Question from Anonymous:
”I've found where my ancestor won bounty land in Georgia in the 1827 draw. He was living in Henry Co, GA at the time and I have the land lot # and the county name on his draws. However this ancestor is my brick wall and I would like to see what information he put on his application for bounty land. I have no idea who to contact for a copy of his application - it is not on the Georgia archives site. Can you give me some direction or do I have to hire someone to get this?”
There really isn't an application like you think of an application. He might have had to present his evidence for his eligibility but he didn’t have to fill out any sort of paperwork. If he met the requirements of the draw, his name would appear on an eligibility list and then his name would be placed in a barrel (or some sort of container). All of the lots were placed in another barrel. They would draw a name out of one barrel and then a lot out of the other one and that is how the land was assigned. Here are the rules for the 1827 Georgia Land Lottery.
Another question from an anonymous reader:
”Do you have any black lines in your family that you have researched?”
I have found no African-American direct lines in my family and my DNA shows no African ethnicity. I do have many slave owners in my lines with slaves listed as mulatto so the possibility of collateral lines is certainly there. I have helped a few researchers with their African-American lines to the extent I was able (I am not an expert).
A Spires family researcher contacted me a couple of years back. She was researching the post Civil War black Spires families in Lincoln County, Georgia. I had info on all of the white Spires families so we were were trying to compare our data.
In 1860, there were two slave-owning Spires families in Lincoln County. Zachariah and his son William. Zachariah had 18 slaves, ages 2-60. William had 7 slaves, ages 10-25. On the 1870 census there are 31 Spires listed as black. I was working with this other researcher to see if we could match up any of the male slaves and younger female slaves to the blacks listed on the 1870. The white and black Spires were living next to each other which indicates that the former slaves continued to work for their former owners after they were freed. We were in the early stages of our research when the other researcher stopped emailing. I have no idea what happened. I put the project aside. I would like to go back and look at this again.
I think this particular case study has some good potential because of the apparent continued relationship between the families. Also, there was one mulatto listed in 1860. There are none listed in 1870 but that doesn’t mean much because the race designation was in the eye of the beholder (enumerator). There could easily be some blood connection between the two families. After some preliminary work with the census records, the next move would be looking at the Lincoln County deeds. The Lincoln County deeds are intact and could give us some names if father Zachariah Spires deeded slaves to his son William. Thanks to you, I now I have yet another project on my plate! It might be a good thing that you sent your question to me anonymously.
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