[Sworn statements on behalf of] John Hamilton, Andrew Hamilton, Zachariah Slayton, Philip Coleman, and Clinton Webb, 1832 Jan. 23, Gwinnett County, Georgia

Collection:
Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
Title:
[Sworn statements on behalf of] John Hamilton, Andrew Hamilton, Zachariah Slayton, Philip Coleman, and Clinton Webb, 1832 Jan. 23, Gwinnett County, Georgia
Date of Original:
1832-01-23
Subject:
Cherokee Indians--Land tenure
Cherokee Indians--Claims against
Cherokee Indians--Legal status, laws, etc.
Waters, George M.
Location:
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
Medium:
legal documents
Type:
Text
Format:
text/html
image/jpeg
Description:
This is a series of sworn statements dated January 23, 1832 and addressed to General John Coffee. The statements on behalf of John Hamilton, Andrew Hamilton, Zachariah Slayton, Philip Coleman, and Clinton Webb relate to improvements they had made on an enclosed piece of land along the Chattahoochee River which is claimed by George Waters. They dispute the claim that he is of Cherokee descent and thereby challenge his right of ownership. The men and the justices of the peace, who sign on their behalf, also refer Coffee to a recent act of the Georgia legislature that extended Georgia's jurisdiction over Cherokee lands within the state. Other documents related to this land dispute are tcc700, tcc703, and tcc704.
Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Local Identifier:
tcc701
Metadata URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_zlna_tcc701
Digital Object URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_zlna_tcc701#item
Language:
eng
Bibliographic Citation (Cite As):
Cite as: [title of item], Telamon Cuyler, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
Extent:
2 pages/leaves
Original Collection:
Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Telamon Cuyler, box 01, folder 46, document 06.
Holding Institution:
Hargrett Library
Rights:

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Jan. [January] 23, 1832] Georgia
Gwinnett County

I John Hamilton Do Certify that I made one of the improvements herein mentioned Andrew Hamilton another Zachariah Slayten another Philip Coleman another and Clinton Webb made another -- they were all unoccupied -- & in the woods at the time we went there -- there was an old fence running up and down the river pretty much roted [rotted] down -- which was made as we were informed to prevent Cattle from the milksick weed on the low grounds -- these improvements were made by us within that inclosure, We have Cultivated those improvements ever since they were made --
Given under my hand this
23d Jany [January] 1832
[Signed] John Hamilton
Sworn to before me
[Signed] J. [unclear text: Wardlaw ] J. J. C

We certify that the facts stated in the above certificate are true
Given under our hands this
23d Jany [January] 1832 --

[Signed] J. [unclear text: Wardlaw ] J. J. C
[Signed] D. r. Pittman
[Signed] A. [Andrew] Hamilton

I Aron Underwood do certify that I was present at the making of Milksick fence and heard the overseers [added text: of waters ] Say that it was to Keep out the Cattle --

[Signed] Aaron Underwood his X mark
Attest
[Signed] J. Wardlaw J. J. C

Georgia Gwinnett

We Certify that we believe the within and above Stated facts to be true.

[Signed] Jeffry Pittman
[Signed] Absalom Bumgarner
[Signed] James White
[Signed] Benjamin Baker
[Signed] Zachariah Slaton

We the undersigned Certify that the above named Persons Cultivating Lands on the other Side of the River was Persons under Permitts [Permits]

[Signed] A W Hamilton
[Signed] Joseph Hamilton
[Signed] John Miller
[Signed] Hardin Miller



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The [unclear text: Malone ] field 15 acres -- The [unclear text: Brier ] field 15 acres, [unclear text: Mattose ] field 15 acres -- George James field 12 -- Kenny [unclear text: Law ] s place 10 acres -- Larkin Green's place 12 acres -- Andrew Hamiltons field 12 Acres -- Slaytons field 25 acres -- C. Webb's Place 10 Acres -- Jno. [John] Hamilton's field 25 acres -- P. [Philip] Coleman's 10 acres --

Georgia Gwinnett County

I Thomas Worthy Do Certify that the above named improvements were made & Cultivated all or most of them by white men -- they are & have been within a fence or enclosure of Considerable length made by Waters & others to keep Cattle off the low grounds to prevent them from, eating a weed Called milksick -- as I have been informed
Given under my hand this
23d Jany 1832
[Signed] Even Howell &
[Signed] Thos. [Thomas] Worthy

The above named improvements are within the bounds of that part of the County of Gwinnett in the occupancy of the Cherokee nation heretofore attached to Said County -- And are as we Conceive the property of the state & subject to be rented the present year agreable [agreeable] to the act of the Legislature of
1831 -- They have been most of them made by white men -- and are not now in possession of a native or natives of said nation -- they are now Claimed as we are informed by George Waters who holds or Claims to hold possession of the same, under a pretence [pretense] that he is a decendant [descendant] of [added text: a ] Cherokee who was a native & inhabitant of the nation & which pretence [pretense] we are of the opinions is untrue [deleted text: and void of truth and that in fact he is not a native of said nation or by any manner [illegible text] related to said nation of people ] -- All which is By the subscribers Respectfully submitted for the Consideration of the agent of the Government -- Together with the evidence relative to his (nativity) hereto annexed --
Given under our hands this
23rd day of Jany [January] 1832
[Signed] Alfred Webb
[Signed] Aaron Underwood his X mark
[Signed] Philip Coleman his X mark
[Signed] Isaac Brumbalow his X mark
To Genl [General] John Coffey Commander of Georgia Guard
[Signed] J. Wardlaw J. J. C

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