Thomas Dawson land grants
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Thomas Dawson land grants

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Dawson, Thomas, active 1795.
Title: Thomas Dawson land grants
Dates: 1795
Extent: 2.5 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Identification: MS 0203

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Index Terms

Dawson, Thomas, active 1795.
Land grants--Georgia--Montgomery County--18th century.
Land grants--Georgia--Washington County--18th century.
Land grants.
Mathews, George, 1739-1812.
Montgomery County (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Thomas Dawson land grants, MS 203, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11Grants 1-2 ( 6.0 items. )
2Grants 3-4 ( 5.0 items. )
3Grants 5-6 ( 5.0 items. )



24Grants 7-8 ( 6.0 items. )
5Grants 9-10 ( 4.0 items. )
6Grants 11-12 ( 5.0 items. )
7Grants 13-14 ( 6.0 items. )



38Grants 15-16 ( 6.0 items. )
9Grants 17-18 ( 6.0 items. )
10Grants 19-20 ( 6.0 items. )
11Grants 21-22 ( 6.0 items. )



412Grants 23-24 ( 6.0 items. )
13Grants 25-27 ( 6.0 items. )
14Grants 28-33 ( 6.0 items. )



515Grants 34-39 ( 6.0 items. )
16Grants 40-44 ( 5.0 items. )
17Grants 45 and April 9, 10, and 12 ( 5.0 items. )