Georgia Asylum Land Company stock certificates
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Georgia Asylum Land Company stock certificates

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Sibbald, George.
Title: Georgia Asylum Land Company stock certificates
Dates: circa 1802
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0971

Biographical/Historical Note

George Sibbald founded the Georgia Asylum Land Company in 1801 as a means to promote emigration from Europe and the northern United States. His "Plan of an Association for the Purpose of Encouraging the Immediate Settlement of the Pine Lands of Georgia" (Allen, Roger. "The Legacy of George Sibbald." Statesboro Herald, 6/15/2007) called for 523,574 acres, mostly in Bulloch County, to be reserved for this project. As incentive for passing the bill, Sibbald donated 200 acres to Bulloch County for the establishment and construction of a county judicial center. The plan passed through the Georgia Senate in 1801 and was signed by Governor Josiah Tattnall that same year. While the Georgia Asylum Land Company failed to flourish beyond the passing of its plan, the 200 acres donated by Sibbald were formed into the city of Statesboro in 1803.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two certificates (together in one folio), each for a share in the Georgia Asylum Land Company. Each share was worth 200 acres. The certificates are printed and not filled in; they are signed by George Sibbald.

Index Terms

Bulloch County (Ga.)
Georgia Asylum Land Company.
Land speculation.
Sibbald, George.
Stock certificates.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Julia Sweet Newman.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Georgia Asylum Land Company stock certificates, MS 971, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1972.


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

Item 1: Two certificates each to one share in the Georgia Asylum Land Company
"Being two hundred acres of land." Printed form, name not filled in, undated; signed George Sibbald. Both certificates are on 1 folio.