1821 LAND LOTTERY

 

Originally Monroe County covered all the area that is now Monroe, Pike, Lamar, and Parts of Bibb, Spalding, Upson and Butts.  The below map is of Monroe County as it was in 1821.

Districts and Land Lot Numbers of the 1821 Land Lottery and the list of drawers gives us the exact location of lots drawn by the lottery participants. (Click here for link to list of names)

Details of the Georgia Land Lottery Act of 1821, Act 716 may be view in it's entirety on the Carl Vinson Institute Web page. (Click here)

"All that part of said territory lying between the last mentioned line, and a line commencing at the Seven Islands, on the Ocmulgee river, and running due west forty miles, thence due south to the Flint river, shall form one other county, to be called Monroe."

 

 

Ref. 1 - PIKE COUNTY - 1822 - First Boundary Change of Monroe County.
            Act of Dec. 9, 1822 Monroe County was divided at the center line of the Third, Seventh and Eleventh Districts
            using the western half to create Pike County. (Red center line on map).


Ref. 2 - Upson County - Act of Dec. 15, 1824 Pike was divided by taking the Tenth, Eleventh and Fifteenth Diustricts
            of Pike County to create part of Upson County.
            UPSON COUNTY
            ". . . all that territory embraced by a line beginning at Flint river, in Crawford county, where the Auchumka creek enters      said  river, thence up said creek to the fork, thence on a straight line to the corner of Monroe and Pike counties, thence along the line dividing said counties to the district line of the eleventh and seventh districts formerly in Monroe thence west on said line to Flint river, thence down said river to the place of beginning . . . ."

On Dec. 10, 1825, the legislature returned the land north of Elkin's Creek in northwest Upson County to Pike County (Ga. Laws 1825, p. 60)."


Ref. 3 - SPALDING COUNTY....1851 ...Spalding County was created on Dec. 20, 1851, by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1851-52, p. 58). Created from portions of Fayette, Henry, and Pike Counties, its original boundaries were specified as:

"Beginning on the line now separating the counties of Henry and Butts, where the Towaliga river crosses the said line, and running up the middle of the stream of said river to the point where the western line of lot of land number one hundred and eighteen in the original second district of Henry county crosses the same; thence north along the line as run by the Surveyor in laying off said district into lots, to the north-east corner of lot number one hundred and forty-nine in the said district; thence west on the original surveyed line to the south-west corner of lot number one hundred and eighty-two, in the original third district of Henry county; thence north across two ranges of lots; thence west along the surveyed line to [Flint river in Fayette county; thence down the middle of the main stream of said river to the south line of the eighth range of lots in the county of Pike; thence east along the surveyed line to the principal branch of the Potatoe Creek, in Pike county; thence down the run of the creek across one range of lots;] thence east along the surveyed line to the line now separating the counties of Pike and Monroe; thence north along the said line to the south-west corner of Butts county; thence with the line separating Butts from Pike and Henry counties, to the beginning. . . ."


Ref. 4. BUTTS COUNTY ....BUTTS 1825
Butts County was created by the General Assembly on Dec. 24, 1825 from portions of Henry and Monroe counties (Ga. Laws 1825, p. 63). Georgia's 70th county was named for Capt. Samuel Butts, a member of the Georgia Militia killed in battle against the Creek Indians during the War of 1812.


Ref. 5. - LAMAR COUNTY...CREATED FROM PIKE AND MONROE.  LAMAR 1925
Beginning at the northwest corner of land lot 185 adjoining Spalding and Pike County line in the 2nd District of Pike County and running along land lot lines southward to northwest corner of land lot 75 in the 8th District, Pike County, Georgia; thence west along land lot line between land lots 86 and 87 to the northwest corner of land lot 86; thence south along line between land lots 86 and 107 to northwest corner of land lot 85; thence west along lines between land lots 107 and 108 to northwest corner land lot 108; thence south along land lot line to Upson County lines at southwest corner land lot 112 in 8th District, Pike County, Georgia; thence east along land lot lines between Pike and Upson to Pike and Monroe County lines at southeast corner land lot 113 in Pike County, Georgia; thence south along line between Upson and Monroe County to southwest corner of land lot 130 in 11th land District of Monroe County; thence east along land lot line to southeast corner of land lot 28 in 11th District, Monroe County, and thence north along land lot line to northeast corner land lot 29; thence east along land lot lines to south corner of land lot 8, Monroe County, Georgia, 11th District, and thence north along lines between land districts 11 and 12, 7 and 6 and 3 and 4 to Butts County line at northeast corner of land lot 247 in 3rd District of Monroe County, Georgia; thence west to northwest corner of land lot 138, Monroe County, Georgia, said land lot being in 3rd District, Monroe County; thence southward along present county lines between counties of Monroe and Spalding to present Pike County line; thence west along county line between counties of Spalding and Pike to beginning point, on northwest corner of lot of land 185 in the 2nd District of Pike County, Georgia, the present county lines between Monroe and Butts, Monroe and Spalding, Pike and Spalding being the northern boundary line of the proposed County of Lamar."


Ref. 6. Southeast corner of Monroe Co. move to Bibb County. 1822