Thomas T. Osteen collection of Bryan County indentures, warrants, and other material
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Thomas T. Osteen collection of Bryan County indentures, warrants, and other material

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Osteen, Thomas T., 1876-1976.
Title: Thomas T. Osteen collection of Bryan County indentures, warrants, and other material
Dates: 1816-1900
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (6 folders, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 2073

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas T. Osteen, a native of Bryan County, was born on December 5, 1876. Osteen was a lifelong public servant for Bryan County and Georgia. He served on the Bryan County Board of Education, the Bryan County Democratic committee, the Savannah Production Credit Association, and was a state representative. Osteen also had a naval stores business based in Pembroke, Georgia.

In 1947, when Fort Stewart encroached upon the middle of Bryan County, Osteen was part of a committee that obtained funding to build a road from Pembroke to U.S. 17--Morgan's Bridge Road/State Route 204.

Thomas T. Osteen died at the age of 99 on October 13, 1976 and is buried in the Beulah Baptist Church cemetery in Bryan County.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains indentures, warrants, and surveys for land in Bryan County. Much of the land described in this collection is now part of the Fort Stewart Reservation. Last names that appear frequently throughout the land transfers include Lanier, Bell, Harvey, and Osteen.

The material dates from 1816-1900. The warrants include their original seals. Some of the indentures are handwritten copies. Some items are oversized. The documents are arranged by type and then chronologically.

Index Terms

Bell family.
Deeds--Georgia--Bryan County.
Fort Stewart (Ga.)
Harvey family.
Land surveys.
Land titles--Georgia--Bryan County.
Lanier family.
Osteen family.
Title (property rights)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Thomas T. Osteen collection of Bryan County indentures, warrants, and other material, MS 2073, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. C.L. Osteen, 1980.


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




11Indentures, 1829-1867 ( 12.0 items. )
2Indentures, 1876-1900 ( 11.0 items. )
3Warrants and surveys, 1816-1829 ( 4.0 items. )
4Warrants and surveys, 1847-1850 ( 5.0 items. )
5Warrants and surveys, 1 partial plat map and I partial grant, 1850-1851 ( 7.0 items. )
6Land rental agreement, bill of sale for cows, plat map, telegraph school diploma for W.M. Osteen, T.T. Osteen letterhead ( 5.0 items. )


1Indenture, warrant, plat maps, 1817-1891 ( 4.0 items. )