant by paying a $19.00
persons eligible to draw were:
18 years or over, who had been residents of the United States and Georgia for
three years - 1 draw
Married man, with a wife and/or minor son under the age of 18 and/or
unmarried daughter; resident of United States & Georgia for 3 years
- 2 draws
Widow, 3 year resident of Georgia
- 1 draw
Family of minor orphans, father dead, three year residence in Georgia
- 1 draw
Family (3 or more) of minor orphans, father and mother dead - 2 draws
Family (1 or 2) of minor orphans, father and mother dead - 1 draw
Widow, husband killed or died in Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or Indian
Orphan, father killed or died in Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or Indian
Child or family of children of a convict, 3 years residence in Georgia
- 1 draw
There are no applications on file, nor any written
documentation of the fortunate drawers eligibility. The fortunate drawers swore an oral oath in order to be
eligible to receive a grant in the 1821 Land Lottery.
In some cases, the original recipient of the
grant, for whatever reason, failed to pay the $19.00 fee to claim their prize.
In such an instance, the grant reverted to the State to be awarded a
second, or even a third or fourth time.
There are no records of recipients who forfeited their prizes.
The date show is when the grant was claim by the person whose name
appears in the column labeled ìfortunate drawer.î
These records were copied from the original
lists recorded by the State of Georgia Office of the Surveyor General.
The originals are preserved at the Georgia Department of Archives and
History, located at 330 Capitol Avenue SE, Atlanta, Georgia
30334, and may be viewed by appointment.
They are also available at the Archives on microfilm (Drawer 286, Roll
The information is arranged alphabetically by
drawerís last name (Fortunate Drawer); county of residence; militia district
within the county of residence; the land district; lot number; date the grant
was claimed and finally any remarks noted.
Where names were abbreviated, such as Wm. for
William or Jas. for James, the full name was spelled out for the sake of
clarity. Otherwise, misspellings
were left as they were written by the original clerk.
Modern day DeKalb County includes all of
Districts 15 and 18, most of District 16, and a few lots in Districts 11 and 12.
These were granted in the 1821 Land Lottery.
A small number of lots in District 6, on the border between Gwinnett and
DeKalb are included, although they were awarded in the 1820 or Third Land
Lottery of Georgia.
Purdy, Stone Mountain, Georgia