Petition of the inhabitants of Burke County, [Georgia] to Samuel Elbert, Governor [of Georgia] and the Executive Council, 1785 May 5 / John Fulton [?] ... [et al.]

Collection:
Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
Title:
Petition of the inhabitants of Burke County, [Georgia] to Samuel Elbert, Governor [of Georgia] and the Executive Council, 1785 May 5 / John Fulton [?] ... [et al.]
Date of Original:
1785-05-05
Subject:
Land settlement
Land use
Surveyors
Indians of North America--Warfare
Location:
United States, Georgia, Chatham County, Ogeechee River, 31.833554, -81.0276046
United States, Georgia, Burke County, 33.06115, -82.00078
Medium:
petitions
Type:
Text
Format:
text/html
image/jpeg
Description:
This document is a petition on behalf of the inhabitants of Burke County, Georgia, to Samuel Elbert, Governor of Georgia (1785-1786), and the Executive Council. The petitioners indicate that land surveyed by Sir James Wright in Burke County near the fork of the Rocky Comfort Creek and the Ogeechee River is to be sold, and they maintain that the land was supposed to be vacant and available for settlement. They assert that several poor families are settled there despite threats from unnamed Indians and should be allowed to remain.
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:
tcc940
Metadata URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_zlna_tcc940
Digital Object URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_zlna_tcc940#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 23, folder 28, document 01.
Holding Institution:
Hargrett Library
Rights:

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To his Excellency Samuel Elbert Esqr [Esquire] Governor General and Commander in
Chief in and over the State of Georgia
And the Honorable The Executive Council~
The Petition of the Subscribers hereafter written Humbly Sheweth that your Petitioners are Informed that the two Surveys of Land made in the Fork of Rockey Comfort and Ogeeche by Sir James Right is to be Immediately Sold. for cash and your Petitioners has ever Been of oppion [opinion] that the land was vacant until this time. and our Opinion was to the poor Families that is now Living on it that it was [deleted text: vacant ] [added text (appears to be different ink): Relapsed ] . There being Several Poor but Honest Families Settled on the Lower Survey who ventured their Lives in Being the first Settler and Stood as a wall against the Insults that might be Expected from the Savages, Besides this they have made very Considerable Improvements on their places, And your Petitioners Thinks that it would be very Cruel to Brake [Break] up those poor Families with their Helpless Children Being Good Citizens. for the small advantage that may arise from the Sale of the Land as the major Part of it is Barran [Barren] Sand hills. Especially the Lower Tract and all the little spots that is of any value is Settled by those poor and unhappy People, and your Petitioners has so Tender a feeling for those our poor neighbours [neighbors] that your Petitioners Sincerely Prays your Honorable Board will Consider their Grievances and Postpond [Postponed] the Sale of the Lands until the meeting of the next Assembly and if the Land must be sold your Petitioners wish that the Poor Citizens of sd. [said] Land might be allowed the Same Indulgence that has Formerly been Given to Purchasers of Confiscated Property.

And your Petitioners as in duty Bound will Ever Pray
Burk County

[Signed] John [unclear text: Fulton ]
[Signed] Roger Lawson
[Signed] Blassengame Harvey Senr [Senior]
[Signed] Charles Harvey Capt. [Captain]
[Signed] Blass [Blassengame] Harvey Capt. [Captain]
[Signed] Daniel Thomas
[Signed] Jared Irwin
[Signed] H Lawson
[Signed] Richard Womack





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petition from
Sundry Inhabitants
of Burke County
respg. [respecting] [unclear text: Lt. ] Jas. [James] Wright
Land. the sale to be
postponed.
Read in Council

5th. May 1785
Granted

J. Irwin


May 5, 1785

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