This was a project that started in 1805 for a more efficient mail delivery between Washington City & New Orleans. The Creek Indians gave permission to start a "horse path" through their nation, stretching from middle Georgia to coastal Alabama. Do you know the path your ancestors took traveling to Alabama? By 1805 my gggg grandfather, Isaac Funderburg, was traveling this section as the land was distributed by the 1805 Land Lottery and 1807 Lottery. I can place him in Milledgeville, Baldwin, Georgia at this time. I believe some of his children were born in Milledgeville. He quite possibly may have participated in the Creek Indian War of 1812. This is a map showing the the states "first interstate".
Baldwin County was created in in 1803 by Creek cessions of June 1802.
Three years later, the land was distributed by the 1805 Georgia Land
Lottery. After the second lottery (1807),five new counties were created
from parts of Baldwin and Wilkinson Counties: Morgan, Randolph (later
Jasper), Jones, Putnam, Telfair. In 1806, 1807, 1856 and 1872 portions
of Wilkinson County were added; in 1807 portions of Hancock and in 1807,
1812 and 1826 portions of Washington; with some of Jones County added
in 1856. The court house burned in 1861. The county was named after
Abraham Baldwin; Milledgeville was named after George's first governor,
The first land grants in Georgia did not reveal much information for the
genealogist. If you have found an old land grant and wish to go
hunting for the homesite, the best thing to do is to observe adjoining
neighbors (although "vacant" was used for the first grants in a new
county). So, begin with the first deed book in the parent county and
read every deed! Yes, that is the way to find any clues as to whom the
land passed to next. Pay particular attention to the number of acres.
For example, 287-1/2 acres was a typical land grant to a revolutionary
war veteran. 202-1/4 and 202-1/2 is an indicator for the acreage granted
in lotteries (1805, 1807, 1820, 1821, 1827, 1832). Washington County
was the parent county for Hancock, etc. You can trace the land as it
transferred ownership simply by paying particular attention to the
legal description, limiting as it may be. Look for s. These are found
with the deed books. If they exist for the county in which you are
searching, you will see "drawn dimensions". Compare this with your
(drawn) land grant. Once you have located the land lot number and
district, you can obtain a county map and zero in on the homeplace.
Search all the cemeteries in that district. Somewhere in there you will
find recognizable names. People were normally buried in churchyards
near their home, or on the plantation itself. You will notice from the
map's "legend" the difference between a churchyard burial and a private
cemetery. This information came from topical maps, so is quite