|Repository:||Georgia Historical Society|
|Creator:||Dawson, Thomas, active 1795.|
|Title:||Thomas Dawson land grants|
|Extent:||2.5 cubic feet (5 boxes)|
Thomas Dawson was a Georgia land speculator. In the 1790s, he was granted 341,000 acres of land in Montgomery County, Ga. His holdings also included land in what is now Washington County, Ga.
The Thomas Dawson Land Grants collection includes forty-five grants issued by the State of Georgia in 1795 to Thomas Dawson. Each grant is for 1,000 acres of land in Montgomery County, Ga. and all are signed by George Mathews, Governor. These grants were probably for land involved in the "pine barren speculation," a scandal in which Georgia's public domain was recklessly given away under the administration of Governor Mathews. During 1793 alone, over 7,000,000 acres of land were granted in Montgomery County, which physically only contained a little over 400,000 acres.
The original plats and pendant seals are attached. The collection has been reorganized for preservation.
[item identification], Thomas Dawson land grants, MS 203, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.
Collection is open for research.
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|1||1||Grants 1-2 ( 6.0 items. )|
|2||Grants 3-4 ( 5.0 items. )|
|3||Grants 5-6 ( 5.0 items. )|
|2||4||Grants 7-8 ( 6.0 items. )|
|5||Grants 9-10 ( 4.0 items. )|
|6||Grants 11-12 ( 5.0 items. )|
|7||Grants 13-14 ( 6.0 items. )|
|3||8||Grants 15-16 ( 6.0 items. )|
|9||Grants 17-18 ( 6.0 items. )|
|10||Grants 19-20 ( 6.0 items. )|
|11||Grants 21-22 ( 6.0 items. )|
|4||12||Grants 23-24 ( 6.0 items. )|
|13||Grants 25-27 ( 6.0 items. )|
|14||Grants 28-33 ( 6.0 items. )|
|5||15||Grants 34-39 ( 6.0 items. )|
|16||Grants 40-44 ( 5.0 items. )|
|17||Grants 45 and April 9, 10, and 12 ( 5.0 items. )|