THE FOURTH LAND LOTTERY - ALSO KNOWN AS THE 1821 LOTTERY


The fourth, or 1821 Land Lottery opened the portion of Georgia between the Ocmulgee and Flint Rivers for settlement. This area, comprised of original Fayette, Henry, Monroe, Houston and Dooly counties, extended from today's Roswell on the north to Ashburn on the South. The tract was ceded to the United States by the Creek Nation of Indians on January 8,1821 at the Treaty of Indian Springs. Approximately four months later, by Act of May 15,1821, the drawing of the lottery was held at Milledgeville, the State Capitol.

As this was the fourth lottery to be held by Georgia, all persons who had drawn blanks in the three previous lotteries were able to participate. Many, for the first time, received a prize, and ultimately were granted a land lot by the State of Georgia. The lots were 202 1/2 acres in size and the fortunate drawer could receive his grant by paying the $19.00 grant fee established by law.

COUNTIES
  Dooly        16 districts    (1 thru 16)
  Fayette       4 districts    (6,7,9,14 )
  Henry        18 districts    (1 thru 18)
  Houston      16 districts    (1 thru 16)
  Monroe       15 districts    ( 1 thru 15)

SIZE OF LAND LOTS
  For all five counties they were 202 1/2 acre lots, 2970 feet square

PERSONS ENTITLED TO DRAW:
  Bachelor, 18 years or over, 3 years residence in Georgia, 3 year
  citizen of the United States   - 1 draw

  Married man, with wife and/or minor son under 18 and/or unmarried
  daughter, 3 year residence in Georgia, 3 year citizen of the United
  States  -  2 draws

  Widow, 3 year residence in Georgia  -   1  draw

  Family of minor orphans, father dead, 3 year residence in Georgia   - 1 draw

  Family (3 or more) of minor orphans, father and mother dead - 2 draws

  Family ( one or two) of minor orphans, father and mother dead - 1 draw

  Widow, husband killed or died in Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or
  Indian War, 3 year residence in Georgia  -  2 draws

  Orphan, father killed or died in Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or
  Indian War  -  2 draws

  Child or family od children of a convict, 3 years residence in
  Georgia  -  1 draw

PERSONS EXCLUDED
  Any fortunate drawer in any previous Land Lottery

There are no applications on file nor are there any written oaths to give
any family information.  A person simply had to swear to an oral oath in order to be eligible
to receive a grant in the 1821 Land Lottery

                        MILITIA         LOT 
                        DISTRICT        #       SECT    COUNTY

GWINNETT CO
 HEARN,  SARAH WIDOW     PENLEYS         249     9       MONROE

JASPER CO
 HEARN,  ELISHA          MARTINS         16      3       HENRY
 HEARN,  ELISHA          MARTINS         38      14      HENRY
 HEARN,  ASA             MARTINS         285     1       HOUSTON

JONES CO
 HEARN,  SAMUEL W        GRESHAMS        156     13      HENRY

MORGAN CO
 HEARN,  SAMUEL          NELSONS         112     16      DOOLY

PUTNAM CO
 HEARN,  ELISHA          COWLES          234     10      HOUSTON
 HEARN,  LOT             SANDERS         239     3       MONROE
 HEARN,  LOT             SANDERS         216     3       HENRY

WILKES CO
 HEARN,  THOMAS A        BARKSDALE       199     5       HOUSTON